Help! I ate something today and I've got food poisoning. . .

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    Jan 25, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    . . . and I feel SOOOO bad.

    What should I do?

    I had some chicken broth

    And toast

    I also went to McDONALD'S (?!?) and bought a Coke because they say that settles your stomach

    It's the first soft drink product I've had in. . . seven years. . . that time, I had food poisoning too

    I'm concerned I'll be throwing up all night

    It's so unpleasant

    Help

    Any nice comforting words or words of wisdom?

    Help
  • Timbales

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    Jan 25, 2009 1:41 AM GMT
    How much are you vomiting? Or is it the other end?

    Drink plenty of water and maybe take some Pepto.
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    Jan 25, 2009 1:46 AM GMT
    So far, fortunately, I haven't started to throw up

    But I've had this before and I can feel it coming

    When it starts, it's horrible -- projectile vomiting that goes on all night

    The last time this happened, my bathroom was a mess
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    Jan 25, 2009 1:46 AM GMT
    I took some Pepto

    Should I be drinking water too
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    Jan 25, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
    Drinks lots of water to avoid dehydration. Let your body blow it out from either end. Vomiting and diarrhea are your body's way of clearing your system of the poisoning food. You should not stop that activity. Blow it out. You'll feel better once you do. Once you allow your body to blow the poison out either end, you'll start to feel better right away.

    If it doesn't get better within a day, or two, you'll probably need to see a medical professional. If you have a serious bacterial infection, it could require medical intervention.

    It could take up to three weeks for your guts to reset to normal, if the food poisoning is severe.
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    Jan 25, 2009 4:45 AM GMT
    If you can hold down water drink as much as you can and hydrate yourself. Because if you do start vomiting you'll dehydrate quickly. Keep the Pepto there with you and take it as often as you can according to the directions. If you barf it all up and can hold down more, do so.

    Only other recommendation is to put a cool, damp rag on the back of your neck. Some people say it helps to relieve nausea. Don't know if it really does, but it at least feels comforting when you feel like hell.
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    Jan 25, 2009 4:50 AM GMT
    The first time I had food poisoning was the only time I ever moaned for death. It hurt so bad. *shudder*
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    Jan 25, 2009 4:51 AM GMT
    Hey, sorry to hear about your gastric woes! Hopefully it passes quickly. In the meantime in addition to taking pepto-bismol you might want to try drinking some pedialite, some other hydration fluid or even gatorade. When vomiting you end up losing a lot of the electrolites your body needs and so drinking only water will not rehydrate you as quickly as you want because your kidneys will want to maintain the salt balance in your blood. Okay, I'll stop with the details now, but try drinking something with salts in it.
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    Jan 25, 2009 4:57 AM GMT
    Food poisoning is a MAJOR drag. I got it twice in one summer a few years back, once from the local supermarket and some tainted hamburger (I thought I had cooked it well), and another time from a major restaurant chain shrimp and steak skewer. Both times, I was sick within the hour. The tainted hamburger had me sick for nearly two days. It was HORRIBLE. I've had a couple of mild cases since then, but nothing so severe as the summer of 2003.

    In the last few years, it seems to have gotten worse. Lots of the problem is literacy issues in the dining establishments, and just poor practice.

    I've pulled match books and cigarettes out of burgers at popular burger places. I've watched cross-contamination by folks who are clearly clueless. I've watched folks pick their nose then grab my food. Some folks seem to have a different sense of sensibilities with regard to food safety.

    We've quit going to several places here in Lewisville, because the literacy is so low.

    At home, if you get stuff hot enough, long enough, it's pretty easy to avoid, but, dining places have some really bad practices.

    Gatorade might go down easy.
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    Jan 25, 2009 5:04 AM GMT
    It's old fashioned, but sometimes saltines stay down when other things don't. The suggestions about the Gatorade were great too.
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    Jan 25, 2009 5:33 AM GMT


    Hey LittleDudeWithMuscles,

    If one is close by, go a drugstore and explain, then ask for activated charcoal - it absorbs the toxins and you should be OK in a few hours.

    More food of any kind is not great. the sugars in gatorade and pop are not so great either. The diarrhea is your body getting rid of 'stuff' so a necessary evil.


    Wait......


    OK here try this site link

    http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/food_poisoning.html


    sorry I reached and grabbed just now...nearest link handy.
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    Jan 25, 2009 5:46 AM GMT
    If I think that I am in the throes of serious food poison, the first place to go is RJ for advice. .... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 25, 2009 5:59 AM GMT
    Caslon8000 saidIf I think that I am in the throes of serious food poison, the first place to go is RJ for advice. .... icon_rolleyes.gif


    Oh, be nice!
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    Jan 25, 2009 6:12 AM GMT
    word

    smoke some weed
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    Jan 25, 2009 6:43 AM GMT
    I can cure you icon_biggrin.gif

    Drink lots of liquids and don't let yourself get dehydrated

    Smoke pot, decreases nausea while oral medication may not be effective due to constant vommiting/diarrhea, it make even give you back your appitite, or you could just go to sleep

    Eat things with artificial grape flavoring, one of the perservatives works extremly well in these situations....weird huh?
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    Jan 25, 2009 6:44 AM GMT
    I'm praying you don't suffer the double-ended catastrophe
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    Jan 25, 2009 6:53 AM GMT
    Making yourself throw up will end the agony. Just form a mental picture of what you ate and your reflexes will do the rest.

