Patient Comments: Rotavirus - Symptoms and Signs

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Comment from: Diane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

My symptom of rotavirus infection was clear watery diarrhea every 10 minutes, no vomiting. I had blood tests and no bacterial infection but I am in 5th week now and no improvement. I don't know what is happening to me!

Comment from: Laura, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I caught rotavirus about a week ago, and I couldn't resist even the first day with self-medication. I have taken Amoebriz, amoxicillin, albendazole and liters of Pedialyte. I have had to know what was going on, the pain was awful, and I barely made myself to the emergency room. They gave me more antibiotics, anti-diarrheic medicine, pain killers and more Pedialyte. I still have to deal with muscular pain and stomach sores. The doctor said no fast food, dairy products of sodas for 15 days.

Comment from: Pipsta, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 07

My 4 year old son caught rotavirus at daycare (diagnosed at the lab). He had vomiting all day on day 1 and a temperature for 2 days. Then he had diarrhea 3 to 4 times a day for 7 days. He lost a lot of weight but we managed to keep his fluids up with ice blocks. I was obsessive about cleanliness, separate towels/toothbrushes/cups, etc., and the rest of the family (6 year old) did not catch it. I cleaned the toilet/hand basin every time he used it. Yes, this was a horrible virus that took it out of us all but just wanted to say that we managed it with good hygiene. We kept visitors away from the house for a week and only let him back to day care 48 hours after his last episode of diarrhea.

Comment from: the best gma, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I"ve had the rotavirus for a week now. I was up, I kid you not, every 5 minutes at night with watery diarrhea. As soon as my exhausted body would start relaxing to sleep I was up running to the bathroom again. I was dehydrated. The only food I could keep in my body was the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and dry toast) but being diabetic that was bad for my sugar due to all the starch. My blood pressure was extremely low also. I also had horrible stomach pains and it gurgled all the time. I tell you, a couple of days there I really felt like I wasn"t going to make it. Thank goodness I did. I just went back to work today and am tired but feel okay. There is nothing the doctor can do because it"s a virus.

Comment from: lily5, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I just ended 7 days of having the rotavirus. In the midst of it, it seemed like there was no end in sight, my diarrhea did not improve or let up until it finally stopped. Day 1 and 2 I had stomach pain, constant watery diarrhea (every 10-30 minutes), nausea, and vomiting. Day 3 to 7 I had constant watery diarrhea and stomach pain (gas and gurgling in my intestines constantly, even after only having a bit of liquid to drink). I was wiped out the whole time; couldn"t work, sleeping all day. I had no idea this virus even existed, let alone that there were vaccines for it! Ugh, hope to never have it again. Thank goodness for electrolyte drinks (they kept me out of the hospital), I would cut them with 1/2 water to keep things down.

Comment from: Jan, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 08

My daughter had the rotavirus when we lived in Canada 20 years ago and ended up in hospital for a week and from having it. She has not been having any milk products since.

Comment from: Mari, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I caught rotavirus from a young visitor to my home who had refused vaccinations. First came severe diarrhea then nonstop vomiting, I was in hospital for over 2 weeks and 4 times after that. It can be a killer from dehydration and is more serious for some than others.

Comment from: cpmusic92, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I got this horrible virus when I was seven. I couldn't stop throwing up and became dehydrated. I also had severe diarrhea. My dad took me to the doctor and the doctor sent me to a nearby emergency medical center. I had to have an IV and a tube down my nose. I was then taken to the hospital by ambulance and stayed there the next four days.

Comment from: virusfromhell2012, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I had diarrhea so badly, it was hard not to stay hydrated with the frequency of bathroom visits. And I am talking about 10 visits to the toilet in a day. No throwing up just door number 2. My potassium was depleted and had to take supplements. I felt so weak and tired; I thought I was going to die. I could kill the person who gave this to me. I have not been resting as I should and it has prolonged my wonderful experience with this virus, now 2 weeks almost 3. I am single and live alone so I have to keep walking to the store for Gatorade and PowerAde, bananas and what not. It sucks. I have been hydrating like crazy and have even made my own rice milk drink. It is still in my system because I have a high white blood cell count. This rotavirus is a nightmare. And you can do very little about it because it is a virus. Just hydrate like crazy and call your doctor to get lab tests for potassium levels. This scared me to death. Sheesh!!!!!

