Patient Comments: Gastroenteritis - Symptoms & Signs


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Comment from: MJW94, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 24

I am 26 now. Three years ago, my back had seized up, I couldn't bend and could hardly walk. A few days after, I woke up to excruciating pain I wouldn't wish on anyone. Legs would give out and I was using a walking frame for 5 weeks until able to get a CT scan. I had a herniated degenerative disc 11 mm protruding. Yes, 11 mm. Pinching my sciatic nerve. For 6 months I walked like a penguin with a pain down the right side of my back to my toes. After a spinal injection I was back to my old self, until it flared up this week.

Comment from: Bailey stack, 19-24 (Patient) Published: January 17

November 2017 I had this random bellyache and I thought I was just a tad sick I guess. It went away for a month so I felt fine but January 1st I had a very rumbly tummy. I was constantly throwing up and had diarrhea. It went on and on for 3 months. I called my doctor, she did a belly ultrasound, HIDA scan, and had me breathe into a bag, and all came negative. My friends can hear my rumbly tummy. I went back to my doctor and she told me to go to a stomach doctor, so I did. I got an endoscopic test in my belly, my intestines and my stomach are infected and I had stomach flu.

Comment from: Firsttimergastro, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

Midday I started to feel nauseated and had no appetite due to gastroenteritis. That afternoon my abdomen was bloated, rock sold and I was tired. I woke up at 4 am with intense shooting pains across my abdomen and had a fever. I woke again and had an urgency to go to the toilet. When I sat on the toilet I had a high fever with the first bout of diarrhea, and blacked out. I had nonstop diarrhea every 20 minutes for 4 days, had to take something to give my sore stinging anus a rest. Now day 6 and I have just cramps and nausea still.

Comment from: Victor Felix, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 07

Loss of appetite and stomach pains are my symptoms of gastroenteritis.

Comment from: Jan, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I was vomiting all night from gastroenteritis and the next morning I had fatigue and stomach pain.

Comment from: Pharmgrl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I have had loose stools from gastroenteritis for about 1 week now. Previous to that I was in Ecuador and Galapagos for two weeks. I just now vomited and have cramps and very loose stools at the same time. No fever but stomach is real sore and nauseous. Every time I return from there I get like this.

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

I never got diarrhea with gastroenteritis, but had a stomach ache with severe nausea and couldn't stop throwing up. For 3 days, I lay on my couch vomiting in a pail. I lost weight because I couldn't keep anything down.

Comment from: Scotslass67, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

My daughter, grandson and I went to Cape Verde for a holiday 7th to 21st July 2018. My daughter got cramps and the runs from the 9th and she still has it and it is now 23rd July. She also has sweating prior to the runs and can't control her temperature. My grandson had same symptoms for a week and a half but seems fine now. I've also had these symptoms that finished when we arrived back yesterday 22nd July. We think it is gastroenteritis as does my doctor.

Comment from: Merrie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I have bad cramping, and feeling like I have to pass stool, but can’t after 3 days of diarrhea due to gastroenteritis. Chicken soup and rice are the only things I can eat. I have hot chamomile tea with honey; bananas also. This is day no 4.

Comment from: Curtis, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 10

A few nights ago, both my wife and I woke up to extreme stomach problems. We each took turns going to the bathroom, throwing up everything we had eaten the previous day and having violent diarrhea. It was not a fun night. The next day, I felt like I had the worst flu symptoms: aches and pains, 101 fever, chills, I could not manage to get warm no matter how many clothes I put on. I could not eat anything, I tried eating some toast but could not get through more than three bites without throwing it all up again. My wife's gastroenteritis symptoms were similar though not as extreme as mine. As bad as the episode was, by day two I had felt much better. I felt like I couldn't eat as much as I usually do, but managed to eat balanced meals and snacks throughout the day. I drank plenty of water and sports drink, which seemed to help keep me hydrated, luckily I was able to keep the fluids down. Thankfully, as horrible as the first day was, it was short lived. Initially we thought it was food poisoning, but then realized that it was similar to what our 22 month son went through a few days prior. He threw up heavily and had a diarrhea accident that we both helped to clean up, which most likely was when we got infected. He most likely contracted the infection at the daycare at the gym we go to.


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Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

My symptoms of gastroenteritis were cramps followed by diarrhea, but no nausea or throwing up. A little bit of mucus too, no blood spotted.

Comment from: NapsWithCats, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I went to emergency hospital last night as I was suffering; I mean crying in pain (rare occurrence). I already have colitis (since I was 19), hiatal hernia and GERD, but last night I was slammed with immediate watery diarrhea, severe stomach cramps to the point I was unable to pet my cats even. Leaning over hurt, standing up straight hurt. I called my friend who took me to emergency last night. They took CT scan and also an x-ray and found I had gastroenteritis that has been 'probably caused by a virus. I believe it is norovirus. I was given prescription for aluminum hydroxide/magnesium hydroxide/simethicone 200/200/20 to be taken 4 times/day, and also another one that I am not going to fill because I was feeling nauseous, but never threw up. The other is Zofran ODT 4 mg (1 tablet every 8 hours). I won't be filling this one, I am very low on money. What a painful thing to go through! I had headaches for about a month (never got headaches before), I have regular colitis, but yesterday it went crazy, and then the intolerable stomach cramping; horrible. As soon as that pharmacy opens, I'm getting the simethicone. I remember when I was first diagnosed at age 19 with colitis they gave me this and it really calms the stomach!

