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Gastroenteritis (Stomach Flu)

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Comment from: Tonya, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

My symptoms of gastroenteritis (stomach flu) started on Monday but it started with a bad headache. I took Advil, went to bed, and I ended up sleeping for 14 hours straight. When I woke up Tuesday morning I just felt off, but I went to work. After about 2 hours I started to have a pain in my stomach and as time went on the pain got worse and my headache came back! I ended up leaving work a couple of hours early. That's when the fun began; I went straight to bed. A few hours later my husband was cooking dinner and the smell of garlic hit me and I couldn't hold it in anymore. I took off down the hall to the bathroom spewing from both ends! My kids were horrified. Twenty four hours later I was able to eat 2 crackers. I went to the doctor and he diagnosed it as gastritis. I had an IV of fluids and 48 hours later I ate 1/2 of a grilled cheese sandwich. I still have liquid diarrhea at this point. Finally 72 hours later, Imodium is working and I ate a little more today. The only problem now is bloating and pain in my stomach, I still don't feel 100 percent but I am feeling better! Hopefully tomorrow I will feel even better. This was horrible and I wouldn't wish this on anyone! The gurgling is ridiculous and if anyone has a cure for it please let me know!

Comment from: suzynana7, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

Got sick 24 hours after eating Chinese food at a restaurant. More than 20 BM's and I was up 5 times in the first 24 hours. Day 2, still crampy, headachy and spent most of the time in the bathroom. I went through a week's worth of underwear each day and wished I had adult diapers to use. Sick and having to clean up the mess, ugh. Pepto bismol and Imodium seemed to help. Saw a doctor after 48 hours; liquid stool sent to the lab. Day 3, fewer episodes; they told me to drink Gatorade and water, eat rice and potatoes if tolerated. Day 4, finally it stopped but I was so weak I slept all day. Day 5, I am feeling much better and regaining my appetite. 60 hours of hell. I haven't ever had anything this bad.

Comment from: Carole, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

My gastroenteritis started about 2 weeks ago, I have nausea and no appetite at all. I had the diarrhea and that stopped but the nausea and headache continue. I tried ginger ale; that is about all I can get down. I took Zantac and chewed on Gas-X, but no relief and I am tired. Seems like it went through work and almost everyone has or had it. They said it has to run its course.

Comment from: Krysten644, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I noticed that I had a horrible stabbing pain in my stomach a couple hours after eating dinner at a restaurant. I came home, went to bed and woke up in the middle of the night and ran straight to the toilet, vomited a couple times then went back to bed. I woke up the next morning with a fever, hot and cold chills, horrible body aches and diarrhea. I took ibuprofen for my aches and fever. I felt horrible all day. I drank a ton of fluids, barely ate anything. I went to bed and slept rather well. I woke up feeling a little better, fever is gone and so is body ache but now I'm experiencing horrible watery diarrhea and very audible intestinal rumbling. I have to go every 10 minutes. And I am very tired. I am drinking Pedialyte and a ton of water. I'm hoping this doesn't last much longer.

Comment from: Heretohelp, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I had gastroenteritis (stomach flu). I had over 25 bowel movements in 24 hours. I had serious cramps, and was up all night. I woke up and took Pepto-Bismol, and I felt 80 percent better. By late afternoon I was at 100 percent. I lost 6 lb. in that day and a half. I know it was my body's way of getting rid of what it needed to get rid of. By far it was the worst diarrhea I had in my life.

Comment from: Brimariee001, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

Thank goodness I've found a site where people share their experiences with the stomach flu. I feel so much better knowing it was some people experiencing the same thing as me. I have had the stomach flu since Friday August 19th, 2016. Let me tell you, it has been pure misery! It came out of nowhere. I woke up one afternoon with a fever of 101. I started cramping pretty badly. I had diarrhea. I even had blood in my stool. I went to the emergency room and they basically said it's just the stomach flu and to give it 10 days. And I am getting a little better, but it's been hard. My stomach makes these gurgling noises and it's pretty sore on the inside. The medicine they have me on for diarrhea makes me feel out of it and it doesn't really help because I still have diarrhea. It's all discouraging because I'm so ready to get better.

Comment from: Ante, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 16

Sunday morning woke up, had water diarrhea, went twice and I was ok after that, no throwing up, I ate a decent meal and thought it was over - not so. By Sunday afternoon I had a sore throat, headache, chills and every muscle in my body ached! Took Hydrolite (to prevent de-hydration) and went to bed early. During the night I had to go number 2, but they weren't watery. I thought I was in the clear! Nope. It's now Monday morning and I'm sitting on the toilet. Every time I get up and try to leave, I have to sit down and the watery number 2's are back with a vengeance. I will keep drinking Hydrolite and try to eat dry foods. The smell is unbearable.

Comment from: stace_1, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

My daughter who is 2 was diagnosed with gastroenteritis after being sick and constipated and having a fever of 40. She was diagnosed Sunday and by Tuesday she was much better with just calpol but was clingy and winey for 2 days (much better than her being sick). Then on Monday I felt sick in the morning but was fine for the rest of the day. Tuesday I felt sick for the morning too and had a headache but then was fine all day. Wednesday was when the diarrhea started and stomach cramps which were quite sharp and constant nausea. This lasted till Friday when I took imodium. This stopped the diarrhea but I still have the sharp discomforting cramps and nausea and headache constantly now. I also have a temperature. Think a trip to the walk in centre is due tomorrow.