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Comment from: vixennls, Published: April 08

My daughter has a feeding tube and does not take much oral consumption. When she started out with a cold and then started drinking a lot, I knew something was not right. She was going through about three 32-ounce bottles of Pedialyte within two hours. Her electrolyte levels were way below normal, her color was not right, and she was very irritable – nothing consoled her.

Comment from: Julie, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 01

My 11 month old son was hospitalized with this nasty rotavirus. Vomiting, temperature, etc. He was severely dehydrated and his heart rate rose, so he had breathing problems. I had to call an ambulance, and he had IV fluids in him for 24 hours. I am glad there is a vaccine available in the UK, it surely needs eradicating.

Comment from: Travis, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 10

I got the rotavirus from my son and it's been one of the worst weeks of my life. Constant nausea, weakness, headache, inability to eat anything that has flavor and just constant vomiting has really destroyed my health. This virus is almost as bad as when I was covered from head to toe in poison oak. It's been 7 days and I still see no signs of getting better. I went to the hospital three times in the last week and had IVs which made me feel better, but the next day I was still sick.

Comment from: Sarah A, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

ROTAVIRUS=DEVIL. This is awful. My 4 month old son contracted it from daycare and it took everyone out one by one. Seriously this is no joke. He had diarrhea for 5 days at least 4-5 a day and on the 6th day he did have some vomiting. He didn't get the fever, but he was better Friday and on Saturday I got it. Started vomiting and diarrhea every hour on the hour from 9am to 9pm. Only thing I could keep down was ice chips. Nothing else worked broth, water, flat soda, Gatorade, saltines. It all came up! This was the worst cold/virus I have ever gotten in my whole life. I am 29!! Ughghg. Lysol everything and clean, clean, wash, wash. The virus can stay around for 4-5 days!!

Comment from: kruggs, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

My symptoms of rotavirus were severe diarrhea, vomiting, headache and slight fever. The worst of the symptoms lasted approximately 24 hours, which included vomiting/dry heaving and watery diarrhea almost every half hour. To be honest, I don't believe I've ever been that sick. In fact, I told my husband that if it was possible to poop out the devil, then this was it, simply horrible.

Comment from: Marietta, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 15

My granddaughter, Tiffany who is 15 years old, had a colonoscopy January 28, 2011. Directly after the test on the 29th, she started with diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, night sweats, no appetite, and weight loss and couldn't sleep. We ended up back at the family doctor. They had taken multiple blood test, x rays, and sonograms. We are now back with the GI doctor and he ordered many tests with bowel movements. One test showed she has rotavirus. Now we are waiting on the other test. It's been over two months now and she is getting very irritable.

Comment from: Xaes Mama, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 11

My son is 11 months old and this thing is horrendous! He started with vomiting (all night) and now it's been 3 days of diarrhea with clammy skin (feels hot at times but has no temp.). The lethargy is hardest for me, though, since he's always been active to the point of driving me MAD. Of course I have it now as well. No vomiting for me, but sooo much nausea and diarrhea. My friend caught it, but got lucky and was sick for only about 2 days.

Comment from: kate, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 10

My 2 year old has it now, with mostly the green nappies. He also had fits at the beginning, it's been hell, he was sick the first two days and his skin is always hot, but now on the 5th day, after a lot of medicines, he appears to be getting there. Though my 11 year old daughter (after staying with nan) is now in the hospital too. It's been a nightmare.

Comment from: jamier29, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

Extreme, watery diarrhea, some vomiting but not much, fever for the first two days and then switching to cold, dry skin to touch. Very lethargic, weak, dehydrated. Each family member that it got passed down to got lesser symptoms. I also had extreme abdominal pain for almost 4 days.

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