Patient Comments: Norovirus Infection - Symptoms

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What were the symptoms associated with a norovirus infection in you or someone you know? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Ty94, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

Vomiting, watery diarrhea, cramps, loss of appetite, stomach bloating, shortness of breath, chest pain and chills are my norovirus infection symptoms. Wonder if anyone else has had it this rough or just me!

Comment from: Joan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I had nausea and vomiting for about 9 hours from norovirus infection, then diarrhea for several more hours. Since then when I am able to eat it generally runs through me. I am lethargic and trying to stay hydrated.

Comment from: Amma, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I need help. I been really fatigued for the past 3 weeks with norovirus infection. I can sleep all day and night and I'm still so tired. I am so tired and exhausted to the point that I can't even do my daily exercises or get my daily life straight. I am also extremely bloated in my stomach, have crazy weight gain, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and crazy night sweats. I seriously thought that I was pregnant but two negative pregnancy tests came out and also I had my period just 3 days after checking with the test.

Comment from: Boons, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 08

I work in long term care, and we had a norovirus infection outbreak. I thought I was in the clear since I used all standard precautions. I thought wrong, I woke up in the middle of the night with horrible diarrhea. My child was vomiting. So, attempting to clean the vomit accelerated my nausea by 100 times. I never threw up, but the diarrhea seemed to linger for days. Intense stomach cramps that make you want to curl in half. If you think you have it, stay home!

Comment from: MamaSaurus, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

My norovirus symptoms started during the night, I had severe nausea but no vomiting. The next day I woke up and had severe diarrhea. It got to about 8 pm when the heart palpitations really got the best of me. When in Accident and Emergency my pulse was over 150 bpm. They did an ECG and blood tests. They concluded dehydration and gave me fluids all night. This was a few days ago and I am still not feeling right and everything hurts, especially my ribs, and I still have diarrhea but not as severely.

Comment from: Nerugi , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 26

It started at midnight, two days after leaving the hospital where my newborn son was receiving jaundice treatment on a ward with confirmed norovirus infection. I felt like I needed to pass stools, so I did and 30 minutes later it was still coming, very watery. An hour after, I puked up most of my stomach contents into a bucket. I was sick a further 2 times until there was nothing left, then it was just stomach cramps and watery stool for 2 days. I managed to each crackers and a banana on day 2, and had Dioralyte.

Comment from: Nadine_x, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

My norovirus infection started off with days of intense nausea and not feeling right, my glands were up and I had a raised temperature. Then it all started overnight. I jumped up out of bed at 4 am and projectile vomited all over the bathroom, to the point it wouldn't stop cramping and making me heavy despite no food in my stomach. It was horrendous. Relentless watery, yellow diarrhea I’ve now had for 3 or 4 days, high fever, stomach pains, aches, chills, weakness, and nausea. I had to buy anti-diarrhea medicines (loperamide).

Comment from: claireabell, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I started off profusely sweating in the morning (no temperature) and felt fine most of the day until I had a sip of my frappe, then felt instantaneously sick. I felt sick for over an hour until I was actually sick and then continued to violently be sick every hour or so through the night with very sore intense stomach cramps. I'm now into the day after and feel very weak from the norovirus infection. I haven't been sick for over 12 hours so the vomiting is diminished but I still feel nauseous and so weak.

Comment from: Tn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had terrible stomach cramps, very intense, watery diarrhea for days, no vomiting, high fever and chills and shakes for about 36 hours with the norovirus infection. Then once through the worst of it, I had diarrhea and mild stomach pain and cramps for three more weeks. I am still not back to normal. Please if you get sick, stay home and don’t spread this to others - it is an awful virus.

Comment from: Harvest, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

My symptoms of norovirus infection started in the morning one work day. I had explosive diarrhea about every two hours and thought it might have been from Thanksgiving dinner. The next morning I had vomiting, diarrhea and a very high fever. My wife drove me to the hospital and they gave me two liters of IV fluid in triage before seeing an emergency doctor who confirmed it was norovirus. It's now been almost a week and I'm still not well. I have fevers and chills, dizziness and the occasional loose bowel movement.

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Comment from: Ihatebeingill, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

My norovirus infection symptoms came on really quickly. I felt extremely tired, my stomach was flipping over and felt queasy, and I just wanted to sleep. Eight hours later I was vomiting severely and on the toilet, it was horrific. It was the constant stabbing tummy pains that I couldn’t bear. They never went away. I couldn’t eat or keep barely keep any water down for 3days. I took a Dioralyte on day 3. I slept a lot. I found a hot water bottle really helped. I had shivers and shakes. Day 4 I am still in bed.

Comment from: Me, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 19

I couldn’t drink or eat and had stomach cramps from the norovirus infection. My body wanted me to vomit. I did the sips of water and my body wanted to vomit that, but there was nothing left! I tried the BRAT diet and brought most up but left with my stomach churning.

Comment from: Amy , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

Cramping and bloating from the norovirus infection started in waves 2 days prior to my period, which at 1st I blamed on my ensuing period. Happy coincidence, ugh. Then day 3 the cramps, bloating and nausea started and just didn't go. I've never had pain like that, considered the emergency room a few times but didn't want to move. If I was moving, it was to run to the bathroom to either vomit until I was shaking or have diarrhea for 2 days straight. 1 had fever and chills throughout. I'm still recovering 2 days out.

Comment from: KP_Queen, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

Severe pain hit about 10 pm and I drove myself to the hospital. While being checked in, nausea hit me heavy and I threw up over 10 times, and it turned into uncontrolled dry heaves. I had extreme diarrhea and was too weak to move myself. Stomach pain was more severe than giving birth. I spent 5 days in the hospital with heart monitor, IVs, tons of pain medication and was on full watch since I had a history of passing out. Norovirus infection is terrible.

Comment from: lorilo, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 31

I got a norovirus infection about 2 months ago for the 2nd time in 6 months. I woke up nauseous and salivating in the middle of the night, leaned over and threw up over and over again. I proceeded to vomit till my stomach was empty, went back to sleep only to wake up 30 minutes later, bringing up bile. I'm almost jealous of people who get diarrhea. I never get that, but spend 3 or 4 days throwing up everything I put in my mouth. I do lose weight, though.

