Norovirus Infection


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Comment from: Billy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I am now into day 4 of norovirus infection, and needing to be very close to the toilet due to watery diarrhea. At the beginning without warning, I started to shake from feeling freezing. This would then turn to hot sweats. Felt very achy and very weak and lightheaded. I never got any stomach cramps until day 3. I've never felt sick. My appetite has still been quite normal but for obvious reasons I needed to curb the normal food I eat, and the amount. I tested negative for COVID-19.

Comment from: Angela , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

With norovirus infection I had lots of watery diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps for seven days. I lost ten pounds and had to be admitted to the hospital for severe dehydration. Now, five days after symptoms resolved, I still feel queasy when I eat.

Comment from: Cindy , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

COVID-19 is global. We are all housebound and only go out if need food, and such. So I was wondering why I felt like this. Not COVID-19, norovirus infection. My symptoms are headache (my entire head and neck), tightness of throat, nausea, chills, body aches, weight loss of 4 lb. and not trying, dehydration, diarrhea and lethargy for about 4 days now. So, I just have to stay in my home, get over it, and stay safe to not get COVID-19!

Comment from: Debmc, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 11

Sudden abdominal cramping, sweating, dizziness and diarrhea were my symptoms of norovirus infection. Lasted approximately 15 minutes.

Comment from: RunsOnly, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

My bout of norovirus infection started with terrible stomach cramps. An hour later I had to run to the bathroom with violent diarrhea. It happened every 20 minutes for the next 3 days. It was extremely watery and the urgency was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Very embarrassing but at times I couldn’t get to the toilet in time. No vomiting, everything came out the other end. Couldn’t eat as it was going straight through. Horrendous few days and even once the running stopped I felt wiped out for a week.

Comment from: Lorilo, 25-34 (Caregiver) Published: February 05

I've been vomiting since last night from a norovirus infection. I woke up at in the night, feeling queasy, my mouth and throat hot and drooling. I threw up all night long then went to sleep, woke up this morning and vomited again. I think I feel better until I eat, then I throw it up.

Comment from: Joe, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 22

I have long term chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFIDS/ME). This summer 0f 2018 in UK a norovirus infection returned 4 times in 6 weeks. I had nausea, yet I couldn’t be sick (have a fear of vomiting); when I did make myself, after a few days in great stomach pain and unable to eat, I vomited but nothing came out. It lasted 5 days before I could eat thin soup. Each episode is linked to sinus dripping down throat; it even ended in a real cold after the stomach symptoms subsided. All websites say norovirus is not linked to nasal/upper respiratory system. I disagree.

Comment from: Talia , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

At first my symptom of norovirus infection was diarrhea, then stomach cramps, headache, low grade fever, chills, nausea and vomiting.

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

I went to the emergency room (ER) on a Monday evening, although I started feeling badly the day before. The physician assistant at the ER kicked around the term norovirus, but the only official diagnosis that I received was virus. I started violently vomiting almost hourly on Monday morning, and continued the hourly vomiting for four days until Thursday morning. I had terrible pain in my chest and could not sleep flat, so consequently, I slept tilted in my recliner for several days. I could not eat for seven days, so of course when the bowels finally started up again after my first real meal, it was incredibly painful. I lost a lot of weight in one week but fortunately never became dehydrated. I couldn't eat anything but popsicles, not even broth. After spending quite a bit of money at the ER, to this day I still don't know what I had last October, but one thing I do know. I'll take the flu any day over that nasty virus (or whatever it was).

Comment from: Carleenek1, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I visited my family for barbeque on Sunday. I got home and was notified that my grandson had a stomach bug and was on the couch. (The only interaction I had with him was to look at his phone.) Eight hours later (Monday morning early), I woke up, ran to the bathroom, then got trash can to throw up in. It's now 2 1/2 days since the norovirus infection and I still feel awful, with the diarrhea only lasting one day. I sure hope I'm normal tomorrow. Even my teeth and gums hurt!


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Comment from: AmyoftheLakes, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I woke up Monday morning (05/16/16) with severe vomiting. This was not too surprising as both my sons had been hit previously with norovirus infection that seemed to last one day only. Monday, I had nausea all day. I hadn't read the advice to stay home for up to three days so I took the day off to spend with my daughter on Tuesday, shopping and eating a light meal. I have not vomited again since Monday, but I have had the liquefied diarrhea. At least I could make it to the toilet. I worked again Wednesday but was exhausted. Thursday I worked a half day but even after a few hours' rest I could not go out to take photos in the evening as I was supposed to. Friday I worked approximately a half day. Saturday, I had to work throughout the day to make up for all I missed. I have been able to tolerate mostly bland foods still with regular dinner foods in small amounts only and except for a banana milkshake last night, I am staying away from dairy for the most part still, as well as anything too spicy, acidic. As my first and worst vomit came from last Sunday night's sloppy joes, I have an aversion to anything with ground beef at this time, almost a full week later. I am sure that will get better with time but I feel I won't be back to normal eating for several more days at least.

Comment from: Mary1922, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 05

My husband’s problem started with what seemed like a simple cold. It wasn’t too bad and lasted a few days. He was almost over it when suddenly he became violently nauseated and sweaty. We went to see the doctor, who concluded he had a sinus infection and gave him antibiotics. He took those for a day, but they made the nausea worse. The doctor gave us a different antibiotic. He took those for 2 days and it seemed he could tolerate them. Suddenly the unbearable nausea came back. I took him to emergency room (ER), and after bloodwork, it was determined that he has a norovirus infection that would have to run its course. He also received an IV of fluid and anti-nausea medication, which helped a lot. That was 3 days ago. We have been trying all sorts of things to get him well, toast, crackers, and sipping liquids. When he's feeling really lousy, he resists eating and drinking. I feel exhausted from pushing him to eat or drink. He always seems to feel better toward the evening, but in the morning he wakes up with incapacitating nausea which takes him hours to shake off. He has an anti-nausea pill that helps a little, but he has been sick like this for 8 days. I talked to the ER doctor on the phone yesterday, and he didn’t seem too alarmed. I am wondering if I should take him back to the ER.

Comment from: Chris, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

I can't confirm it was what is known as norovirus but a neighbor said that there seemed to be bouts all over. I live in Turkey in an expat environment and she said that this seems to be in UK Scotland as well. My grandchildren (visiting) experienced the same symptoms as my own, age range from 3 to 15, which were diarrhea, violent vomiting, and exhaustion. It lasted about 12 hours and then I needed loads of sleep. It happened Friday evening and it is now Monday. I felt much better Sunday but still feel effects of tiredness. My husband vomited less I believe but also had severe headaches. Not sure if this is any help because it was not medically diagnosed.


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