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Comment from: Brandon, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 13

The day before onset I felt great. I ate garlic chicken (may never be able to smell garlic again without feeling I'll), and went to bed. Once at work the stomachache worsened and I had diarrhea a couple times. My legs and shoulders began to ache rather badly. That's when I decided to go home. Once home I immediately went to the bathroom and became rather nauseous. That night I went to bed with a high fever, sweating profusely, and cramping in my abdomen. I spent most of the next day and night either on the toilet or in bed sleeping. I was able to eat some yogurt a banana and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that day though. Eventually, Immodium and Pedialyte did help. I hope you all feel better.

Comment from: james, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 25

I had severe stomach pain started along with vomiting. The past 32 hours have been nothing but clear, greasy looking diarrhea. It came while sleeping and kept me from sleeping after that, obviously. Two times this happened so now I am afraid to sleep.

Comment from: JazzyWisa, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

Hopefully, I am nearing the end of my relatively minor flu episode. Except for a few arthroscopic surgeries in the last 10 years, I've been very healthy and can't remember the last time I was sick. My stomach felt kind of upset, so I had a smaller lunch. It seemed worse enough by dinner time that I decided to have only a small bowl of chicken soup in which I drank only the liquid and had nothing else except water to supplement. I also bought some ginger candies from a store to help my tummy. I accepted the fact that I have the flu. Today I awoke with no tummy pain. Besides water & ginger ale, I have had chicken noodle soup, jello, salted soda crackers, white bread, two bananas and some melon.

Comment from: Mary Grace, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

On December 21st, 2013, I went to a restaurant in Ridgefield, CT and shortly afterwards thought I had food poisoning. I had severe diarrhea that damaged the skin in the rectal area because I was using toilet tissue so often. My husband had to go to CVS when the skin started bleeding to get baby wipes and diaper cream. Otherwise, I was in agony. I'm just able to shower and dress and get out of bed for short periods of time. Now, my husband is really sick with both issues (vomiting and diarrhea).

Comment from: Sheri, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I'm getting over a gastro intestinal bug. The worst symptoms lasted about 24 hours. My doctor called in Zofran for me and it helped a lot. It's been 48 hours now and I have learned not to miss a pill. I missed one and my symptoms started to reappear. I had slept past my time to take a dose. I can now eat crackers and Sprite. This was pretty horrible.

Comment from: Susie, 65-74 Female Published: June 12

I have symptoms for about six weeks now! Some days I can function somewhat normally then the diarrhea returns. Sometimes just looking at food makes me queasy. I am basically week and have no get up and go. My husband got this a week after I did. He has lost 7 lbs. My Dr continues to tell me to give it another 10 a14 days. My stomach has been hard and painful. Just feeling lousy for too long!!!!!

Comment from: TwilightSky, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

Currently on my 3rd day. First time experiencing this. I immediately thought I was dying. I lost so much water, I couldn't believe it. Doctors at the hospital tried lots of things to help me, but I think I have a tolerance for pain meds. I'm on Zofran right now, and it's the only thing keeping the vomiting and diarrhea at bay.

Comment from: 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I am not feeling well and my abdomen has been cramping badly for a day. I thought it was a bladder infection, but before I could get the results, I was hit extremely hard. I called the medics to take me to the hospital where I was diagnosed with gastroenteritis. I was given IV of saline, morphine for pain and antibiotics (Zofran and Cipro). I was admitted to the hospital overnight and by the next afternoon I was ready to go home.

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