Norovirus  

Introduction 

Norovirus

Find out what norovirus is, how to reduce your risk of getting it and what to do if you have it.

Media last reviewed: 19/11/2012

Next review due: 19/11/2014

Further help and advice

If you or a relative have norovirus and you want further help and advice, you can call the NHS 111 service.

Don't go to see your GP – norovirus is highly contagious and there's nothing your GP can do while you have it.

Norovirus, sometimes known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common stomach bug in the UK.

The virus is highly contagious. It can affect people of all ages and causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

There's no specific cure for norovirus, so you have to let it run its course. It's usually mild and shouldn't last more than a couple of days.

The period from when you're infected to when you start to show symptoms (the incubation period) usually lasts between 12 and 48 hours. You may be infectious to other people during this time.

Although having norovirus can be unpleasant, it's not usually dangerous and most people make a full recovery within a couple of days without having to see their GP.

Read more about the symptoms of norovirus.

Noroviruses

There are at least 25 different strains of noroviruses known to affect humans. They're the most common cause of stomach bugs (gastroenteritis) in the UK.

Each year, it's estimated that between 600,000 and 1 million people in the UK catch norovirus. The illness is sometimes called the "winter vomiting bug" because it's more common in winter. However, you can catch the virus at any time of the year.

What should I do?

If you have norovirus, follow the steps below to help ease your symptoms:

  • drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains
  • if you feel like eating, eat foods that are easy to digest
  • stay at home – don't go to see your GP because norovirus is contagious and there's nothing your GP can do while you have it
  • contact your GP to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness

Extra care should be taken to prevent babies and small children who have diarrhoea and vomiting from dehydrating by giving them plenty of fluids. Babies and young children can still drink milk.

Read more about treating norovirus.

Don't worry if you're pregnant and you get norovirus. There's no risk to your unborn child.

Preventing norovirus spreading

Norovirus is easily spread. If an infected person doesn't wash their hands before handling food, they can pass the virus on to others. You can also catch it by touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

Follow the measures below to help prevent the virus spreading.

  • wash your hands frequently
  • don't share towels and flannels
  • disinfect surfaces that an infected person has touched

Outbreaks of norovirus in public places, such as hospitals, nursing homes and schools, are common because the virus can survive for several days on surfaces or objects touched by an infected person.

If you have norovirus, you may continue to be infectious for a short period after your symptoms stop. You should therefore avoid preparing food and direct contact with others for at least 48 hours after your symptoms disappear.

Read more about preventing norovirus.

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Clt1987 said on 06 November 2014

I currently have this virus and it is awful. I started feeling extremely tired on Monday and I was constipated and bloated until Wednesday which is when i started to feel really sick while eating my tea. My stomach looked huge and felt uncomfortable. Not long after eating I had diarreah and felt like I was also going to be sick and then I started throwing up. After this happened I felt a little better but it came back and I was being sick and diarreah until 4 am, when I was being sick I felt very cold and shivery and also broke into a sweat, another symptom is body aches. Its been 6 hours since I was last sick but I still feel sick and have no appetite at all, only sipping on water to prevent dehydration. Just hoping that's it now. Get well soon to anyone else that has it.

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Jlawson118 said on 04 November 2014

We suffered this dreaded bug September 2013.

I was 17 at the time and we'd spend the Saturday cleaning the house and I felt fine all day until around 9/10pm that evening. I suddenly just felt really bloated and like I needed to go to the toilet but I felt really constipated. After a while of trying to go, it eventually came out as diarrhoea which was nothing new to me, that always used to happen occasionally as I've got IBS.

Anyway I don't know what gave me the impression but I was scared I was going to be sick. Before with diarrhoea I've never thought that but this time I seemed to, but I went to bed around 11pm.

I woke up just before 1am with a need to go to the toilet again but my mum was on so I had to wait. I sat up in bed but felt a little sick but thought it would pass once I'd been to the toilet, and suddenly I gipped and then was actually sick. I didn't make it to a bin or toilet in time.
Afterwards I felt a little better, went to the toilet and then got showered, after that I was sick a little more and then went to sleep.
I felt fine the next morning but didn't eat until the evening time where I just had chicken and rice but I ate that and had diarrhoea again.
I was fine that night and felt fine the next morning, ate breakfast and then went for my bus but the bus drove off as I was too late, which was lucky because I needed the toilet again. I later took a diarrhoea tablet and I was fine.
Monday evening my step dad fell ill with the sickness part then, and a day or so later my mum just had diarrhoea.

Horrible virus!

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Mandy83 said on 29 October 2014

I'm not sure if I had norovirus although this was the hospital diagnosis. At work I felt trembley and impending doom feeling. Without any stomach cramp or feeling sick, I went to the bathroom and was violently sick which continued for over an hour - unusual as I have emetophobia and do anything to avoid being sick. Sitting in the kitchen to recover I then embarrassingly wet myself and when colleagues came to help, couldn't remember who I was, where I worked or vocalise this. Vomiting lasted approx 3 hours, still no sick feeling or cramps, and in hospital I was put on a drip and into an isolation room. After 4 hours I could at last speak and remember who I was and didn't feel ill, only tired. Norovirus is on my records so I wonder if this was an unusual strain, however it was very scary.

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User874469 said on 20 October 2014

This vicious virus must be stopped asap. The drug companies really should try harder to come up with a vaccine for this - it shuts wards, schools, cruise ships and causes untold misery for hundreds of thousands people worldwide. We need a programme like the flu vaccine especially for patients with chronic diseases. I would glady pay to have this vaccine.

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LEICESTERAJ said on 14 October 2014

My oh my!! I went to bed on Sunday evening with 2 duvets,socks on and i normally only have a light duvet even in winter.
I just couldn't not stop shiverring and i felt like i'd just ran a marathon.
All of my limbs were aching and i could hardly get out of bed.
I couldn't sleep through all the shivvering but was having some very randomn dreams/nightmares.(even though i couldnt sleep!!!)
I awoke at midnight to complete sweat and felt like i was in a sauna(Obviously the 2 duvets did the trick!)
Now i was too hot but too tired to do anything so just fell back in bed....6 o clock the real fun began....The dreared out of both ends syndrome began for the next 2 hours along with sweat from every pore imaginable.
This lasted a good 2-3 hours(on and off not continuous).
I spend the rest of the day in bed and only had a mug of good old indian tea.
Luckily for me by the end of the evening i was starting to regain some strength and after a good nights sleep,some well known fizzy glucose drink and loads of fruit i was bacl to work on tuesday!
Good luck to anyone who gets this,it'll make you appreciate when you are well!

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MiniJHP said on 28 September 2014

It seems to me that this nasty bug affects some people differently and for different lengths of time. Both my husband and I caught this bug last week. We were fine and then on the Monday evening I started to feel dreadful. I went to bed at 9pm and was shivering inside my body. I couldn't sleep. About an hour later I was dreadfully sick. Never been sick like it before, or so much! I thought I was never going to stop. Then my husband said he didn't feel well and about an hour later he was very sick. We thought it was food poisoning. We ate little the next day and just sipped water. The following day we ate a little more, but that evening my husband had very bad diarrhorea. The following morning I had terrible diarrhorea. We've never known anything like it. The following days we have still felt very ropey. Stomach still hurts, even when we eat very little like soup. It's almost a week now and after reading the comments below I realise that this bug definitely affect people differently and for different lengths of time. We found sports drinks were good for rehydrating, camomile tea and ginger biscuits or toast have helped. Also, soup such as chicken slightly watered down. It really is a terrible bug. We were on holiday at time, picked it up in Edinburgh. Hope I never have anything like this again and must be dreadful for the elderly. We didn't have any flu/cold like symptoms with this illness.

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ihardingham said on 25 September 2014

I have just had this virus along with my wife and our 11 month old son.

This is a terrible virus that I wouldnt wish on anyone. The best advice I can give is lots of water/squash, dioralyte for the baby in 100ml doses and weather the storm.

It varies from person to person so for me it was 12 hours of hell, my son still has it 4 days on, my wife's lasted about 36 hours.

Good luck to anyone who gets it, dont go out and get friends to drop stuff at your door if you need it.

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hannahgeorgiax said on 24 September 2014

This is a horrible virus!! Ive had it for just over a week now. It started with just a cold which i thought would just pass then migraines and cramps began then before i knew it diarrhoea & Heavily Vomiting. Some of my friends have caught it also, but seem to have already got rid of it. Trying my very best to get better, water doesn't help though I'm just stuck with feeling constantly sick!

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joecjoe said on 23 September 2014

The NHS can only report on AVERAGES as their data is based on samples, not whole populations.. Therefore most people will have unpleasant symptoms of D and V for a couple of days. That said, some people recover in 12 hours (my 2 yr old), some in 48 (my wife) and some in 4-5 days (me).

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Katjefferson said on 17 September 2014

I do not disagree that this virus is terribly nasty because it is, there's no doubting that nobody enjoys vomiting or spending all night in the bathroom.
But iv got to say, people are making out as if it's the end of the world for them.
Even the Queen has suffered vomiting and recovered, it's just life.
No it's not nice, of course it's not, but we survive!

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Debn1977 said on 27 August 2014

Omg like flu, but with the fringe benefits (?) of sickness and the runs!
I've never felt so ill!
My kids (4&5) had a mild version first, cranky, woke up in the night and were sick plus the runs, but 24hours later totally fine!
My husband and I however are so ill, my 5 year old is having to run about helping us as our families are on holiday!
My mother in law is a practise nurse (old school) now retired and her solutions normall work for normal bugs so hopefully will help for this one!
No food or drink (unless you can stomach sips of water) for at least 6 hours after vomiting stops
Then FLAT lemonade or coke no bubbles, full sugar, helps to give you some sugar to minimise the head ache, then slowly introduce NO FAT food, dry toast, dry crackers, then as your stronger and more able to stomach food gradually introduce fat so maybe tea with a dash of milk and slowly slowly eat more and more fats such as jacket pot with just beans, this will help the guts tolerance
So far it's working, only at lemonade stage, but fingers crossed!!
I really wouldn't wish this on anyone!!!

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Karen6320 said on 03 August 2014

What an horrendous virus! After feeling a bit sick yesterday I spent the whole of last night being violently sick and making some awful noises. My head was pounding and burning hot but I was cold. I tried to take anti sickness tablets but they came up too. The only thing I found that helped was putting a cold flannel on my forehead and the back of my neck. I was lucky, I didn't get the diarrhoea as well, but then I don't think I had anything left to give. Try and sip water if you can or if not just rinse your mouth out with it. I suffer from a few chronic illnesses so I'm use to pain but this is in a league of its own!

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Lrlee71 said on 28 July 2014

A dreadful virus. This came on suddenly on a Sunday evening. I felt very light headed and tired and then got a strange metallic taste in my mouth. The aches and pains were excruciating. I had to visit the toilet hourly all through the night. I drank over a litre of water during the night in 250ml bottles to try and flush it out of my system.
I was sick twice in the night and I would suggest a bucket by the bed. Paracetamol in the morning helped.
Still feel weak 24 hours later, but managed two bananas and a slice of toast during the day. Best thing to do is rest and drink lots. Fruit juice helped too.We're using dettol spray as I'm the only one who has got this in my family so far.

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fs1744 said on 20 July 2014

I started feeling a bit light headed and really tired on Thursday night so went to bed as usual to be wakened a few hours later with horrendous stomach cramps I knew straight away I was going to have the runs. I ran to the bathroom, the pain was so severe I actually fainted and fell off the toilet bashing my head on the tiled floor. My husband heard the bang and woke him up straight away. You can imagine the shock he got! He managed to scrap me up off the floor onto the toilet again where my nightmare continued, constant diarrhoea for what seemed like eternity. My head was aching not sure if it was from the fall or dehydration kicking in. Fell into bed and slept for 12 hours or more solid. Only starting to eat bits of toast today. Try to stick to water until your stomach stops gurgling. Has to be the worst sickness I ve ever experienced. The cramps where actually worse than labour pains! I thought I had blood poisoning and was going to die. Thankfully I feel I am through the worst of it.

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B1GAL57 said on 19 July 2014

I cannot understand how this awful infection can be classified as 'mild'. By no stretch of anybody's imagination can the terrible symptoms be considered as mild when suffering such terrible strains at both ends of your body! This is the 2nd time I have had this, last time was 9 years ago, and both times it was unbelievably painful and persistent. If you can take fluids, it is great, but I couldn't even tolerate water for 24hours. If everybody had this it would ensure that hand washing would improve overnight!!!

