Patient Comments: Food Poisoning - Experience

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Comment from: Josie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

On Friday morning, I had a breakfast buffet with two other women. I began to feel nauseous from food poisoning during the night and violently vomited heaving out water and my dinner. Afterwards I had diarrhea. I stayed in bed the next 24 hours sipping water and a few crackers. I had chills as well and fatigue. Monday I have been experiencing cramping with pain on my left and right sides.

Comment from: ladyj, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I went to Popeyes Chicken, ordered dinner with chicken and biscuits. I ate it and an hour later my stomach felt like I had indigestion. I woke up in the morning and both my son and I, with diarrhea and stomach problems from food poisoning.

Comment from: Lorilo, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 06

I ate Chinese food last night and 2 hours later I had symptoms of food poisoning. I got that warm feeling in my throat and stomach and felt hot and dizzy. I leaned over and threw up all over. No diarrhea but I have a bucket next to my bed as I'm still throwing up. I tried a glass of Gatorade about 20 minutes ago and vomited it back up into the bucket. I feel horrible. Every time I eat or drink, I throw up.

Comment from: Owl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I ate breast of chicken and broccoli. My stomach swelled up with gas, I passed motion in my pants, and had terrible explosive diarrhea and nausea from the food poisoning.

Comment from: SICK AND TIRED!, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

Burger King Whopper got me big time with food poisoning. I wish you could sue for this! Vomit started as white foam and slimy clear stuff. It transitioned to vile yellow bile, then mixed with blood to that. In between bouts, 3 times I passed out and have the bruises to prove it. I woke up in puddles of slime and sweat from every pore I have. Vomiting stopped after about 12 hours, and I am better today, just weak. I am able to eat soup and crackers. I live alone and was too sick to even think of driving to a doctor.

Comment from: Luckyj71, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 24

I got very bad abdominal pain, the runs, and high fever from food poisoning. It won't stop for almost 24 hours, the runs and a fever. I'm hot and cold, hot and cold, like the flu, I tried everything, nothing is working.

Comment from: DR, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 08

I get made fun of for how cautious I am about not eating things that are a few days old. Everyone makes fun of me for it, so when I was being ribbed a bit about some old lettuce my wife convinced me I was being paranoid about food poisoning. I was not. Twelve hours later I had intense stomach pain and nausea. No diarrhea. But probably the top worst days of my life. I couldn't hold anything down. I do have to say I was able to get down a few activated charcoal pills later in the evening and from there I improved dramatically.

Comment from: Meg, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I had some food that a friend (who is not that great with food safety; we're talking leaving leftovers on the counter for a couple of days sometimes) made. Since it was fresh and as requested put in the fridge while I was at work, I didn't think twice about eating the stir-fry noodles with chicken. I felt a little sick after eating it, thinking it was the beer I'd had with it. I didn't encounter problems until the next morning when I started getting mild abdominal cramps and mild diarrhea. They worsened as the morning wore on until I could hardly move from the pain. I had a little bit of nausea but thankfully didn't throw up, most likely because by then it had been hours since breakfast so there was nothing to throw up. I had no appetite through the day, though I did try a couple of spoonsful of applesauce, and paid for it later when it went straight through. I developed a fever, weakness, and body pain. I slept well though and didn't have any unpleasant episodes in the night. In the morning I had a headache, felt dizzy, and took some more broth (as I had periodically yesterday) and felt that subside a bit. I tried a bit more applesauce, it still ran through, though the cramps are much less severe. I'm really hungry now, so I'm going to see about some dry bread. I've also got a load of back pain, my fingers are crossed it's only food poisoning and not some other illness or infection creeping up on me.

Comment from: Kaitlyn, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I ate 3 grapes from Kroger, I bought them and ate 3 of them. Then after 1 hour I started getting cramps in my stomach because of the food poisoning, then I went to go to the bathroom and I had diarrhea. Then I started puking. Then I went in my room and went to sleep. I had to go to the bathroom and do my business, but I didn't puke.

