Patient Comments: Gastroenteritis - Treatment

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Comment from: Mar, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

It all started with not feeling quite right. Then I had smelly gas for a week and burping. That cleared up. Then about a week later I got up and went to the bathroom 8 times. The last several times it was diarrhea. No other symptoms of gastroenteritis. Next day I had diarrhea once. Then lots of burping, no diarrhea, but lots of gas. Things seemed to be mending, then I had the weirdest bowel movement. All this started 3 weeks ago. Bowels still aren’t quite normal. Lots of gas and noisy intestines. Pain is gone.

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

Basically, just time was the best treatment for my gastroenteritis. For three days, I vomited continuously, every 20 to 30 minutes, and even conventional treatments, such as crackers, ginger ale, and Pepto-Bismol came right back up. The 4th day, I only threw up 4 or 5 times in the morning, then it was over with.

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

After all 4 of my kids having the stomach flu (gastroenteritis), here's my advice. Drink plenty of Gatorade and water. My 7 year old needed 5 ml every 5 minutes to stay hydrated. Popsicles are great when you can't eat, they help with hydration. Take Zofran and clean everything with Lysol, bleach, and GermX. Sleep with a towel under you, and a bucket by the bed for vomit, because there will be times that you cannot make it to the bathroom. Any signs of dehydration or lethargy seek medical help.

Comment from: ahartmeyer25, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I"ve had the stomach flu for 6 days now. First day was vomiting profusely and diarrhea at the same time. After several hours I decided to go to the hospital. I was so dehydrated the doctor admitted me for the night, gave me some Phenergan and fluid through IV. I felt better the next day, just exhausted from the night’s events. I vomited so hard that the blood vessels in my face and eyes busted, so I looked rather gross as blood pooled in the whites of my eyes. By day 3 I was a lot better, just had no appetite and slept a lot. Day 4 and 5 I finally ate solid food and was able to keep it down. Day 6 I still have diarrhea and my stomach is making loud gurgling sounds with bad gas. Not sure what that"s about, but I feel 90% better and will return to work on Monday after being out for four days.

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

I got gastroenteritis while I was on vacation. Vomiting and severe diarrhea. When I got home I went to my GI doctor because by that time it had been 5 days and I was getting dehydrated. He gave me Flagyl and within a couple of days I was feeling much better.

Comment from: Rhonda Bridgeman, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I have been having bubbles in my stomach, and been feeling nausea. I was having some pains that come and go in my lower right side. This problem with gastroenteritis has been going on for a week now. I've already had a CT done, and I've seen a general surgery doctor. He said that I have gallstones, but the place that I'm having pain is not causing me to have to have my gallbladder taken out. He said that everything else looked good.

Comment from: A Doctor, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 04

The following liquids should be taken in sips as required to prevent dehydration if you have gastroenteritis. One liter of water plus 8 teaspoons of sugar 1 teaspoonful of salt, a glass of orange juice with a pinch of salt, a glass of buttermilk with a pinch of salt and a glass of rice water with a pinch of salt.

Comment from: nursemumsy, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 04

Mere hours after my almost 11 year-old daughter came home from gymnastics practice last night all happy and full of energy, she became violently ill and vomited her entire stomach contents onto the bathroom floor. The volume was really impressive. She had intermittent bouts of vomiting throughout the night with only gastric juices left in her stomach to bring up. This morning she’s had a few bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. Preventing dehydration is key in treating gastroenteritis, so I’ve found that ginger ale and a few saltine crackers help with that and calm the stomach. So far, my daughter has tolerated that fairly well with only one small bout of vomiting since. We’ll try a little chicken soup later, if she’s up for it.

Comment from: Dr troy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

After 2 kids and wife got sick, I ended up with stomach flu. I had watery diarrhea, then nausea and headache. Best cure was bed and heating pad, get hot! Fever kills the virus. Drink fluids when you can. Zofran helped the kids. I did not get the vomiting. But the kids and wife, vomited within 30 seconds of feeling stomach pain. Rest and fever then chills helped. Once my fever broke I was on the mend.

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

This is my second time getting this. The first time was a one-time vomiting. After that I was fine. The second time was different. It started with eating some Stroganoff. I woke up at 3am in the morning with terrible stomach pains Nausea came after that I vomited two to three times after that. The pain went away only if I were sleeping. I drank Sprite to hydrate well and Alka Selzer for the stomach pains. It soothed my stomach for a moment but has since returned.