Comment from: tiredmomma, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 24

My youngest daughter got the stomach flu (gastroenteritis) one week after I took her to the doctor for a severe cough. It started in the middle of the night as vomiting and diarrhea, and it lasted 3 days. After that I had to take her to children’s hospital for fluids because she was dehydrated. They gave her fluids, sent us home and she was fine for exactly 1 week. Then it came back, and after the 1st day she was lethargic and had to go get more fluids. She's doing well now, and my other 3 kids have it. It started the same way, but I've been able to keep them hydrated. I've sprayed Lysol and cleaned everything with bleach. Hopefully we can get rid of this mess soon. The only advice I have is drink plenty of water, or Gatorade, eat popsicles, and sleep with an old towel under you and a bucket by the bed for vomit. Zofran has worked well for the older 3, but not for my 7 year old.

Comment from: nea, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

My gastroenteritis started 2 days ago, felt like a lot of trapped gas. Then the diarrhea started, and I was very nauseated, but did not throw up. Then the chills hit, I could not get warm even under an electric blanket. Fever was 101.7. Fever finally broke, but not the stomach issues. I feel like someone has been punching me in the gut! I am so sore, and so weak. Of course, the holidays in a small town, good luck getting a doctor's appointment. I can't eat. I am trying to stay hydrated. I hope this goes away soon!

Comment from: Gregc20169, Male (Patient) Published: July 14

I came down with what I believe was gastroenteritis on last Wednesday. I was having watery bowel movements and feeling nauseous. After the last 5 days of not being hungry, upset stomach, and staying near to a toilet, I am starting to feel a little better. My stomach still feels like I ate a few wine glasses, when I am sitting up or working at my desk. I have to say I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

Comment from: Diane, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I awoke in the night feeling that something wasn't right. I went to the bathroom and immediately broke out in heavy perspiration, and had a real bout of diarrhea. It really scared me. All night I had fever, chills, stomach cramps, and was up and down making trips to the bathroom. I had no idea where all that fluid came from in the diarrhea. Like it would never stop. The next day was the same thing. I slept almost all day which I've never done. The next day, I felt better and decided to try some solid food; bad idea. Back it came, though not as bad. I've been trying to stay hydrated with water and Gatorade. I have only eaten Jell-O, rice cooked in chicken broth, and some applesauce. Gastroenteritis isn't fun at all!

Comment from: Male, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 08

My gastroenteritis symptom was foul smelling frequent bowel movements. I am a diabetic under kidney treatment and take phosphorous blockers. I had no flu like symptoms.

Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 04

I got gastroenteritis on vacation in Florida. It came on VERY suddenly. I didn't even make it to the bathroom. Luckily I was in my hotel room, but what a mess. I had that kind of diarrhea and vomiting for five straight days. I tried over the counter remedies but nothing worked. When I got home I went to my doctor and he gave me antibiotics.

Comment from: congoclark81, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

This is one nasty bug! First, it hit my daughter, then me, and now my husband. I went to work Monday morning feeling fine. Two hours into my workday, it hit me out of nowhere. I was in the bathroom for almost three hours straight with diarrhea and gagging. I became extremely tired, dizzy, and nauseous, with extreme stomach cramps. Any sight or smell of food made the nausea more severe. Later that night, the body aches, chills, and headache came on. I slept straight through from 8:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. Nearly 48 hours later, I still have a stomachache, headache, nausea, and still feeling drained.


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Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I started on August 11th with gas pains. On August 12th I had diarrhea with severe gas pains beforehand. Anything I ate caused severe gas pains and diarrhea. Although I felt "yucky" most of the time I never vomited. I went through a few days that everything, bananas, applesauce, toast, etc. made me feel sick and I was gagging on almost everything. My doctor suggested I drink "Pedialyte" and not to worry about eating, just don't get dehydrated. It has continued on for over two weeks. I am feeling somewhat better but I still have to be careful what I eat. No dairy of any kind right now it brings back symptoms loose bowels. I am not back to normal yet but hopefully if I am really careful as to what I eat I will improve. Today is my 70th birthday.

Comment from: Blossom , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I have had gastroenteritis now for 3 weeks and I have been to the doctors 4 times, had blood tests, gave a stool sample in, and still no better off. I have gone off food all together now. Doctors say it will run its course and am waiting for an appointment for the hospital to see a consultant. I don’t know what else to do now, I wonder if anyone else has had it lasting this long.

Comment from: Sugandhi Sah, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 23

Diarrhea and dysentery,a bdominal cramp,n ausea and vomiting and weakness etc.

Comment from: Ms.Ta, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had fever, nausea, and bad stomach cramps, like being stabbed with a knife. I had to go to the ER and get antibiotics. I am feeling better, but I am not eating any meat for a while...just soups and yogurts.

Comment from: Southcarolina, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

It first started on a Wednesday night with belching. The next morning, I felt nauseous and had several diarrhea episodes. Immediately, I started drinking mass quantities of Gatorade and took some probiotics. The diarrhea continued all day and I had a fever. The next day was worse: I had stomach cramps with several trips to the bathroom. I took ibuprofen for my fever and drank lots of Gatorade to hydrate myself to avoid ending up in the hospital. Saltine crackers every few hours also helped. Now it’s Saturday morning, and I woke up drenched in sweat and with stomach cramps. I never threw up but I rarely do, unless it is food poisoning.

Comment from: yawina, Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I have it now. Today is my fourth day. It started with muscle pain and abdominal pain. Then next day, dizziness when I woke up in the morning, fever, headache, weariness, and wanting to faint. I fainted twice. Then, watery stools, dry mouth, sticky lips. Coughing and sneezing as I also have cough and cold. No sense of taste and smell. Loss of appetite and always thirsty. My voice is totally unrecognizable.The worst days are the first two days, I guess. I feel a lot better today than yesterday. Fever and muscle pain are gone.