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Gastroenteritis (Stomach Flu)

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Comment from: Cass, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

Gastroenteritis is awful! I was unlucky and got it on my holiday cruise. I had it for 12 days. I was feeling fine for 2 weeks and have got it again. On day 7. Been to the hospital twice for IV and tests. Doctors are a little concerned. Sleep is the only thing keeping me going but I can't sleep for more than an hour at a time. Hoping this isn't a 12 day one.

Comment from: Yarnaa, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 28

I am on day 8 of stomach flu and it has been the worst experience of my 30 years! So, my gastroenteritis started last week Tuesday 12/12/18. I felt a little queasy, nothing more, until I woke up at 2:39 AM on Wednesday morning with the most violent cold/hot shakes ever. Then the fun started with the vomiting and diarrhea, cramps, fever, etc. By Friday I was so dehydrated and weak. I was admitted to the hospital twice, and with IV drip and anti-nausea medicines symptoms are slightly calming, don't want to talk too soon. Good luck to you all.

Comment from: Concerned, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

This is my third day of dealing with this stomach flu. It started with vomiting and diarrhea, and now just watery diarrhea. I wake up feeling weak and running to the bathroom. I am drinking Powerade and eating soups, I do try and eat some BRAT food and for the most part it stays down. My biggest concern is the diarrhea, I have never had it this long before. For the most part I feel ok, stomach hurts some, and I have gurgling and a lot of burping.

Comment from: Fb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

My stomach flu made me feel like I had food poisoning. I was throwing up off and on 3 or 4 days and was in so much pain in my lower stomach. I'm on my second week and my stomach still has not gone back to normal. I wake up at night with acid coming up my throat, which is very scary. I do drink green tea and I love pomegranate and cranberry juice but I think the juice is adding to the acid I have in my stomach. I just hope my stomach gets better.

Comment from: Sunny, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

It is day 6 of gastroenteritis and still going. I was in the Emergency Unit early day 4 on IV and given medicines for cramping, nausea, headache etc., and eventually released. As I had taken Imodium to be able to get there, they couldn't get a stool sample, but ran a battery of tests. Their best guess was the stomach flu as I didn't recall eating anything dodgy, and I didn't have contact with anyone for 72 plus hours prior. Nothing helps. I have only been able to eat a few unsalted soda crackers. I can't take any of my daily medicines because of my empty stomach as I had acid coming up when I tried a migraine pill. Except for my feet I cannot sweat anymore, but was drenched at the beginning (odd because I have an issue where I sweat easily except for my hands and feet). Still feel like I am burning up in the abdomen, I try to cool my body down then will get the chills with teeth chattering. I have severe headache and neck pain, cramps, weakness, belching, dizziness, blood pressure is high, now low. Literally dozens of yellow liquid movements with mucus first few days have reduced a bit (I have IBS-D [irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea], but this is insane), only threw up about 500 ml water after drinking too much at one time; must sip only. I am not ready for the BRAT diet or real food yet. I will try miso soup to get some salted liquids inside. I have only just been able to get a bit of sleep, but wake up in pain. When able to watch a bit of TV, can't watch food scenes. No ideal position when lying down or sitting up. Can't make it back out to get sports drinks or something for electrolyte replacement so hoping it will end in the next couple of days.

Comment from: CDSherwood, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

Even when you're feeling better, be kind to your stomach when reintroducing foods after gastroenteritis. When trying a solid food, have a tiny portion to see how you do. If you keep it in/down it's ok. Eat and drink small, frequent portions even after you're well enough to feel hungry. Having too much at once will just upset your digestive system. Also, the longer you're ill, the more gradually you should introduce foods to avoid more diarrhea and nausea.

Comment from: Dedenaps3 , 45-54 (Patient) Published: January 04

I had the stomach flu virus Saturday with sudden vomiting, diarrhea, headache, body aches and low grade fever. I slept for 2 days and now it's Thursday morning and my stomach still isn't back to normal. I have major gas and bloating.

Comment from: sheikh, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

I experienced heavy stomach from gastroenteritis since midnight 12:30, however I started the feeling bloating the evening before. I had some sweets in the last two days. Whenever I had food poisoning in the past, I had some home remedies I tried with onion, garlic or apple cider vinegar, and it has helped me become very comfortable but overnight my hair turned grey, almost 20 percent of my hair. Dentists never tell you of gum problems due to food poisoning and toothache due to eating chocolates, etc.

Comment from: Sandy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

This stomach flu has been the worst! It is so bad I had to write here to tell my story since I can't see much about it. This is real! It's crazy, my husband and I have had this for two weeks now. We are in good health generally, we exercise and eat healthy. So, it starts off with diarrhea, stomach discomfort, fatigue, headache, backache, clammy sweat (no fever), but then it morphs into a whole set of other symptoms. After 3 days of just drinking fluids and using a BRAT diet you start to feel better. That's the sneaky part! Then, you start to eat normal and the stomach pain starts; in the center off your stomach an hour after eating. Followed by horrible gas, nausea, indigestion, and burping, but your stomach starts growling, growling, and growling. Then it feels like an alien in your gut! The stools toughen up, but they are like stressful torpedoes now. This goes on for a week. We are in our second week. We are both very delicate and sleeping is really helping, and green tea and lots of water. Warning: if you think you are over it after 3 days, you are not! And won't be for 10 more days. I wish others would write here, because local information is suppressed. It is running rampant and I know by word of mouth. Our kids are older in high school and college. College one spent one week of Christmas break in bed sick with this, and the high school one was sick for several days. The younger seem to be more resilient. So, I hope this helps someone. Chicken broth was very good during the first week, too. Stay well.

