Is this food poisoning, stomach flu, or something else?
July 11, 2014 7:35 AM Subscribe
None Of You Is My Doctor, but before I spend money and time at Urgent Care, I'd like to ask those of you who have experienced this kind of thing if what I am going through right now is something you just have to wait out, or if I need to go see someone. (Warning: discussion of vomiting and other bodily functions inside.)
posted by tzikeh to Health & Fitness (22 answers total)
I can't remember the last time I vomited, so this is all very upsetting to me--I don't even know where to start looking for answers except here.
Yesterday, my stomach didn't feel so great. I was fine in the morning, when I had my usual breakfast of a breakfast bar and a cup of coffee. Around 10:30, I started to get a "sour stomach," just low-level unpleasant feeling in my gut. I got some Pepto Bismol, and that seemed to be helping a bit. I didn't eat anything else (food wasn't appealing). Bowel movements a little loose, but nothing like diarrhea or anything.
Just after 5pm, I threw up what I guess was my coffee and breakfast bar (there wasn't really much solid in the vomit). I felt a lot better, and figured whatever it was just had to be expelled and that was it. I went home - and threw up again. Once again, I felt 100% after that, but within about 30 minutes I got a fever, chills, and all of my joints started to ache. I went to sleep. Two hours later, my fever and chills were gone! ...but I vomited again. At this point, I can't imagine what the hell there was to throw up -- I had only had the breakfast bar and one cup of coffee! (The vomit was definitely, uh, brown liquid, and coffee-flavored.)
Same story - feel much better for about 10-15 minutes, then achy again. But less achy than before, and as I said the chills were gone and the fever was gone. Like the fastest illness on record.
This morning I woke up and, yes, vomited - but there really wasn't much content to it, and it didn't last nearly as long as the previous bouts. Most of the aches have gone away, and I haven't been nauseated since about four hours ago.
Is this food poisoning? Stomach flu? Something else? I'm really, really hungry now, but I'm terrified of giving my body any more, uh, ammo. The last bout was really just liquid that burned my throat. I've been sipping water and that's about it. I feel much better just in general and have maintained that "feeling better" for about five hours, rather than the usual 20 minutes.
Do I go to a doctor? Do I wait and see what today is like? Should I eat something? If so, what do you suggest?