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RW1993 said on 19 July 2014

There has been a big outbreak of this in Glasgow recently at the Common Wealth Village with over 20 cases and I simply walked past the area breathing in the air and unfortunately picked up the virus! It had been working on me for a good few days from Thursday 10th of July and my body was starting to shut down and nausea and some runs started to happen but it wasn't excessive. The early hours of Monday the 14th arrived at 4am I had excessive diarrhoea that was painful I thought I was going to end up dying on the toilet! I managed to sleep for a few hours but when I woke I just felt worse and I couldn't stop crying and shaking from the way my body was making me feel. I went to see my doctor the next day as I thought that I may of been feeling unwell because I had collapsed the previous Wednesday before I started to feel unwell. I had every test done to see if there was something more seriously wrong with me which included, my weight, oxygen level, body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. Everything was fine there were no issues that screamed I needed to go to hospital so by this point I was very confused and worried. I told my doctor how I've been feeling etc. and he explained I had the common bug that is Norovirus, which in my head sounded a lot worse than what it is. I was given some nausea relief tablets and Mintec capsules to help me get through but of course the best thing for you do to is DRINK WATER loads of it, I also found that a nice tea in between with no milk or sugar was very refreshing. Unfortunately like any bug its only light foods until you are back to full health which can be pretty boring, I'm sick to the sight of toast! 4 days later from when I last seen the doctor I'm still feeling rough but I do feel I'm partly to blame for how long its taking to recover because my starvation is making me so hungry I'll eat heavier foods and pay for it within the next hour. So word of warning don't let the temptations get to you, let your body heal!

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William_S said on 08 July 2014

Luckily I usually just experience mild symptoms with this virus. Last time I had it in 2012, I was just vomiting for about 5 hrs or so, painful and disgusting, but I finally managed to sleep, the following day I still felt the nausea though, but manged to keep down fluids and just staying in bed and just watching TV. Took about a couple of days before my apetite was back to normal, but still managed to work (I don't work with food and I take hand hygiene seriously anyway). To others who get this virus, it is dreadful when you have it, but you will survive (if in normal health), and luckily it doesn't last for weeks like the flu can do. Have avoided it since 2012, and before then I avoided for like 10 years (had some travellers diorherra though, but that is what I see a part of travelling and that was pretty mild).

I have felt nausea a couple of times since 2012, and might be symptomless norovirus, but I think has been due to some bad food (kebab, bacon which I think turned bad). I think I have a strong stomach as I rarely suffer from this virus, and when I first get it it is usually mild.

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Anonymous15 said on 26 June 2014

I would not wish for my worst enemy to catch this virus. On Monday night i started to feel a fever coming on, so i rested and went to sleep. I ended waking up 3 hours later, rushing to the bathroom to go to the toilet, which was when i realised that i had diarrhoea (the last time i had experienced this i was only young, so had no idea how much pain and how stressful this could be). It is now Thursday and i am still suffering. I have not yet thrown up, which i am surprised about, but i am still experiencing diarrhoea, which is one of the worst things i've ever been through in my life. I am just praying that i am okay for monday, as i have a long day ahead of me. I hope everyone experiencing this bug makes a quick recovery.

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vip088 said on 19 May 2014

Inthepink1234 - I share your sentiments! Have never experienced anything like that in my life. Been feeling unwell since Thu, 15/05. By Sat was feeling dizzy, lightheaded and nauseous and couple of runs. I thought it must have something to do with the fish I had on Thu. Not until yesterday (Sun 18/05) that my colleague said all their household are having this bug. I have a very strong stomach and I hate throwing up, and normally it only happens once in blue moon. But last night I reached bathroom in a light speed and only had a split second to solve a massive dilemma - to throw up while having runs in my pyjama pants or sit on the toilet and throw up on the floor - pardon me for the detail. Really though I'm gonna die - and even considered calling ambulance. The thought of going to hospital is still there - but now I read there is no cure and I shouldn't - not to spread the virus. I really wonder where these all these viruses come from. I just watched all London having a massive sneeze bug, about 2-3 weeks ago, including my neighbour - but I got off lightly. And now I caught this... Right now the only thing coming out of me is bile - not sure how I can deal with this. Cannot eat, even sipping water makes me sick.

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Inthepink1234 said on 13 May 2014

Oh my this is one nasty bug indeed! I started with the Norovirus late Thursday evening, and it was the worst experience of my life! I honestly felt like I was dying. I spent all Thursday evening well until the late hours of Friday morning vomiting violently while experiencing the worst watery diarrhoea you could imagine. I had no control of either end!! It was horrible! It got to the point were there was nothing more that I could give! After the sickness had finally stopped the horrible diarrhoea continued for a few more days with horrendous stomach cramps. I felt so exhausted. Now it's Tuesday and iv only just felt like trying to eat again. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy! Hang in there to anyone who is suffering it will pass, just takes time! Drink lots of water even though you don't feel like it to stay hydrated and I also found lolly ices work wonders aswell when feeling hungry but can't eat anything or don't have much of an appetite.

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purplemonkeydishwasher said on 23 April 2014

Omg all these stories! I had no idea how common this was! I thought I was the only one suffering! I was feeling really sick with a bellyache for a few days then the bellyache eventually turned to diarrhoea when I woke up this morning. The best thing to do is to stay away from fibre and eat white rice, white dry toast and black tea. And stay away from drugs! I used to take codomol for stomach
problems but that just makes it worse. It only delays diarrhoea but makes nausea worse. Theres just no escape from diarrhoea.

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Legolelerinal said on 01 April 2014

This bug started for me on Monday morning, I was waken twice in the morning by severe stomach cramps but I managed to fall back asleep. I thought nothing of it other than the potential of my period but how wrong was I. I woke up a couple of hours later, dived out of bed and ran faster than I have ever ran, to the bathroom only to sit on the toilet and let out a stool which wasn't even a stool, it was just pure liquid a green type mucus. It was awful, from then on for the next 4/5 hours that continued every 20 minutes then the awful vomiting took it's place. I was projectile vomiting my bran flakes then once that was finished my body managed to find gallons I liquid to throw up. It lasted a solid 12 hours before I finally felt I could settle.

I couldn't sleep at all and my whole body started to ache. I ate a light dinner of soup and within minutes that came back up!

I'd advise anyone with it to avoid food and to drink lots but don't gulp lots just sip constantly. Obviously focus on water etc but also try a drink like lucozade or powerade they are good for you're body's energy levels which will make you're awful norovirus journey easier.

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cathy2014 said on 28 March 2014

caught the norovirus on the morning of the last day of my holiday in benidorm couldn't have happened on a worse day started with feeling sick then about 2am tried to get up to go to bathroom passed out on floor was out for approx 30seconds (according to husband) I then started vomiting as well as diarhea no control over any function could not stand up. after 10-15mins of this was able to get to toilet with what dignity I had left. Had to be hosed down in shower as you can imagine. Repeated everything again 2hrs later till doctor was called and gave me injection to stop me being sick which worked. Recovered after 24hrs With 12hrs solid sleep felt fine and made complete recovery. Aged 63 in good health.

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mumnatasha said on 19 March 2014

my family have got the norovirus, my husband has had it 5 days now, and my 2 children aged 2&5 started with vomiting last night , and one of them is still poorly now .

bleaching everywhere every hour, with dettol and parazone, antiviral foam by bytorol from boots.
i cannot be ill too..

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sms007 said on 17 March 2014

Hi lmarsh74 unfortunately as sick pay is a thing of the past, treen2000 may have to go to work to earn enough to pay for food, rent and bills. I had a virus and wanted time off work but was told I wouldn't get paid. I said I learnt at school that I shouldn't go around infecting other people. I was told that I'm not a school now. So, no work, no pay, even when sick.

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lmarsh74 said on 03 March 2014

Hi treen2000 as you work with food you should know already that you shouldn't go bk to work until at least 48 hours after yhe last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea otherwise you risk infecting the whole workforce.

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reddevil221 said on 02 March 2014

Had this awful virus 5 days now. Usual symptom. Feel like I've been booted in the stomach by a prize bull! Lots of water and rennies! Back to bed. Sympathy to all who contract this horrendous bug!

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treen2000 said on 01 March 2014

Awful, awful bug ive had in my life! Still battling it as I type this. Had it for three days so far. I was sent home from work feeling rough with stomach cramps as I work in a kitchen I cant be present with it around food. That morning, it was pretty minor and thought it might pass as I had minor feelings of bug that pass away within hours. Sadly, it didn't pass and got worse, my thighs were aching very badly and couldn't keep them still. I ate a small light meal of tomato soup and bread. Couldn't get any sleep, tossing and turning with my achy legs and felt sicky so went downstairs and eventually started vomiting and loose stools. Thought I was a little better the next day and managed to eat a few other light meals. My cramps came back later on, felt it ever time I stood up and aches in my lower back. I was sick again later that night. Today, Im getting fed up of it now, loose stools making me sore and being sick (again today), at the end of my tether. The last bug I had was last year and only lasted for mostly 24 hours. The bug I had before that (2011) lasted for 5-6 days. Feeling this one is worse than the 2 put together. Just hope im well enough for work on Monday morning.

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AnthonyPaul said on 25 February 2014

The worst thing I've ever experienced in my life. Cramps from head to toe, couldn't move, at one point I could barely talk, everything I ate was thrown up and more. Like others have said, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. My advice is just fast but drink water to keep hydrated or you'll feel worse.

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kzrn said on 17 February 2014

This is the first time I'm experiencing the wrath of Norovirus. I started off feeling extremely lethargic all day yesterday, had about 3 naps (which I've never had in a day). Then around the evening I started experiencing cramps followed by diarrhoea at least 5 times every two hours until about 4 a.m. I was finally falling asleep when I had an impromptu projectile vomiting session. Never had I ever vomited as much in my entire life. It's now almost 7 am and I'm still making frequent trips to the loo. I feel like all that's left in me is just water now cos even my diarrhoea is starting to look clear. I am awfully tired and wouldn't wish this upon my worst enemy.

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kezrossi46 said on 11 February 2014

It's now 12.35 am and I am writing this account of my experience with this hideous virus just for something to do whilst I while away this awful night! I have had a wicked cold for the last week and 2 nights ago ended up in bed with chronic fatigue that had not eased but I just put this down to my body fighting the cold. I went to work today and felt reasonably ok until about mid afternoon when the fatigue really kicked in and I started to ache all over my body. Then came the diarrhoea! Came home went straight to bed but was constantly on and off the loo! By this stage the stomach cramps kicked in, then the churning, then the rib pain, back ache, cold hands and feet, the shivering and the awful nausea, I didn't know whether to stick or twist! I've had a fitful hour or so sleep and feel like I want the ground to open up and swallow me up, I know this sounds OTT but it is that bad! Daren't take anymore Imodium or paracetamol right now for fear of using up my quota. I don't want to be off work either but I can barely stand up I feel so weak and dizzy. This is my second bout of the virus in just over 12 months and am now going to have to stay away from my little girls and hubby until it's well and truly over. I really really do not want to pass this on to anybody. I hope this will ease of tomorrow, it can leave you as quickly as it comes on, crikey i do hope so! Best wishes for a speedy recovery to anyone out there suffering with this virus.

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jbucko said on 29 January 2014

I've had this virus once every 3/4 years since the early 80's and can tell its not usually mild as stated on the NHS website...in fact the first time I had it I thought this must be how you feel just before you die! The symptoms for me have always been the same and in this order: upset stomach, shivers, aches and pains, projectile vomiting and very loose almost liquid stools.
After about 12 hours things settle down and you are left with no energy and a blinding headcahe - probaby due to no calories and severe dehydration....only good news is for the severity of the infection itdoesn't last to long

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Dymphna said on 21 January 2014

TF723ll1ot, if you keep pickin up bugs more than anyone else around you, you should definitely visit GP (once you're no longer contagious, of course!) It could be lowered immunity due to something easily put right. I was on a certain anti-depressant and found I kept getting colds and cold sores etc, the GP said low immunity was a side-effect and changed the prescription which worked like a charm. I'm posting on here again because I think I'm sick with this horrible bug again! Or else like a previous comment, this virus has given me IBS? Cos iv still got pain under my ribs, like a twisting feeling in my stomach, and rumbly, colicky pains in my lower abdoment, plus this nasty bilious feeling of low-grade indigestion, weakness and exhaustion. Anyone else finding this bug leaving chronic tummy upset/other symptoms?

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TF723ll1ot said on 20 January 2014

Had it in August last year, got it again now after visiting hospital, I'm very scared of being sick and genuinely feel like dying :( I am constantly picking up illness it's like I'm cursed #lifesucks

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Pebble27 said on 15 January 2014

Never again do I want to experience this! Sickness came on very suddenly. Ate dinner, and literally 5 minutes later started to shake and experience clammy hands. Went incredibly hot and then came the uncontrollable sickness. It was so violent that I couldn't breathe. I went very weak and dizzy and just laid on the bathroom floor for the next few hours. The sickness stayed for 2 days and then the diarrhoea started and has lasted for 3 days so far, (so it has lasted 5 days!) I can't eat because it starts the hurtful cramps in stomach which has led to having no energy and wanting to sleep all the time. I have terrible lower back pain at night through this virus in which I can't move due to the pain. I can tolerate lucozade but not water (weird I know!) . I have had 3 days off work and am now starting to panic as I still feel horrendous :( doctors do not want me in as it's very contagious!