Comment from: Robert, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 24

The symptoms of norovirus infection started after football practice one evening; I had a single sharp stabbing pain in my stomach. Nothing happened then. I felt slightly off at work next morning. I made myself eat and drink something and then felt worse. I felt really bloated and stomach felt huge. I had slight nausea, then needed to use the toilet, and had diarrhea. My boss let me go home early. I managed to get home then projectile vomiting started and lasted for the next 9 hours. I didn’t return to normal eating for a week. Very intense virus.

Comment from: Lorilo, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 17

I woke up queasy, feverish and salivating from norovirus infection. I tried to go back to sleep but leaned over and threw up my whole supper all over the floor. I grabbed a pail from the bathroom and vomited into it till my stomach was empty, then was vomiting a tan liquid, then clear brown, and then clear water. By 8 am nausea was not relieved at all and I threw up bile with blood flecks. For 2 days, I lay in bed with my head in a bucket, unable to keep anything down. Never got diarrhea with the stomach bug, just continued vomiting for days.

Comment from: Karrie M., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I woke up feeling a bit off, had cereal and coffee and then off to work. Later I thought I felt better, I did feel hungry by lunchtime. After lunch of a big double cheeseburger, fries, salad, and a milkshake, three hours later I was sick, nauseous and projectile vomited suddenly in the hallway all over the floor on my way to the ladies room. I had fever and headache from the norovirus infection. I called my boyfriend to come take me home.

Comment from: RWilla, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

Tuesday after work I grabbed some catfish. I noticed it was hard for me to finish my meal. I got full pretty quickly. I had restarted taking iron pills so I contributed my mild stomach troubles to the iron (gas, trapped gas in abdomen, and mild cramping). I went to the gym anyway around 9 pm. I worked out for about an hour. I noticed it was getting harder to move and I was becoming nauseous. I contributed that to the catfish being too greasy. I lay down around 12 am only to wake up at 1 am extremely nauseous. I went and lay on the couch. I had to vomit and went outside to do so. I have some sort of phobia of vomiting in toilets so I always go outside. I only vomited once. The nausea persisted into the next day. I took some Zofran that didn’t really help. It’s Thursday and while the nausea has gone away some, I am having severe cramping and watery diarrhea. The cramping is so intense. No body aches or fever but my back and abdomen are tight and sore. I am a clinic nurse and we usually do not see norovirus in the clinic due to the contagiousness, but on the weekends it’s almost like a walk-in. A coworker told me that they saw a lot of stomach bugs over the weekend so I’m assuming I picked it up Monday at work.

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Comment from: Christina, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

My family has been fighting this norovirus infection or whatever it is for over 8 years now. We get stomach pains, sour burps, bloating, gas, heartburn, diarrhea, vomiting, migraines, fevers, chills, no energy, and muscle cramps or hands locking up and feet and legs locking up. It has taken a toll on us. We have been to tons of doctors and no one can figure it out. The only thing that relieves the symptoms is Augmentin antibiotic. When we are out of them it is terrible on our bodies. We are out of options. It is killing us.

Comment from: Shelly, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I am a 37 years old female. I very seldom throw up or get nauseated. But yesterday, oh my gosh, this was the first for me in a long time. I had been kind of tired all day and felt so sleepy by the evening time I lay on the couch and finally decided I was going to rest upstairs which I never do. When I lay down on the bed I started sweating profusely and had a dizzy feeling in my head. I quickly got up and just as I got up, I violently projectile vomited in a bag that I had close to my bed luckily. Later on about 2 hours later I started having diarrhea and threw up one more time (all at the same time by the way). This is something very strange for me because I did not eat anything bad and I was just very tired the whole day I had nothing else bothering me until it hit at that moment, and it went from there. So I'm not sure if this was the norovirus but it was some kind of virus because it is still in my system today as I cannot take a deep breath because of vomiting so hard, or walk because I'm weak, my eyes hurt and I have a headache. So this is my experience, I don't know if it's the norovirus or rotavirus or whatever it is, but I do know that you should always keep water, crackers, Coke and Pepto-Bismol to coat your stomach. With a serious issue like this don't overdo it and I'm not a doctor these are just my hints. Thank you and much love!

Comment from: elizabeth, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I am 57 and normally very fit. My 22 year old daughter had an attack of norovirus which set in virulently for a day of vomiting and diarrhea, bloating, belching and headaches. Last night (a couple of days after her attack) I woke up at 3 am feeling intense stiffness and aches in my joints. I noticed a slight nausea and then immediately had full on diarrhea and vomiting. The vomiting was so severe my body was totally racked by it and I have had to lie on the floor near the bathroom during the day to recover. I was too weak and twisted by it to climb the stairs. I have real chills and feel like I have a bad case of flu. I am walking in slow motion. I have no energy to speak or make decisions. It is now 8 pm and I have only taken a few sips of water. I have a very important work event tomorrow which has been months in the making but I know there is no way this feeling will pass enough for me to travel a long way to work and deliver the day. I am totally wiped out by this.

Comment from: Net, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

With norovirus infection I have been sick through the night, with very bad diarrhea in morning. I have had loss of appetite all day and excruciating stomach pain going round the left side.

Comment from: tess283, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 02

Yes, norovirus is a nasty virus and not far from an epidemic at present in Scotland. I felt awful for 2 days prior to a night of persistent vomiting and then diarrhea, headaches, and dehydration. Hence the importance of plenty fluids. Don't go out anywhere, you will only spread it. My wife has now developed sudden explosive diarrhea, not nice at all; guess who got the cleaning job. Cyclizine is useful for the nausea otherwise it is bed down for 2 or 3 days.

Comment from: Gladitsover, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

My symptoms of norovirus infection started with body aches, chills, and my stomach felt like it was extremely nervous, loss of appetite (that's odd for me) that lasted for a day, then more nausea, onto water like diarrhea for 3 days practically non-stop. When I could finally eat something I had huge amounts of gas mixed with the diarrhea. It was crazy, my stomach made noises I never heard before (though this is the first time I've had the virus since having weight-loss surgery). Glad it's over with now.

