Patient Comments: Gastroenteritis - Diagnosis

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Comment from: Elena Angel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

The onset of my gastroenteritis symptoms began one evening after eating dinner at home. I began to experience extreme gas, the urge to belch and mild heartburn accompanied with stomach/abdominal pain. I also was very weak and nauseous. The worst of it was the vomiting which thankfully only occurred at the onset of the stomach flu. The next day I visited my doctor and was diagnosed with gastroenteritis. The doctor asked me a series of questions and based on those answers I was diagnosed. I also am experiencing almost every symptom associated with this illness.

Comment from: abitbearded, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 30

I woke up early morning today and while lying down could tell my head was spinning, like I was drunk. I slept another hour until my alarm and then got up. It was like I was drunk or dizzy. I couldn't walk straight, felt like throwing up at times and felt hot sometimes. Work was cancelled so I slept another few hours and it became a bit better. It is very odd.

Comment from: Firefly427, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

My gastroenteritis started off with having no appetite and feeling very bloated. As I suffer from IBS-C (irritable bowel syndrome with constipation) I thought it was that flaring up. After 2 days of feeling weak, bloated and no appetite, that evening I woke up writhing around in sweat in the worst pain ever due to serious stomach cramps. I crawled to the bathroom and laid on the floor as I was so light headed. I then threw up a chicken noodle soup I had eaten the previous night. Then the diarrhea started and stayed for 4 days along with horrific constant stomach cramps, headaches, chills, anxiety, light headedness and severe weakness. I know I am dehydrated and I am trying to sip water and Lucozade. On day 5 now, I still have severe stomach cramps and just a few sips of water bloats me up like a whale. This is the most distressing illness I have ever suffered from, including actual flu and I hope it will go away soon. No idea where I caught it from either, which doesn't help as it's making me nervous of everything I have done or eaten over the past 2 weeks!

Comment from: 65-74 (Patient) Published: May 30

Having been born with it in England, 14 other children died from gastroenteritis. I was fed through tubes for over 6 months. Only 2 of us lived out of 16 (I had to be revived once). I am not partial to food. I often have an upset stomach. Fast foods really make me sick, even the smell of it. My husband thought it was all in my head, from a past food poisoning. I eat breakfast and supper after work. I do not snack. I constantly feel bloated, for as long as I can remember! Doctors have never offered any relief. I am extremely sensitive to any pain pills (vomiting). Therefore, they tell me there is nothing they can do for me. Recently, I began taking probiotics. Some relief, very little.

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

Mine started the same day (pretty sure it was something I ate). I didn't vomit a lot, maybe twice the first the night, but I felt lightheaded and dizzy, I went to the urgent care the same night thinking I had food poisoning. They gave me medicine for my nausea. Day 2 I worked and felt fine, just no appetite. Day 3 I worked, but left early feeling weak and bothered. Then things got bad, I was dizzy, had weird head tingles (numbness feeling) and went to the ER. I had an IV to rehydrate myself, and they told me I had gastroenteritis, everyday for up to a week (still a bit sick now) I've felt weak, tired, no appetite, groggy and my anxiety is horrible. I've been sticking to the BRAT diet, water, and Gatorade. I'm going to my doctor again soon to check up. I'm not nauseous or having diarrhea, but my body feels weak probably from not eating hardly. Hope this helps, feel better if you're reading this, I know it's hard to deal with!

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I got sick Wednesday night, vomiting and diarrhea. I slept all day Thursday, still vomiting and throwing up, Friday felt a little better then it hit again. Saturday I started drinking Gatorade and now I feel a lot better. Every day while I was sick I took a dose of vitamin C. I think it helped a little. This stomach flu is horrible and it lasts at least 4 to 5 days. I think if I would"ve started on Gatorade sooner it would"ve been a lot better.