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Dymphna said on 14 January 2014

I'm just recovering from this nasty bug, (thankfully not as bad this year as when I had it in 2012 and really thought I was going to die) .. But its been much more long and drawn out: it started before Xmas with this weird pain under my ribcage, feeling like I couldn't breathe, constipation and churning, gurgling, and lots of wind and nausea. This continued - very unpleasant - until Friday when the diarrhoea started for 48 hours, then as that started to get better, the projectile vomiting began - the retching was so forceful that I actually wet myself. I was dreading the constant vomiting that had left me so weak 2 years ago, but thankfully, it didn't occur: I was only sick a couple more times over the next 24 hours. However, that may be because I'd learnt the hard way in 2012, so this time I didn't bother trying to drink or eat until the intense nausea had eased. I find sips of 7up - really tiny sips - best as plain water seems to come straight back up, plus the sugar probably helps. Then once the vomiting eases, switch to Coke (let it go a bit flat or the bubbles will just give you more gas). Also don't try eating for another 24-48 hours: even if you feel ok, it'll probably come back up again. I also found co-codamol very helpful, once I could keep sips of 7up down. But for the 24-48 hrs where nothing eases the constantly churning guts, nausea, fever, headache, trembling, and running to the loo/puking in a bucket every 20 minutes, this bug feels like hell on earth. Iv just managed half a bowl of coco pops, 5 days after it first started, and my whole body is still aching and trembling, and I've still got that dull ache under my ribs. Really really hope I don't get it again for another 2 years! And really pray they'll find a vaccine soon!

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Nelly8741 said on 11 January 2014

Oh my goodness, I have never experienced anything like this in my life :( ... My 11 year old son came down with vomiting and diarrhoea on Tuesday pm, I took care of him throughout the night, with frequent and urgent trips to the loo, poor thing. He felt wretched and thankfully seems to have recovered quite well, although his appetite and taste is still not right. Thursday evening it was my turn, not entiely sure what I felt but knew I just needed to go to Bed at 7pm. I was up every half an hour from about 11pm with the most horrendous violent sickness and then simultaneous diarrhoea , just like turning on a tap. This has continued since, I have incredible pain in my back and the worst head ache ever, temperature and shivers, I have read on here that it should improve in 2 days so hopefully I have had more than my fair share and things will start to improve. I feel so faint and light headed that this is taking me ages to type. My sympathies go to everyone who is battling this, a friend told me that for very 1 day of sickness you need to allow yourself 2 full days of recovery, not easy to do when you are self employed and have young family but I'm guessing this bug really does mess with your system and I don't want it lingering on. Take care everyone. X

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unhappychappy said on 10 January 2014

I first realised something was wrong when I was at the gym and felt very cold, lethargic and completely without energy. That night i had uncontrollable diarrhoea & simultaneous sickness - quite novel not knowing which end to put in the toilet - my compromise was found through urgency rather than practicality and I managed to perch half on the toilet with head on the edge of the sink whilst i erupted uncontrollably at both ends - what a mess! and frightening too! no warnings - about 10 seconds to get into the bathroom!

Each time i attempted to eat my temperature would sky-rocket and force sickness within minutes. Each time i tried to replenish just even a sip of water - it would soar through me ten fold - hosepipe style.

My hands and feet were freezing (like lumps of ice), so i donned bed socks, pants (to keep the bed clean), a dressing gown and a tshirt and went to bed to sweat it out Generally speaking between bouts i was feeling moderately ok.

Seems like the best way i could deal with this was wrapped up in bed, hydrated at a minimum level. Second bout this week! - i made the mistake of eating normally having felt notionally better.

Norovirus ejects food - eat when your body is crying out for it. Dry toast milk, sports drinks (i had red bull in the fridge which tasted delicious) and occasional small segments of fresh fruit- keep away from food which contains any fat!

Cleanse everything afterwards - washing machine on, disinfectant change of underwear and shower after each episode, hot baths, wash hands and surfaces with anti-bacterial etc. (especially taps).

Good luck! :-)

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CheddarWoman said on 07 January 2014

I've had diarrhoea and vomiting in the past (haven't we all?) but this was in a whole different league. Terrible stomach cramps, horrendously forceful vomiting and diarrhoea (often simultaneously), inability to keep down even a small sip of water, continuous agonising cramp in my legs as a result of dehydration and an inability to get to the bathroom standing up as I was unable to walk more than 3 paces without beginning to faint. It lasted 48 hours and the doctor came to the house and gave me an anti-sickness injection which did the trick. Please, please, never again!

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lindyloupyg said on 05 January 2014

I started with Noro Virus during the evening of the 1st Jan 2014. It has been horrendous. I was up all night with no control of sickness or bowels. I live on my own and found it very difficult. It stopped the next morning, but I still feel rough and today I have had diarrhoea again which is a bit worrying.

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Charlroses said on 03 January 2014

Urgh, day one been like it since midnight, started with just wanting to be sick then all hell broke loose both ends and it's not stopped, it's been 16 hours now. Only just Started keeping fluid down, a very weak orange squash. Sympathy goes out to all who have this. It's the worst thing ever.

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CharlotteLL said on 02 January 2014

We started getting neurovirus on 22 December there are six of us in the household two adults and four children. A 3 month, old two-year-old, five year old and a six year old and we cannot shift it, we've been bleaching everywhere and spraying disinfectant everywhere on the places you can't bleach like the carpet and the sofa and all that but it doesn't seem to be helping at all. It's awful.

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RhiC said on 01 January 2014

I was feeling a little nauseous today, so I had a nap at about 7.30. I woke up at 8.30 and that's when the pain started. The most horrible cramps I've ever had (& I get horrible incapacitating period pains and have had a burst appendix) from all the comments, I guess that the puking will start shortly.
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I've just had round one of the puking - diarrhoea combo. My head is spinning and I can't do much. Fingers crossed that's the worst finished now. This is the most horrible thing I've experienced. My mum says that I have to go to the doctor in the morning because I've lost all control of my bodily functions (ew) including peeing, which is on and off like a tap. As seems to be the diarrhoea which just started again. I'm really sorry for the graphic imagery.

Good luck to all those experiencing this.....

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123oscar said on 01 January 2014

Natalie. Make sure someone stays with you. Pain horrendous! When you can mix 1 litre water. 8 teaspoons sugar. Half teaspoon salt and keep drinking. This will make sure you do NOT become dehydrated. Watch the little one - if bad - call doctor. I am just over mine, feel.
very very weak, good luck

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Natalieimmyx said on 01 January 2014

I'm so glad that I have seen that other people are going through this not just me.. Great start to the year! I woke up at 5 this morn and the diarrhoea started not to sound rude but it was like brown water have never had anything like this In my life, this lasted a good few hours must of been buckets full yuk!!! Then the vomiting started I fell a bit better when I got some sick up! This all happening when I'm alone with my 18 month old baby not good!! Any way we had a nap for an hour and a half and when I woke I felt 1000000% worse like I had been beaten up I couldn't walk with my back straight was dizzy dehydrated (can't keep any drink down :( now my baby's fatter has come over with extra strength paracetamol they have helped a bit and some dioralyte and I couldn't hold it down straight back up it came I'm in so much pain this is horrible I'm praying that ill feel better tomorrow!! Hope u all feel better soon x

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123oscar said on 01 January 2014

Came off cruise ship and sent down with Norovirus - thought I would die. Pain worse than childbirth. Very dehydrated - could not pee and GP admitted me to hospital. Kidneys could have been damaged! Home now but very very weak, lightheaded. Future care means when I shop in winter wear plastic gloves, discard before going home and wash hands thoroughly! Worse thing I hVe ever had. No more cruising for me!!!

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Jigglypuff said on 01 January 2014

This is the worst thing ever! I've had this twice this year :-( it started again yesterday been sick about 10 times and cannot move off the toilet, not to mention the fact I feel like I've been run over! Plenty of rest and water took it away last time so another 2 days in bed for me.

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IMILLHELP said on 01 January 2014

Hands down the worst thing I have ever experienced (experincing) this is day 3 for me and the diarreha started yesterday and its awful the cramps that come with this is actually the worst pain ive felt and it has reduced me to tears numbers of times. There was a blood when i went to the toilet due to the strain it takes out. My mum told me not to worry as its normal for people with this virus to get blood cause you are recking your bowels but it scared me and the whole being sick and having nothing to through up is just the worst. Litterally gonna crawl in a hole. Happy new year :|

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hamehame said on 22 December 2013

I had the bug 5th of November 2010 I felt sick for a week the on the 5th I was sick 3 times my mum had it at the same time she was sick twice luckily neither of us had diarreha I felt much better by the 7th but I have an extreme fear of being sick so I am not happy there is this bug around

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fimilo said on 22 December 2013

Woke up at 4am on the 22st dec feeling like I had heart burn went to the bathroom and then the fun began. I had projectile vomiting and also severe diarrhoea at the same time was awful.. the sickness kept coming for around 12 hours and then slowed down but the diarrhoea is continuous. Im not able to keep anythiny down im so thirsty, legs are aching and hands and feet are cold yet im roasting. Sick again first thing this morning and it's just green bile!! I feel so awful and will be spending a 2nd day in bed

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JRadford said on 20 December 2013

I am currently on day 3 of the norovirus. I work in school with disabled children and presume I picked it up there.

Worst bug ever! Started Wednesday night and I assumed I'd eaten something dodgy when I started feeling sick. Vomited a few times, and tried to sleep..then woke, ran to the loo to have projective vomit and diahorrea. No control of it at all and ended up in a pool of liquid poo with my head still down the loo as I couldn't even stand up to swap ends!
I spent the entire night after that with a bucket at one end and ended up sleeping on the loo for the other, passing pure green liquid.
Two days in I can't eat at all.. vicious stomach pain high up, and deep muscle pain and headache. I'm sleeping, taking painkillers and sipping water only.
Really hope my family don't get it for Xmas next week!
I honestly cannot remember feeling this ill in my life.
I've lost 8 pounds in 2 days... not really the nicest pre xmas diet! I'm staying in bed and telling my family to avoid me and I'm tempted to burn the bed linen when I'm better!
I had appendicitis 5 weeks ago and this has been much worse!!

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Hollie1471 said on 19 December 2013

I haven't caught this bug this year yet but I got the worst of it last year to last me a life time! Last March 2012 I felt a bit weak and ill in the evening like I just knew I was coming down with something so I went to bed with a glass of water and paracetamol, just thinking I would wake up with a flu/cold, then at about 1am I woke up with stomach cramps and the urge to have a bowel movement so I got up and went to the toilet with my water and suddenly fainted, the glass smashed everywhere and I landed in it, then I woke up, grabbed the bath and was vomiting so bad into it, it was just falling out my mouth I wasn't even moving my mouth, thick orange sick (sorry for the image!). I was sick about 4 times before the diarrhoea started, it was like a tap! I was throwing up and having diarrhoea for hours, back and fourth to the toilet then when I felt the diarrhoea had stopped I took a bucket to bed and was sick another 4 times in that. I cannot express how weak and shaky I felt, my whole body was in shock and I was so frightened, my mum and dad were so worried and would not leave my side the whole time. 8am was when It finally stopped but I felt ill all day, just sipped water all day and took diarolyte in the evening and paracetamol and went to bed, didn't fully feel okay untill 3 days after being sick. My main story of this is, since that day my bowels have never been the same, I struggle to have a bowel movement, maybe 1 in a month and I constantly feel sick, I get indigestion, my stomach hurts and have severe bloating and cramps (every single day)... The doctors tell me I have developed severe IBS from this bug and I honestly wish everyone luck in their recovery from it because that one bug has ruined my life! Now I have severe anxiety of ever getting it again and am constantly washing my hands and staying away from people and public places in winter time! Horrible horrible thing.

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xBleedingSoulx said on 30 November 2013

My 16 month old daughter started with the Norovirus as soon as she woke up around 7:30 on Wednesday morning and was vomiting around every 30 minutes at first, then the vomiting slowed down throughout the day until she stopped vomiting all together, she was crying, sceaming and holding her tummy a lot all through the day but when she woke up the next morning she was back to her normal happy self and was fine for the rest of the day. I started feeling a little bit light headed that evening but thought nothing of it, went on as normal, went to bed at around 9:30 as I thought maybe I could sleep it off, I was wrong, at around 2am I woke up and rushed to the toilet with diarrhoea and as I was on the toilet I started vomiting in the sink, this continued for the rest of the night, rushing to the toilet every half hour to an hour with diarrhoea or to be sick, all while trying not to wake my daughter, at around half 6 she woke up, I took her downstairs and immediately had to run to the sink to throw up, this is when I knew I was in no state to look after her so I had to call my mum and ask if she could take over, fortunately she did and I spent the rest of the day in out of bed. My daughter was due to go to her mums that day so I text her and told her the situation and it turned out she had also caught it and was in the exact same state as I was, fortunately she lives with her mum, so had enough help. Anyway, by around 3, I had stopped throwing up but was extremely dehydrated, had intense stomach pain and a mild headache, so I tried to get as much fluid into my body as possible, I went for a nap at 4:30 but ended up sleeping until 7am this morning and I'm feeling almost 100% better, I am a bit light headed and dizzy, like a slight hangover which I'm guessing is the remainder of the dehydration but apart from that, all is well. I have to say, that was the worst day of my life and I've never felt so ill. To anyone who has it, I feel your pain but you will get better soon!