Comment from: Erin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

Norovirus is just horrific. I vomited 8 times about once every hour. Diarrhea started about halfway through vomiting. After that is all over with you can't get out of bed for a whole day, the fatigue is so bad. Then you get a headache. Now after all that I have a sore throat and will get a cold because that evil virus wore me down so bad. I have lost over seven pounds and still don't have any appetite after three days. It will be a long time before I eat anything prepared by anyone but myself.

Comment from: Carol, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

Symptoms of norovirus infection started at 2.00 am, I was in bed and my stomach felt big and swollen. My feet were freezing, and I couldn't get warm. I vomited 5 times that night. On the 2nd day I couldn't move out of bed. It was an effort to raise an arm. I couldn't put the TV on. I'd never felt such sheer exhaustion in my life. I felt nauseous but didn't vomit, instead I had watery diarrhea for the day. I didn't touch any food but instead drank equivalent of 5 pints of water, sipping through the day and night. I took some grape seed extract tablets from Holland and Barrett which were in my cupboard and had 4 grapes. On day 3 I have bad eye and head ache when I bend down and lower backache on the right but can move around. I was able to eat in the morning. My back is still aching. I am hoping to feel better tomorrow.

Comment from: Nelliebly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I started feeling queasy on Wednesday morning. The nausea increased hour by hour. By 2 pm, I was in the ladies’ room at work with explosive diarrhea and dry heaving that I couldn't control. Very loud! Embarrassing. I finished out the day, as it is a new job and I didn't want to seem like a bad worker. I went home and right to bed at 4:30 and except for getting up a half dozen times to violently retch (no vomit came up) and for explosive watery diarrhea, I slept until 5:30 am. I found diarrhea tracks from my bedroom to the bathroom the next day. Did I mention the body aches! I could barely lift my arms. Turning over in bed was excruciating! Next day (today) nausea subsided some, but is still there. I still have diarrhea. I went to work, but was so achy and tired (fell asleep on my desk), I needed to leave by noontime. It is 6 pm and about 30 hours since this norovirus infection began. I still can't leave the couch. I have to go to work tomorrow! I will try Advil for the body aches. I am drinking tons of water. What a horrible virus!

Comment from: Cat Herder, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

Oh boy! The symptoms of norovirus infection started at 3:30 am today with severe diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and aching joints. Started with nausea and vomiting 2 hours later. Fatigue and body aches are constant along with headache. I am also freezing, always shivering, and cannot get warm (flannel pajamas, 2 pairs of socks, winter robe, and two quilts). Weak tea and toast would not stay down. I have been sipping ginger ale and water, and nibbling on saltines. I have fever of 102.5. In the middle of a blizzard, no less.

Comment from: Assistant2017, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

Fatigue, headache, body aches, abdominal pain and loose stools hit on Sunday afternoon. Watered down sugar-free ginger ale and Gatorade got me through, but nausea and loss of appetite were brutal. I was diagnosed with this norovirus infection by my doctor on Wednesday; was prescribed ondansetron to manage the nausea. I am sticking with bananas and applesauce; when I tried 1/2 cup of rice, a slice of toast, and a few saltines over three separate days, I had searing stomach pain for 15 hours. Sleeping when I need to; I hope to be well enough for work on Monday after a miserable week of this nasty virus.

Comment from: Lake Girl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 25

I had a large, painful ganglion cyst removed from my right wrist when I was 25. Recovery was approximately 3 weeks. The cyst never returned. I had a golf ball-sized ganglion cyst removed from my right ankle three weeks ago and am shocked at how long the recovery is taking. Based on my pre-surgery appointments, I thought I would be back on my feet (literally) by now but I'll be lucky to be walking without crutches in another 10 to 14 days. I am now on antibiotics to help relieve the hematoma that formed. I hope I am lucky as lucky as I was with my wrist. If you decide to have surgery, be prepared for a long recovery.

Comment from: Jersey, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 04

I was visiting with friends, no signs or warning of the norovirus infection, just sudden severe pains in upper stomach region, loss of color, and feeling totally weak. I slept for several hours. No other pain, I was just very weak and cold. And then I had diarrhea for hours, through the night, lasting day and more. I am drinking water and eating small amounts banana and toast. Feel so weak and weary.

Comment from: Sydney, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

Wow, where to begin! I woke up on a Thursday with severe diarrhea, went to work and started feeling very dizzy and nauseous so I left work early. I slept for about 8 hours only to wake up and have more diarrhea and vomit green puke for about 10 minutes straight. I couldn't control the diarrhea, it was literally like I was urinating out of there. I went to the doctor and again started feeling dizzy and ended up puking again. I ended up puking so much throughout the day that I ruptured something in my stomach and started puking up blood. The diarrhea has been going on for 4 days and I feel dehydrated and exhausted, sleeping almost 15 hours of the day. I am pretty sure I picked this norovirus infection up at my doctor's office after going for an unrelated issue the day before.

Comment from: shamrock, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 02

I am just home after 5 days in hospital. My illness started last week. I cooked dinner for family, went to bed, woke up at midnight with violent vomiting. I tried getting to the bathroom and ended up on the floor while my bowel emptied itself everywhere. After 6 hours of hurling, heaving and heavy diarrhea, I called 911 and ended in the emergency room for the day while multiple tests were run. I was admitted and this continued, finally norovirus became the prime suspect. I had IV fluids for 4 days, morphine for abdominal pain, etc. Now I am home on the BRAT diet and constant hydration with Pedialyte and ginger ale. This is the worst thing I have ever gone through, even worse than chemotherapy! I now have been told that the virus is rampant in my area and in most of the school systems and colleges. This is one nasty bug! And, don't be fooled by feeling better, this lingers even after it seems to have left you!