Comment from: nannyphie5, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

My gastroenteritis started with a really bad headache when I woke up Friday morning. I took Tylenol and felt better afterwards. I ate all day as I normally would and felt fine. Around 4 pm, I got home from shopping with my mom and had a very bad chill, I could not get warm! But I still did not feel sick. That night, I went to dinner with friends and after dinner, I had stomach pain and diarrhea but I thought it was just from something I had eaten. After the first bout of diarrhea, I was so bloated from my dinner I felt as if my belly was going to explode. I tried seltzer water, tea and ginger ale but nothing would help the bloat, my stomach was protruding! My food was sitting in my stomach like a lead balloon. I had a little more diarrhea and terrible smelling gas and that is how I knew this was the stomach bug. Then the stomach cramps started. It is the worst stomach pain ever! I was sick all night/day on Saturday. My body wanted me to throw up so badly but I held it in each time because I hate to vomit (I have bad emetophobia). I was so light headed, I would almost pass out just sitting up on the toilet. I could only lie on my back as lying on my sides would make my stomach twist and turn. My back was in so much pain and the headache was unbelievable. I was finally able to drink some Gatorade that afternoon and had a couple Popsicles around 8 pm. I was able to take Tylenol as well and that really helped with the headache. I felt better the next day (Sunday) but still had the stomach pain. Eating bland foods helped with that. This virus is not fun!

Comment from: KT, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

Wow, the stomach flu is absolutely horrible. I woke up for work at 7 AM and immediately needed to vomit. I was violently retching up everything from the previous day. Passing motion at the same time. I had to go to the emergency room because I couldn't drink water for an entire day. I also had the worst lower back pain in my life with body aches; I could barely walk. Make sure you don't get dehydrated when you have the stomach flu. Try eating raw ginger. And Zofran is a live saver if you have a prescription. Pepto-Bismol also helps with the acid reflux of vomiting so much.

Comment from: earthmaiden33, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I got really sick on December 30th and then on New Year's Eve I could not stop throwing up. I also had sharp pains in my stomach and I was on the toilet with bad diarrhea and gas. Now I am feeling better. It's been 4 days and I still feel sick but I got lots of fluids in me and I also took Dramamine for my gastroenteritis!

Comment from: Jeanne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

My gastroenteritis symptoms started in the morning with the first of five soft stools (no diarrhea) that day, and after the last one, around 8 that night, I got chills, nausea, and cramps. I knew it was going to be very painful and quickly grabbed a large codeine plus acetaminophen pill; I knew I didn't have time to cut it in half or I would throw up and not have another chance to sleep through the worst. I counted (in bed) to fifteen minutes, willing myself not to throw up before the pill kicked in, and it worked. I slept for nine hours; the pill wore off in 12; I took another half and am going to try to get by without any more now. I'm sure not feeling pain was a strong part of the cure, letting my body relax.

Comment from: Bendigo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I had twenty hours of vomiting and diarrhea. Pepto-Bismol helped with my gastroenteritis. Three doctor visits, one emergency room visit and I'm still feeling tired with no energy. Food does not appeal to me. I am drinking lots of water, and taking a muscle relaxant for terrible back pain which started three hours after vomiting started. This is awful stomach flu. I haven't felt this sick since chemotherapy. I hope you don't get this.

Comment from: StillSick, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

My bout of gastroenteritis started Thursday while I was at work. I felt fine at 7 AM and started feeling sick at 8:00. This stuff hits fast! I had to grab my desk trash can and projectile vomited in it a few times until I felt a little better. I immediately drove home and continued projectile vomiting for the next 2 hours. I had chills, body aches and a little diarrhea. Luckily, I hadn't had much to eat the night before, otherwise I think that would have been worse. The vomiting stopped after 2 hours, but it is now Sunday night and I am still weak. I also still feel nauseous at various times, although I haven't had any vomiting.

Comment from: MasonMom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

My gastroenteritis started after attending an indoor picnic. First, I had loose bowel movements and then full liquid diarrhea. Oral Zofran and fresh squeezed lemonade, 1 tsp with 2 tsp of table sugar, helped better than Sprite. Also, I have lots of gas with this virus. I took for gas relief, simethicone and Imodium. It's been 7 days and still no appetite and lack of energy. Being on hemodialysis also don't help. Hope these remedies help.

Comment from: Sick of being sick, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I remembered an old time cure that really works for gastroenteritis; club soda and bitters. The latter contains ginger, mint, and fennel. It works better than mint and ginger herb tea. I already take antacid tablets, Pepto-Bismol, and dicyclomine for my delicate stomach. Cramping and pain was so bad at first I couldn't even lie down. It's been on and off for a while. At least I'm losing weight and back into junior size 3 jeans.

Comment from: Tanya, 35-44 (Patient) Published: June 02

Both my children have had this gastrointestinal virus, it's horrible, and it lasts almost 7 days with both. It started with diarrhea, then moved to vomiting and diarrhea both. Both kids had to go to emergency and have Zofran to help with the vomiting and get them to keep something down. I am on day 9 with gastroenteritis in my house, I have been puked on 4 times, I am just hoping I do not get this as I've seen what my kids have gone through. It is the worst virus I have seen in a long time. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. The worst part was day 5, they both puked 2 more times. I am hoping they will be on the mend soon! Good luck!

Comment from: Shar, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I came home with a backache and very tired! I tried to eat supper but only ate half of my supper! I got up at 3:00 am with a fever, pain in all my joints, diarrhea and felt like I had the flu! I was sick with diarrhea all day the next day and called the doctor. The doctor saw me the following day and said I had a gastro virus and to eat a bland diet, bananas, rice, applesauce and toast, and drink a lot of liquids! I did but every time I ate I was on the toilet with cramping and diarrhea! I have had this gastroenteritis since this past Tuesday and it is Sunday and I am still crampy and in the bathroom all the time! It really is scaring me because I cannot hold anything! I don't know how long I should wait to go for other tests.