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MissTMR said on 16 November 2013

I started feeling queasy Thursday night so took myself to bed early, 2 hours later all hell broke loose. Severe vomiting & diarrhoea until 5am the next day almost every 30mins - 1 hour. As the mum of a 10 month old I can confirm I found this so much harder than childbirth! It's now Saturday morning & although I have slept copious amounts I still feel drained & weak. My family have me in quarantine & I can't be near my baby so I'm just hoping it passes soon so life can return to normal. This is the most poorly I have ever felt. Chin up guys.

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Mumsk said on 07 November 2013

Friday night it started with a fever, Saturday got up went work I had to come home early as I had the sudden urge to be sick for 3 days I was sick but luckily no diarrhoea, from Sunday night to Wednesday I have had the most horrendous stomach cramps I have to say its worse then giving birth! I couldn't sleep due to pain non stop crying just wanted to post and say that I thought it was never gone end but it does get better and stay strong! Thursday feel so much better and the sick feeling is wearing off! Good luck,

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AnitaHen said on 07 November 2013

Started feeling 'off' on Tuesday afternoon. By 8:30pm I started with the rigors, freezing cold, yet so hot. I took co-codamol and managed to sleep. The diarrhea started at 2am, not so uncomfortable at that time. I woke again at 4:15 where I felt nausea too, but managed to get back to sleep. Woke as normal to go to work, got halfway dressed when I experienced a sudden pain across my bowels, that I can only liken to labour! I then started to dry retch and this is when the sever diarrhea started. It is now 6am Thursday morning, 36 hours after it all started, and I can honestly say that I haven't been this rough since having chemotherapy 5 years ago! I have probably slept about an hour through the night with the stomach cramps and the release of green fluid from my bowels. I haven't eaten in 36 hours, just drinking fluids. I can only hope that it subsides today.

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leighmundo said on 03 November 2013

I am currently in the middle of this vile bug, have had a good few weeks of feeling poorly with a cold and ear infection, then Thursday afternoon at work i started to feel a bit "weird" like when the flu approaches, in the car i got uncontrollable shivers and started dry retching, got in and went straight to bed, spiked a temp and ached all over.

I've suffered from the most horrendous stomach cramps, at one point convincing myself it was an appendicitis. Have only had acouple of bouts of dioreaha and going to vomit but nothing coming out

Last night was horrendous couldn't sleep because of pain in stomach, only relief was to lay flat in bed with a hot water bottle on my abdomen. Took ibuprophen and kept sipping water.

Just gone 9am on Sunday now, feel completely washed out, hot brick feeling has subsided in tummy somewhat, though i still feel the need to "go" only managing some unpleasant wind.

Hope it goes soon worst feeling ever.

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Melissamummy said on 22 October 2013

It's 9:30pm, this all started 8pm last night with a headache and belly cramps which I thought was ibs. 11:30pm feeling hot the vomiting started with shaking and shivers. By 3am the runs had started. Today I've cried, gone delirious, thought it was going to faint a few times. Shivery and shakey thought I needed to go to hospital. My partner got me sipping lucozade which has made me feel better. Sip small sips of water and a sugary drink often will help stop you from throwing it all back up. If you need the toilet go, don't put it off as it can make your fever worse, take painkillers, stay in bed and keep a small snack near by for when you feel up for it. Mine's been a couple of grapes and half a small gluten free cracker. Good luck to all. You will beat this!!!!

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charlieyankie said on 23 September 2013

The onset of symptoms can be from 12 to 48 hours after infection. Symptoms will generally be the sudden onset of nausea accompanied by projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea. Some people may also experience aching limbs, fever, headache and raised temperature. Vomiting can often be sudden meaning that it often occurs in a public space, putting those in the immediate vicinity at risk of infection. You should avoid going to the doctors with norovirus symptoms as this will spread the virus about. You can get information and advice about noro virus by telephoning NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. If symptoms persist for more than 48 hours you may be advised to see your GP. You should call the surgery first rather than just turning up. The virus is self limiting and most people make a full recovery within a few days. Recovering person remain infectious for several days after symptoms have passed and will pass the virus in stools for two weeks after recovery. Aches and pains can be relieved with over the counter medicines and using diarrhoea relief will not prolong infection.

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charlieyankie said on 23 September 2013

Not at the epidemic levels of last year but still a lot of it about. http://www.patient.co.uk/forums/discuss/norovirus-what-s-the-deal--37612 is a good site for more information.

Washing hands is the most important thing in combatting this virus.

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Angibaby1982 said on 12 August 2013

Good evening (as you can probably tell yes, I'm still up being sick)
On Saturday evening, later than recommended, I went to a certain posh Asian restaurant, and ate a huge banquet type meal along with 9 other woman. On Sunday morning I woke feeling bloated and still quite full as we had eaten late, so I skipped breakfast and only had a Sunday lunch- a smaller portion than my husband. I felt fine, and we headed to the cinema where I even brought nuts to snack on, nothing felt out of the ordinary.....9pm came and it was like something went off, all of a sudden I felt sick, and was sick for ages, quite fast rapid bouts of sickness, which took me by surprise! Feeling weak and a little delicate now I headed to bed, and I have been being sick every hour until 3:00am. I felt an urgency for the toilet again hoping it wasn't more crampy stomach leading to sickness and I have now just experienced my first case of diarrhea- I'm assuming this is all linked and whatever is in my body is trying to leave throughout all possible means. My sickness has turned into a bile, so I'm hoping I've emptied myself or at least via my mouth. My poor husband who is at work tomorrow has been waking with me every hour, and like many of you know, there is nothing anyone else can do really. What I would like to know is when should I start drinking replenishment of salts and sugar concoctions ? I have some deorilyte but aren't sure whether I wait for my system to be clear before or should i star taking them now? If what I have is the noravirus- then the stomach cramps and actually being sick so far have been the worst. But none is present really.

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mandih said on 29 June 2013

I am recovering from this evil nasty bug for the 2nd time in 6 months.
all I can say is that it is the worst sickness I have ever experienced. I am a fully grown woman and have shed many tears in desperation. I have never been so frightened in all my life, sickness started suddenly Monday night and was continuous with uncontrollable toileting until Friday morning. I then experienced unbelievable pain in my left hip.. calling on a neighbour who is a nurse advised that I take 2 paractemol every 4 hours as well as anti sickness tablets.and bascapan for the 1st time in 5 days I managed to grab a couple of hours sleep. you really need to try and keep your fluids up even if its only sips of water.i still haven't eaten more than 2 rich tea biscuits but definitely feel a million times better. in the darkest nights I used this site to try and remind me that I would recover from this...
good hand hygiene is essential and try and keep yourself away from anyone until this passes.
good luck if you are suffering from this bug and remember you are not alone xx

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kinzi said on 29 June 2013

I think I have just had this disgusting bug too!!
I am 10 wks pregnant and have started feeling a bit nauseous recently so thought that was the case but then was feeling awful by the end of the day and very bloated! I wanted to be sick to feel better. I decided to go out with my husband but only just managed to get through the evening leaving early before we got in the car and managed to get down the road to be sick! When we were home I was sick again along with D and about every 10 minutes after that for the next 3 hours until there was nothing left inside me. I tried to drink water as was worried for my baby but that came back up too so ended up sucking ice cubes throughout the night which really helped with the dry mouth and refreshing too!! I still had D the next day and didn't get out of bed at all except to use the bathroom. By the next day I had to sit up all day as my head was too sore lying down. Today again my head has been so sore and I'm wondering if the force of the vomiting has put something out in the top of my neck. Will be going for a massage and probably a visit to the osteopath! I don't know where I can have caught this as I am a housewife. Maybe at the supermarket.
I'll be staying in today and hopefully will be out tomorrow.... getting cabin fever! My husband seems ok at the moment thankfully. Bless him for all his care! After reading about this virus I feel like I need to go and spring clean my house and re-paint!! Don't want anyone else catching it!!

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lovelygirl88 said on 11 June 2013

I have been ill with this horrible bug since Sunday. My 5 year old daughter woke up in the night and was sick afew times last week.
Then I woke up Sunday morning with bad stomach pains. The smell of food would make me gag. Then the diarrhoea started which was just basically water all day..the stomach cramps I had with this was awful.
Then Monday I woke up hoping I would be well nough to take my daughter to school..walked down the stairs and passed out. When I woke up I ran to the toilet to be sick afew times. Layed in bed all day feeling dizzy and slept most of the day.
Today I feel slightly better but still can't eat and the stomach cramps are still here.
Wouldn't wish this on anyone

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mb123 said on 30 May 2013

I have unfortunately had norovirus twice now within a space of two weeks! The first time I caught the virus I had severe diarrhea and the second time I had both diarrhea and vomiting. Fingers crossed I feel better now but I have noticed my body is not 100% back to normal. I find my toilet patterns very irregular and certain meals that are not as bland can cause diarrhea and IBS symptoms. I also found indigestion a problem. The doctor said this is normal within the the first few weeks after a virus. Did anyone else find this the case? and if so how long they found this went on for?

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LittleTyke said on 24 May 2013

Since 21 May 2013 I, too, have had what must be a form of norovirus. (I'm 67, male.) I say "a form of..." because I didn't suffer from vomiting. Just a slightly queasy stomach. But the diarrhoea has been simply awful. It started a few hours after going (on 20 May 2013) to my first rehab exercise class following heart surgery in March. I went along to the hospital where the rehab team hold these classes and there were in total nine people in the room, three of them health care professionals. Apparently norovirus is highly contagious, so I ~may~ have picked it up there. We were exercising for a total of 50 minutes, then we moved to a different room where more people joined to listen to a short talk about diet etc. There must have been around 30 people present. Anyway, that afternoon I needed the toilet for a normal BM, but then I went three further times during the rest of the day and I thought, hmmm... strange. The next day, Tuesday, at 12:30pm I had sudden onset D. Thereafter, it didn't stop! At least once an hour, sometimes twice an hour. I tried Buscopan to ease the stomach cramps. Warm baths helped a lot. Later I tried Tesco's version of Imodium. Didn't seem to make much difference. Then I took a couple of co-codamol caplets so that I could try to get some sleep. Suddenly, this morning, Friday, after a bout of D at 7:10am, it all cleared up! I was literally walking around the house on eggshells, expecting it to return with a vengeance, but so far, so good. It's now 18:30 and no D for 11 hours. I've eaten some cornflakes and milk. Later, some boiled chicken and plain rice. I've also taken the Boots rehydration treatment sachets twice. I've racked my brains whether it might instead have been food poisoning, but can think of nothing that could have brought that on. Anyway, fingers crossed, hopefully the bowels are now recovering, although I can tell they're pretty tender. I am sore but as someone said, the moist wipes are the way to go.

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OzzyFelix said on 17 May 2013

Well I have been struck by "The Sicky Bug" as we say in our house. Talk about timing, it struck just as I had to pick my eldest up from school today :-/ luckily there're some lovely mummy's there and they took care of my youngest and looked out for my eldest coming out, while I had to make use of the school toilets. All I can say is bed rest (luckily my husband came home early) lots of water and 2 paracetamol before bed, to aid a more restful sleep. I'm quarantined at the moment to stop it spreading, which is so boring, but I'd rather that than my whole family getting it.

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megaw1985 said on 13 May 2013

Milkychocxxxx...there is currently no vaccination against norovirus so im afraid you can catch it...and more than once too!

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Milkychocxxxx said on 08 May 2013

Norovirus sounds awful I have never had it and never will I have been vaccinated from it xxx

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Sreynolds272 said on 22 April 2013

This is the third year in a row that I have contracted this diabolical virus. Unsure as to whether the children bring it back from nursery or I pick it up at work. You know what to expect so take a bucket to bed. At the risk of being to graphic, the toilet is being used by one end so the bucket is top end. Feeling completely washed out, hungry and rather sorry for myself. For me, the tell tale warning is terrible wind followed by stomach cramps, around 2 hours later and hey presto. Sick as a parrot. Sipping water and eating banana or jaffa cake. If you have any coke a cola, the real brand, poor it high to flatten it. Really really helps.
As this is 3rd time, getting used to it now. Dont take any immodium, let the body get it out. I made this mistake so body made me sick again. Only small meals often after, take some yakhult to put bacteria back and metatone helps get energy back.
Get well soon lovely people.