Comment from: SoSick, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

Norovirus infection passed through my daughter's family (four kids). Two days after the last case (too soon, as I now know it's contagious for at least three days after symptoms), the healthy-appearing kids came to stay with me for a couple of days. They left on Friday morning. At 6 pm Friday, I felt that something wasn't right. I seemed to have excess saliva and had to do a lot of extra swallowing. I went to the bathroom and had a sudden urge to forcefully vomit. Almost immediately, I also suffered several episodes of diarrhea. About an hour later, I attempted to slowly drink a flat soda. Thirty minutes later, it came up. For the next 36 hours, I pretty much slept. I sucked on ice chips, but no food or drink. My entire core was sore like I had done too many sit-ups, but I also ached in specific locations like a hip where I've had bone loss and a shoulder that had once been frozen. Chills, but no fever. My husband piled on the blankets and helped me change positions periodically when I was literally too weak to sit up by myself. Sunday morning, I seemed to be done with everything except the shoulder pain, which had intensified, and the chills. I forced myself to eat a couple spoonsful of chicken soup just to have something on my stomach when I took an Aleve. I slept to an additional four hours and awoke drenched in sweat, but pain-free. I've subsequently had a normal bowel movement and feel pretty good except for overall weakness.

Comment from: questionplease help, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I am dizzy and feel like I am going to pass out due to the norovirus infection. I have had diarrhea for days, upset stomach, fever like symptoms, and sore throat.

Comment from: John, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

I just came from a cruise that ran from Saturday to Saturday. On Wednesday while on the cruise I felt very tired and went to lie down. The next time I woke, I went to the bathroom and had watery stools, chills, more fatigue and didn't felt like eating. Symptoms of norovirus infection continued for the rest of the trip. Finally I got back on land the Saturday, and I threw up once after eating a decent meal. I took Pepto-Bismol and it worked for the day and the next day I went back to the same symptoms. Today is Monday and I feel better but still tired and having watery stool. The main key is to keep yourself hydrated with water, sports drinks (Gatorade or Powerade) or over the counter rehydration liquids and eat to give the body the needed nutrients. If problem is extreme please seek medical advice.

Comment from: Curly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I believe I contracted norovirus at a local restaurant, on Saturday. Sunday night I had a stomachache. At about 11:00 PM, I threw up violently and continued to throw up until there was nothing left. Unfortunately, I had the runs at the same time, which was quite exasperating. I also had the onset of body aches, joint pain, fatigue and chills. I tried to keep my fluids up, as that is what seems to be advised to prevent dehydration. My husband got me Pedialyte, juice and more bleach cleaner, first thing in the morning. Now it is Tuesday, and I had my first solid food a banana. I am sticking to the BRAT diet - bananas, rice, applesauce and toast with some crackers and chicken broth thrown in. I also plan to take some probiotic yogurt and kefir later in the week. I don't think I have ever been this sick; my condolences if you contract this bug!

Comment from: Deborah, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

Here is the precursor of the norovirus infection: when I went to bed, I couldn't understand why I had this horrible taste in my mouth. I had brushed my teeth only shortly before. In the morning the bad taste was back, soon to be followed by vomiting. I had horrible pain in my stomach, almost unbearable pain and aches in muscles throughout my body, fever, headache, neck ache, and loss of balance. I was afraid to eat or drink anything, finally swallowed some ginger ale, and much later, some saltine crackers. Best treatment was some medicine that I bought in Canada, aspirin, and methocarbamol (Robaxin). I thought I was dying, and a couple of pills saved me.

Comment from: farmhouse, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 02

I had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, went home, and had a glass of wine. I woke at 3:00 AM feeling a bit cold with a queasy stomach. Within an hour started vomiting and diarrhea. It was constant all the next day. When I've had past stomach bugs vomiting generally gave some temporary relief. Not so with this norovirus bug. It was horrible. By day two the vomiting subsided but I still felt sick with bloated stomach and could hardly breathe because my ribs were so sore from vomiting. Finally, on day three I've had some relief. The relief started with stomach and intestinal 'gurgling' which seemed to indicate my digestive tract was trying to regain some normalcy.

Comment from: WD, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

Norovirus infection is by far the worst virus infection I've had. I hadn't been sick for at least 7 years and then I got it real bad. It started when I woke up at 9 am. I felt incredibly sick but was so exhausted I managed to fall asleep again until about 11 am. And that's where all hell was unleashed. I decided to make a trip to the bathroom, almost passed out, had the worst hot/cold sweats and ended up having to just lay down on the cool bathroom floor. This happened for the next 4 times I went to the toilet, with severe diarrhea. Finally I accepted that I was going to be sick and felt a bit better. Since then I've been sick a total of 3 times, quite a considerable amount, and feel so weak and sleepy. So far I've had this bug for about 8 hours, I'm beginning to feel slightly better although still sick and unable to consume anything. If you hear someone has this, run for your life and avoid them at all costs as it's incredibly unpleasant.

Comment from: monique, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I live in a remote area of Alaska and have been terribly ill for going on my 9th day. At one point I actually thought I was getting better and when a work colleague became ill I filled in for 3 days. Now I'm back in bed, still have diarrhea and vomiting with a low grade fever. I am cold one minute and hot the other and still cannot keep anything down, even the water I drink won't stay in me. At this point I have no signs of dehydration yet. I am sleeping a lot, my joints ache especially when the fever gets stronger. I have never been so ill. It surprises me that everything I have read on this stomach virus indicates norovirus infection lasts only a week. I am here to say it can hold on longer than a week.

Comment from: Sc, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

I started feeling sick Saturday late afternoon and had mild diarrhea and as I was flushing the toilet, suddenly threw up. I had chills all night and threw up a few more times. In the morning the next day I felt ok, but later in the day had worse diarrhea and some nausea and vomited twice. Monday, I again felt better in the morning, but was terribly nauseous and dizzy all afternoon. I had an episode of very violent vomiting in the bathroom, went home, and puked all evening until midnight. I attempted to work again Tuesday thinking it had to be over, but had to leave after 2 hours because I became so dizzy/nauseous. I threw up in the parking lot as I was leaving. I spent the whole day alternating sleeping and puking my guts out. I was throwing up anything I drank, slightly less horrible than the painful dry heaves I got when my stomach was empty. Since Wednesday, I've felt better, but still can't eat more than a couple of crackers all day. I tried chicken and noodles Wednesday night. Couple of hours later, I was sick 8 times in one hour, it was ridiculous. Yesterday I went to the doctor and they gave me Zofran, which helped. I was much less nauseous and only threw up once last night. The doctor said that the stomach flu has been really bad this year and it is lasting people about a week. It's Friday morning and I still don't feel normal, but I took Zofran and my hopes are high. I never want this norovirus again!