Comment from: Daveygee, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 22

I woke up 24 hours ago with nausea, dizziness and bad headache. I walked around a few minutes and then began throwing up. I would feel better after throwing up (severe, projectile), go back to bed and within 30 to 45 minutes it would start again. I had one episode of diarrhea. I went to the emergency room and was put on an IV and given anti-nausea medicine which helped my gastroenteritis immensely. I have never had an episode like this and the nausea was unbearable. I was sent home a few hours later with anti-diarrheal and anti- nausea medicine. Twenty four hours later I am still very tired but after drinking a fresh tender coconut I am feeling much better.

Comment from: Donna, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I became ill very suddenly and just started vomiting. This lasted 12 hours. Then the other end started. It is now day 6 of gastroenteritis and I am feeling better but still have loose stools. I ate bananas, chicken noodle soup, and white toast. I drank lots of water and flat ginger ale. I also took a powder with water to put the electrolytes back in your system. Even though I knew it was going through me I kept the fluids up the best I could. It helped stop me getting dehydrated. I still have a slight fever and very tired but things are getting better.

Comment from: Jim, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 15

Gastroenteritis is so frustrating. I would love to hear from others on this. I came down with this on a Friday morning about 9 am. I went home early from school at around 2 pm. I got home and napped but still felt sick to my stomach. I did not throw up though. I thought I was over this at 9 am Saturday morning but lo and behold, it started back up. I have had loose stool the whole time as well. I thought I was better on Sunday and got up and out for a while. I got home in the afternoon and just felt sick again. I went to bed sick to my stomach and got up numerous times during the night feeling sick and with diarrhea. I would have thought this would have ended but missed Monday work as well. Just couldn't shake the nausea.

Comment from: Donnerdo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

My gastroenteritis started at 5 am on a Tuesday and ended 4 am the following Wednesday. I mostly had severe vomiting and a low grade fever with diarrhea. I could not hold any liquids and Emetrol did not help the nausea at all. Worst stuff I have had in years! Today, after the worst is over, I am very weak and not at all hungry. I am mostly just drinking tea and broth.

Comment from: HulaGirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

My symptoms of gastroenteritis lasted about 3 days. I was in so much pain that I went to the hospital and they gave me an IV drip of morphine and nausea medicines. I thought I was dying, the abdominal pain was the worst I have had in my life. And the diarrhea was nonstop. Then as fast as it came on it was gone; amazing!

Comment from: j Thomas, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 17

My gastroenteritis (stomach flu) began at about 6 this morning. I had a sudden flushed feeling and almost an uneasy hot flash sensation. I went to the toilet to have a bowel movement and made it to just above the toilet and projectile vomited in the waste paper basket. From then on I couldn't stop, I would vomit and have diarrhea and go back to the bed feeling better for only a moment. Then the horrible nausea started with the intense cramping and it just would repeat until I was so weak from dehydration that I was sapped of energy walking to the bathroom. The sweating just before vomiting was so unpleasant. I soaked my shirt and my hair in sweat. It's now almost 9 pm and I am not as nauseous and can keep fluids down but haven't tried to eat anything. I haven't slept because the fever and body aches are keeping me awake. I pity anyone who has this bug.

Comment from: Tummy Flu Victim, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

My gastroenteritis (stomach flu) lasted a week. After four days of vomiting and having diarrhea, I had to go to the emergency room (ER) for fluid replacement and anti-nausea medicine was administered intravenously at that time. I also came home with a prescription for sublingual anti-nausea medicine and pretty much just ate small amounts of banana and dry toast for the next few days. Doctor did not want me to take anti-diarrheal medicine as he said it should run its course (no pun intended), and it did after three more days (one week total).

Comment from: Claudia selorm, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I work up this morning with stomach pain and then I started feeling nauseous. I feel weak and have pains in my joints. I have a headache too. I wonder if it is gastroenteritis.

Comment from: Lorilo, 25-34 (Caregiver) Published: September 21

I started feeling sick to my stomach with a mild stomach ache 3 nights ago and went to bed with a bucket. I woke up at 4 am and vomited huge amounts continuously until 7 am, when I vomited bile. I woke up again about 10 am feeling much better and drank a glass of water, which when it hit my stomach, came right back up. I can't keep anything down because of the gastroenteritis. I'll feel better and as soon as I put something in my mouth, I get nauseous again and throw it all up. I just threw up again about 20 minutes ago.

Comment from: Bb1, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I am in day 4 of the stomach flu and it is my first time experiencing this type of pain. My head has excruciating pain as well as my entire neck, a pain I have never felt before. I have started to eat a little bit yesterday and today as far as rice and mashed potatoes. In the middle of my stomach is a burning terrible pain. My stomach bloats up excessively and makes it look like I am pregnant whenever I consume anything. I'm still getting some nausea and then extreme bloating. I can hold food down but I am getting a lot of diarrhea, then nothing, and then constipation with bloating and lots of gas. The most uncomfortable thing is my headache which stems on my neck and back, and the burning sensation in the middle of my stomach. This is terrible and only sleep seems to be helping!

Comment from: Justme, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

Things that helped relieve symptoms of gastroenteritis but didn't actually cure it were peppermint tea, chamomile tea, fennel tea (helps with gas and abdominal cramps), and meadowsweet tea (2 teaspoons to a cup). Chewing on a thin slice of ginger root, just extracting the juice and spitting out the fiber bits helps with nausea.

Comment from: Rebecca, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I have some kind of stomach flu for a month now. I have been in and out of hospital and they haven't found anything as of yet. But I have been having chest and back pains, weakness and am very sore in the center of my belly. I have achy legs and feeling very sick, have diarrhea which is like water and feeling like I need to be sick when I eat.

