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Comment from: David, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 26

This gastroenteritis is evil. I have had this vile condition on and off now for 2 weeks. Unbearable nausea and diabetes. Unbearable stomach ache. Cannot eat or drink anything without feeling violently ill. This is a very serious illness not to be underestimated. I hope for quick recovery and deeply feel for others in my situation. I am sitting in the toilet now as I write this.

Comment from: Shana, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I have had gastroenteritis for 2 weeks now and it is so wearing. It started with all the symptoms that a previous post described, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach cramps. However after 10 days I started to get back ache, waking up in the night and now my legs are aching. I have taken antibiotics but this has not done any good. I also get very, very tired. The mornings are the worst. I have to get up at least 1.5 hours before I take my daughter to school and I am lucky if I make it, due to the stomach cramps. I have to eat lightly at night or same thing. I can't believe how long this is taking to clear out of my system. I am someone who is never sick!

Comment from: littlesally, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I am into day 9 of the gastroenteritis with not much relief in sight. I thought I might be able to return to work this morning and as such was taking a shower when I became so weak and woozy I could have fallen in the shower. I called my boss immediately and slept 4 more hours. The first couple days I had vomiting; after that no more retching but the feeling of nausea remains. When I have diarrhea it is in bouts. My whole day yesterday was in the bathroom or asleep. I feel I should return to the doctor for IV fluids, I have had Gatorade, water, flat Coke, orange juice and very little to eat at a time. Half of a yogurt or oatmeal is about all I can manage. I guess what I am wondering about seeing all this throwing up and all the diarrhea, are we somehow managing to re-infect ourselves with everything we handle. It looks like the ones that have someone else there managing the clean sheets and the meals and the baths have a shorter recuperation time. In any case good luck all of you, this is miserable.

Comment from: unhappy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

My gastroenteritis symptoms came on suddenly and without warning. I had a bowl of soup and a salad then all of a sudden I felt hot and bloated. Within 15 minutes I was vomiting. I vomited every half hour for half the night. It was almost 12 hours later it stopped and the diarrhea started. I am running a fever of a 100 to 101. It is now 5 days later and I have reflux and diarrhea. I still don't feel like eating. I am taking Pepto-Bismol and something that replaces your electrolytes. I also continue to have a headache, buzzing ears and slight nausea. The fatigue is the worst.

Comment from: Eddie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 09

I woke up at midnight yesterday morning with a sharp pain under my right rib cage; where the liver sits. The pain was so intense I couldn't sit or lie down and ended up vomiting without being nauseous. This is the second day now and the abdominal pain is so bad I'm hunched over all the time. I have a slight fever but no nausea or diarrhea. I can't eat a thing. I'm going back on pain killers. You can't handle this gastroenteritis without it. Hope it doesn't last 10 days.

Comment from: Brenda 50, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 05

On 9/28/2015 my granddaughter came home from school not feeling well. Through the night she vomited multiple times. She stayed home on 9/29 and continued with nausea and vomiting. Today she continues to have severe nausea. She displays no appetite, and a slight sore throat. Three of her close school friends are presenting the same symptoms of gastroenteritis. One now has a 102 fever. I have been experiencing nausea and severe abdominal cramping with diarrhea for 3 days, no fever.

Comment from: grub, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 05

This gastroenteritis virus is nasty and lasts a long time. Ten days ago I started with diarrhea, no vomiting, and lots of up and down fever. I have been living on Advil, but stomach pains don't go away. It's no fun, I am still feeling bad.

Comment from: blackhawks fan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

My stomach problems started out of the blue. I woke up feeling awful. I had diarrhea and nausea but no vomiting. By 5pm I felt 100 percent better. I thought the stomach flu attack was over. I woke up the next morning and it was back. I spent the whole week feeling horrible. It wasn't even about the diarrhea but more just a feeling of depression and unhappiness. Never felt so awful inside my bones. I started taking probiotics and that helped immensely. I have to eat too. If I don't eat I start to feel worse. Shaky and awful. I'm still not a 100 percent and it's been about 3 weeks.

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