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Question: Stomach Flu or Food Posioning?


 houstonjoe - Sat Feb 25, 2006 6:19 pm

On Feb 22, 06, I ate dinner at 5:30 or so. I felt fine completly fine all day up to that point. I arrived at my home and I started to feel crampy, nausa, head ache and I severly vomited up til 11:00 or so. I had a very restless nights sleep. I attempted to work the next day. I didn't make past 12:00. I then started to experience the same conditions except I was no longer vomiting. I called my doctor and he called in Cipro.

Its been three days and I feel just a little better. However, I still have severe diahrea,slight body aches, and I feel weak and am experiencing cold flashes/sweats. My stomach also making all kinds of weird noises? I did not get diahrea until the second day.

Is this food posioning or a stomach flu? How long does this last?

Thanks for your help
 Theresa Jones, RN - Thu Apr 13, 2006 6:48 am

User avatar Hi houstonjoe,
Influenza (flu) may last from 1-7 days and typically causes symptoms as you describe. Signs and symptoms of food poisoning may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea but does not typically include aching, or hot/cold flashes or sweats.
Sincerely,
Theresa Jones, RN

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