Comment from: Stomachfluugh, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

My gastroenteritis started 2 days ago with a hot flash and then the heat died down. Then I got a fever of 100 degrees. I had skin pain and achy muscles and skin, and felt very weak. I was fatigued, moody, and tired, had vertigo. Then yesterday the stomach symptoms came; cramping, diarrhea, gas. I can't eat anything because it tastes funny and makes me so nauseous. I have constant nausea and skin pain. Feels like I want to vomit but I can't as of yet. Now my fiance who I live with is very sick because he caught it from me. His started with bad stomach cramps, and 10 minutes later he got up out of bed and through up everywhere projectile. He doesn't have a fever yet. Funny, mine started with fever, etc.

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

I was admitted into hospital with gastroenteritis. My symptoms started approximately a month before I was diagnosed in the emergency room. I had a sore throat, not like normal, this was similar to a feeling of an object stuck in my throat. I developed diarrhea for two days, it disappeared for a week then came back for a day. The following week I started with stomach pains in lower abdomen which rapidly spread to the middle of stomach, followed with chills, shivers, and severe headache, vomiting little but feeling nauseous. Four days passed and symptoms were not easing. I made 15 to 20 visits to the bathroom, very offensive smell similar to rotten eggs or sulphur. Drinking plenary of water and electrolytes helped stop dehydration but I needed medical assistance when unable to keep water down.

Comment from: Dee1956, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I started to get chest pains about a week ago (7/23/16), then vomiting started along with diarrhea. I was aching all over, had fever, and then chills. I could not keep anything down till the 4th day. I could not believe I could get something like this in the summer. I have been looking for others with similar symptoms of gastroenteritis. My stomach is still upset, I'm very weak. I am forcing fluids in.

Comment from: cat100, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I woke up at 2:30 am drooling and thinking (not feeling nauseous) that I needed to vomit. I then vomited for 3 hours until I dry heaved. About 2 1/2 hours into the vomiting, I started having explosive, watery, diarrhea. The diarrhea was so bad that I had to sit on the toilet with a trash can in my lap to vomit in. This stomach flu is vile. This is day 5 and while the vomiting and diarrhea have stopped, I can only eat a little at a time and then feel sick again almost immediately. I have had leg cramps, a horrible headache, ringing ears, and backache. My energy level is nil. My husband's bout started about a day and half before mine and he is still not feeling well. The doctor gave him codeine cough syrup to slow his diarrhea symptoms since he did not want him to take something to stop the course of the illness.

Comment from: krisa329, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

It is over 9 days in our house now with gastroenteritis; myself, my husband and 2 of my children. We have had diarrhea a few times each day. No vomiting, just a nauseous stomach, and no fever. I hope this goes away soon.

Comment from: momo, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 13

The gastroenteritis, stomach flu, is something that one of my relatives is affected with for two days now and has been marked with problems like diarrhea, fever, vomiting and cramps. Even though the doctor gave her medications, she cannot hold her 'thing' after bowel movements and bespatters and stains her pants. Her mother had to wash everything and she has to use diapers for her. She's more ten years old now so it's not funny.

Comment from: Sickotired, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 25

I have been feeling nauseous for nearly three weeks. However, the unusual symptom in my case is itchiness. More unusual is tinnitus. Doctor gave me something for hay fever! In all honesty, not being able to eat without puking up is not a symptom of hay fever. I think it is gastroenteritis. Nobody to turn to for help, I am feeling very weak and low.

Comment from: David, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 26

This gastroenteritis is evil. I have had this vile condition on and off now for 2 weeks. Unbearable nausea and diabetes. Unbearable stomach ache. Cannot eat or drink anything without feeling violently ill. This is a very serious illness not to be underestimated. I hope for quick recovery and deeply feel for others in my situation. I am sitting in the toilet now as I write this.

Comment from: Shana, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I have had gastroenteritis for 2 weeks now and it is so wearing. It started with all the symptoms that a previous post described, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach cramps. However after 10 days I started to get back ache, waking up in the night and now my legs are aching. I have taken antibiotics but this has not done any good. I also get very, very tired. The mornings are the worst. I have to get up at least 1.5 hours before I take my daughter to school and I am lucky if I make it, due to the stomach cramps. I have to eat lightly at night or same thing. I can't believe how long this is taking to clear out of my system. I am someone who is never sick!

Comment from: littlesally, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I am into day 9 of the gastroenteritis with not much relief in sight. I thought I might be able to return to work this morning and as such was taking a shower when I became so weak and woozy I could have fallen in the shower. I called my boss immediately and slept 4 more hours. The first couple days I had vomiting; after that no more retching but the feeling of nausea remains. When I have diarrhea it is in bouts. My whole day yesterday was in the bathroom or asleep. I feel I should return to the doctor for IV fluids, I have had Gatorade, water, flat Coke, orange juice and very little to eat at a time. Half of a yogurt or oatmeal is about all I can manage. I guess what I am wondering about seeing all this throwing up and all the diarrhea, are we somehow managing to re-infect ourselves with everything we handle. It looks like the ones that have someone else there managing the clean sheets and the meals and the baths have a shorter recuperation time. In any case good luck all of you, this is miserable.

Comment from: unhappy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

My gastroenteritis symptoms came on suddenly and without warning. I had a bowl of soup and a salad then all of a sudden I felt hot and bloated. Within 15 minutes I was vomiting. I vomited every half hour for half the night. It was almost 12 hours later it stopped and the diarrhea started. I am running a fever of a 100 to 101. It is now 5 days later and I have reflux and diarrhea. I still don't feel like eating. I am taking Pepto-Bismol and something that replaces your electrolytes. I also continue to have a headache, buzzing ears and slight nausea. The fatigue is the worst.

Comment from: Eddie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 09

I woke up at midnight yesterday morning with a sharp pain under my right rib cage; where the liver sits. The pain was so intense I couldn't sit or lie down and ended up vomiting without being nauseous. This is the second day now and the abdominal pain is so bad I'm hunched over all the time. I have a slight fever but no nausea or diarrhea. I can't eat a thing. I'm going back on pain killers. You can't handle this gastroenteritis without it. Hope it doesn't last 10 days.

