Patient Comments: Food Poisoning - Experience

Please describe your experience with food poisoning.

Comment from: SICK AND TIRED!, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

Burger King Whopper got me big time with food poisoning. I wish you could sue for this! Vomit started as white foam and slimy clear stuff. It transitioned to vile yellow bile, then mixed with blood to that. In between bouts, 3 times I passed out and have the bruises to prove it. I woke up in puddles of slime and sweat from every pore I have. Vomiting stopped after about 12 hours, and I am better today, just weak. I am able to eat soup and crackers. I live alone and was too sick to even think of driving to a doctor.

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Comment from: DR, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 08

I get made fun of for how cautious I am about not eating things that are a few days old. Everyone makes fun of me for it, so when I was being ribbed a bit about some old lettuce my wife convinced me I was being paranoid about food poisoning. I was not. Twelve hours later I had intense stomach pain and nausea. No diarrhea. But probably the top worst days of my life. I couldn't hold anything down. I do have to say I was able to get down a few activated charcoal pills later in the evening and from there I improved dramatically.

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Comment from: Meg, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I had some food that a friend (who is not that great with food safety; we're talking leaving leftovers on the counter for a couple of days sometimes) made. Since it was fresh and as requested put in the fridge while I was at work, I didn't think twice about eating the stir-fry noodles with chicken. I felt a little sick after eating it, thinking it was the beer I'd had with it. I didn't encounter problems until the next morning when I started getting mild abdominal cramps and mild diarrhea. They worsened as the morning wore on until I could hardly move from the pain. I had a little bit of nausea but thankfully didn't throw up, most likely because by then it had been hours since breakfast so there was nothing to throw up. I had no appetite through the day, though I did try a couple of spoonsful of applesauce, and paid for it later when it went straight through. I developed a fever, weakness, and body pain. I slept well though and didn't have any unpleasant episodes in the night. In the morning I had a headache, felt dizzy, and took some more broth (as I had periodically yesterday) and felt that subside a bit. I tried a bit more applesauce, it still ran through, though the cramps are much less severe. I'm really hungry now, so I'm going to see about some dry bread. I've also got a load of back pain, my fingers are crossed it's only food poisoning and not some other illness or infection creeping up on me.

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Comment from: Kaitlyn, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I ate 3 grapes from Kroger, I bought them and ate 3 of them. Then after 1 hour I started getting cramps in my stomach because of the food poisoning, then I went to go to the bathroom and I had diarrhea. Then I started puking. Then I went in my room and went to sleep. I had to go to the bathroom and do my business, but I didn't puke.

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Comment from: Msgj, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

My husband and I had take-out from a local restaurant. I ordered a chicken salad wrap and he had a beef gyro. We both had red wine, shared a small piece of turtle pie, and had an after-dinner drink. This was around 6 pm. At 2:30 am the next morning, I had to get up and use the bathroom (unusual for me). I didn't really feel any urgency, but I immediately had profuse, watery diarrhea. I had no nausea and no vomiting. I took some Imodium and I went to sleep on the couch after that in case I needed to make another run for it, but that was it. I had a bit of that lump-in-the-stomach feeling the next morning, but I waited a bit before eating breakfast, then had a little applesauce and toasted flatbread. I called our local health department that next day, and they called back to take my report on food poisoning. This is always a good idea if you suspect food-borne illness so that the restaurant can be notified and an investigation can be started. I kept the other half of the chicken salad wrap in case the health department needs it, but I was told they generally would not. It's well-labeled and hiding in the back of my fridge! I suspect I had a Campylobacter infection, and that possibly the alcohol helped negate some of the effects. Another reason to drink red wine! It's been almost 2 days and I still haven't had another bowel movement, but I feel fine and am now eating normally.

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