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

Mine started at about 2:30 a.m., waking me from a deep sleep with stomach cramps. I thought I had heartburn, so I took something for the heartburn and used the restroom. Everything was normal and I got back in bed. About 45 minutes later, I was vomiting in the trash can, trying to make it to the restroom, because I now have diarrhea. So, I'm sitting on the toilet with trash can in hand and diarrhea running out the other end. My stomach kept gurgling. By the time the clock went off for me to go to work at 5 a.m., I was exhausted and also had a horrible headache. I got in to see my doctor the same day, who gave me promethazine for the nausea and vomiting. The doctor said it was a 24-48-hour virus, but it was more like 48-72 hours. I hope this never hits me again.

Published: July 22

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.

Published: July 21

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: June 20

Day one: I started the day with an irritating stomach cramp. It progressed into severe nausea by the afternoon. Uncontrollable vomiting and watery stools ensued. I would vomit to the point of painful dry-heaving and almost passing out. By the time it exhausted me, my lips had a weird tingly sensation, and then I had a cold sweat. This same cycle would continue for nearly 10 hours with only half an hour in between at best. Before I would get sick again, I would get progressive shortness of breath that turned into heaving. I tried to keep down water and Gatorade. Day two: I slept through most of the night from exhaustion. By the time I awoke, I was completely dehydrated. I had severe stomach pain. I drank minimal amounts of fluid because my stomach would easily be overloaded. My BMs were watery for most of the day. I had shortness of breath with the lack of energy. I vomited any food eaten. Day three: I had to work today. I shouldn't have though. I kept down most of my fluids but any food eaten triggered vomiting. The color returned to my stool but it is far from solid. I just got home, and I'm going to rest until I can finally be well again.

Comment from: Cocopuffs, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I have had this viral infection for about 5 days already. I only get nausea no vomit and i do not have diarrhea. I have some abdominal pain, i feel like i have a fever, my ears feel warmer than usual, eyes feel like when you are catching a cold and my neck feels tired and stiff. My stool still has yellow mucus I read it was the stomach enzymes (stomach producing too much so it can smooth out things in there). It is also a little black. I went to ER they gave me IV fluids, checked for blood in stool it was negative told me it was viral it will go away. It gets bad in the mornings the nausea and dizziness tiredness all that. I Drink ORS (oral re-hydration solutions) buy at pharmacy, vegetable soup, crackers, toast, water, apple sauce. can some one tell me if it has lasted more than 8 days? thanks

Comment from: 19-24 (Patient) Published: August 13

Started around bed time with stomach pain and a high fever (my thermometer was broken but based on past experience i'm guessing 102-103), it's august and I was shivering in sweats in bed with multiple blankets. Didn't sleep for more than 2 hours at a time for the next 2 days with diarrhea, fever, headache, stomache ache and body aches. After all the food cleared out of my digestive tract i was just letting loose watery yellow stuff with a smidge of brown sand-like stool at the bottom. Fever finally cleared after around 36-48 hours and diarrhea went from persistent to only after meals, but it's been 8 days and I still can't keep down any food without lomitil, and even then it sort of just delays loose stool.

Comment from: Adrian, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 24

I had the stomach flu for the last 6 days. No vomiting or the runs but things like fever, night sweats, back ache and a violent stomach ache. I have also had a running temperature. This flu is brutal. At one stage I was on the floor in a fetal position in agony. Just starting to get back on my feet now. I have had 4 days off work.

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Comment from: Ugh, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

For me, the symptoms lasted a week. On the first day, I had nasty bouts of diarrhea, awful vomiting, and dry-heaving. I couldn't consume anything except for ice chips without vomiting a half hour or so later. Over the next few days as the symptoms decreased, I found that I could drink things like Propel, and close to the end I could take Vitamin Water. I did not take any medicine, because the last time I had this flu, taking medicine only kept it in my body longer.

Comment from: nania1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I have had the stomach flu for five days now with all of the related symptoms. It felt like I had rocks in my stomach. I finally called the doctor and he prescribed Phernagin and started me on it last night. It has settled my stomach so today I feel like maybe eating some toast or rice. I have missed a whole week of work due to this stuff! It is for sure no fun.