    I've learned this the hard way from too many dinners in Mexican restaurants accompanied by too many margaritas. Get the poison out of your system.

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    Jan 25, 2009 6:55 AM GMT
    My experience has taught me this:

    1) If you can't eat anything without vomiting, take some sprite or 7up, pour it in a cup, heat it for 20 seconds at a time until it loses its fizz, and then slowly drink it. Your stomach can't handle anything, so you just need what is basically sugar water (btw, don't use diet soda, use regular as diet contains sugars your body won't metabolize, which is bad when the problem is your body hasn't had anything to eat).
    2) If you can stomach this, then move on to coke that has lost its fizz.
    3) Then move on to soup, preferably broth at first, then with meat. Absolutely no vegetables. The fiber in vegetables will upset your stomach since they can't really be digested.
    4) Then add simple breads and meats
    5) Vegatables are the last thing you want to eat, so probably a day or two after you're able to eat 1-4, you're probably good to go on the vegetables.

    I'd move in small increments, that is, flat soda the first day/night, then soup for breakfast/lunch the next day, and if you feel up to it meat that night. Then more meat the next day and, finally, vegetables the next day. Also if at any time you start vomiting again, I'd move back down a level.

    Hope it helps!
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    Jan 25, 2009 7:06 AM GMT
    If you get diarrhea pick up some imodium. Avoid sugary drinks just drink water but slowly. Def don't chug water. If your stomach is being messed up by bacteria the sugars will only feed the bacteria and it will prob get worse. The Imodium with slow your bowels and you won't be spraying so much. Eat some crackers and or breads. They are pretty easy to digest and gentle on your stomach. If you are vomiting just let it happen. Your body realizes there is something bad in it and it is trying to purge the trash. If it goes on for more than 48 hours with no signs of improvement then go to a doctor. Give your body some time to deal with this.
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    Jan 25, 2009 7:29 AM GMT
    Contrary to what some people are saying, don't try and eat things. Right now your body can't handle and doesn't want food, even crackers or bread. In addition, Pepto and Immodium aren't going to do much in this case, but it won't hurt you if you try them.

    Drink as much water as you can handle, maybe some weak tea with a bit of sugar. A good rehydration solution is 1 teaspoon salt, 8 teaspoons sugar, and one liter of water all mixed together. It's not really tasty, but it will make sure your body doesn't get overly dehydrated and works just as well as anything store-bought.

    I've gotten food poisoning here on more than one occasion. It's not something you really avoid in the developing world, no matter how much you try. GI tract issues hit everyone one at least once while we're here.
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    Jan 25, 2009 10:29 AM GMT
    How do you feel?

    If you feel a distended, tender stomach, it is not food poisoning. It could be good ole indigestion. And yeah they hurt like a bitch but they usually pass. If it is food poisoning (mild that is, as in no fever), the way I got over mine (and indigestion, since they are almost virtually similar in symptoms) was to empty my stomach of as much as I can (vomit and pooping seemed to work) drink water (no milk, coffee, tea, or softdrinks!) + electrolyte tablets and anti-dyspepsia medication (although they have very little proven effects), and sleep. Stomach problems for me usually occurs when I drink softdrinks, too much food, or too much lactose-based products (like milk).

    Serious food poisoning can be fatal. I've experienced paratyphoid fever once in my life when I was around 17, and it's not something I want to experience again. Don't ask me how I got it, I didn't know either. I thought it was simple diarrhea at first. But it got worse and worse. I was literally burning up with fever as well as vomiting and being unable to eat.

    So my advice is the first thing you should have done:

    GO TO A DOCTOR NOW
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    Jan 25, 2009 12:09 PM GMT
    hugs?
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    Jan 25, 2009 1:18 PM GMT
    Tea and Toast? icon_biggrin.gif

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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 25, 2009 1:29 PM GMT
    eating pickled ginger like you get at a sushi restaurant works wonders to settle your stomach. Ginger root tea is suppose to really help too.
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    Jan 25, 2009 1:57 PM GMT
    I don't know much food poisoning, but if your stomach can't / won't take solid foods, could you still take on stock (vegetable stock / meat-based stocks)?

    If you can, then it could supplement your water / sugar water intake with some nutrients (not necessarily combine them, of course).

    Stocks are easy to make (just boil the veggies for a couple of hours, maybe with a little salt) and go easily down (and should come easily up, if you later vomit as part of the poisoning).

    Addendum: ***just saw the chicken broth mention; d'oh***