Comment from: Hoofrx, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

My daughter and I are both sick and became ill within a couple hours of one another. We believe we got the norovirus infection at a sushi restaurant where we had lunch 2 days ago. I had watery diarrhea within 12 hours of eating, along with bloating and decreased appetite. Mild nausea last night kept me from eating dinner, thank goodness, because I was up vomiting and gushing diarrhea all night and half of today. Daughter is super sick, too. Symptoms include bad headache, stomach cramps and pain, hot-cold--freezing-sweating and, horrible body aches, and fever. I"ve been sleeping with ear plugs when not running for the bathroom, the headache is so bad. I finally managed to keep water down so took Advil for my aching head and body... this helped tremendously! I also ate a few bites of banana, hope it stays down. I"m wiping everything in the bathroom with bleach every time I go in. Hope nobody else gets infected. Need to go... literally! Good luck with this horrible illness!

Comment from: Karen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

We were all fine Sunday and our daughter was out of town. At 2 am hubby woke up violently ill liquid diarrhea and vomiting for the next 24 hours, body aches, headache, cramps. Daughter came home at 10 am Monday, by Tuesday afternoon she had the same symptoms. I began eating cultured vegetables and took some vitamin D spray. For Last 24 hours I had many of the symptoms above and could not eat. Dry heaves cramps, headache body aches fever. Just starting to eat.

Comment from: Btlit13, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I started this norovirus infection on Monday. I was grilling burgers and the smell made me so nauseous. I ran upstairs and had diarrhea for like, 10 minutes straight. I felt like I was going to pass out, which caused a bad anxiety attack. I drank water and a little juice for about an hour and then called my dad to bring me to the hospital. I was very dehydrated; they gave me fluid and sent me on my way. Now it"s Saturday and I"ve had diarrhea on and off all week along with chills, dizziness, extreme fatigue, nausea, burping (and I NEVER burp), cold sweats and a sensation of passing out. It is horrific. I really hope it doesn"t get worse and that it"s on its way out. I couldn"t take anymore.

Comment from: FenelonPaul, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 26

It started Saturday night (now Monday). I went to bed fine but woke up at night with extremely bad stomach cramps. I tried to pass it on the toilet, and after a few normal poops, it was like Niagara Falls. I broke out into an extreme sweat, and fell to the floor. I tried to vomit, but nothing came out… just those wet secretions that normally precede a vomit. At first, I suspected food poisoning, but it is lasting too long. I now suspect norovirus. I haven"t been able to eat since it started. I still have the runs and bad cramps… and when I am not, I am sleeping - day and night. So tired! I had the wife pick me up some Gravol and Gatorade - hopefully that will help.

Comment from: Chad, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 20

This norovirus bug spreads so easily. I thought I was in the clear as all of my family had gotten it. I went to bed shortly after dinner and felt ok. Around 3 or 4 am I woke up with extreme nausea and sweating. I sat on the toilet and out came tons of liquids and then over I went vomiting and diarrhea at the same time. It was the most intense illness of my life. I remember calling my mom crying I was so sick. I lay in bed for 3 days with no energy and drank Sierra Mist and ate light food. It was hard to keep anything down. It was so awful.

Comment from: cw, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

Norovirus is terrible! I went to bed on Saturday night around 11 pm. I woke up at 3 am sick on stomach. By 5 am I was throwing up, then came the severe diarrhea. It was unreal; felt like my stomach was being twisted in knots. I had severe pain! I also had a headache, felt cold... hot then freezing. Then I had a fever. Not that I am proud of this but I had to throw away 2 pair of pajamas. I couldn"t help it nor control it. By Sunday night my body hurt all over, my legs felt broke I was in so much pain. It"s now Monday night, I finally kept something down but I am weak and sore and feel so tired.

Comment from: James, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 18

I started with queasy stomach on Friday afternoon. (I went to a potluck lunch on Thursday). Friday evening I got chilled and couldn"t get warm. I went to bed and had my lady put a bucket by my side of the bed. Two trips to the john later, I had her bring it to me in the bathroom. Nasty stuff, this bug. It is now Sunday; after starting with plain water, I have worked through the BRAT diet and even had eggs (no grease - fried on stick proof pan) on my toast for dinner. Although my stomach seems to have settled, every abdominal muscle and rib is sore from the explosive evacuation by the gastrointestinal tract from both ends. And I seem to have a bit of laryngitis from the vomiting. I may or may not go back to work on Monday, but no more potluck meals for me.

Comment from: Sick12, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 07

I woke up feeling sick then suddenly violently started throwing up. I had terrible stomach cramps and horrendous diarrhea. I have just started a new job and had to call out which is terrible to call out my first week. This was literally the worst 24 hours of my life it was very painful experience. I would never wish this on my worst enemy. I threw up at least 20 times within 15 hours. By the next day I felt much better, not 100% better but better. The only good thing I can say about norovirus is that it’s a short affliction but during the heart of it I thought I was going to die. Also drinking liquid seemed to help me feel better even though you don"t want to try and drink some fluids.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I started shivering last Monday afternoon - then got really hot and sweaty. This alternated throughout the night and by the next lunchtime I was nauseous and shaking uncontrollably. I was sent home from work but this was just the beginning. Tuesday night the diarrhea began. They say to sip water in between - all I could do was collapse in between. All the time I felt sick but wasn’t. By Thursday evening I rang the doctor for advice. I felt dizzy like I’d pass out, sick and still had diarrhea. The doctor said I had signs of dehydration and to get some fluids down me. So they sent out for some Dioralyte. Well, I thought it couldn’t get worse. It was like turning tap on full blast. I was back to normal water. Saturday the vomiting began - masses of green liquid; and still the diarrhea but at the same time. My poor daughter had to hold me on the toilet as it felt like I was going in and out. I’ve had bugs before - nasty ones - but this norovirus! It’s now Tuesday and I’m meant to be at work on Thursday but I’m totally exhausted and want to sleep all the time. No energy and if I try I still feel dizzy and sick. I just want to feel normal again!