Comment from: Brenda 50, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 05

On 9/28/2015 my granddaughter came home from school not feeling well. Through the night she vomited multiple times. She stayed home on 9/29 and continued with nausea and vomiting. Today she continues to have severe nausea. She displays no appetite, and a slight sore throat. Three of her close school friends are presenting the same symptoms of gastroenteritis. One now has a 102 fever. I have been experiencing nausea and severe abdominal cramping with diarrhea for 3 days, no fever.

Comment from: grub, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 05

This gastroenteritis virus is nasty and lasts a long time. Ten days ago I started with diarrhea, no vomiting, and lots of up and down fever. I have been living on Advil, but stomach pains don't go away. It's no fun, I am still feeling bad.

Comment from: blackhawks fan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

My stomach problems started out of the blue. I woke up feeling awful. I had diarrhea and nausea but no vomiting. By 5pm I felt 100 percent better. I thought the stomach flu attack was over. I woke up the next morning and it was back. I spent the whole week feeling horrible. It wasn't even about the diarrhea but more just a feeling of depression and unhappiness. Never felt so awful inside my bones. I started taking probiotics and that helped immensely. I have to eat too. If I don't eat I start to feel worse. Shaky and awful. I'm still not a 100 percent and it's been about 3 weeks.

Comment from: L_G_K, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 07

My husband had, what we suspect is gastroenteritis, over the weekend. It was Saturday/Sunday night with him feeling extremely nauseous, to the level that he knew he's going to vomit. He was sitting by the toilet for about 10 minutes, and then vomited profusely. He felt a little better after that, and went back to bed after drinking a few sips of water. He again woke up about 4 hours later, and vomited a lot, and things came out of the back too. He showered and went back to bed. He was feeling pretty miserable on Sunday. I gave him a back rub, and apparently that prevented him from vomiting again. He was even able to eat some bland food in the evening. But he had diarrhea on the bed that night, which came without any warning. He felt better afterwards.

Comment from: justme, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I started feeling nauseated around 8 pm. I chewed a Tums, but it didn't help. I went to bed at 11 pm and I was feeling more nauseated. Finally, about an hour later, I ran to the bathroom (not knowing whether I had to vomit or move my bowels). I sat on the toilet and grabbed the waste basket that was on the floor. In seconds, I was vomiting into the wastebasket. It just continued on and on. Once I stopped vomiting, I started to feel much better. I cleaned up everything, and went back to bed. Within the next 2 hours, it started all over again. This time it was vomiting and diarrhea. Then about an hour later, again. The gastroenteritis started more than 3 days ago, and I still don't feel well. The first two days, I also had a terrible headache. The first day after being sick, I drank ginger ale and had one bite of toast (but I had no appetite at all). Today, I feel weak and achy. I did slowly try eating regular foods yesterday, but, now I think I overdid it, because last night, I started feeling nauseous again (though I did not vomit or have diarrhea). I continue to feel something in the back of my throat, like acid reflux, and that is making it very hard to lie down (it is worse when I lie down). I just want to feel normal.

Comment from: Essence, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

Gastroenteritis has happened to me twice and each time it was from me eating mussels. The first time I ate some with my daughter and my abdominal pain woke me up at 4 am. It started with the diarrhea, then vomiting soon followed suit and while on the toilet I was vomiting, which caused me to urinate at the same time, then add the diarrhea all at the same time! So holding a trash can up to my face while losing control of my bodily functions was very embarrassing to say the least. My pressure was up 150/100. I went to the emergency room (ER) where each time I went to sit down I had to go to the bathroom again. I was so dehydrated I passed out. When I came to I was still in the waiting room waiting to be seen so in the meantime I'm still vomiting, urinating, diarrhea all at the same time until 9:30 am. That is when I was sent in the back, I had to be in a wheel chair because I had messed myself at some point and I couldn't walk. I was weak, not able to move without help. Then last month I had mussels again with my daughter and the same thing happen to me, mind you, my daughter wasn't infected. I do have diverticulitis so the doctors treated it as such.

Comment from: Riamorrow, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 11

I have gotten the stomach flu twice within 4 months, each time a little different. It usually starts with unsettling gas, followed by no appetite, and then vomiting a few days later. This time I had bad gas, diarrhea, and extreme nausea but have not vomited. I have read that you only keep an immunity for about 4 months until a different type of bug is created. I caught the bug due to an unregulated cleaning at a day care. Let's just say I no longer work there.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 07

Currently I'm still fighting the stomach flu which started 2 days ago. I'm able to keep some food and fluids down but I'm still not ready to eat a normal diet. My abdominal pain has not subsided yet, but with the help of Pepto-Bismol that has been helping a little to alleviate the pain. My cold sweats and nausea feeling has subsided to mild and I'm able to get up and out of bed. The last 48 hours was horrible. All I could do was drink a little fluid and sleep. The first night I threw-up constantly which led to the morning. I'm currently on antibiotics and I don't think that it is helping my stomach at all. I going to take myself off of the antibiotics until my abdomen pain subsides. I hope this helps. I forgot to mention that before this all happen I just had the flu shot the day before I came down with all of these symptoms. My Dr thinks I was already infected with the flu. Good luck.

Comment from: ginger, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

Wow, mine started with diarrhea the first day and that was all. I didn't go to work because my stomach was so upset but I was able to eat so I did. That was the wrong thing to do, as I found out at 3am the next morning. I woke up with a terrible stomach ache and thought I had to use the restroom, so while I'm sitting on the commode trying to defecate, I start throwing up and I can't stop. I've had this before so I called an ambulance right away. I threw up in the hospital while waiting to be discharged (the doctor felt I was okay enough to go home and take a prescription drug) so the doctor changed his mind and gave me Zofran through an IV. I felt so much better until they took the IV out and I waited for a ride home. While I was sitting in the waiting area for my ride, I threw up again and was in severe pain. I've been drinking water and a little ginger ale and I feel much better now.Although Zofran does make you drowsy-ughh I hate this!

