Patient Comments: Norovirus Infection - Treatment

What was the treatment, including home care, for your norovirus infection?

Comment from: Freebird 70, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I had been out of town with my two older teens to pick up my youngest daughter and spend a weekend of fun with my kids. We stopped and ate dinner at a nice restaurant coming home that I frequent often. I was sleeping great and woke up at 4:30 am nauseated, dizzy and with urges to puke. I never did puke. Lots of dry heaving. Body aches and chills and dizziness took over. I eventually had diarrhea and more symptom to throw up although I really never did. Several hours later I went to get my young daughter some milk in kitchen and urges to puke hit me again. I tried to but still nothing and again diarrhea hit me instead. I was in so much abdominal pain. I am 3 days in since the norovirus infection and have eaten just fine but the aches and dizziness won't go away. Mouth is dry and yucky! I have never felt this poisoned my whole life. Weak, tired, achy, nauseated, dizzy and although not puking much, I had bad diarrhea. I want my life back! I have had Gatorades, water, soups, and trying to stay vertical some. I have to work and clients are expecting me. I have to get over this.

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Comment from: Nathalie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

The absolute worst illness I've ever had. I had the flu over 25 years ago and norovirus was a million times worse. I contracted it during Thanksgiving, from my niece who had been ill and throwing up after daycare. Within 24 hours I noticed a terrible sharp pain in my stomach. Less than 24 hours later I was experiencing chills, fatigue and tightening pain in my stomach. Symptoms worsened within a few hours until all I could do is curl up in a ball and sleep. Sweating and body aches lasted throughout the following day with piercing abdominal pain, very swollen stomach and diarrhea. The final day was all throwing up and less diarrhea, but I was thankful to finally be feeling better! Ugh.

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Comment from: Sickman, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

My norovirus infection started the first week of September and I still have it 10/13/2013. I have been in the Hospital five times for IV treatment and think it's time to go back again , I am still having trouble getting food or liquid down, the specialist sadly told me this could last 3 months. The good thing is every time I get the IV treatment the pain and sick feeling goes away but when I get home two days later it starts all over.

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Comment from: noname, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 05

Originally, I ate one chocolate-covered strawberry, felt bad two hours later, and spent two hours that night on the toilet with dry heaves and light diarrhea. I also had, not cramps, but stomach pain. In 24 hours, all was well. However, one week later, I felt cruddy again, with all-day loose stools. My granddaughter, who lives with me, had the same symptoms. It took a week for her to recover. I'm on day 5 and feel much better, but am dizzy and weak. I've just crossed the barrier to hoping I can eat something substantial soon. The best treatments for me were Imodium, Donnatal, Tylenol, and popcorn. Drinking ginger ale before bedtime caused hours, literally, of heartburn, reflux, and burping. I'm thinking that I have had an attack of acute norovirus followed a week later by a relapse. Weird; no fun.

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Comment from: JimJ51, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 15

Sunday, late afternoon, 01/12/14 I began feeling nauseated and dizzy. Shortly thereafter I began vomiting and had watery diarrhea. This continued throughout the evening and into the early morning hours of Monday (about 10-12 hours or so). I had severe cramping, dizziness, sweats and chills and felt like every pore in my body ached. Since mid-morning Monday the vomiting and diarrhea stopped but I've had almost no appetite and don't really want to think of food and today is Tuesday. I found hydration helped the most. Ice water made me feel the best and at times I just used ice chips letting them melt in my mouth. I lost 4 lbs overnight between Sunday and Monday. I got a flu shot this past November so I'm pretty sure this wasn't the flu. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

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