Comment from: Pinder, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

Yesterday I started getting stomach cramps. I went upstairs to lay down, they kept getting worse, after 4 or 5 hours I felt nauseous went to the bathroom. Nothing came out but I was laying on the floor, ringing in my ears and my hands and legs became stiff. I couldn’t get up off the floor. I was limp, my husband took me to the hospital where it only got worse. I was hot, sweating and couldn't speak. Then I was cold. I was freezing for the next several hours. I shook violently, I threw up and had diarrhea all at once for several hours. Although they were pumping me with fluids I was so thirsty but they wouldn't let me drink. My intestines were so painful. They ordered a CAT scan, I had pain medications, anti-nausea medicines and fluids. After 8 hours I went home with 5 prescriptions including 2 antibiotics, pain, potassium, anti-nausea. My stomach still hurts, and I am still bloated. This is horrible.

Comment from: itwashorrible, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

My glass of wine tasted funny to me on Friday night, so I only drank one. This is very unlike me. I woke up at 4 am Saturday with really bad stomach/intestinal pains. I was drenched in cold sweat and had horrible diarrhea. I kept having to get up every half hour or so to poop more. By the afternoon, the diarrhea had stopped, but the nausea began. My whole body was aching and I had chills, but no fever. I was vomiting small amounts every few hours. By Monday morning, I felt better except for some weird gurgling in my stomach which I assumed was gas. By Monday afternoon, I was throwing up uncontrollably and had to go to the emergency room late that night for fluids and nausea medication. The nausea and vomiting were thankfully less severe on Tuesday, but lasted throughout Thursday, even with taking Zofran. Now it is Friday and I haven't puked, but I'm still tired and have some slight cramping and queasiness still. This was the worst thing I've ever had, ever.

Comment from: anonymous, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

The norovirus infection hit at three o’ clock Saturday morning and even though the washroom was maybe fifteen feet from my bedroom, I ended up heaving and sad to say also pooped into my pyjama bottoms. I am not sure if anyone else is brave enough to say that, but I can bet that a lot of you that have gotten sick with this norovirus had it happen to you. It was the sickest I have ever been. I had chills, fever, stomach cramps beyond describing and severe headache. It’s the second day, and even though the vomiting and trots have settled down, the fever and general malaise are still holding on. So my suggestion to all of you out there that haven't got this yet, keep a bucket handy in the bathroom because you will need it while you are sitting on your throne.

Comment from: catseyes, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I'm still recovering from this awful norovirus. I stayed at a friend's on Friday and we'd been drinking. I crashed on the sofa and woke around 3am with vomit in my mouth. I tried to stop it by putting my hand over my mouth but it was projectile and nothing was going to stop it. I couldn't believe I'd been sick and thought it was the alcohol, even though I haven't been sick from drinking for years. I immediately got up and cleaned it up as best I could but it had gone everywhere. I'd also had what I thought was heartburn on Thursday, I've never had it before. The next morning, still thinking I'd overdone the booze, I was mortified. I apologized to my friend but she wasn't happy. I left and returned home. Within an hour or so I was sick, then the diarrhea came. And it stayed until late the next day. I had stomach cramps, a fever, aches and pains - my wrists hurt the most of all things! I've never felt so unwell in my life. This was no hangover. It's now Tuesday and the diarrhea and vomiting have stopped but I'm exhausted. Changing the bed sheets required me to stop half way through and rest before finishing! I've quarantined myself so hopefully not passed it on. I have improved, but still can't eat. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

Comment from: sickinmich, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 17

I suffer from acid reflux so I assumed my medication was not working and took some antacids. When after a couple hours they were not working I took some anti-gas med. The excessive gas I was experiencing was terrible. I could not lie down, and was developing a severe headache. The vomiting started soon after. Up to and through most of the worst hours I did not have diarrhea, but had terrible cramps. I was craving cold liquids and would visualize tall glasses of ice water. I finally broke and started drinking ice water which didn't help with the nausea, but helped the vomiting. I felt like I had pulled every muscle in my back and abdomen. After about 24 hours I was able to keep a small amount of banana and some Motrin down. The Motrin helped the headache but not the sore muscles. I switched from water to a punch mix which seem to ease my symptoms a bit. In my third day I'm feeling much better but I hurt everywhere.

Comment from: Tomas, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: December 30

I started feeling nauseous on Saturday night. By Sunday morning I had severe diarrhea, aching all over, severe headache and vomiting. These symptoms have continued for three days. It is Tuesday night, Christmas Eve, and I am still having the same symptoms. I also have fever and chills and severe abdominal pain. I have lost 16 pounds in three days and it is still not over. I have never felt so sick.

Comment from: M Wilson, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I was watching TV and had a feeling of intense gas. After chewing a few Rolaids then taking a few Gasex, my stomach still felt bloated. I tried glasses of warm water and still no relief. In fact the pain became more intense as if my whole middle was filling more and more with gas. It became hard to breath and I was having cold sweats. I couldn't stand up to walk but I couldn't sit still. I semi-crawled to the bathroom and nothing happened. After about an hour I tried going to the bathroom again and diarrhea came along with vomiting. A little relief came for about 15 minutes then the pain returned. I passed out after that. The next morning my doctor said by me taking the Rolaids and the Gasex and drinking all the warm water, I actually saved myself from major dehydration. Norovirus is horrible, simply horrible and very painful. It took about a week before my ribs felt like they weren't being stretched out of place.

Comment from: jaybird74, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 29

I am currently recovering from my 4th bout of the norovirus infection in 10 years and have to say that I'd rather die than go through it again. It appears that some people have a natural immunity and some are hit harder, and I appear to be in the latter group. Each time I've had to call 911 and spent a night in the emergency room, getting IV liquids and antiemetic. I am genuinely terrified about getting this again and wish there was a better way to avoid getting it and a means of reducing the symptoms.

Comment from: Daniel N, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 22

Such a wonderful thing this norovirus! I had vomit, diarrhea, hot/cold and lost about 10 lb., thanks to norovirus!

Comment from: Betty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

My symptoms of norovirus infection were stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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

I got sick on Thursday night ended up in the emergency room (ER) so weak they gave me IV and sent me home. I was feeling better on Saturday, but still weak and not eating at all, just water and ice chips. Sunday is here and I feel better, but now husband has it. It is the norovirus infection, the doctor in ER said they have seen several cases this week.