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Comment from: Msgj, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

My husband and I had take-out from a local restaurant. I ordered a chicken salad wrap and he had a beef gyro. We both had red wine, shared a small piece of turtle pie, and had an after-dinner drink. This was around 6 pm. At 2:30 am the next morning, I had to get up and use the bathroom (unusual for me). I didn't really feel any urgency, but I immediately had profuse, watery diarrhea. I had no nausea and no vomiting. I took some Imodium and I went to sleep on the couch after that in case I needed to make another run for it, but that was it. I had a bit of that lump-in-the-stomach feeling the next morning, but I waited a bit before eating breakfast, then had a little applesauce and toasted flatbread. I called our local health department that next day, and they called back to take my report on food poisoning. This is always a good idea if you suspect food-borne illness so that the restaurant can be notified and an investigation can be started. I kept the other half of the chicken salad wrap in case the health department needs it, but I was told they generally would not. It's well-labeled and hiding in the back of my fridge! I suspect I had a Campylobacter infection, and that possibly the alcohol helped negate some of the effects. Another reason to drink red wine! It's been almost 2 days and I still haven't had another bowel movement, but I feel fine and am now eating normally.

Comment from: Bj, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I am still suffering 7 days after food poisoning with watery diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and nausea now, but I was vomiting until I got medications to stop it. I was in the hospital on drips due to dehydration, etc., as I was going to the toilet every 5 minutes. I have shivers, sweating and constant leaking out my bottom so have to wear Tennant pants. It can last up to 90 days depending on which you have. Unluckily this is me, but usually people clear up between 2 to 4 days. I'm sorry you guys have suffered, I really can't take much more.

Comment from: Debra, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

I recently (12/15) had a ham sandwich with mayo and within 30 minutes I was cramping. The projectile vomiting didn’t start till 7 that evening and the cold sweats and the hot chills. I have been on the BRAT diet for days and with that I haven’t been able to regain my strength, I have no diarrhea. It has been 7 days and I finally broke down and had a dry burger and lost 13 lb. For sure I thought it was the flu because coworkers were also getting sick. I'm going with food poisoning.

Comment from: Kendra, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 18

My daughter came home from school and microwaved a frozen breakfast burrito with egg sausage and cheese at 4:00 pm. My daughter woke up vomiting at 4:30 am, 5:30 and 6:30 on the day of her high school finals. She was cold and clammy with lower abdominal pain, asked for stomach medicines and a ride to school, then vomited again at 7:30 in the car. Finals to wait until after holidays. For the rest we shall wait and see.

Comment from: bornplaydie, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I ate at a Thai restaurant. My wife and I shared 3 dishes. I ate mostly green chicken curry but she had some too. After 2 hours my food poisoning symptoms hit me strong; sudden nausea with mild abdominal cramping and sweating. I had to stop what I was doing. I initially fought off the urge to vomit. I couldn't lie down. I knelt still at the foot of my bed with my head on the bed. I had a sensation that I would soon have diarrhea, although at time of writing, I have not. Burping gave temporary relief. Another urge to vomit hit me. This time into the bathroom. The smell of the toilet pushed me over the edge and I tossed everything up. I immediately felt better, actually fine. The entire episode from onset of symptoms lasted 45 minutes.

Comment from: Brad, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

Let me just list the symptoms of food poisoning I had over 12 hours, 4 of which was in the washroom consecutively and felt unbearable. I had abdominal pain from the belly button down, the muscles there were tight as a rock; the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. I was moaning so loud my neighbors probably heard me. Then I had sweats followed by tremor like chills, nausea to the point I was almost vomiting, and acid like diarrhea repeated every 10 to 15 minutes.

Comment from: dutze, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 03

I ate a bagel with cream cheese at 12:30 that afternoon. At 5 pm it started. Severe stomach cramps, total body sweats, shakes and of course diarrhea (just water). Then both of my hands seized up and my chest was tight, I was freaking out! It lasted about 2 hours. The next day my whole stomach was still sore and I felt weak. I couldn't eat anything but kept up with the water.

Comment from: Judy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I have been having projectile diarrhea attacks for three days. Today it is letting up but I am still tired and going to the bathroom. I am not sure what started this food poisoning. I had a can of oranges recently. But also I cooked up some ground turkey that was older. I have had burping, stomach cramps, intestinal cramps, flatulence, and nausea. Watery stools persist, but much less often.