Published: July 21

I got gastroenteritis and I only got the vomiting side of it. It has been happening every hour for the past week and a half now and I’m still getting pains in my stomach. I had to go to hospital because I was dehydrated.

Published: July 16

When I had Gastroenteritis, the symptoms started one week and then went away. About three weeks later I had them again. They started with continuous diarrhea and me vomiting one time. I also had continuous abdominal pain and cramps. For this all I had to do to get rid of the pain and diarrhea and vomiting was to take some Pepto-Bismol. Then about three weeks later, my fiance and I ate some spaghetti for dinner and I ate a little too much and my stomach started to cramp again. I thought it was because I overate, but it was actually the Gastroenteritis coming back because it wasn't medically treated the first time I had the symptoms. I went to bed that night thinking that if I slept the pain would go away. But it didn't, and I woke up at about three in the morning and had stomach pains so bad that I could barely walk. I decided to get up and go take some Pepto-Bismol since it worked the first time and I did thinking that it would work this time but it didn't and I was up all night. At about six-thirty that morning the pain had subsided but I was starting to feel a little nauseous, so I tried going to the bathroom and of course more diarrhea, but I was still feeling really sick, so I decided to go lay down or at least try to and also try to get some rest seeing how I was up since three. As soon I laid down I started feeling dizzy. I knew that I had to do something or else I was going to throw up all over the bed, so I sat up thinking that the dizziness would go away, but it got worse and so I grabbed the trash can next to me and I think you know the rest. But the strange part was the first time I had it I only threw up once, but this time I threw up so much that when my fiance took me to the emergency room he told one of the doctors that he never saw so much bile in his life. I got treated for it and the doctors prescribed me some suppositories and that took care of the nausea, pain, diarrhea and vomiting. I have fully recovered from Gastroenteritis but on occasion still get mild stomach cramps and sometimes diarrhea.

Published: July 14

I was about 2 years old when I got it. I got the bad one because I kept vomiting and having diarrhea. The doctor just gave me the medicine and told me I would be fine that week I did not get better. In fact I got so bad I had to go to the emergency room I was there for a week. I hadn’t eaten in weeks because I threw every thing up. I was close to dying. Doctors had to put the nutrients straight into my blood. After about 2 weeks I got better and went home now I’m fine.

Published: July 14

My 4 year old daughter was diagnosed with the stomach flu Thursday she threw up twice, and had diarrhea since Thursday, no fever, and she’s fine, but today is Monday and she still has diarrhea going to the bathroom every 1/2 hour. She complains that her stomach is bothering her, and on Thursday she complained of a headache.

Published: July 09

At 9 p.m., I started to feel sick to my stomach. By 10 p.m., I started vomiting nonstop until 3 a.m. I called my doctor because the vomiting would not stop and the abdominal pain was so severe. He sent me a suppository to take it, and it didn’t work. I was so weak and dehydrated and consumed with pain that I had my husband take me to the ER where I had IV fluids and nausea medication (three types). After five hours, I was released. I was very weak and had a low grade fever. I have been resting and keeping my diet bland.

Published: June 25

I don't know if it was stomach flu but it started with uncontrolled chills...teeth chattering and then heat. The next day I vomited and had green diarrhea all day. I went to the doctor and had a fever of 101. After vomiting and having diarrhea until midnight. I was told to go to the hospital. Unbelievable stomach pain and nausea, continuing diarrhea. Nothing helped. I was put on morphine for the pain, but it hardly touched my pain, nausea medication never worked. I was put on IV with fluid and antibiotics. For 4.5 days I was in the worst shape of my life. I was on broth and jello, but had no appetite. Finally on day 6 I was better and came home. I am exhausted, still on jello and broth and have been told to do nothing for a week.

Published: June 25

My 21 month old son has had this for 9 days. He vomited the 1st, 3rd, and 9th day, but watery diapers have been present the entire time. He averages 3-6 of these diapers daily. We have been concentrating on half Pedialyte and half Gatorade, but he doesn't drink as much as needed. Eating foods is minimal. We took him to the doctor today and he was treated for dehydration. The ER doctor said to expect more diarrhea for a few more days, but hopefully no more vomiting.