Comment from: Sherry, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

For me, when I woke up yesterday morning, I was having a bad headache and abdominal cramps. I went to work anyway, and had very watery diarrhea at around 8 am. Later on in the day, I vomited a total of three times. The vomit was mostly very watery, and the third time I vomited, the vomit was greenish in color. I went to a family doctor in the afternoon and was diagnosed with stomach flu. I also had a fever at around evening. For all of you going through this right now, my doctor gave me the following advice that may aid faster recovery: 1. Don't gulp your water as you will tend to throw up more often that way. To prevent dehydration, take frequent sips of water. 2. Eat dry foods and avoid soupy foods such as noodle soup. I know these are what you usually eat when you are sick, but it doesn't help if you have stomach flu. Foods such as bread slices (with jam or butter) are fine. 3. If you are not hungry/have a poor appetite, try to keep your stomach empty as you will recover faster that way.

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Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I am also going through this awesome stomach flu/ gastroenteritis. Mine started on a Sunday night and it hit very sudden with vomiting. The next day the vomiting stopped but the diarrhea began and I had the worst stomach cramps ever. I was so upset with how bad I was feeling and decided to go to a clinic where the doctor diagnosed me with gastroenteritis. I am now able to eat the foods I normally do and I make sure to drink as many fluids as possible however it is now Friday and I am still having trouble with the diarrhea. It is very little and very watery but it hits so fast and it is super annoying. I am just ready for this to go away. For everyone going through this hang in there and keep strong because as we all know it sucks terribly!

Comment from: emily, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

It was diagnosed by the hospital doctor I woke up one morning feeling tired more tired than usual, then out of nowhere I had diarrhea, I wasn't hungry but I still ate. Next day I had more diarrhea, by now I couldn't eat much as I had the worst stomach ache ever and every time I'd eat something it would shoot sharp pains through my stomach. Next morning I woke up with even worse diarrhea and I felt very faint and dizzy so my mom took me to the hospital, they took one look at me and admitted me for severe dehydration, they did some tests and said I had gastroenteritis and not to eat solids only clear liquids for 48 hours, I went home that night, the diarrhea got WORSE, to the point where I was going every 5 minutes and it was lime green and a very small amount each time, went to bed, woke up at 5 am feeling nauseous went downstairs to take gravol, then an hour later I threw up, the diarrhea continued for another day , then the next night I threw up again, It was all stomach contents, no food what so ever, after that the diarrhea slowed down and I got better, It took a while I was SO weak, I couldn't stand up without falling.

Comment from: =), 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 07

I work as an RN and 2 days ago I was taking care of a person with symptoms of gastroenteritis. I did my best to wash my hands every time I get out of that person's room. But about 24-36 hours later I started to feel nauseous and had a couple watery BMs. I knew right away that I have gastroenteritis. Luckily I'm off for 3 days and I'm treating myself with lots of Gatorade, forcing myself to drink more than what I put-out. Fellow RNs told me to go to the ED, but I refused coz first hospitalization costs a lot and I’m sure gastroenteritis can be treated at home as long as you can tolerate to take fluids by mouth. The best thing I or we can do is stay well-hydrated. But if you're having severe nausea/vomiting and can’t tolerate to take fluids by mouth, you may need medical intervention and get rapid hydration through an IV (replacing fluids and electrolytes through a vein). ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS!!! And meditation can help a lot with the nausea. Take care!!!

Comment from: cinderella, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

Stomach pains were the worst. I had headaches and burning up but not running a fever. I left work early on Tuesday and missed next 3 days with aches, pains and headaches. It is weekend now, I ate very little. Sunday I woke up puking and had many trips to the toilet not knowing if I needed to sit or stand. I'm feeling horrible!

Comment from: bob, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 04

I got gastroenteritis on a cruise ship (I won't mention the name). I went to the ships doctor and he just told me to stay in my room and away from other people. I had horrible diarrhea and vomiting. When I got home I still had the diarrhea and vomiting so I went to my doctor, he did a stool sample, and it was Norovirus. I'm not sure how many of those other people on that ship were sick, but it was certainly no "vacation."