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Comment from: TummyNotHappy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I am still researching whether or not I have food poisoning or another flu ailment, but I felt perfectly fine when we started out on our road trip until after we stopped at a fast food restaurant and I ate a steak and egg burrito for breakfast. One hour later I felt car sick. Then more car sick. Then we arrived at our destination and I thought I would feel better, but I just got more car sick. My upper stomach was cramping and hurting and I felt extremely nauseous. I'm one of those people who will fight vomiting, but I probably would've felt better sooner if I had let it happen. I developed a low grade fever about 6 hours after breakfast and could not be close enough to a restroom because of the urgent diarrhea. My whole body ached so I thought it must be more than food poisoning. Then the headache started. I didn't take any medications for my symptoms. All body aches and fever gone after 18 hours. I haven't eaten in over 30 hours and my upper stomach still hurts. I did take Excedrin for the headache when I woke up the next day, and now all symptoms are gone except the upper tummy pain, and the watery diarrhea is persisting.

Comment from: Donny d, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

Due to food poisoning I have abdominal pain nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and then get chills. I also have belching, headache, weight loss, and knot in my throat.

Comment from: Ruth, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I ate some barbacoa (lamb meat) and 2 hours later I started vomiting and having diarrhea. I probably had around 20 evacuations both ways and terrible long stomach cramps. I thought about going to the hospital but I couldn’t stay away from the bathroom so I noticed that after a few hours the cramps became shorter and more time between each one so it became more bearable. Two days later and my stomach still hurts.

Comment from: nevreatthatcrapagain, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 12

I ate some Vietnamese soup (called Pho), worse yet I brought it home to my wife and toddlers-thank goodness the toddlers ate very little of it. I had a bowl, as did my wife. One toddler got ill a day after eating this junk, and we got ill 2 days after eating it. One Toddler had vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. All dissipated mostly within a day. The other toddler didn't have a fever, but vomited, and some mild diarrhea. He only ate a couple tablespoons of the stuff (smart kid). My wife and I got it almost simultaneously. We had projectile vomiting and diarrhea. My wife got a fever, (102) and went to the hospital, came back and second night got a fever again, went back to the hospital becauseshe had it bad. I didn't get a fever, but I am home bound for the second day, exhausted and recovering. People who sell crap like this should face criminal charges. Again I'm so grateful our toddlers didn't eat more. Where are all the health inspectors? Seriously places that sell this crap should be closed down before someone becomes seriously ill or worse. Interestingly the doctors told my wife that they see a lot of cases of food poisoning from oriental restaurants.

Comment from: Sick, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 06

My wife and I ate a pizza from a fast food pizza place on Friday. We started vomiting early Saturday. It continued for three days. We had stomach pain and nausea for four more days. She lost 11 pounds; I lost 18 pounds. We are both 70, and are just finally eating solid food seven days after the pizza. We had crushed ice, sips of cold water, and Gatorade during those six days. We stayed in bed most of the time. Not a pleasant experience.

Comment from: dar, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I went to a family gathering with about 77 people in attendance. At first, I felt full, even though I didn’t eat that much. I walked a bit and felt faint, so as I was starting to sit down, I fainted. One of the people at the gathering happened to be an emergency medical technician (EMT), so they took my blood pressure, which was low. I felt sick and had “instant diarrhea.” I went straight to the ER because my stomach hurt; I was nauseous, and gagging. At the hospital I was given something for my nausea, which helped. The next day wasn’t too bad. Two days after the incident I tried some oatmeal – and wham – there it was again. Now I’m afraid to eat, with all of the gagging and diarrhea I had yesterday.

Comment from: sick, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

Husband and I went out to dinner last night and both had water, and an appetizer: steak and shrimp kabobs. I am 6 months pregnant and felt uncomfortable and too full on the way home, despite having eaten lightly. When we arrived home I laid down hoping it would pass but it continued to get worse with waves of nausea until I violently threw up 2 hours after eating. After that I began to have moderate to severe stomach pains and nausea, throwing up numerous times all through the night. At around 4 am my husband's stomach began to hurt badly and he began throwing up. This morning we are both still unable to get any sleep and we are in a lot of pain. I have stopped throwing up but my husband is still very ill. We still haven’t managed to eat anything.