Comment from: Donna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

This is the fourth day since getting a norovirus infection. My husband is weak still, with nauseous cramps and diarrhea. It took my husband 4 days to feel better. He is better but still feels weak.

Comment from: TOOT TOOT, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: February 03

The symptoms of norovirus infection were sudden retching/vomiting several times and hours later some diarrhea for about an hour; also fatigue.

Comment from: Toy Yoda, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 21

I was diagnosed with a Norovirus infection in late September 2012 while I was out of town visiting friends for a few days. Thankfully, they are a physician and physician assistant. The vomiting and diarrhea were probably the most severe I had ever experienced. I had stomach cramps, fever, chills, sweats, and a headache, among other symptoms. The weakness and fatigue that I experienced were very severe. Even small sips of clear liquids (or small bites of a cracker) were immediately vomited back up. I was prescribed medicines to help control the vomiting and diarrhea. Even with the great around-the-clock medical care from my physician friends, I still came very close to being hospitalized to receive IV fluids.

Comment from: Hope, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

Six days ago I woke up at 4 in the morning with violent diarrhea that did not stop for 24 hours straight. I could not keep ANYHING down. Then I started vomiting all the fluids I had been drinking. I was sweating but had the chills. I became so weak my mom took me to ER where I was treated immediately for dehydration. My diagnosis dehydration from gastroentitis. Six days later and I am just as sick. I am not vomiting but the diarrhea is just as bad and the pain in my stomach is horrible!!!

Comment from: angie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I started being sick this morning with stomach pain and vomiting. I can’t hold anything down, I just throw it up. Now in the evening I’m tired, my body aches and I’m starting to get a fever.

Comment from: makeitgoaway, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I asked my doctor if a person can one get the norovirus more than once. He said, yes. I am pretty sure I have had it three times now. I feel pretty certain, as my wife had the same symptoms. I never threw up and only had diarrhea maybe once. I did go to the bathroom a lot and had lots of cramping, bloating, nausea, burping, headache, fatigue, and so on. I had nausea for a few days, but the cramping was a week or longer. I lost nearly 10 pounds from eating far less. Where I live, it spread very rapidly. I take probiotic pills, so maybe that made my symptoms a bit easier. I still suffered from dehydration. I even had lower sodium levels. Regardless, I still do not feel 100 percent. I feel like my intestines are still in recovery mode. I amped-up my probiotics. What a nasty virus.

Comment from: DenverGal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I've had the "pleasure" of the Norovirus and it feels very different from other stomach ailments. The severe cramping is pretty tell-tale. It's like your gut is twisting up and it's intense. It came on suddenly and lasted about four days with on and off fever for a couple of days after. I was tired for a couple more weeks. The real bummer is that my stomach and gut was inflamed and very sensitive for a couple of months afterwards. The doc put me on pills to reduce stomach acid to try and help until things calmed down. I don't want this again, believe me!

Comment from: imsickcrap, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

Me and my boyfriend have been so sick for the past couple months. We live in the Boston area, and he didn't have health insurance and his immune system is worse than mine. He would puke randomly, and have stomach pain constantly. He's lost a lot of weight, and was getting feverish and chills. Now I'm having stomach issues, feeling like throwing up every time I eat, and its a pain to digest anything. My boyfriend had his apendex out a while ago and ever since he's had like a hernia type pain or something. He hasn't been able to burp or throw up ever since.

Comment from: Esorall, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I'm on day 5 of it. I have horrible diarrhea, and I can't eat anything. I'm pregnant and had to go to the hospital today to get IV fluids and stop labor contractions from dehydration.

Comment from: kaymarie, 55-64 Female Published: January 31

I woke up Wednesday night with severe acid reflux and nausea. My stomach hurt. I ended up with vomiting and diarrhea at the same time. I had a sharp pain across my stomach off and on since. It's Friday afternoon and I still experience watery diarrhea, can't seem to eat much, and have had body aches and chills up to now. This afternoon a headache came on. I work at a Rec center and I do not know anyone else with this awful thing.

Comment from: redbone, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 23

My 3 brothers and I drove down to Florida one day. We ate at a restaurant in Kentucky and one in Tennessee. About 8-12 hours later I began projectile vomiting in the car. The next day I had uncontrollable diarrhea that lasted for several days. When we got to Florida my other brother started vomiting severely and could not move or function properly. The same day my other brother vomited while driving the car and was disabled for 2 days. The last brother never got any symptoms, but felt nauseous. We couldn't enjoy the nice weather or anything. We felt miserable the who time. We drove back a few days later and since then we feel better, but we infected other people in our families.

Comment from: skippermike, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 23

My bout with norovirus started around 10 pm on 12 January 2013. I started throwing up and continued every few minutes throughout the night. I had watery stools that started after midnight, and both continued into the morning. Over the next 48 hours I lost 10 pounds (I went from 162 to 152). I was bedridden until Tuesday morning, and slept only a few hours in the first three days. I had no fever, but did have painful abdominal cramping and dehydration. Today is January 18th, and I can eat lightly. I'm still very weak, and it is quite difficult to even take my dog for a modest (1/4 mile) walk. It's been quite a week. I recommend washing your hands throughout the day, and avoid crowds when you can. (I certainly don't want to contract influenza after this!) Now I carry a small bottle of antibacterial lotion with me, and use it after touching doorknobs, pulls, etc. Trust me, you do not want this disease.

Comment from: elvis fan, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 19

I am a mental health nurse based in a forensic unit. I went to work night duty on Saturday and Sunday feeling unwell. I didn't feel like eating and was sick on two occasions. Since then I've had loose stools, pains in my tummy, a sore head, and feeling dizzy. I haven't been sick again but feel sick even at the thought of eating anything. I have lost 5 pounds in weight in a few days and have kept a check on my temperature as it was spiking. Today i had to phone work to say I wouldn't be in for my night duty tonight which is unusual for me to do. I am exhausted and have no energy so I really couldn't do my job efficiently. Iope everyone who has this virus gets better soon and has a merry Christmas.