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geekgirl101 said on 11 April 2013

Four days ago in the middle of the night I was woken up with a case of acid reflux. I took some lanosprazole and paracetamol to reduce the acid and pain which was building up in the stomach. I didn't get to sleep much after and was still belching acid, so I tried eating an apple and drinking some milk in a hopes that the alkaline would aid in settling the stomach. My husband bought some rennies and suggested that the lanosprazole was out of date and that I should perhaps try the rennies. Shortly later I was feeling feverish, my stomach pains got worse that I was wailing. It must've lasted an hour before I was wretching into a bucket. I was continuing to dry wretch even after emptying my stomach. I avoided food for 2 days and just stuck to powerades and jelly. I began weaning myself onto bananas and toast for 2 more days and then started trying pasta with green pesto. The pesto was making me nauseous, so I tried to use less of it the next day but the amount of food was way too much for my stomach to cope with even though I was extremely hungry, and that night I was sweating bucket loads in bed. I rapidly moved on to eating a proper meal the next evening of a small serving of cottage pie with green vegetables. I seemed to manage it ok but was still feeling nauseous as if my stomach wasn't ready for it. Then today I went way too far, I had a cheese toastie with a yoghurt. Not long after I felt a burning sensation in the stomach and it progressed to gripping pain. I took 2 rennies and 2 paracetamol to aid me. I kept having random bursts of vomitting but not as result of heavy heaving. It was like my stomach was too full and just needed to be emptied. The pains settled down once I was emptying the stomach, but I was still feeling pain and continued feeling sickly and throwing up any liquids I tried to replenish. The lesson here is not to rush things, no matter how hungry you are, and that viruses can be recurring so they seem to last longer.

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stuthebrew said on 08 April 2013

Recovering from my second dose of norovirus in three months. Both started 36 hours after eating raw oysters and had exactly the same symptoms and timescale. The oysters were from reliable sources. Looking on the intenet it seems well documented that 75% of raw oysters carry norovirus. What a shame - I love oysters but will never eat them again.

I find it a bit odd that oysters are on sale when it is a fact that they are likely to make you very ill. Top celebrity chef Michelin start restaurants have been closed due to norovirus in raw oysters and clams. Beware!

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hampshireboy7 said on 25 March 2013

My Wife and I, both reasonably healthy OAPs who walk for over an hour practically every day and eat healthily are just recovering from this dreadful virus.
My Wife started 8 days ago with dreadful Vomiting and Diarrhoea and was unable to eat for over 3 days.
I on the other hand only had the Diarrhoea, but boy Oh boy, I have never ever had it so bad. Mine started the day after my Wife being woken up early am with the desperate need to go to the toilet. From then on it was back and fro to the toilet with just watery fluid being emitted. 3 days later I was able to eat my first food, a boiled egg but that didn"t stay in me very long, and even today, 7 to 8 days later we still dare not wander too far from the toilet.
The only positive to come out of this dreadful episode is that we have both lost over half a stone in weight, but I wouldn"t recommend it as a weight loss regime.
But don't go wasting the NHS time, stay at home, drink plenty of liquid and make sure you have a good supply of toilet paper at hand.

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Tishas said on 24 March 2013

I think the seriousness of this infection is grossly played down by the medics. My husband and I have been totally wrecked by it for over a week. Very very violent vomiting and diarrhoea even when you haven't eaten anything for two days. I went to the toilet 15 times in one night with bright yellow acid fluid coming from both ends. We both lost half a stone in three days. I am fit elderly but really felt as though could have had heart attack. Duty Doc unconcerned and recommended just sips of water to reduce dehydration and pro-biotic yoghurt (if you can keep it down!). Mentioned that we had visited a local hospital ward and felt that that was where we had picked up the infection but that was dismissed as 'there are a lot of these type of infections around at the moment'. Will be paranoid now about getting it again. Have always used anti-bacterial wipes and gel when out and about but what else can you do to protect yourself?.

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clare99 said on 21 March 2013

Well what can I say. This is just the most awful experience. I'm 20 weeks pregnant and begun to feel nauseous on Sunday afternoon. By that night I began continuously vomiting which lasted approx. 10 hours by which time I felt like I had been run over by a bus (back, legs head just ached). Unable to keep any fluid down I just tried to sleep and stayed in bed. By the next morning I had the worse diarrhoea ( 2-3 times an hour) with just awful stomach cramps and rumblings!!!! - that joy lasted about 8 -9 hours when the vomiting recommence later that afternoon - just great.. By the Wednesday the vomiting and diarrhoea had settled but the nausea and rumblings are still there and I'm still unable to eat anything properly. I have just felt exhausted and just trying to do simple household jobs have been a real struggle. I really wouldn't wish Norovirus on anyone

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angeline2011 said on 18 March 2013

Me and my family have just had our weekend away ruined by this awful bug, we left friday morning then come friday night I had awful, gassy-type sickness followed by hours of violent vomiting, at first i thought it was some tuna i had eaten during the day that was the cause. saturday there was no vomiting but i just felt like a rag doll, could hardly stand and just spent most of the day in bed. Sunday night my mum and 2 year old daughter were vomiting, followed by my dad. Im getting over it now but still feel quite weak and gassy. And here was me blaming the tuna! Awful bug I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy!

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ellak27 said on 27 February 2013

this was awful, if short-lived. Stomach cramps began at around 2 or 3am yesterday (26th) morning. By around 6am I vomited really quite violently, this continued until late lunchtime, with diarrhoea joining the party mid morning - completely liquid, sounded like i was peeing buuuut I wasnt. couldn't keep water down. By mid morning was just retching up watery bile, disgusting and painful. the worst part really was the cramps and churning tummy, which did not alleviate after vomiting. shivery and so weak I could barely move, i just lay there sobbing and feeling v. sorry for myself. at one point thought i was at deaths door! all very dramatic. managed to swallow some paracetamol which really helped and i managed to sleep for a few hours. Evening time I ate a few grapes and half a piece of dry toast, and felt a bit queasy after that but survived and slept through the night. Now just feel achy and exhausted, plan on quarantining myself for at least the rest of today. I live in a student house and 2 of my housemates had already had it -- one on friday, the other on monday. Wish they had kept themselves to themselves, but instead they lay around the house shortly after they stopped vomiting. not a good idea. best to keep to your room for as long as possible after you have recovered, as obviously this is highly contagious!

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All_is_Well said on 15 February 2013

OMG! It started on Wednesday afternoon. I had felt a little queezy shortly after dinner but put that down to piggin' out on fish and chips! At that point I wished I could be sick to get rid of feeling queezy but once it started it didn't stop! In normal circumstances once you are sick you start feeling better because you've 'got rid of it' but there was no let-up.

On the third occasion of having my head down the toilet I was absolutely dismayed to find that whilst being sick I was having bad diarrhoea all over the bathroom floor. This was diarrhoea on an epic scale! I thought I had just wet myself with being sick but it wasn't!! After another episode of being over the toilet and filling my pants I decided that it was going to be a very costly experience in having to buy a whole new set of underwear - I then sat on the toilet whilst being sick in my daughter's step which we used when she was little!!

In between the bouts of sickness I returned to bed shivering and aching in my legs. I didn't know what to do with myself. The night was the longest ever with severe thirst but I didn't want to drink anything because it came straight back up. I saw every hour and was completely exhausted. My daughter read online that I needed to keep my fluids up if I didn't want to end up in hospital. I took very small sips of water because I was terrified of being sick. The sickness stopped after about 8 hours, but my stomach cramps and loose bowel movements continued the next day. Small tasks around the house leave me feeling totally exhausted. It is now Saturday and I am feeling okay but not myself. Extremely tired.

Wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Never had anything like it in my life and never want it again!!

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dvata said on 13 February 2013

my 3 year old son had it last Saturday with vomiting and diarrhoea, then on Monday it started with me with a slight headache then general weak feeling in the afternoon and then began vomiting 11pm til 6am, just projectile vomiting all night. I slept on the bathroom floor as could hardly move. I haven't had the diarrhoea as yet. Yesterday all my muscles were aching, felt shivery, it is awful. I sipped flat cola and then water. Then yesterday pm I just felt awful and had to end up going to the hospital. They gave me an injection to stop the nausea and vomiting, and put me on the drip to hydrate me. It is awful and moves round the home quick. Hope don't get it again

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User745862 said on 04 February 2013

I had this for a day on 03/02/13. It started in the morning 2am, I felt like I needed to vomit, but nothing came out. I couldn't sleep for a few hours. Then later at 9am, I had diarrhoea all day. I started to feel better at night though. The next day, I was fine. I didn't feel like eating that day so I only had a few fruits and drank lots of boiling water all day. However, the day after, I still didn't feel hungry at all after having breakfast... strange.

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slane92 said on 02 February 2013

Mine all started on the night of the 30th January where I went to bed as normal then woke up to go to the toilet and was just violently sick! I assumed it was food poisoning to begin with as I'd never had it before. I was then sick a couple more times then slept for a little while. Then the following day I was sick a couple more times and had a massive headache. I was then fine on the 1st Feb, just felt a bit nauseous then that night (last night) I woke up at about 2 and was really sick again which completely burnt my throat. I then just sat in the bathroom with my duvet until about 6 when I was then sick again. Then the diarrhea came a little bit. Today I managed to drive myself to the walk in clinic but there was a 2 hour wait so I just went to boots pharmacy who gave me some dioralyte and some extra strong throat tyrozets lozenges. Fingers crossed these will help.

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ELWB said on 01 February 2013

I had this awful virus this week. Have never been so ill. Nothing seemed to help and even water wouldn't stay in my body. A friend had norovirus recently whilst undergoing cancer treatment. Her cancer nurses advised her to drink just cooled, boiled water at a tepid temperature. They advised her just to keep sipping it. I tried and it was the only thing that worked for me. Boiled the kettle, poured the water into mugs and just sipped mug after mug. Seem to be almost recovered after 36 hours. Hope this helps someone.

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momto7 said on 31 January 2013

My 11 year old has now had 24 hours without vomiting or diarrhea. He became suddenly ill with Norovirus on January 13. He started with diarrhea and 4 days later added vomiting. That was continuous, day and night. He only got brief periods of sleep. His little eyes were bloodshot from vessels breaking due to vomiting. Nothing stayed down. It was a constant vigil to try to keep him hydrated. It is a horrible virus. Doctors said there was nothing they could do; just keep him drinking. I'm so thankful that he can now keep down small amounts of food. He's exhausted and sleeping lots but hopefully he's on the mend. What a nightmare to think that you can get this virus more than once!

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c0n1fer said on 29 January 2013

Lola i would make a formal complaint to your school that is disgusting, you were ill your self last thing you want to do is talk on the phone, how dare they send police, go the head, they have your emergency contact numbers they could of rang another relative, who do they think they are grrrrr

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c0n1fer said on 29 January 2013

A big tip that will honestly help you recover quicker get some salts down you from the sachets dioralyte or salt powders you get from chemist, make your own if you have none or cant get out, just salt and water add orange juice for flavour, and sip it until gone, your body will thank you for it.

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frostiey5 said on 29 January 2013

woke up on the morning of 28th January with my stomach making really loud gurgling noises, as I had the norovirus 5 weeks previously, straight away recognised the signs! Great dash to the toilet diarrhoa like niagra falls!! Felt very sick all day but nothing until that evening about six 'clock then sick until nothing left. Continued with diarrhoa right through til this morning. Still feeling very sick but trying to fight it as not eaten since Sunday and nothing left to give the toilet!! Trying to sip water but as soon as I do the gurgling noises start and I need to run to the toilet. Slept most of yesterday, had to pick my daughter up from school as she had the stomach gurgling and was scared she would have an accident at school, she feels very sick but so far (fingers crossed) nothing has erupted! Cant believe ive got it again and so soon. Im tiny as it is weighing only 7 stone, I dread to think how much weight I have lost this time..
The sick feeling is in my throat and really cannot face food even the smell is making me want to gag!!
Horrible illness

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LolaAnnMitzy said on 23 January 2013

Last week (15th January) my daughter who is 5 and my son who is 7 weeks caught this winter bug. They didnt have bad symptoms till the 19th though. I kept my daughter off school from the 15th till today. Both have now recovered but i still kept my daughter off for today as i wanted to make sure all was well. During this time of school, i had no credit and with two small poorly children i couldn't leave the house. I was then told the school was closed 16th january till this monday due to the snow. How ever i had the police at my door today after the school had contacted them due to me not informing the school of my childs absence. I also got a call from a social worker who now wants to intervene. After 3 days off school ! the school was closed the rest of it anyway. So no matter how ll your children are make sure you take them to school as i have been told. Apparently i should have sent her anyway. So angry.

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Hatesbeingill said on 23 January 2013

I am into the second day of my nightmare now and still not feeling any better. No signs or symptoms of this bug at all then suddenly woke up at 11:00pm on 22 jan feeling extremely sick. Started with diarrhoea and then the vomiting came at 2am. Never been so violently sick in my life! Left me shaking and sweating and unable to move for at least 5 mins each time. Was sick like this for 10 hours about once an hour. Luckily diarrhoea not been too bad, only been about 4 times. Legs, arms and back very achy too. Spent whole day lying in bed sipping flat cola and water as worried about dehydration. Nausea not gone away still and nothing distracts from it. Have managed only a few hours sleep since I started to feel ill. I am typing this at 1:00 am as been woken by nausea and stomach cramps and don't know what to do with myself! Surely it can't go on much longer?? I would not wish this illness on anybody. Just got to ride it out and hope it starts to clear up soon. My best advice is try not to fight it, nobody likes being sick but trust me its unavoidable with this! And please if you know somebody with these symptoms or have them yourself, keep yourself in isolation. I have been advised not to return to work until at least 48 hours after I have stopped being sick or had diarrhoea. The way I feel right now though I couldn't even contemplate work!! Good luck if you are a fellow sufferer and see you on the other side :-)

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Spaceship said on 21 January 2013

Thankfully no vomiting for me but diarrhoea is unbelievable. Flu like symptoms too, aching, fever. Day 3 and abdominal pain has joined the party, joy abounds. Imodium did stop the diarrhoea but made me feel very nauseous, if it's going to be ejected from the body I'd prefer.....