Comment from: Matthew, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 22

Three days ago I went to a popular chain restaurant with my fiance and best friend. We all ate the appetizer and dessert but had different entrees. I was very full from eating so much. I figured the stomach discomfort was from over-eating. The pain got worse about an hour after eating and nausea set in quickly. That night I was vomiting and had severe watery diarrhea. I managed to get a little sleep but the next day I was weak, my muscles ached terribly, and drinking or eating anything was difficult. I managed to eat 2 small bowls of soup and some crackers. My stomach also seemed a bit bloated considering how little I consumed during this ordeal, but I'm unsure if it's an actual symptom. All symptoms endured: Vomiting, diarrhea, low-grade fever, leg muscle aches, lower back pain, constant nausea. Even 3 days later I still have slight nausea causing my appetite to drop drastically.

Comment from: Bad Sushi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I had some sushi (eel) last night. It was my first time trying it from this particular restaurant. When I came home I was fine, but when I woke up I was achy, and had the chills with runny diarrhea. I got up to use the restroom about 3-4 times that early morning. I have absolutely NO desire to eat, but am forcing myself to eat crackers and drink plenty of fluids.

Comment from: Lana, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I am a teacher in South Korea. I went on a trip with my school, the dinner was raw fish. I didn't want to eat it as it doesn't appeal to me, but I ate a few pieces out of politeness. The next day I woke up feeling nauseated and weak. I went to school anyway and had some breakfast. Still felt odd. Went at lunch and was violently ill, so I called and said I couldn't go back to work. I spent the rest of the day lying on the couch shivering and going to the bathroom to get sick. Luckily my Korean friend came over with medicine because I wasn't even able to walk up the road a few metres to the shop. I am feeling a bit better today, but my back hurts and I don't feel like eating much. Another teacher who went on the trip is also sick. I will never eat raw fish again.

Comment from: hot mama, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 22

My boyfriend ate crab legs after they sat out all night and thawed... He boiled them this morning and has been sick ever since. His fever is increasing and has been in bed all day. I also believe they were in the freezer too long before he decided to eat them. Buy seafood and prepare to eat it within a couple days. Hope he gets better soon and we don't have to take him to the emergency room!!!

Comment from: sara, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 19

My 5 kids ate hot dogs that I had purchased at a Wal-Mart, 5 nights ago. The next morning they were all throwing up at the same time, yellow watery stool, and severe stomach pains. By that night they woke up wanting to eat, so I gave them toast. The next morning all was fine. Last night, 4 nights later 2 of the kids started complaining of stomach pain and of course threw up again. They are still having trouble today. As of so far me and my husband have not been affected yet, but we did not eat the hot dogs.

Comment from: Gina, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

Went out to eat and I had chicken dumpling. After getting home about an hour later my stomach started hurting and so did my granddaughter’s. We then starting vomiting violently and then had diarrhea. We had chills but no fever. I have been sick for 2days and still can’t eat. I’m just sipping on Sprite and I have had a few crackers, but my stomach is cramping and my insides feel so sore.

Comment from: ltothek, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

About an hour after I ate some left-over Chinese food, I felt a little off. (I was fine the first night I ate it.) Felt stomach pressure so I thought I was constipated, tried going a couple of times & nothing. Then I felt light-headed and suddenly threw up, BIGTIME. Felt a bit better, but vomited again a couple of hrs later. Over the next few hrs I was chilled to the bone, weak, abdominal cramps, VERY achy all over, couldn't stand up for more than 30 seconds w/o feeling faint. I had no fever, though. It took me hours to finish a banana, but I made myself, thinking I needed some nutrition. Barely managed to go from the couch to the bed & tried to sleep. A couple of hrs later the cramping became worse + lower back pain. I almost fainted on my way to the bathroom, but made it - had diarrhea. Made it back to bed panting, sweaty, dizzy. My husband was kind enough to stay home from work the next day; I was afraid of fainting. I mostly slept & ate a little bit: applesauce, saltines, banana, soup. It's been about 36 hours & I feel much better, but still a bit off, but I’m on the mend.