Comment from: Mk usa, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 14

My daughter age 5 visited Bangalore recently. She went for vacation. She developed vomiting, diarrhea, tummy pain and high fever. We joined her at hospital, where the doctor there gave her antibacterial and started treatment along with fever medicine.

Comment from: gastroenteritis, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

My symptoms were very similar to everyone else. I took wild strawberry and ginger ale. This really settled my stomach as it was gurgling away like it was ready to explode.

Comment from: mscdalex, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

Mine started Sunday evening took a nap woke up running a temperature and having chills. Late Sunday night my stomach started to bubble and I had diarrhea all that day went to my doctor and he said it sounded like Gastroenteritis. I only got nausea a couple of time but no vomiting. I was very weak for two days and just sick, fever broke and doing better until I ate something and the loose stools came back along with severe stomach cramps. I am on day five and only doing Gatorade. I need this to stop.

Comment from: Christine, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

It was the last night of our holiday in Bali and I started to have mild stomach cramps. We went out to dinner at a swanky restaurant. I started to feel unwell and went back to the hotel. I sat on the toilet with severe diarrhea followed by vomiting. There was poo all over the floor. I crawled to the bath and sat in the water and called to my sisters in the next room. I continued to vomit and defecate in the water. My face was white as a sheet. We called for the doctor who gave me an injection for stomach pain and vomiting. He also gave me antibiotics which seemed to make my stomach feel worse. I had hours of cramps and diarrhea. This improved after I took some Imodium. I have never felt so ill in my life.

Comment from: i4shadow, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

Sips of water (plain or with Gastrolyte added), ice chips and sips of Pedialyte helped keep me hydrated and my electrolytes up.

Comment from: meme, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I had to go to the ER due to gastroenteritis. I had to get IV. I was sick for three days and working with pre-K kids. I hope I won't catch it again.

Comment from: chantel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I woke up at 4am feeling sick to my stomach. I vomited through the night about 7 times. Then diarrhea started. After 10 hours I went to the hospital, I was dehydrated and given IV and gravel through my IV. 24 hours later I started feeling better!

Comment from: Johnny, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I suddenly felt ill on a Sat. afternoon with what I thought was simple diarrhea. I took Imodium, but for the first time ever, it made everything worse. I would've preferred the runs to what I encountered for 3 days - mainly sitting on the toilet with little results yet with painful cramping to the point where I was sweating from the pain. I wish I hadn't taken it, although it has worked for me in the past. I think it lengthened the time of my recovery. I think I may have had a bad fast food burger (mayo, the last food I ate before I got sick). I found original flavor Gatorade to be the best hydrator and was easier to take than water. I drank a lot and that helped keep me from dehydration and the headaches one can get with that. I get gastro about once a year, though I never had it as bad as this.

Comment from: Gemini2, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

OMG...I have not felt this bad in years, so I decided to go into the E.R. Once there I was pumped with two bags of fluid for dehydration and given nausea medication. The next few days I was just recovering.

Comment from: concerned mom, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 01

My 11 year old son became ill with vomiting and diarrhea. I took him to the doctor and was told he had gastroenteritis. He has complained of severe upper abdominal pain. After week 2 of this, I took him back to the doctor, who gave me the same advice. My son does not have diarrhea, nausea, or the low grade fever anymore, however, the abdominal pain is still bad. This is week 3 of this mess and still no relief. The doctor only prescribed an anti diarrheal for him, but that is no longer the problem. He has missed school and I am concerned and wondering just how long this will continue.

Comment from: Anonymous, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

When I get gastroenteritis, I vomit a few hours after eating dinner and then feel constantly nauseous and have watery diarrhea for the next 3 to 5 days. I have a stomachache and low fever, but still feel hungry, but don't feel like eating more than 300 calories at a time. I don't vomit more than the first time, just a lot of watery diarrhea every 10 to 60 mins. I can drink water which is important to rehydrate.

Comment from: jeff, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 08

Ate a Sunday roast at 1pm then had a pizza for tea at around 6pm. My stomach felt bloated and I thought there must have been something wrong with the pizza. At 10.30pm I took the dog for a walk and on the way back I felt the sickness taste you get in your mouth just before vomiting. I leant against a small fence and vomited forcefully about 4 or 5 times. I knew then I was in for a rough 48 hours. My son had just got over a bout of the same. During the night I hardly slept. I was up every half hour or so with bouts of diarrhea and sickness. I stopped eating and just drank cups of cold water. The water would eventually either come out with diarrhea or vomiting. I usually felt a little bit better after the vomiting. You like to take medication to control the diarrhea and I took some Imodium tablets which dries it up so that you can't go to the toilet at all. I now think that's a bad idea. You end up straining for 2 or 3 days with bad flatulence and that gives you further stomach cramps. The best thing to do is just ride it out but take in water even if you know you are going to throw it up ten minutes later. Your body is trying to rid itself of the toxins.

Comment from: Tommyhueb80, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 07

My 2 year old threw up twice on thursday, and she had a low fever(about 99.5-101). She had a little diarrhea on friday. On Saturday she felt okay, with just a small fever. On Sunday I woke up with bad smelly gas. At about 6p.m. My stomach started to cramp and my neck and shoulders ached. I had a fever of 100.5. By 7:30p.m. I could barely stand. I was haveing frequent bouts of diarrhea, and threw up a few times. This went on till about 2:40a.m. I could not keep any liquids down during that time. On Monday I still had a low fever, stomach was queasy, and 1-2 bouts of diarrhea. the cramps had gone for the most part. It is now 2pm and I feel okay I guess. It goes to show It can hit some people way worse than others.

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