Published: September 11

My symptoms usually last about a week, maybe longer. And that depends upon how soon I can see my Dr. for him to prescribe an antidiarrheal, anti spasmodic and pain reliever. Librax helped, but made me pretty dizzy & a bit groggy. Levsin also helped quite a bit. I chewed Maalox chewables for the incredible belching. That worked pretty well. When the cramping, diarrhea and dry heaves were over, the pain sometimes persisted as well as a lot of shakiness. I took Ativan that worked well for the shakiness.

Published: September 11

Mine started at 5:30 am with some fierce diarrhea. Then I started getting nauseous during the diarrhea episodes and wouldn't know which end it was coming out of first. The forceful vomiting caused the diarrhea to squirt out everywhere and I had to throw away my pants and get in the shower. The vomiting lasted a couple more hours. Then it was nausea, heartburn, stomach gurgling/noises for the next week. Horrible time! The only thing that helped was drinking tiny sips of ice water and Propel water.

Comment from: Candi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

My gastroenteritis symptoms lasted 3 days.

Comment from: mil, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I am on the 5th day since getting gastroenteritis and I have never had diarrhea like this. I am hoping it's calming down now.

Comment from: clueless08, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 13

I've had food poisoning for 14 days straight a year ago. It was horrible. I was in and out of hospital and had to have a scope down my throat. My doctor said It was a very severe case of food poisoning and could last up to a month (longest recorded case). I was taking baths and showers all day long to help stomach pain and drinking half Gatorade, half water and mixed in a little Sprite. It helped me so much.

Comment from: Brandon, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 13

The day before onset I felt great. I ate garlic chicken (may never be able to smell garlic again without feeling I'll), and went to bed. Once at work the stomachache worsened and I had diarrhea a couple times. My legs and shoulders began to ache rather badly. That's when I decided to go home. Once home I immediately went to the bathroom and became rather nauseous. That night I went to bed with a high fever, sweating profusely, and cramping in my abdomen. I spent most of the next day and night either on the toilet or in bed sleeping. I was able to eat some yogurt a banana and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that day though. Eventually, Immodium and Pedialyte did help. I hope you all feel better.

Comment from: james, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 25

I had severe stomach pain started along with vomiting. The past 32 hours have been nothing but clear, greasy looking diarrhea. It came while sleeping and kept me from sleeping after that, obviously. Two times this happened so now I am afraid to sleep.

Comment from: JazzyWisa, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

Hopefully, I am nearing the end of my relatively minor flu episode. Except for a few arthroscopic surgeries in the last 10 years, I've been very healthy and can't remember the last time I was sick. My stomach felt kind of upset, so I had a smaller lunch. It seemed worse enough by dinner time that I decided to have only a small bowl of chicken soup in which I drank only the liquid and had nothing else except water to supplement. I also bought some ginger candies from a store to help my tummy. I accepted the fact that I have the flu. Today I awoke with no tummy pain. Besides water & ginger ale, I have had chicken noodle soup, jello, salted soda crackers, white bread, two bananas and some melon.

Comment from: Mary Grace, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

On December 21st, 2013, I went to a restaurant in Ridgefield, CT and shortly afterwards thought I had food poisoning. I had severe diarrhea that damaged the skin in the rectal area because I was using toilet tissue so often. My husband had to go to CVS when the skin started bleeding to get baby wipes and diaper cream. Otherwise, I was in agony. I'm just able to shower and dress and get out of bed for short periods of time. Now, my husband is really sick with both issues (vomiting and diarrhea).

Comment from: Sheri, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I'm getting over a gastro intestinal bug. The worst symptoms lasted about 24 hours. My doctor called in Zofran for me and it helped a lot. It's been 48 hours now and I have learned not to miss a pill. I missed one and my symptoms started to reappear. I had slept past my time to take a dose. I can now eat crackers and Sprite. This was pretty horrible.

Comment from: Susie, 65-74 Female Published: June 12

I have symptoms for about six weeks now! Some days I can function somewhat normally then the diarrhea returns. Sometimes just looking at food makes me queasy. I am basically week and have no get up and go. My husband got this a week after I did. He has lost 7 lbs. My Dr continues to tell me to give it another 10 a14 days. My stomach has been hard and painful. Just feeling lousy for too long!!!!!

Comment from: TwilightSky, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

Currently on my 3rd day. First time experiencing this. I immediately thought I was dying. I lost so much water, I couldn't believe it. Doctors at the hospital tried lots of things to help me, but I think I have a tolerance for pain meds. I'm on Zofran right now, and it's the only thing keeping the vomiting and diarrhea at bay.

Comment from: 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I am not feeling well and my abdomen has been cramping badly for a day. I thought it was a bladder infection, but before I could get the results, I was hit extremely hard. I called the medics to take me to the hospital where I was diagnosed with gastroenteritis. I was given IV of saline, morphine for pain and antibiotics (Zofran and Cipro). I was admitted to the hospital overnight and by the next afternoon I was ready to go home.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I am into the third day with little or no relief of the symptoms.

Comment from: Hannah19uk, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

On my 3 day with gastroenteritis. I must say the stomach cramps are awful. I've been through some things in life that have been hard and painful and this is very similar.

Comment from: Max the body, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I had gastroenteritis for three days. I'm in my 40s and generally healthy. I found plenty of sleep and Gatorade helped greatly. I had trouble keeping food down so I just had chicken noodle soup and lots of crisp bread and toast.