Comment from: hydi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

My gastroenteritis symptoms started on Monday with super severe watery stools. I thought I had eaten something bad. On Tuesday it continued and vomit came along. I went to the clinic on Tuesday night where I was diagnosed with "stomach flu." Wednesday was the worse day, vomiting and toilet trips all day long. I also experienced a severe headache all day which could be from lack of food or a side effect of the medicine that was prescribed to me. Thursday I finally felt better and began to eat, and then threw up again. I feel like there is no end in sight, and this is so miserable! Good luck to all of you who are experiencing this!

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

I’m still getting tested for more detailed diagnoses than gastroenteritis. But, my symptoms started with severe headaches, fever and diarrhea lasting eight days. Today is day 10 and I still have symptoms. No other person in my home has the same. Appendicitis and pancreatitis have been ruled out.

Comment from: Bonnie, 35-44 Female Published: May 12

I am just recovering from the "stomach flu". It lasted only 24 hours. It came on quickly and left very quick too. Crazy!! First signs were diarrhea-feeling, then one trip to bathroom after another. Then a few hours into the day, a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Food sounded horrible. Then the vomitting started. Both at the same time all day round-the-clock. Then just when I thought I was better, a few bites of dry cereal and ice water. Then I made a mistake! I wanted something cold to eat so I put milk into my dry cereal. Two hours later, profusely vomiting again! How does a human body have so much stuff in a stomach...amazing! Today, better, but weak with a lingering headache. I wish this upon NO ONE!

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Comment from: Rafael, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 13

It all started with a huge bloated feeling, like I had just eaten a full meal but in reality I hadn't eaten in hours. After that I got really bad cramps nausea and diarrhea. Now almost four days later, I still can’t eat much and have a bloated feeling and I still get really bad chills too! The diarrhea is going down and so is the nausea. So far all I’ve been taking is zantac for the belching and bloated feeling. It’s not helping much but I'm hoping this goes away soon.

Comment from: Vi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

On Thursday evening after dinner I laid down on the sofa feeling very fatigued. After a couple of hours I woke up with abdominal pains when suddenly I rushed to a bowl in the kitchen and threw up uncontrollably. My stomach pains continued followed by cold chills. I went to bed thinking I'd feel better when throughout the night I was awakened by more abdominal pains and I continued vomiting throughout the night. Based on my symptoms, I was convinced I had the stomach flu since I had it in the past. The next morning I went into work thinking I was feeling better and that it was only a 24 hour flu. Big mistake! I had no energy, no appetite and my stomach pains continued (almost like someone had punched me in the stomach a hundred times!). I left work early and went straight to bed at two in the afternoon. I slept until 10:30 the next morning. I felt a little better but my abdominal pains didn't disappear until day 4.

Comment from: Steve G., 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 07

My gastroenteritis started one morning when I woke up, took a shower, and then felt sick. At first I thought it was an empty stomach. I then had an immediate urge to defecate, and I had diarrhea that day every 15 to 30 minutes. I felt nauseous, but didn't vomit. I rarely ever vomit. Later, I felt a little better, but the minute I saw food I felt sick again. I thought the virus ended that night when I went to sleep, but when I awoke the next morning, I still had diarrhea.

Comment from: djnappi5, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 22

I woke up at 1:30 am Tuesday with diarrhea. About 30 minutes later, back in bed, I felt queasy. I stumbled into the bathroom and began vomiting. All of Tuesday I was at home on the sofa with chills and a low fever. I started feeling better, no appetite, but drank a lot of fluids. I felt OK Wednesday morning, but by afternoon, I had stomach pains, and very severe cramps. I didn't want to go to the emergency room here in Chicago, so I sat around in the hospital waiting room for five hours just to be sent home with a laxative I can get over the counter. I was up all nite with a very swollen abdomen and intense cramps. Doing better Thursday night, stomach size reduced from a beachball to a volleyball. Hope Friday brings more improvement, eating chicken broth and crackers drinking Jamaican ginger beer. Worst stomach pain ever.