Published: June 17

I developed the symptoms within 24 hours of infection. It started at night and was worse the next day. I had trouble making it to the bathroom in time. I felt better the second day, but I had terrible gas and needed to be near the bathroom. I even could hear the gas in my stomach. The third day I felt much better. Soup, tea, dry bread and crackers were the best for me. I stayed away from alcohol, dairy, spicy or meat/chicken. I drank plenty of clear fluids, took Tylenol, slept and took warm baths. I also took Pepto Bismol every hour at first and backed off. I took Metamucil as well.

Published: June 05

I had the worst stomach pain I had ever felt. Diarrhea lasted about 2 days along with fever and vomiting. I did drink plenty of water, slowly and ate saltine crackers. As fast as I could get it in me, it was coming out. I wasn't hungry for about 2 days after the virus passed.

Published: June 03

Abdominal cramps are the worst. They are nothing compared to menstrual cramps. I had a 103 temperature and sleepless nights. I was sick a good 2 days beforehand and then felt better. I am a "go out and get over it person." Yet the virus hit hard on day 5. Doctor said to stay away from dairy because it can trigger more pain. Had soup but could not take more than a couple spoons. Gatorade and water and 600mg of Motrin was my diet. Do not take 600mg without doctors consent and reduce mg based on fever.

Published: May 27

Started with diarrhea which lasted for about 2 days then the stomach cramps started which lasted for about 5 days. Eating anything would bring on painful cramps within 20mins and then more trips to the bathroom! I basically drank, water, Gatorade & green tea on day 5 for 24hrs and then slowly introduced crackers, apple sauce, rice & bananas back into my diet. I lost about 9Lbs from not being able to eat and it also makes you very lethargic and sometimes dizzy. Yesterday (9th day) was fine & managed a little salad & mash potato but today (day 10) the diarrhea came back so it's back to the crackers, rice & apple sauce for another day! Can't wait to have some delicious food in my system.

Published: May 23

The first day I was vomiting a lot, headaches, sore wrists and ankle, sore back, sore eyes. After the second day no vomiting but the pain in the chest and esophagus was still there along with a headache. Gatorade, water, Tylenol, and hot compresses on joints helps with hot bath. It takes at least three good days to recover, this is third one in six months.

Published: May 22

Immediately started sipping gatorade,continuously to prevent dehydration as much as possible. But the Phengren suppositories are a relief from the vomitting. Started adding protien slowly. Still housebound but much better after 5 days.

Comment from: 13-18 Female Published: August 14

I think it all started when one night I ate a home delivered chicken caesar salad which was practically drenched in its salad sauce. The next day my stomach ached a little but got progressively worse during the day till I didn’t want to eat anything at night. But nonetheless I was tempted that night and ate a little bit of fish and shrimp. About an hour afterwards I felt as though my stomach was inflating or something which seemed to be caused by too many acids in my stomach though I had, had nothing acidic that day. I went home and took some basic medicine. I slept and woke up at 3 in the morning. Nearly 24 hrs after I had eaten the salad the previous day. I felt extremely nauseous by then and vomited only once for 15 minutes. I also had very watery diarrhea. I was exhausted by then so I went to bed. The next few days I was extremely tired as well and tried to eat nothing but dry bread and plain rice (safe, right?). I did not vomit again though I did have stomach aches and diarrhea twice after (though not as watery or strong, since I took an Egyptian diarrhea medicine called antinal). Also, whenever I felt as though my stomach was inflating (acidic) I would take basic medicine like Tums. It’s been 8 days now since it started and I nearly feel normal, though I am still afraid to eat whatever I want. My stomach always seems to be warning me.

Published: July 31

Mine started this afternoon; I woke up and was fine for a few hours. Then I was cold, where I couldn’t warm up. The nausea started and any smells made me want to throw up. I now have frequent diarrhea and a headache. I haven’t eaten all day, just tiny sips of water and Tums for the nausea.

Published: July 28

The first day, my stomach hurt all day, but I was able to eat. Then, that night, I felt really nauseous, and threw-up. I have not thrown up again, but my stomach has hurt ever since, and I have not been able to eat anything. I slept for 20 of 24 hours after the first throwing up, but now if I walk around I break out in a sweat and feel weak. I am going on day three now. This is very unusual for me. I wonder if I should see a doctor or let it work itself out.