Comment from: Hopeful, 13-18 Female Published: September 13

I woke up this morning with my stomach gurgling and feeling a bit strange. Gastroenteritis is going around work so I rung up sick just in case. As soon as I got off the phone I rushed to the toilet with very watery stool. This continued for once every hour for four hours. I have only vomited once so far but the cramps in my stomach were getting unbearable. I then took an anti-nausea tablet and that settled my gut. I hope this doesn't last very long.

Comment from: mh, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

My gastroenteritis started out with my son getting vomiting, diarrhea, and now my husband and I have the same symptoms. It's going on six days now and no signs of it letting up. I've never had anything that lasted this long. My son and husband both went to urgent care and both said it was gastroenteritis. They were told not to use Pepto-Bismol or anything like it.

Comment from: Juel, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 26

I was drinking too much and I ended up with what I thought was a hangover. I went to the hospital and I was told that I have gastroenteritis, so I stopped drinking, went on the BRAT diet, drank Gatorade, and now I feel brand new.

Comment from: sunshinekath, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I have had nausea and vomiting and diarrhea for over three weeks.

Comment from: sooverit, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

Ten days and still not back to normal. My symptoms were stomach cramping, pain, sore muscles and bones, pain in my mid-back and at base of my skull.

Comment from: nel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

Since being hospitalized for eight days for a kidney stone removal and consequent infection, I have had diarrhea. It has been almost a month that I've suffered.

Published: January 24

My daughter went off to college and started feeling nauseous and vomiting. She and we thought it was a bad case of the nerves; thought it was psychological. On day four she went to the ER and was put on an IV for hours for extreme dehydration. She has been diagnosed with gastroenteritis. So it was the virus which made her anxious not the anxiousness that made her sick. So you must force fluids during these episodes; easier said than done. The disease will slowly run its course. Good luck.

Comment from: Jenn, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 09

My 11 year old daughter got gastroenteritis past weekend. She woke up on Friday morning not feeling well. She had mild stomach cramps on and off. By 7pm she was throwing up with low grade fever. After getting sick three times in 2 hours we took her to the ER. Her blood pressure was low due to being dehydrated. The ER gave her fluids and an anti-nausea medicine. The second day she was very tired and still had low grade fever. By Monday morning which is today the fourth day she is feeling much better and is able to hold food down.

Comment from: Mama Reihan, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

My symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, high fever and muscle aches) lasted about 60 hours after first started. I went to see a doctor 10 hours after it started and the doctor asked me to stay. I was treated with IV and antibiotics and stayed in hospital for three days.

Comment from: Flosspot, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

My granddaughter caught this last week. It started in the early hours of the morning and she is still not eating and is as weak as a kitten and hurting all over.

Published: April 01

Mine lasted 5 days. Nothing helped but sleep and cold water. I'm into the 5th day and still weak and not hungry. I'm now eating chicken soup 1/2 cup at a time.

Comment from: dilla, 35-44 Female Published: January 06

I went to bed at 8 p.m. by 10 p.m. I was up vomiting with stomach cramps for another 4 hours with a little loose stool. I could not sleep at all. I was sick to my stomach... It was very scary. I was sweating and dizzy. I went to ER and they gave me an IV as I was dehydrated and gave me some pain meds through an IV and sent me home. I am on a liquid diet but trying some soup. Still don't feel right but I am trying to go to work tomorrow. I was given nausea medication to take every 6 hours which helped.

Comment from: Never Again, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

They said it was gastroenteritis. I got home from work one night and felt blah. Not bad just no energy no appetite. By morning I was cramping so bad I couldn't stand upright. I could barely walk to the restroom. I had a slight bit of diarrhea and no vomiting. At one point I passed out on the toilet because of the pain. Some friends of mine drove me to the ER. They immediately wheeled me back to a room (I couldn't stand) put me on fluids and a morphine drip. I had consultations with an infectious disease doctor, OB/GYN, and a Gastro specialist. After an internal and external ultrasound, full body CT scan and an entire blood work-up I was admitted to the hospital. IV pain meds (morphine and Vicodin), IV antibiotics (3 different antibiotics at different times of the day), fluids and 3 days later they still weren't sure what was wrong. Finally they told me it was Gastroenteritis... 2 days later they discharged me and I was able to go home. When all was said and done I missed 2 weeks of work. I lost 40 pounds, and a year and a half later, my appetite still has not returned to normal.

Comment from: kidchlorine, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 22

I went out and ran my usual two miles at the track and then I ate dinner: turkey hot dogs, potatoes, salad and asparagus. My gastroenteritis started with bloating, then I was vomiting later that night until my stomach was empty. I also had some stomach cramping like my belly was in knots and I had a slight headache, some chills and of course, anxiety. Now I'm drinking plenty of fluids and I'm eating toast, soup and other light things. I can't stand to look at food commercials on TV and I may never eat hot dogs again.

Comment from: Butterfly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

The gastroenteritis lasted about 8 hours. It began with nausea, trembling, then vomiting. And then later is when both vomiting and diarrhea. What helped was getting out of my system what was causing the situation. Then after, I had finally stopped vomiting, I had some soda crackers and clear soda and it seemed to settle my stomach.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

One week ago after dealing with a day of a sour stomach in my one year old, I awoke with severe vomiting and diarrhea. For 10 hours I could not budge from the bathroom floor for any reason. The onset was rapid with no warning signs whatsoever. Finally after 10 hours, I managed to call 911 and was administered nearly 1 gallon of IV fluid before being released to home partially due to an 8 hour hospital wait to even be admitted to the ER for the flu in our area. During the next 4 days, the illness spread to my husband, then to my two-year-old daughter. The husband and baby got better, but my daughter and I are still having bouts of vomiting and diarrhea that come and go unexpectedly. Nothing at all helped except for rest and fluids. It appears to just hit some people harder than others.

