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Food Poisoning

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Comment from: Adrianna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I don't get physically sick very often, but this one particular Friday I started feeling a little bloated throughout the day at work. When I got off work, I got horribly physically sick likely from food poisoning, I lay down, and vomit woke me up coming back up. I raced to the bathroom, vomiting everywhere and had diarrhea; stunk up my whole house. This happened in several bouts. I've never been this sick before. When I finally woke up the next day, I was so thirsty. It took days to get my strength back.

Comment from: macystu, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 27

My son who is 14 years old, got really sick with food poisoning after a party during the summer. The doctor advised to take medicines each day for 5 days but medicines made him throw up, and nothing was getting better. So in addition to vomiting, nausea was now an issue. While I waited for the results, I found some info online. A bland diet will be easy on your digestive system and can help ease diarrhea symptoms I changed his diet and within a couple days his stool began to harden.

Comment from: Cat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I ate a medium rare steak sandwich from a fair that we carried around for a while. After I ate it (shouldn't have!) I almost immediately started having discomfort in my stomach. I lay in bed for maybe 5 hours with great discomfort in my stomach and intestines. I finally got up, vomited my guts out for a short while; some from the other end too. After throwing up I felt much better. I went to sleep and woke fine in morning. Yea, so happy it wasn't for long.

Comment from: boris8, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 10

On Fourth of July, I ate an eggplant patty, flash-fried, and two bowls of Ben and Jerry's. Two hours later, the fireworks began - but not in the way I'd imagined. My stomach clenched up, like some alien life form had materialized inside me and was battling an enemy inside my intestines. I gunned it to the toilet, as my gut tightened and twisted, to prepare for a violent evacuation. For 3 days, I sat on the toilet, whimpering and making sounds that I never knew human beings could make. Unreal, this food poisoning episode was.

Comment from: Andrea, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I ate breakfast out at about 9:00 AM, and at around 4:30 PM, I got a burning sensation in my stomach that intensified, along with pain and vomiting, followed by the dry heaves. The burning was so intense that I could not find any level of comfort, and when I tried to drink even a teaspoon size amount of water, it came right back up. The whole food poisoning thing lasted about 25 hours and was awful.

Comment from: Lorilo, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 15

Last week, I had clam dip at work and an hour later became sweaty and nauseated with abdominal pain. I didn't have diarrhea from the food poisoning but I didn't make it to the toilet before I threw up all over the place. I first brought up everything I ate and continued to vomit for the next 2 days, unable to even keep down clear liquids. I tried the BRAT diet and threw it back up. Finally I went to the emergency room and I started vomiting bile with blood flecks, and was given IV fluids and anti-nausea medication. I threw up so violently that I burst a capillary in my eye and my nose burned from vomit coming out of it. My ribs still hurt. I've had vomiting bouts before from stomach viruses but this was the worst.

Comment from: Robbie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

My symptoms of food poisoning (2 times) were neurological. First time it occurred within 1 hour of eating contaminated eggs (Burger King breakfast sandwich). Second time, about 40 minutes after eating week-old turkey. At first I felt faint. Then lethargic, dizzy, and couldn't focus my eyes. I had difficulty keeping my head up and was too weak to walk. Later, I had severe stomach cramps but no diarrhea or vomiting! The first time this happened the symptoms lasted 4 days. I was in fetal position with pain for 3 days! Second time, only a few hours.

Comment from: Scopify, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

How long the symptoms will last for or stay in your system is really a matter of concern if you have got food poisoning. Food poisoning happens from eating food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, pathogens, or toxins. Some common symptoms of food poisoning include abdominal cramps; diarrhea (watery and/or bloody), vomiting, loss of appetite, mild fever, weakness, nausea and headaches.

Comment from: mih, Male (Patient) Published: September 27

I ate shrimp fried rice on Friday evening. That night it started. I was throwing up chills. On Sunday, I went to emergency room and got an IV. My throat is so sore from dry heaves. I was so sick, I literally thought I was going to die.

Comment from: Genie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 27

Last Friday night I had leftover shrimp cocktail that was in fridge for five days. It tasted okay and ate it all about 15-18. Saturday at 3:30am woke with stomach cramps and nausea. I vomited and had diarrhea all day Saturday. Sunday was better but I felt lethargic and had the runs all day.

Comment from: Grace, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I had two slices of American cheese that didn't taste quite right. About 4-5 hrs later I began to have abdominal cramping. The next day the cramping continued. I managed to get through until noon (not easy). My energy was in a minus state. A few hours later the diarrhea began. During all of this I had a horrible headache for about 20 hours. The lethargy was awful. I knew I was dehydrated and needed to drink. After three days I was able to stomach a little water at a time. I began to feel a little better and was able to move around. This is only my fourth day and I am feeling better. My stomach is still sore but I do have some energy.

Comment from: het, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I ate green onions at an Asian restaurant on Sunday around noon, I went home relaxed, fell asleep, about 4pm I woke up burning up, absolutely no energy. I did not have any stomach issues but I couldn't move from the couch. We ordered pizza and I wanted to try to put something on my stomach and that is when the waterfall of stools kicked in (about 8pm Sun night) today is Wednesday and while I was bedridden for Sun, Mon, and most of Tues, I am still experiencing horrible stomach pains that have woken me up out of my sleep and I am a woman and I feel like I am in labor. This is absolutely horrible. I can get around but scared to eat because when I do I end up in the restroom. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I got off work yesterday and I pick up some pork ribs. I went to sleep and woke up in very bad pain in stomach. I can not even hold water down and it is day two.

Comment from: Hal B, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 22

After having breakfast, I started feeling nauseated and dizzy. I took a teaspoon of ginger with water. I feel better now.

REFERENCES:

CDC. "Food Safety." Updated: Feb 07, 2018.
<http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/>

CDC. Be Food Safe: Protect Yourself from Food Poisoning. Updated: Apr 18, 2017.
<https://www.cdc.gov/features/befoodsafe/index.html>

CDC. "Estimates of foodborne illness in the U.S.". Aug 19, 2016.
<http://www.cdc.gov/foodborneburden/>

Gamarra, R. "Food Poisoning." Medscape. Jun 26, 2015,
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/175569-overview>

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