Comment from: abraham, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 17

This is a horrible type of viral infection which I never felt before. It started last Friday and is still continuing. I think I had 30 episodes of loose stools by this time. I am also admitted in the hospital due to dehydration and had IVF, still it is continuing, hopefully it will be stop soon, I have to take 4 days of sick leave from my work.

Comment from: njc, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 24

My grandson had it for seven days. Severe cramps, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The abdominal pain was terrible. So bad he was at the ER twice. He is 11 years old and lost nine pounds in a week. Make sure the person drinks lots of Gatorade or similar. He was also prescribed a liquid to coat and calm the intestinal tract.

Comment from: Pam, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 26

My daughter received a Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, DC. She was there for a weeklong experience and left the group a day early due to her work experience. As she was on her way home on a bus she became ill with repeated vomiting. She found out via Facebook that 55 out of the 65 participating were ill and that 15 had been hospitalized. She was unable to keep food down for 24 hours and had no appetite even now...days later.

Comment from: SeniorLady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

My son got it on a Saturday. He was totally dehydrated on Sunday and ended up in the ER. The headache for him was maddening, as well as a high fever and body aches. Yes, he also had vomiting and diarrhea. He had to miss work two days because of uncontrollable loose stools. I fell sick on Tuesday. Fever over 103 and all of the symptoms above. Today is Friday and still have nausea, high fever, chills, body aches, etc., BUT no headache now. That seemed to totally make me feel like I would survive this. I am still sick and think this will take several days to lose this fever. I'm going to be seen again if I still have a fever in three more days that surpasses 103. What a bummer. It's awful.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I came down with this virus on my fifth day aboard a cruise ship. Vomiting and diarrhea were the main symptoms with chills followed by fever. I slept off and on for 48 hours.

Comment from: KathyRN, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 16

I became ill early in the morning with norovirus. I woke with uncontrollable watery diarrhea. Earlier in the evening on Thursday, I had some abdominal pain and cramping and some nausea. As symptoms progressed, I became extremely fatigued and achy all over. I also had a low-grade fever. The diarrhea went away after about 12 hours but the achy, exhausted feeling didn't resolve until Monday when I woke up feeling fine.

Comment from: onesicknurse, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I work in a hospital and this has been going around for a couple of months now. Started for me-as a severe stomach ache, loss of appetite, diarrhea, low fever with malaise, and now just body aches. I drank lemon water and crackers for the past couple of days. Little ones can get dehydrated quickly, so please take care and watch for the s/s of this!

Comment from: Rb1456, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

Right now I'm suffering from the noro virus and it's absolutely terrible. Thankfully I haven't vomited but I have terrible cramps, backaches, and watery diarrhea. It seems every time I drink something or eat, it goes right through me. I've had it for almost 48 hours, & I hope I get better soon, because this is TORTURE!!!

Comment from: Mom, Female (Patient) Published: January 05

My daughter and grandson had this on day one. She seemed to recover fully until day three, where she and the baby fell sick again, along with myself. -Terrible stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and severe body aches. She was taken to the hospital and administered an IV for dehydration. By day five my husband and son had it. We're on day seven now and I still have diarrhea with no appetite and a grumbling stomach. My husband still has terrible aches and pains. This, by far, is the longest lasting virus I (we) have ever had!

Comment from: sylverie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 01

My husband started vomiting Monday, Tuesday horrid diarrhea. I started vomiting Tuesday evening and diarrhea for the next 5 days, husband 3. My first night was filled with pain and weakness and vomiting. Tummy still easily upset after 8 days, can't drink coffee!

Comment from: Powie59, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

My oldest son started vomiting with violent diarrhea and within 24 hours my other son, husband and I all had severe vomiting and diarrhea. My younger son threw up for 16 hours straight. He could not even keep down a sip of water. We were almost ready to take him to hospital to be treated for dehydration. 24 hours later and our stomachs are still upset and not really eating. My youngest son had a fever for 24 hours. We all had chills and were extremely tired . Basically spent 48 hours in bed. Because this virus can live on surfaces we got a hospital grade disinfectant and wiped everything down in every bathroom including wall switches,taps and floors.

Comment from: sickandtired, Female (Patient) Published: May 05

Sudden onset, queasy stomach, some diarrhea, severe vomiting. Vomiting was as bad as I can ever recall having had but was over by about 30 hours. Severe body aches, some fever and chills. I'm now on day 4 and am still not right. This started with my son who got sick on Friday with the terrible, profuse throwing up. I was next on Sunday, my husband about 12 hours later, then our other son today (5 days after his bro). The first and I hope the last time we've had anything knock out the whole family so badly. We all had all the symptoms I listed in varying degrees.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 04

My norovirus symptoms started as mild stomach cramps which became worse followed by loss of appetite, a fever and neausea and vomiting and finally watery diarrhea. Symptoms lasted 3 days.

Comment from: timZ, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

Started feeling ill Monday afternoon and by night I thought I was going to die! The abdominal pain was just incredible. I vomited so much and so hard my stomach was sore. 48 hours later & everything is normal.

Comment from: andycdn, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

This sounds exactly what I experienced with my norovirus infection. Unexpectedly, I started vomiting last night's meal. I thought it was the wine (two 4-ounce glasses) and the food was fresh. Then I continued to vomit until my gut was empty. My stomach, esophagus, and mouth were all inflamed. Diarrhea. I tried to drink water, take an Imodium, but I couldn't keep anything down. It lasted three days until I could get a sip of water to stay down. I lost 13 pounds in 5 days. I should have gone to see a doctor, but I couldn't leave the house.

Comment from: Cherry, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

With my norovirus infection, I was vomiting and I had watery diarrhea. My fever was about 105.3 and even if I had a fever I was freezing. I also had stomach pain and I had muscle aches and I was really tired.

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

The norovirus is a Horrible Virus! It spread through our home through the course of a week and symptoms varied from person to person. My youngest child (2) vomited, was very tired, and had no appetite. My oldest child (7) had watery diarrhea that he could barely control for 5+ days. I had diarrhea, cramps, horrible backaches, and the WORST headaches for three days. We are feeling better, but still limited appetite and really low energy.