I began feeling sick on Thursday, today is Tuesday. (I rarely get sick, when I do it is only for 1 or 2 days.) I first had a body ache, headache, sore throat. Then came the nausea on about Saturday. My illness seemed to 'peak' on Sunday with the stomach ache being worst part, and even more so on Monday (Monday I couldn't get out of bed, I just wanted to lay down and close my eyes in the fetal position.) I felt better this morning, then the ache came back, along with the headache. I haven't thrown up, had a fever, or diarrhea. I have, however, been cold when no one else is. The upset, nauseous feeling comes and goes and my mouth will salivate. I have been using Nauzene Chewable, Ginger ale, Saltines,and tea. Is this a virus? My husband thinks not because I do not have a fever, and the stomach upset has been over the standard 24 to 48 hour stomach virus quota. I have four people in my home, two of which are sick; but not with the stomach virus. Please answer, I appreciate your time.
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.
You would like to know the cause of your current condition.
Gastroenteritis (also known as gastric flu, and stomach flu) is inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, involving both the stomach and the small intestine, resulting in acute diarrhea. It can be transferred by contact with contaminated food and water. The inflammation is caused most often by an infection from certain viruses or less often by bacteria, their toxins, parasites, or an adverse reaction to something in the diet or medication. Various sources of the infection are improperly prepared food, reheated meat dishes, seafood, dairy, and bakery products. The condition is usually of acute onset, normally lasting 1â6 days, and is self-limiting. It is characterized with the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fever, headaches, abnormal flatulence, abdominal pain, abdominal cramps, sometimes bloody stools, fainting and weakness.
Given the data that you described, you may be experiencing mild gastroenteritis. If you experience nausea or diarrhea you may need to be taking oral rehydration solutions. You may consider having a bacterial culture with antibiogram or a microscopical exam of a stool sample if you experience severe diarrhea.
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