Comment from: resedabroger, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

It's New Years Day, 2010. I wanted to start my New Year off on the right track...but my intestinal tract is not cooperating with me! I thought maybe I ate something that didn't agree with me about 5 days ago. It started with a stomach ache that progressively grew worse by the hour. Then I got a headache, fever, chills, and intense nausea. I hate vomiting so I chewed Tums (which helped) until my body settled for runny diarrhea. I'm back on my feet, and able to eat, but I'm still battling abdominal discomfort that doesn't seem to want to cease. Chewing Tums helps temporarily. Judging from other viewers comments, this appears to be the norm. I suppose the bacteria hang around in your system for awhile. It's hard to determine the difference between food poisoning and a stomach virus when the symptoms are so similar. I hope we all recover soon!

Comment from: 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 16

Gastroenteritis. This is what the doctors said about my six-year-old. Her condition has been going on for nine days and now they have treated her with an antibiotic and sent her home. She still has a pain under her belly button. The doctors are saying that the gastroenteritis also caused the tip of her appendix to become inflamed. Something doesn't sound right about this. I mean, I understand they are supposed to be doctors, but I know my child and something is not right. My mother thinks I should take her to another doctor. I think she's right. In fact, I know she is.

Comment from: Chazz BUrke, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 16

My six year old woke up Friday for school with a pain in her stomach and some runny stool. She ate some toast and felt better and went to school but about an hour later she came home with more of the same. After a visit to children's hospital we found she had gastroenteritis. By Saturday morning she was back to normal but now my wife has the same thing. Gatorade, water, toast, Tums and mint tea all seem to help. -Chazz

Published: October 23

Into my fourth day and the cramping is thankfully less severe. First day was several soft bowel movements with minimal cramping. Day two was a whole new nightmare. Severe intestinal cramping with diarrhea, vomiting, extreme sweating (more than I ever sweated in boot camp) and very near hyperventilating. I have never had this happen and it really scared me.

Comment from: Jane, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

This severe upset is now in its fourth day. As recommended by the pharmacist, Anagraine was helpful in preventing any further vomiting, after the initial 7 hours of repeated bouts; and Immodium has been useful with the follow-up sessions of diarrhea.

Comment from: Sangeeta, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 07

I'm living in Asia we often have bouts of gastro- enteritis. The last one was today, with severe diarrhea, and stomach pain. As soon as I get diarrhea or bad stomach cramps I take 4 cloves of raw garlic chew them and swallow them with some sugar. I continue doing this till I am better. Usually I need to do this for only a day (I am already better), but sometimes I need to continue this for 3-5 days. If you start this immediately it even works for some bacterial and protozoal diarrheas like amoebas. Since we started "the garlic treatment" our need for taking medicines has decreased significantly.

Comment from: Mary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

Mine started end of February 2009 and is still severe. No medications seem to be helping me. The only relief I get is when I use a hot water bottle on my aching stomach. Anything I eat upsets me and I feel like throwing up and immediately run to the washroom. My stomach keeps making a lot of noise all the time. Its now Sept. 2009

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

The diarrhea started on a Wednesday and lasted for 2 days. On Friday, one tablet of antidiarrheal seemed to clear up everything and I rested through the weekend. I continued to have some loose stool through the remainder of the next week. On Friday (9 days after start) diarrhea worsened again. I'm not sure why. Planning to stick to bed rest and gatorade and take the antidiarrheal medication again.

Comment from: Michael , 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 08

I am a biomedical scientist in my area. A patient once presented some conditions of gastroenteritis, a microscopic examination of his stool, confirmed that the patient had gastroenteritis. Since the pain was mild, I asked him to take a lot fluid and rest. He did exactly what I told him, and to my outmost amusement, he was relieved of the pain in about an hour.

Comment from: Owww, 19-24 Male Published: May 21

My symptoms began suddenly at around 10:00pm on Thursday night. I had a single bout of diarrhea and then threw up 5 times at around 12:30am. For the rest of the night, I was nauseas and had a fever which made it very difficult to attempt to sleep. I did not throw up or have diarrhea for the rest of the night, and it felt like my stomach was in knots. After treating my forehead with a cold towel, I was able to sleep until 10 am the next day. I immediately got up and had a long bout of diarrhea. It is not 6 pm on Friday, and I've been drinking lots of clear fluids, and ate a banana and baked potato. I still have light diarrhea and slight abdominal cramping, but I no longer feel nauseas or have a fever. Hopefully, It will be gone by tomorrow.

Comment from: feel sick, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

Starting feeling upset stomach and sick feeling which increased to having to lie down and moan and then starting violent vomiting all on first day. During the night I had horrible sickness that made me fall on floor in bathroom and crawl to the commode, hair fell in commode, trying to vomit but diarrhea came out instead all over floor and myself and finally able to get up and shower. Felt better next day but queasy. On third day thought was better but not up to par. Then on fourth day (today) have constant diarrhea and stomach cramps and sick feeling. Will it ever end? Very contagious, other family members affected.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

Day 1: I awakened at 3 a.m. with extreme nausea and abdominal pain. At 6 a.m. I had 4 bouts of diarrhea and then vomiting. I vomited 13 times most of it bile. I was unable to keep sips of water down without vomiting. Day 2: Continued to vomit bile with a little blood. I could not keep any water down. Extreme nausea and abdominal pain. Unable to stand, very faint and dizzy. After vomiting 9 more times Day 2 I went to the ER. Treated for extreme dehydration, decreased potassium, nausea, and pain. Day 3: I was sent home with antiemetics and started clear liquids which I was able to keep down. I still had abdominal discomfort and some nausea with gas. Day 4: Still on clear liquids with abdominal discomfort. Day 5: Started BRAT diet which I so far have been able to keep down. I am still experiencing abdominal discomfort with a gassy feeling. This is the first day that I have been able to sit in a chair at the computer. This is, without a doubt, the most ill that I have been in my life.

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