Comment from: Molly Do, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I am 63 years old and in excellent health. I ate shrimp and broccoli at a Chinese/Japanese restaurant and within two hours experienced vomiting and severe diarrhea. These symptoms lasted for about 8 hours. I didn't know whether this was food poisoning or a virus. Felt better the next day, but on the third day, I actually felt much weaker. Am now eating applesauce, plain bread and sipping ginger ale. Still have some diarrhea, but feel a little stronger. I never had a fever.

Comment from: staff, Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I ate hospital pork pie off a salad for supper and then 15 minutes later, I had a crippling abdominal pain followed by projectile vomiting diarrhea, dizziness, sweating and shaking.

Comment from: maryctw, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

My husband and I ate Chinese food last Wednesday night and the following morning became violently ill... He had severe vomiting and diarrhea and I had diarrhea. I cannot vomit due to a nissan fundolplication surgery I had in 2008. I still feel very ill, nauseous, and no food or drink tastes good to me. I also have pressure in my chest and my stomach is very very sore. I was running a fever of 100.2 and it is now 99. I normally have a temp of 97 or below so that is unusual for me. What can I do for help? My husband is feeling a bit better. My other family members did not eat this food so they did not get sick. I am worried about how I feel. My husband will be taking me to urgent care tomorrow if I am not better.

Comment from: Mara, 55-64 Female Published: February 16

I ate chicken and gravy at work around 1:45pm. I immediately had a stomach upset and it got worse through the evening with a headache. Around 7-8pm I was so sick to my stomach, I couldn't stand it. I was dizzy, and extremely hot. My husband said I fainted. My eyes rolled back in my head and my fists were clenched. He got me to wake up and I totally freaked out...was very disoriented. I didn't know where I was or what was happening to me. I finally vomited and had liquid diarrhea...that was coming out at the same time. The next day I was dizzy, light-headed, sick to my stomach and headachy the entire day. I had to stay in bed and missed work.

Comment from: Linda, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

Vomiting, diarrhea, headache, chills, fever, sore lower back, churning stomach were all of my symptoms. This started on Tuesday and lasted for the next two days. For the next 48 hours, I just slept. Five days later, I’ve still got watery stool. I purchased some turkey slices at a deli I never shop at, and some 12 hours later, I woke up vomiting. My kids and husband were all fine, so that’s how I knew it was the deli.

Comment from: Happy in Saline, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

Me, my husband and another couple ate at the Lonestar Steakhouse in Dundee, Michigan. I was the only one in the group that became deathly ill (the difference was I had thousand island dressing and chopped sirloin). Within 45 minutes of arriving home I had diarrhea, vomiting and chills. Soon after, I had abdominal cramping. Four hours later I was in the emergency room because my stool became nothing but blood. I was given an IV and medication to ease the diarrhea and vomiting. Then was sent home and took the next day off work. It has been a little over two months and my white blood count is still high. When I contacted Lonestar Steakhouse they would do nothing since they had no other complaints.

Comment from: ddattoli, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I had potato bacon soup with 1/2 a turkey sandwich for lunch. (The sandwich only had mayo, 1 slice of Swiss, and 1 slice of cheddar cheese. Within 30 minutes my stomach started hurting and I felt horrible. I finished my shift and came home and it got worse. From the time it started to the time I got a fever with chills and threw up was 4 1/2 hours. After I got sick my fever went to 102.7 and I was exhausted and slept for awhile. I would wake up and drink something and fall back asleep. I am still running a low grade fever with acetaminophen. It was 101.8 during the night now it is 100.6. I kept everything down that I have drank so I figured since it all started right after lunch, it had to be my lunch.

Comment from: Droo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

We ordered take-out from a Chinese restaurant in New Hope, PA. I had the eggplant with garlic and brown rice; he had a vegetable and scallop dish. Both of us felt a little odd afterward but only I really got affected: an odd headache in the middle of the night, followed by nausea but no vomiting and all day watery diarrhea. I slept and slept. I have had two doses of Pepto Bismol, and some cinnamon toast and tea. The little bit of food seem to provoke another bout of diarrhea.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I don't know what caused it. I just know I spent 9 hours vomiting and with diarrhea at the same time. When there wasn't anything left in my stomach to expel, and it became dry heaves for several hours. This was accompanied by a mild temp of 99.6 and a great deal of pain in the hip joints. It came on very quickly, I was fine at 11pm and I was throwing up at 11:30pm.

