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i went to the doctor with diarreah and stomach pain. they said it was gastroenteritis. the diarreah has stopped but my stomach still bothers me. it more irritating and crampy, other than actually hurting. how do i make the stomach ittitation stop?

It should go away in a few more days. It's pretty much a virus that needs to run its course. Try pepto or something for the upset stomach.  (+ info)


i was in the hospital with bloody diarrhea, vomiting and very severe abdominal pain on . they said it was acute gastroenteritis, and i t would go away in a couple days. it has been a week, and i am still in enormous amounts of pain with not being able to swallow anything without sever pain following. i am reluctant to go back to the hospital because they made me wait for 7 hours and all they did was take blood and give me an IV... does anyone know if gastroenterusually lasts this long?

it can last and extremely long time..depending on what caused it..
Gastroenteritis is basically an inflammation of stomach and small and large intestine..so depending on how "nicely" you treat your stomach will affect your recovery time..some people have lifelong stomach problems (me included) after having a bad case of Gastroenteritis...pepto bismol helps with it..good luck  (+ info)

How long are you Immune to Gastroenteritis after you have contracted it?

Both me and my father contracted (What we thought to be) Gastroenteritis back in early January and got over it. Now, we're possibly going to visit our relatives.
The problem is that my Grandmother, whom we were going to visit, has contracted what seems to be the same junk that we got.
My mother and sister never got it, so they're definitely vulnerable. So I was wondering, how long does the immunity to Gastroenteritis last? Thanks for any help!

gastroenteritis is caused by a 100 different bugs...rotaviraus, norwalk virus, ecoli, shigella etc etc and every bug will give immunity for a variable period and not very long but u can always get the other bugs ! so there is no safe period ! be careful with what u eat  (+ info)

How can i give my friend Gastroenteritis?

so i have a really mean friend who constantly bullies me and everyone else. to teach her a lesson i want to give her gastroenteritis...how can i do this? i don't currently have gastroenteritis.

Instead of giving her gastroenteritis, why don't you stop being friends with her, she isn't your friend any way if she treats you that badly, grow up, and stand up for yourself! And even if you could give it to her to "teach her a lesson " what are you going to do, tell her ha ha ha I gave it to you because you are mean and not nice to me? Get real you don't have the guts to stand up to her now ,so you sure are not going to tell her you gave it to her!  (+ info)

Can a vegan/vegetarian diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

I've been diagnosed with gastroenteritis 4 times this year and I'm starting to wonder if I has anything to do with my diet. I'm out and about a lot so I don't have time to cook at home for myself. Could a vegetarian or vegan diet help correct this?

being a vegetarian will help everything.
i'm not sure about your problem,
but i'm a vedgier (sometimes i cheat) and it made me feel better.
i didn't have to change much...
just take out one meat at a time.  (+ info)

Can you catch gastroenteritis from somebody who caught it from you?

I've just recovered from 3 days in hell with what I'm guessing was a form of gastroenteritis.
My girlfriend just came down with what must be the same thing and i'm wondering if I should now be immune to it or if I can catch it back from her as easily as she caught it from me.

Hi Moochaser

Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

In addition to bacterial and viral infections, gastritis can also be caused by poor diet, food allergies, nutritional deficiencies, alcohol, smoking, and chronic stress. As mentioned above, various commonly used medications can also cause gastritis, especially NSAIDs. In addition to aspirin, other NSAIDs that are linked to gastritis include Advil, Clinoril, Feldene, Ibuprofen, Nalfon, Nuprin, Orudis, Oruvail, Relafen, and Tolectin. In severe cases of gastritis, internal bleeding can occur due to thinning of the lining of the stomach and/or intestines.

Caution: If you experience internal bleeding and/or experience blood in your stool, seek immediate professional medical attention.

Quick Action Plan for Gastritis

1. Avoid all sugars, refined flour products, and carbohydrates, milk and dairy products, processed foods that contain preservatives and artificial sweeteners, alcohol, hydrogenated and trans-fatty oils, as well as foods that are common allergens.

2. Emphasize organic, fresh vegetables and non-citrus fruits, organic grains, as well as organic, free-range meats and poultry and wild-caught fish.

3. Drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day.

4. Miso soup and strained vegetable broth, made from cooking down a variety of organic vegetables, are healing and easy to digest, making them especially valuable for any digestive problems.

5. Certain herbs have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help repair the lining of the stomach and intestines. The best herbs for this are Echinacea and goldenseal, aloe vera, cayenne pepper, chamomile, licorice root, and slippery elm.

6. Soothing baths two to five nights a week can help to relieve symptoms of gastritis.

7. Therapeutic juices include raw cabbage juice by itself, or mixed with either carrot or celery juice; raw potato juice; wheatgrass juice; carrot, spinach juice; carrot juice; carrot, beet cucumber.

8. If you smoke, stop, and avoid exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke.

9. Learn how to effectively cope with and manage stress; deep breathing, meditation, Qi Gong and other calming and grounding movement techniques are very supportive.

10. If you are currently taking aspirin or other NSAIDs, consider replacing them with safer, more effective natural remedies.

11. Nutritional supplements include vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, and zinc, taken with a multivitamin/multimineral formula. Essential fatty acids, especial omega-3 oils, are also recommended, as are bismuth and the amino acid L-glutamine.

12. Allow yourself to receive emotional support to help you embrace some of the common underlying issues identified with Gastritis, such as abandonment, anger, disappointment and rage, which often settle in the gut. Seek out a therapist or other skilled practitioner that can guide you through emotional healing work.

Best of health to you  (+ info)

If my roommate possibly has gastroenteritis and threw up in our bathroom can I shower without getting sick?

It's either gastroenteritis or another stomach bug.
We share a bathroom and I have nowhere else to shower.

Most likely you're fine, as long as her saliva didn't come into contact with any surfaces you're touching while in the bathroom.

If you have any doubts, use Lysol spray - it will kill the stomach virus, spray it on any bathroom surfaces she might have touched, wait about a minute, and you're good to go.  (+ info)

do breastfeeding pain killers cause Gastroenteritis in the mother?

5 weeks after delivery - wife has 3 day old Gastroenteritis and has been taking breast feeding pain killers. Doc prescribed meds, but can i do anything else?

They don't give you painkillers for breastfeeding, they give you painkillers for uterine cramping, perineal tearing or episiotomy, or for a c-section.

If they gave her any kind of narcotic painkiller (Vicodin, Percocet, etc.), narcotics have a tendency to upset the stomach - but not usually severe enough to cause vomiting and diarrhea, usually people just get sort of nauseated.

If she is sick and she has very recently delivered (in the last couple of weeks) she should see her doctor, there might be some kind of infection brewing that needs to be checked out.  (+ info)

What's the difference between food poisoning and gastroenteritis?

Or are they the same? Ten points for most detailed answer.
Nope. It's not for homework. I've been getting diarrhoea over the past few days and just wondering,

Both have the same syptoms, and both can get really bad. But food poisoning is caused by food, while gastroenteritis is caused by a virus (and is contagious). Food poisoning lasts for 24 hours, while gastroenteritis can last for a few days. Gastroenteritis is commonly called the "stomach flu."  (+ info)

How can I speed up recovery for gastroenteritis?

Two days ago, as I came home from school, I felt unwell and started having diarrhoea at night. This carried on until yesterday and is still a problem today.

I've been taking medication for cramps, diarrhoea and paracetamol for my fever.

Now, I'm skinny and believe my immune system is weak. How can I boost it up to its full potential to treat it? I have an assessment task tomorrow and a practical exam for Biology so I need to recover by then.


The most important of treating viral gastroenteritis in children and adults is to prevent severe loss of fluids (dehydration). This treatment should begin at home. Your physician may give you specific instructions about what kinds of fluid to give. CDC recommends that families with infants and young children keep a supply of oral rehydration solution (ORS) at home at all times and use the solution when diarrhea first occurs in the child. ORS is available at pharmacies without a prescription. Follow the written directions on the ORS package, and use clean or boiled water. Medications, including antibiotics (which have no effect on viruses) and other treatments, should be avoided unless specifically recommended by a physician.

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