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nanwend said on 21 January 2013

I began with this during the evening of the 16th January and am still suffering from stomach cramps, nausea and diarrhea, but at least it has subsided a little now. Got advice from the NHS and from a telephone call to the doctors this morning. Apparently I have just to wait until it has passed (no pun intended). Wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Unfortunately I work in a school and we still have parents sending children in after having diarrhea or sickness during the night. I hope everyone takes note and takes the time needed to get over it. It could be really serious for young children and older people if they get it for the amount of time I've had it. Best wishes to fellow sufferers, I hope you are all well and back on your feet soon.

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konkz said on 19 January 2013

Brutal. Tuesday felt a bit odd during the day but nothing too bad thought nothing of it. Wednesday 2am woke up with awful stomach cramps, the toilet called. Diarrhoea attack and it was big time very watery. Over the next few hours the same process continued. 7am the vomiting started, never had a flu or anything else where I have vomited so much in such a short time. It gets to a point where your body keeps trying to vomit but nothing comes up. Over the next 24hrs the waves of sickness painful stomach cramps continued but at least the vomiting did stop. I also had a mild temperature along with aching legs. The hardest thing with this bug I found was to keep drinking / keeping fluids down. I managed to get some paracetamol down me which helped the stomach cramps / muscle ache. I am now at the end of it but will not be leaving the house for 48hrs at least as I do not want to spread this brutal bug any where. I have been cleaning my hands like a mad man in an effort not to spread to my partner. Good luck to any one who has this, just remember to try and get fluids down you and that it will come to an end.

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Whatanightmare said on 17 January 2013

I am a 28 year old female, It started Tuesday woke up with tummy ache went to work the by lunchtime I felt like I was drunk then my whole body ached so much I couldn't sit properly. Then at 2am the diarrhoea started and its now night three. The diarrhoea is every 20 mins it calmed down during the day to about 1 hr between each loo run, and it started back up tonight full strength toilet runs, I cannot to begin to tell you how much my bum hurts, one good tip is those andrex moist wipes trust me after a whole night of wiping it was getting unbearable. I am drinking as much water as I can stand and the dioralyte too also pain killers for the killer tummy cramps. There also is the churning belly and my tummy looks massive like i would be 6 months pregnant. no vomiting not yet. I have lost 5 pounds in two days already. I have also been sleeping on the sofa so I don't pass it to the partner, also washing hands etc..
Nurse told me on the phone to keep eating small amounts and lots of fluid including full fat coke.
When will this ever end it just goes on and on. All this medical advancement and no cure for this horrendous virus who I wouldn't give to anyone. Best wishes to you all on your speedy recoverys I hope mine is soon x

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firefaerie said on 15 January 2013

Well have literally just recovered from this virus, 5days of sick and toilet running, bad stomach cramps day and worse at night, got tablets from doctor over the phone on 3rd day, for cramps, nausia and to stop the diahrrea, as was very very dehydrated tho had been drinking lots of fluids, have today finally been able to eat, and drink properly without bringing it back, but now feel very bloated and struggling to use toilet and even urinate, was very dehydrated though, bad bad virus.
Strangel ymy two daughters who live with me haven't had it!

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katielouxx said on 12 January 2013

Woke up yesterday at 6.15am to get ready for work but instantly felt nauseous. Within 2 minutes, I was running for the toilet to be sick. I was vomiting every 5-10 minutes for at least 2 hours but having sips of orange squash (as water tasted foul) in between. After 2 hours, I was vomiting every 20 minutes and this lasted for a few hours. By this point, I also had agonising pain in my abdomen, ribs (front and back) and my lower back. Then, as if things couldn't get any worse, the dreaded diarrhoea started! It was like niagra falls!! ... oh and I forgot to mention the hot and cold sweats! Day 2 and im feeling nauseous, not able to look at food, still have abdominal pain but have no sickness or diarrhoea.

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SC737 said on 12 January 2013

On Wednesday evening I felt unwell, almost like I was going to get flu and felt very tired. Thursday I felt okay and then in the evening I suddenly felt very sick and had abdominal cramps. Then I was violently sick almost straight away and almost at the same time chronic diarrhoea. This was continuous throughout the night and during yesterday. I was losing a lot of fluid and it has been difficult to keep fluids down. Today the vomitting has subsided as has the sik feeling, however I am still losing fuid through watery diarrhoea. I have an extreme headache and feel extremely weak. I have been able to keep iced water down and managed a diarolyte. I got very dehydrated so its important to try to take even sips of water

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xxArabellaRosexx said on 11 January 2013

I am a seventeen year old female and this is the worst sickness bug I have ever experienced. I started with chronic diarrhea and vomiting aat five thirty am on the sixteenth of october which continued until four pm. I tried to make my way downstairs for water and collapsed on the kitchen floor. I made my way to the telephone in the hallway to ring my parents and had uncontrollable diarrhea on the spot followed by vomitting. I blacked out again for fifteen seconds then propped myself against the wall and waited for help. I was then admitted to hospital and put on a drip over night for dehydration. I have went from seven stone and a half to six stone four pounds. It is now three months later and I am still suffering from nausea and my stomach has never been the same since the episode. Anyone that has it please stay indoors and wash hands thorougly. Think of others!! My body could not cope with another episode.

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jwadham22 said on 11 January 2013

I got this on January 10th, I woke up at 8am feeling sick, I went to work and came home because I was feeling really ill. I had a nap and then at 1pm it started. I had diarrhea, vomiting and it came out my noise all at the same time. I drank lots of water and squash. It came in waves, every 15 minutes between 1pm and 4pm both vomiting and diarrhea, 5-6 times every time. Between 4pm and 8pm it happened every half an hour and then between 8pm and 2am it was every hour. Today I ache so much, my back hurts from the force of vomiting so much and I have a cracking headache. Everything aches and I still feel sick but I haven't been sick or anything today. Drinking lots and I have had a slice of toast but still feel awful. I had swine flu back in 2009 and the vomiting and diarrhea side of this bug is so much worse, just want it to be over.

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mark higgy said on 10 January 2013

woke up at 4am 9th jan with stomach pains that would just not go away!!! felt very weak and hot and cold like flu symptoms i manged to lay in bed until around 9am then i felt very very sick i ran to the toilet and vomited for at least 45mins i could hardly take a breath inbetween vomiting i took a drink of water to wash out my mouth and got back in bed feeling very cold within 5mins i was back in the toilet vomiting again but nothin was coming out just bit of water i sat on bathroom floor as i felt to weak to even get back in bed --managed to get in bed about houi later and i slept for ages at least 9 hours i woke up but still felt tired!!! no diarrhoea as yet im drinking lots of water woth orange juice i and i seem to be keeping that down ive took anadins for the aches and pains and i hope i get rid of this nasty bug very soon!

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Black Kat said on 06 January 2013

I had my first ever encounter with this nasty virus in mid November last year and ended up in hospital for a week for treatment & fluids as I was already in a weakened state due to losing a stone of weight earlier in the year & not regaining it (was 7 st at 5'7"). I started off with a temp of 103.6 on a Saturday, started vomiting at lunchtime on the Sunday, started diarrhoea on the Mon, was admitted to hospital that night having a range of abnormal blood results, & kept throwing up through to the following evening. Took me another 2 days before I could even begin drinking let alone eating, but at least was able to get discharged on the Friday having lost a further half stone so was now 6-1/2 st.

I recovered fairly quickly and was just really starting to pick up 3 weeks later when I woke up on a Thurs morning with the worst frontal headache I've ever had and a temp of 101 this time, but no vomiting, so initially put it down to maybe a flu-type bug. I'd hoped that was all it was, but once again, the following morning the headache was back 10 fold, & I started vomiting pretty much as soon as I got up. This time I didn't hang about & did as the docs had told me to do - phoned 999 & got re-admitted immediately as my bloods were abnormal once again. Even so, this time I threw up for 3 days solid despite everything (including 4-hourly IV ondansetron) they threw at it to try & settle it. Eventually thankfully it did stop & I once again managed to get discharged at the end of a week again at 6-1/2 st or so but not as weak as first time around because of getting more urgent treatment I feel.

I'm now 3 weeks again post discharge but this time recovery has been rather slower - I still haven't managed to gain any weight wrth talking about but am now undergoing investigations into that problem.

But there's no doubt that this is a nasty, nasty virus particularly if, like me, you're "vulnerable" to begin with. :( :(

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peepya said on 06 January 2013

I suffered from the Norovirus at the begining of December 2012. I was hit by all of the symptoms that have been mentioned by those who have made comments, It was very unpleasant but as a normally healthy 56 year old it took almost 2 weeks before I could admit to feeling 100% better.
On the 4th of January 2013 I was struck down again by this virus. The same symptoms except much more nausea. I am still in bed and have to be ery close to a toilet. Again, I cannot eat and am sipping water as often as I can. I have a constant headache and pain in my lower back.
I have searched a number of sites which have stated anything from 2months to 8 months immunity. The NHS site only a few days ago stated 8 months. Now it is saying it's 'ok to have it again' Oh no it's not! I am meant to be going back to work tomorrow but in all honesty doubt I can and do not want to pass this onto staff and students. Can we have an idea from those in the know just how often this virus can be caught and is their any immunity from it. Despite being almost OCD about handwashing after my initial bout I caught it again and doubt I could cope with a third 'hit'.
Can I also mention the lady who wrote about caring for her mother who has contracted the virus. My own mother contracted this in a care home 3 years ago and I am aware of the great challenges it brings. She too had dementia. I hope that the NHS are aware of the difficulty there must be for any carers out there having to deal with their charges suffering from Norovirus and that adequate help is given. Those of us who are bemoaning our fate should take time to think of carers coping with the vunerable with this nasty virus.

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FBimble said on 04 January 2013

I started getting a headache yesterday that felt like my head was going to explode. I ate dinner and then about an hour later, the headache was so painful I tried to drink a bottle of water and after about 20 minutes, I felt bloated and got up and went to the toilet and threw everything up. It went on for a long time until there was nothing left. I was burning up before vomiting but then after I felt like I was sitting in a refrigerator and had to turn the heat on. I had goosebumps on my arms where just before I was sweating! I couldn't drink any water because the taste made me sick so I sipped flat cola all night and stayed in bed. I got up today and still couldn't drink water so had flat cola with ice again. I've just had a plate of very salty chips so we'll see what happens. So far, I'm not hearing the gurgling I had yesterday and I only felt chilled once today. I went down to the shop at the end of my road and had to run out because the smell of some guy's cheap aftershave made me almost throw up. I too must add that those who think they're being great by going into work whilst sick - any sickness - just don't do it. Your co-workers will be irritated and your boss needs a telling off if he/she can't accept that people get sick sometimes. It's life and the body will heal faster if allowed to rest completely with little stimulation rather than using what little strength one has to do a job. Better to be one person staying home than have a virus spread to an entire staff.
Also, thanks to one of the posts here who mentioned they had nightmares with a fever. I didn't realise a fever could make you feel like you need to cry for no reason and also to have nightmares. I'll remember that.
Spoke too soon about the chips. My belly is starting to gurgle and cramp so looks like that's my weekend sorted then. Someone said 'I woudn't try to pass wind.' I'd like to add: 'I wouldn't try to belch either' because neither of those are going to end good.

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Bwanasbibi said on 02 January 2013

3 years ago I got this the day arrived in Mexico after feeling ill at LGW. I was affected both ends for 5 days, I fainted, I was delirious. I was I'll for 9 days and only managed 3 meals. I felt like death, hubby caught it for 24 hours. Hotel sanitised our room, but it did spread to a couple we spoke with then they passed it on,I lost count of how many. I am paranoid not to get it again but hubby had it 2 days ago, so fingers crossed and great hygiene. Most cases only last 48 hours but it can be much longer

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laura gabriel said on 01 January 2013

. . . Pt 2

So also - after you recover you might poo pale poo for a while which is due to malabsoption in your guts due to the virus killing off your vili.
For me the heavy duty symptoms lasted a week but I spent some of that time (Christmas Eve/Day/Boxing Day) at my parents with my partner and brother and bro's girlfriend and we managed to prevent it from spreading by obsessively hand-washing and covering our mouths a lot!

Try not to touch your face. The virus is in your vomit and poo so you won't spread it from sweat or snot! But face touching is still dangerous.

And the main thing is just to say that this is a really severe and intense illness and it might affect you for a couple of weeks even if the initial symptoms pass in a matter of hours so look after yourself and take it easy! Good luck if you're going through it now xxx

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laura gabriel said on 01 January 2013

My partner and I (34 and 29 respectively) both had the virus over Christmas so I thought I'd post up my experiences of what helped in case it helps you:

LOTS of ice in the freezer - I wanted all my fluids super cold and when rice milk was all that was in the house I put it in the freezer to chill it (water made me more nauseous) but stocking up on the fluids you can tolerate is really important because you'll get very dehydrated.