Comment from: Jen, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 26

My roommate and I went to lunch with friends, she had a seafood-egg dish and rest of us had burgers. About 20 minutes after eating, she began having "cramps”. Later that night, she suddenly became light-headed and vomited. After emptying her stomach, she also vomited a small amount of bile.

Comment from: gene, 75 or over Male Published: January 22

I had a beef sandwich from a fast food place. I took a nap about an hour after eating. When I got up, I felt strange. The next thing I remember, I was on the floor at the foot of the bed. I have no idea how long I was out. I had diarrhea and I vomited a few times. I went to the doctor, who said I was fine. He checked my heart and said that everything was normal.

Comment from: eurturn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I purchased some Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches from a convenience store yesterday and apparently they were not stored at the proper temperature as I experienced the whole nausea, cramping and diarrhea that lasted several hours into the night. In the aftermath I believe I was suffering from food poisoning.

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

My wife and 6 kids had chicken last night. Immediately after, my wife started vomiting. Then my 10 year old started vomiting. Now my 2 year- old has been vomiting all night. Hopefully my other four kids don’t get sick like this. Come to find out the chicken we got was from a food bank in Racine, WI. These idiots thawed the chicken then refroze it, then gave it away.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I ate a piece of pie yesterday at a local restaurant. One to two hours later I started experiencing hot and cold flashes, followed shortly after by uncontrollable watery bowel movements and then projectile vomiting. This occurred approximately every 15 minutes for eleven hours, sometimes accompanied by fainting between bouts. Even small sips of water made me vomit again. After 11 hours, I was able to sip watered-down Gatorade without vomiting and the episodes of diarrhea have begun to slow to one every hour or two.

Comment from: annie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

Ate chicken at fast food outlet 6 days ago, and I had cramps through the night. The next day, I had aches and pains and then the diarrhea started. Doctor says it is Campylobacter and can last up to seven days and he sent my tests to the lab. My advice with liquid motions and fever is to get to your doctor ASAP. This poison can be caused by improper handling of preparation of chicken.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

I believe that my illness was caused by either "prewashed" spinach or sliced turkey from a supermarket deli. Nausea came on suddenly with one episode of intense vomiting. Copious watery diarrhea with some cramping followed, occurring every 15 to 30 minutes. Taking even a sip of water provoked cramping and a bout of diarrhea, so I was unable to retain any fluids. The diarrhea stopped about 10 hours after the onset of initial symptoms. I was then able to tolerate small amounts of ice water and saltine crackers. Fever, chills and extreme fatigue lasted throughout the following day.

Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: January 04

I should have not eaten the turkey enchiladas. They smelled funny, but dumb me went ahead and ate it anyway. About four hours later I woke up with an upset stomach and watery diarrhea. I had projectile vomiting. I took some acidophilus and have been sipping green tea to stay hydrated. I just recently had a little yogurt, but my stomach is still upset and the diarrhea has not stopped. I am praying that this will be gone soon.

Comment from: pharris, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

Last night I ate scallops for dinner. Two hours after eating I felt extremely bloated. At 4:00 am I started having watery diarrhea and severe abdominal pains.

Comment from: (Patient) Published: December 29

We believe pizza caused our food poisoning. We had severe cramping, headaches, chills, nausea, body aches, vomiting and watery diarrhea.

Comment from: 19-24 Male Published: December 28

I ate 3 nacho cheese chalupas, and immediately after, I had diarrhea. An hour later, my stomach feels like its floating and I have a lump in my throat. My head is dizzy but I don’t have a headache and I'm getting hot/cold flashes. I’m at work now, and I can barely function.

Comment from: howzit, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I went to a local restaurant and ate cheese from the salad bar. Not only was it the worst tasting food ever. I started to feel dizzy and nauseated. I could not eat or drink; and I began to have headaches, cold, clammy hands, abdominal pains and pain in my back and my lower limbs. I had no diarrhea or vomiting. It has taken a week for me to feel better, and I’m still feeling kind of bad.

Comment from: PB, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 28

Frequently after a potluck -- especially one at work -- I have experienced mild symptoms -- stomach pain, headache or dizziness, and intestinal symptoms. I think it is because some people do not keep the food hot enough or cold enough during storage and travel.