I had 12 hours constant simultaneous vomit etc then 12 hours intermittent then flu and a fever (cue panic attacks and hysterical crying for 12 hours.

Sleeping was easier propped on the sofa lying against the arm rest to keep my head above my guts - I found this stopped the sicking a bit; also lying low on the sofa and hooking your leg over the back provides good relief for me and when I got my partner to do it he found it worked for him too!

Virtually any entertainment gave me panic attacks for the first 3 days and my partner talking made me vomit(!) but I found David Attenborough documentaries were completely tolerable and stopped me going mad through lack of distraction - another friend with the virus found this too, that she could only handle David Attenborough! So stock up if you can or watch online!!

Main thing really is to get someone to buy you all the kinds of fluids you think you can bear to take and keep drinking even if it makes you sick - I drank tons and still had 3 days of kidney pains! Not fun!

cntd in another post as I've run out of space. . .

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steve8 said on 01 January 2013

i started with this bug on friday evening was sick several times ,hot and then cold,sever stomach cramps then along came the diarrhoea i have never felt so ill in my life at 2 o clock sat morning after a severe bout of diarrhoea i passed out and hit my head on the door frame cutting my head open which resulted in a visit to a and e where i was isolated and then had 6 stitches in my wound it is only today that i am feeling anything like normal

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muggins 01 said on 01 January 2013

Thank you to al who have commented and hope you are all better. All comments very useful to a medical ignoramus!
I am caring for a wife with this horrid bug, an coping OK, but friends left yesterday morning just as she was starting. I have also been in contact with various outsiders as I had to take a dog to the vet and do some shopping. It has become obvous that it is this bug that she has. So far I am OK with no sign but I am worried that I might be infectious before the symptoms show.
I can see nothing on the website that indicates when infectiousness starts.
Does anyone know the answer to this? Clearly one must be very careful not to spread this horrid bug, but at what stage are we infectious?
My thanks to anyone who can advise.

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anne123456 said on 31 December 2012

11 days of horror nausea - no vomiting or diarrhoea.
Don't think i had norovirus but some other horror virus but I am just finally on the mend after 11 days of horrible retching nausea but not vomiting or diaorrhea.

Day 6 was Xmas day and I finally went to see a medical centre - then went to A&E on boxing day twice. Finally given stematil (Prochlorperazine 5mg) to help settle nausea / dizziness (although I had no dizziness) and Metoclopramide (10mg) which I took at 4 hour intervals - i.e. one then the other - which was able to settle the nausea down so I could begin eating again.

Still feel very weak but finally on the mend.

Horrible frightening experience.

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gemmarenz said on 30 December 2012

hi my 5yr daughter woke me up about 6.30 on the 29th saying she had a headache and felt sick she also had a slight temp! i gave her calpol and put her back to bed...when she woke back up she wasnt complaining of feeling sick just a bad headache.I fed her some crumpets and thought if she has this virus it will show surely she would be in pain from the food and need to be sick or atleast diarrea but nothing. She has since been very tired and quite lethergic today she seemed to be feeling better but had went toilette and the stools where quite runny after this she slept for around 2hrs,,,in the last 2days she has only eaten 3bread rolls and 1 crumpet. i had kept her as hydrated as i can with small sips of lemonade and water,,,im just concerd as to how long this is going to last as she hasnt had any sickness as of yet but is now complaining of stomach pain! does this sound like any symptoms anyone eles has had?
thanks

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yummymuumy123 said on 30 December 2012

i cant help but agree with anoe234 , i caught this awful virus last year and have never felt so ill in my life. so when i heard it was going around even worse this year i new i would end up getting it again and i did as did my 2 year old son only not as bad thank goodness, but there are people that are getting the bug and then going out and interracting with people the next day even though theyre still highly contagious! i understand that no one likes being ill and being cooped up in the house all day especially if you have kids and a demanding job, but this is why this virus is still going round because people arent washing their hands properly and are going back to work/school/toddler group too soon and spreading it around.

I'm a single mother with my 2 year old and not alot of support around me, so when we came down with the virus again a month ago i panicked, but as we didnt get it too bad i managed to somehow suffer through it, but 2 days ago i caught the bug again, another bad thing about this virus is its always changing so you cant build up an immunity to it. please think of others if you get this virus and keep yourself at home for at least 48 hours.

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rosie1958 said on 29 December 2012

I've been suffering since early evening on Xmas Day, every 10 minutes to the toilet, and only passing basically coloured water. I've tried all tips on here, from starving to eating plain bolied potato, and just drinking regularly, nothing is working. I've had the shakes, been giddy and even passed out for 15 munutes on boxing morning much to son's concern. I was only sick once though, very violently though. Terrible abdominal cramps and headache that are not relieved by paracetamol. Christmas has been a washout as I've kept myself in isolation upstairs away from the family, I wouldn't wish this on myy worst enemy, when am I going to feel any better?

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westoflondon said on 29 December 2012

Was not sure if I had this or food poisoning tbh, but after reading comments in here I am now sure I have had this nasty virus. I suffered earlier on in the year as I work at a school and it is a hot bed for illness. Back then I had the full bout both ends so to speak. This time was slightly different.

Christmas day evening felt bloated and had very bad stomach pains which was the worst I have ever felt. Soon after I was sick every 15 mins or so for about 12-15 hours.No diarrhea at all but extreme acid from the start with headache for 48 hours or so followed by aches, back pain, small bouts of nausea where I could not even think of food! I am aiming to leave my house tomorrow as I have not been sick for over 48 hours and feel much better. It has kept my house bound for 4 days and I have felt like I have been beat up badly! My advice is like a lot on here, just keep trying to get fluids in, anything as the dehydration can keep you feeling ill for longer for sure, this I know from past experiences with this horrible virus.

Has ruined my christmas but I wish all who have suffered with this a speedy recovery and a happy new year.

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H001 said on 28 December 2012

I have had similar symptoms to Pluckyfilly.

I have been feeling unwell for around 10 days, with one night 3 days in of being sick 3 times, but no diarrhea. However I have felt sick on and off since then with stomach pains. Often worse after eating meaning I havent eaten much! Has anyone else suffered in this manner? It's horrible how much it drags on, and I still feel no end. I don't know when I'll be feeling better, after feeling sick and in pain today, one week after being sick!

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reddy14 said on 28 December 2012

I have to start by saying this is the worst illness I have ever experienced, I can only pity any young children, elderly or who are already ill that get this. I started feeling out of sorts Christmas night, just off my food and a slight temperature. By 3am Boxing Day, I had severe stomach cramps, fever and terrible headache. The vomiting started around 5am and continued on the hour until Midnight, to the extent that I no longer had any food in my body and was only vomiting yellow water/bile or nothing at all. The constant vomiting has left me with severe chest, stomach and neck pain where I have pulled muscles. The diarrhoea started afterwards, again on the hour which resulted in no sleep and dehydration. It was even difficult to keep water down without wretching. The smell or even look of any food was just disgusting to me. I rang NHS direct after getting light headed and pins/needles in my hands. I was advised to take at least 1 glass of water an hour, sipping slowly, also ice cubes or an ice lolly and to contact the out of hours doctor if the symptoms became worse or if there was blood in the vomit/diarrhoea. I was also told not to go to work and avoid contact with other for at least 48hrs after my last bout of vomiting/diarrhoea. 2 days on, I still can only manage a small amount of food, soup/toast but fluids with dioralyte every hour are not causing any problems. My temperature is back to normal and headache gone, just the muscle strain remains.

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Stephen333 said on 28 December 2012

This is the first time I've had anything like this. It came on around 3pm on Christmas Day and I came out in a cold sweat and felt a bit faint. I wanted to be sick but nothing happened at first, even when I tried to induce it. After a short while the vomiting started of its own accord. Although it was uncomfortable, it was a relief to at least get something out of my system. I decided to keep a bowl beside me at all times. The vomiting was followed by diarrhoea. I phoned NHS Direct and was given some very good advice. For 24 hours I had drunk only water but was told that I should try eating some food even if I didn't feel like it. They suggested things like bread, pasta and potatoes. They also said that its best not to take diarrhoea capsules but to let it run its course (after all, the body needs to expel the poisons). What the experts say about the virus only lasting two days is true and I feel back to normal already, which is a relief. An interesting experience, but not one I'd like to go through again!

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lauren8787 said on 28 December 2012

I am slowly getting over this now, i had constant sickness and a bad stomach for 12 hours with gaps of 20 minutes inbetween the next trip to the toilet, i could not get comfortable due to painful tummy cramps, I was very tearful and uncomfortable as i was in someone elses home. on boxing day my partner called NHS direct and i spoke to a nurse who diagnosed me with this virus, she advised me to take small sips of water to keep hydrated, Also lucozade sport helped and sucking ice cubes and ice lollys also helped. its the 3rd day today and i still have slight cramp and cant quite manage solid food, but soup is helping.

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MyDai329 said on 28 December 2012

I don't and never have done "sick" just plod along and all sniffles and colds go after a day or two. This however is a different beast altogether. I have never ever in my life been so ill. Headache constant coughing to the point where my ribs and chest now feel like I've done 20 rounds with Tyson. This is how it has manifested in my case:
Day 1: very sore throat, acid flux and the start of a cough
Day 2: Severe coughing, headache from hell, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. Unable to keep anything down, even water.
Day 3: Severe headache, coughing, lethargy and aching in ribs, upper back and stomach. Some vomiting
Day 4: (today) Still no energy, still unable to keep food down. Headache coughing and blocked nose.

As a family we were all working over Christmas, so our Christmas is this weekend. I hope that the symptoms dissipate now over the course of today and our weekend isn't spoiled. I truly wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. It is terrible and for the vulnerable, life threatening.

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Rach980 said on 27 December 2012

I have have had and after 4 days still suffering from this virus it's pretty nasty the cramps are the worst at time I have hardly been able to walk it totally ruined Xmas as was unable to enjoy the food ... I do hope that I am now on the mend as really can't handle much more of the pains or being stuck to the toilet

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rebeccarobertz said on 27 December 2012

Had this for 27 hours now. Worst pain ever. Unlike others i have not experienced diarrhea. It started about 8pm last night, felt very tired and uncomfortable so i decided to take a nap. Woke up at about 23:30 and knew something was wrong. It felt like i was going to be sick but i couldn't get it out, i stayed in the bathroom for about 1 hour hoping to be sick as my stomach was killing me. i climbed back to bed and awoke 5 times last night, hoping to be sick! Then this morning i couldnt take it any longer and forced myself to be sick, i felt better for about 1 hour and the pain has started all over again, im not going to make myself sick again but im hoping the bug will go away soon. I also suffered high temperatures so had too walk around with a wet flannel on my head and took 2 anadins for the headaches i was getting. I got my appetite back a little earlier and had some toast, unfortunately that didnt reach my stomach. All im happy about is that it came after christmas, i still got to have a big fat turkey dinner! but have been driven to tears by this bug and hoping i will get some sleep tonight. My advice is take some anadin and try to eat, even if its soup. I'm sleeping with my windows open tonight to cool me down.
Hoping it goes soon, its the worst bug iv ever had.

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Leehughes said on 27 December 2012

Hi, im just recovering from this. I started at 6am boxing day, feeling weird with a sicky feeling. I then began to vomit quite heavily sweating in the process and smells were making it worse, then the runs set in. I was cold with fever like symptoms feeling spaced out. I basically drank water for the 1st 24hrs followed by some dry toast. 36 hours have almost passed and im just getting my appetite back i locked myself in the bedroom taking paracetemol and so my kids couldnt catch it some of the reviews of this bug on here are not accuarate and completely loose there way. I have summed up as best as i can.

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Leehughes said on 27 December 2012

Hi, im just recovering from this. I started at 6am boxing day, feeling weird with a sicky feeling. I then began to vomit quite heavily sweating in the process and smells were making it worse, then the runs set in. I was cold with fever like symptoms feeling spaced out. I basically drank water for the 1st 24hrs followed by some dry toast. 36 hours have almost passed and im just getting my appetite back i locked myself in the bedroom taking paracetemol and so my kids couldnt catch it some of the reviews of this bug on here are not accuarate and completely loose there way. I have summed up as best as i can.

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survivor2010 said on 27 December 2012

I went to bed at 2am yesterday, absolutely fine.. And woke up 4am feeling really quite sick but just thought it was because I had gone to bed late. Less than 30 mins later, was rolling in bed in agony from severe cramping. I thought to myself that if I got up and moved around, then I'd vomit. But just lying there, it wouldn't help and I'd be sick in the end. I sat upright and within 20 seconds, I was puking my guts up. Started off pretty lightly but started getting very violent. I felt a little better, went back to bed and was up every 30 mins puking until 9am. Slept for about an hour, and then the diarrhoea kicked in. OMG. Never in my life have I experienced such a horrifying experience of diarrhoea.This continued until about 5pm.. 12 hours later from when it started, I felt absolutely fine except really weak, lightheaded and had a headache. I really think that the only thing that helped me get over this bug quickly was the fact that I kept drinking gallons on water in-between vomiting and diarrhoea bouts.