Comment from: HGSurvivor07, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I ate at a local restaurant (from their lunch buffet, pizza, pasta, and salad) and within an hour I had projectile vomiting. Two hours later I had vomiting, severe nausea with cramping, and diarrhea. This went on for about 12 hours until it ran its course.

Comment from: SnowyOwlet, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 11

My daughter and her 11 and 13 year old daughters all began vomiting and had diarrhea after dinner at home tonight. Their father didn't get it. The difference is that he had soft taco, and they had hard tacos. I told him to not let them dehydrate and it should be better by the morning. He also said that the girls seem to have temperatures.

Comment from: lion king, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 23

I ate leftovers that were stored in the refrigerator, and then about 30 minutes to an hour, my stomach started feeling funny. I went to the bathroom back and forth for a few hours then I started vomiting out of my mouth and nose. My wife and three sons ate the same exact meal that I did but no one else got sick.

Comment from: Trustee, 65-74 Female Published: February 18

I ate a scallops and shrimp dish. Within 30 minutes I started getting sick-felt like a lump in my stomach. 30 minutes later had projectile vomiting, 3 more times within next 20 minutes. Went to bed and continued vomiting for 14 hours - finally vomiting bile and had dry heaves. In between vomiting I would sweat and then chill. Uncontrollable diarrhea began and lasted for 2 days. I was weak and sipped on sprite and ate dry crackers very slowly. Low grade fever accompanied the whole episode.

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I went to get makings for my Indian chili recipe. I stopped at the deli to get a snack and got one of those hot pocket pizza sticks which I’ve been getting since I was in middle school with no problems. Before I was finished making dinner I was running a horrible fever and running to the bathroom to vomit. I couldn’t even keep water down. This continued all night and I had to keep a bucket next to my bed. After I was finally able to fall asleep I only woke up once drank a glass of water, and vomited violently to the point I was pouring sweat and tears were streaming out of my eyes. I woke up at around 9 today with my body in such horrible pain and my stomach was still turning but I have not thrown up yet today.

Comment from: sick, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I got a steak quesadilla and salsa. I really don't know which one did it, but immediately after I had diarrhea and stomach cramps that came and went about every hour. Then the vomiting started and stomach cramps all night. I barely got any sleep through the pain and the next day I felt alright until the late afternoon and the nausea came back.

Comment from: mtrose, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I opened a can of Libby's pumpkin, which was very watery. Assuming they were adding more water to make up the weight of the can, I used it for a cake filling, which I tasted about 1/4 cup. Within an hour, I became nauseated and started some diarrhea. Three hours later, I had the chills, severe stomach, upper and lower intestine pains and then severe projectile vomiting that caused chest spasms which affected my breathing. I was rushed to the emergency room where I was given an IV. Five days later, I still have nausea.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

After 4 of us ate at a local restaurant, I had chicken pot pie, and within 2 hours I felt funny and shortly thereafter had diarrhea and vomiting lasting for almost 2 days along with being dizzy, chills, bloody diarrhea. As my husband said, he never sees me ill and this was perhaps the sickest I have been in years. It has taken a few days to get my strength back and regain the 4 lbs. I lost.

Comment from: Chardress, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I ate some red chard. Within 45 minutes my upper abdominal swelled up with great intense pain and bloating. I had a fever and the shakes then projectile vomited. This happened over a 48hour time period three times. The pain continued at a less intense measure for two more days. Over the four day span I ate very little and slept a lot. On my fifth day I feel like I've been ran over by a truck and I cannot eat normally yet.

Comment from: sickoX3, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

Body aches, diarrhea, cold chills, sleepy, not wanting to eat, slight dizzy when walking and headache. Restless, tired easily when walking up stairs. No vomiting but onset dry vomiting motion. Onset came on hours after eating a cheesy seafood dish. My son had abdominal cramps as well as the same systems I had. My husband only had a mild diarrhea, nothing else. My son's system left after 24 hours he stated he only has a sore neck as of today.

Comment from: edanielle67, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 08

I have a 4 year old daughter that for the past 3 days has had vomiting and diarrhea, doing some studying of my own on the Internet and a trip to the doctors confirmed it. She has had no other symptoms at all. The doctor said to just let it run its course that it was probably just a mild case.

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