Word of advice: even if feeling a lot better, don't eat until at least 24 hours later. It'll just make you feel better. Cordial/squash helps because it has little amounts of sugar. Also, just remember it is NOT forever!! KEEP telling yourself that the worst will be over with soon. If in desperate need of help, ring nhs direct.

I went off to sleep and woke up today, and everybody has caught this nasty bug in the house!! I have never had this bug before and wouldn't wish this on anybody. Just want to thank everyone for sharing their stories on here, because it helped me when I was at my worst so that's why I thought I'd post mine.

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Pluckyfilly said on 26 December 2012

I have been feeling unwell for 10 days now but without any sickness I asked my GP if this could be the Noro Virus and she says not as I have not been sick I started with what I thought was indigestion, diarrhea followed and a feeling of weakness, I am watching what I eat - little and often I am diabetic type 2 drinking plenty, we have done a stool test and various blood tests I get the result tomorrow. My dr is putting me forward for colonoscopy within 2 weeks but I still think this could be N.V. I did at one point and still have moments of fear in case it's the big C - I have felt faint and thought at one point I would be sick I have no energy and peppermint has helped what I thought thought to be indigestion. I have tried to think of a reason for how I feel but nothing makes sense and no two days are the same I get one reasonable day and one bad day, today not good but yesterday not bad, when I feel good I am good and when I feel bad I feel horrid and that's it in a nutshell but whatever is bothering me I hope it improves sooner than soon.

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MilasMum said on 26 December 2012

This is the second time in 2 months I have got this bug, but this time it is so much worse. Woke up at 2am and all I can say is thank goodnes I took a bucket with me as it was coming out both ends at the same time (sorry tmi). I have not slept since waking at 2am, and have been in tears with the cramps. I have just taken some cramp tablets and hoping I can keep them down long enough for them to work. Last time I made the terrbile mistake of taking medication to stop the diarrhea, an although it did work, i took ages to get back to "normal" and the pain was intense. I dont recommend using anything like that. I am taking small sips of water but it seems to pass right through.
I'm just glad I got to enjoy my christmas dinner yesterday before getting sick. My hubby and I both have this and I'm really hoping my 4 year old daughter doesnt get it too.

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Actuary_student1991 said on 23 December 2012

I certainly would not wish this virus upon even my worst enemy. By far, I would prefer to have a broken leg instead of this. My symptoms started on Wednesday and it was like a funny twisty feeling in my stomach. However, I ignored this assuming that it might just be that time of the month. The following day, the pain persisted. That is when I knew something was wrong. My case is very different I have only vomited once, but the diarrhea I have been experiencing is the worst I have ever had in my entire life. The endless trips to the toilets have become like a walk to the gallows. And I try and fight myself not to go, as it has become like an electric chair.
I lost appetite, however kept myself very hydrated. In the past two days I have only had 3 pieces of dry toast and two bananas. My advice to anyone who is experiencing symptoms, brace yourself. I am a grown woman and was reduced to tears by this virus. Drink as much water as you can, for the headaches, take paracetamol, get plenty of rest and sleep. I have had it know for 3 and a half days. I am hoping that it would have cleared by christmas. And if it has not, I refuse to be on a dry toast and water diet. I am going to feast and enjoy my christmas, will deal with the repercussions of that on Boxing day. My mother, bless her cotton socks fed me today because I was out of energy that I could no longer even stand straight.

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Actuary_student1991 said on 23 December 2012

I certainly would not wish this virus upon even my worst enemy. By far, I would prefer to have a broken leg instead of this. My symptoms started on Wednesday and it was like a funny twisty feeling in my stomach. However, I ignored this assuming that it might just be that time of the month. The following day, the pain persisted. That is when I knew something was wrong. My case is very different I have only vomited once, but the diarrhea I have been experiencing is the worst I have ever had in my entire life. The endless trips to the toilets have become like a walk to the gallows. And I try and fight myself not to go, as it has become like an electric chair.
I lost appetite, however kept myself very hydrated. In the past two days I have only had 3 pieces of dry toast and two bananas. My advice to anyone who is experiencing symptoms, brace yourself. I am a grown woman and was reduced to tears by this virus. Drink as much water as you can, for the headaches, take paracetamol, get plenty of rest and sleep. I have had it know for 3 and a half days. I am hoping that it would have cleared by christmas. And if it has not, I refuse to be on a dry toast and water diet. I am going to feast and enjoy my christmas, will deal with the repercussions of that on Boxing day. My mother, bless her cotton socks fed me today because I was out of energy that I could no longer even stand straight.

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Heatherfarmer30 said on 23 December 2012

I've had this bug in oct 2010 and again two days ago !! This time around i had the sickness for 3 hours in the early hours, and dirreha for over 18 hours!! I starved myself and only drunk boiled cooled water!! On the night time I had a cracker!! Went to loo before bed and had diareah again!! So took some well known medication!! And finally stopped being bad!! Next morning I felt really bad but had water and a cracker! Which made it worse, but by. 9-10 I had a round of toast and it made me so much better! And had a sandwhich at dinner!! So if you don't feel like eating I would try to if you can!! Luckily I was bad for 18 hours, and recovered after 48!! Hope every body else gets better and doesn't spoil your Christmas xx

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Chamb said on 23 December 2012

Felt out of sorts from about midnight on (Today) Urgent need to go to the toilet, very watery stool and only one bout of vomiting which was (Thorough) Continued with diarrhoea for about 4 hours. Be very careful as the dehydration if very rapid and you may not be aware of the symptoms. At one point I started praying as I thought I was actually about to meet my maker (Not joking) 4 hour call back from NHS direct
So spoke to a nurse at work who told me to drink plenty of water with a little salt and sugar added. Not to try eating foe 24 hours and that the worst symptoms for this virus may only last for about 12 hour ish-Longer for food poisoning type jolly s Salmonella , etc. Now very intermittent diarrhoea with vomiting. Now and just feeling drained
Cant remember having felt so ill. Hope you get over it quickly.

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User734563 said on 22 December 2012

I have now had what appears to be Novovirus for 4 weeks. It began with severe stomach cramps followed suddenly by diarrhoea. Subsequent to this, in the 2nd and 3rd week, I developed tiredness, aching limbs and a dull head with pain in the stomach. On the 4th week I have now have a chesty cough added into the mix.

I'm very concerned as to why I still have symptoms at this stage but I am just putting down to the fact that I have type 1 Diabetes (which is very well controlled).

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mikeej said on 22 December 2012

This thing is horrible, i came down with it last sunday. Started with light diarrhea in the morning then by 7pm i started feeling really sick. Vomiting commenced, had me up all night although it was only about 3 rounds of 3. The next day i still had the runs and was really achey like i had flu. 48 hrs later started feeling lots better only to start going down hill again pretty soon after. Started getting the shivers again and light sick feeling. Diarrhea has stopped and i'm not actually being sick anymore but 6 days on and i still feel awful i'm just eating crackers and nuts, drinking lots of water but i feel like i'm going to be sick all the time even though i haven't since day 1/2. I'm craving a bacon sandwich or a cheese toastie but i know it won't be a good ending if i have anything like that. I'm drinking plenty of water. I can't see what else i can do yet it just won't pass. I just hope i'm going to feel better for christmas day and i can finally eat properly. I've barely eaten anything in 6 days now.

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User71018 said on 22 December 2012

What a virus.... I certainly would not want this on a vessel!! My whole family have had it and t be honest no one recovered wthin 48hrs...... I am tryig to wash the virus out with plain water.... If I eat it seems to make things worse! Horrid virus....... I on day three (wife took five days to smi-recover and is still loose in her motions).,,,,,, any tips on getting rid of quicker - is immodium a bad idea?

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User712024 said on 21 December 2012

Second time this year have picked up Norovirus, this time including my husband.

I am a frequent visitor to my wonderful NHS hospital, having a serious auto-immune condition which requires immunosurpression therapy and a load of other drugs alongside, and suspect this is where I picked it up.

I am sorry to say that there are truly some shocking hygiene practices observed by some people, whilst visiting I went to the ladies, to witness not one, but two people visit the lav, and walk out without washing hands, and one of these ladies said to her friend on way out, I think I have an upset tummy, OMG! For goodness sake, what is wrong with people!

After a visit on Tues of this week, Weds night, suddenly felt aches and pains, stomach gurgling, and awful acid reflux, the the shivers, and then for 36 hours non-stop relentless diarrhoes and vomiting of projectile variety, shjivers, temperature of 38.6, visual disturbances.

Today 2 days later, D & V has subsided, but feel like I have been hit by a truck, fatigue and very weak. My husband recovered fairly quickly, but he is not immunosurpressed.

Anyone with a serious medical condition that requires medication daily, please do not be afraid to seek help from your GP or NHS direct, they are always very helpful.

Tips. Fruit ice lollies, boiled cooled water, rehydration sachet salts, no dairy products at all.

And please unless a medical emergency, stay away from doctors surgeries, hospitals and vulnerable people, i.e.children or people with medical conditions like me.

This is a nasty strain, and would appear to be very virulent.

From now on, in hospitals, I refuse to use their sanitisers, sit and watch the people in waiting rooms use the loo, then just opt for sanitiser on wall, they have to touch the thing to get gel out!!

Gloves and my own sanitiser in bag for me from now on.

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wilmapickle said on 20 December 2012

Just had this bug and found it better to drink fluids with some sugar in rather than plain water, felt at least I was getting some calories in there even though I couldn't eat. Been drinking lots of fizzy water with homemade elderflower cordial as thats what I fancied and elderflower also has anti-viral propertes so who knows, it might have helped! Worst of the symptoms only lasted 24 hours although its day 2 and I still feel weak and breathless, at least I should be ok for Xmas lunch!! Got a 5 week old baby and keeping a close eye on him though, he seems ok so far.

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LJI said on 20 December 2012

I caught norovirus simply collecting someone from the hospital. I used the hand creams provided and I always wash when I have been to the toilet and always wash before handling food or preparing food.
The lady I collected from the hospital is 90 years old. She started being sick the night she returned home and I started the day after.

I took every precaution because it part of my daily routine and normal practice to wash.

So how did I get it????
More importantly.... why did I get it?

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carlalees said on 18 December 2012

Why do people not realise that this virus is caused by people not washing their hands after going to the toilet!! I witness this regularly in the UK. Many people do NOT wash after going to the loo!! it is disgusting and not fair on the rest of the population!!!
People also do not clean with bleach anymore, the only thing that gets rid of this is bleach. Too many people use wipes that are just anti bacterial and hand gels which do not clean your hands! If your hands are dirty then just use soap and water!!!
Sorry to rant but it annoys me and I think if the whole nation improved their after toilet hygiene and cleaned sanitaryware more with bleach Norovirus may not happen as often!

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hotsnow said on 18 December 2012

...a word of advice to all sufferers of this- do not attempt to break wind. It does not end well.

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mellybellymelanie said on 17 December 2012

Suffering this virus at the moment although i hope the worst is over, started vomiting yesterday teatime non stop, went to the bathroom again at 11pm sickness and diarohea, started feeling sweaty,dizzy, ringing in my ears honestly thought i was dying soo scared, next thing i woke in a pool of vomit on the floor, had blacked out from dehydration, out of hours doctors told me to go to hospital as i needed anti sickness tablets. At last i managed to get some sleep, still feel weak and achy but have sterilised all my door handles,phones,laptop remotes, bathroom and kitchen, had gels and constantly washing my hands. fingers crossed im me again soon, its a terrible bug.

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tpritchard15 said on 15 December 2012

i have been suffering with gastroenteritis all week due to norovirus - included a visit to the hospital aswell needed fluids and a whole load of morphine! Possible the worse illness I have ever experienced and I am still struggling with it now!

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Clp76 said on 14 December 2012

Awful awful bug. Never experienced anything like it. Drinking sips of water is really important tho during the worst of my symptoms even this has been impossible - ice lollies have been my saviour- very refreshing and a really good way if getting fluids in.

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cestlavie said on 14 December 2012

This bug really is just nasty! It creeps up on you unexpected. Wednesday, I had a very busy day and went out for a meal in the evening. Had these funny stomach cramps afterwards and thought I had indigestion. Around 4am I awoke to feeling really nauseas and really dizzy. I kept trying to sleep until 7am, I had to rush to the bathroom to be violently sick. I went back to bed feeling shivery and almost drunk feeling. In the morning I felt just as bad and remembered I had had diarrhoea the previous day around lunchtime, so it must have been connected. I then couldn't eat for entire day and kept needing to sleep cos If i stood up i'd feel faint and sick. Kept experiencing sweats and chills. Its only friday, I still have shooting pains in my stomach and have thankfully not got bouts of diarrhoea so far (fingers crossed). But I literally felt like I had been beaten up to a pulp. Do not remember feeling this ill in years!

Good news - What does help once the worst is over around 24 hours later, flat full fat coca cola and ready salted crisps and peppermint tea, which my GP recommended. No dairy or fruit as this causes acid.

Just remember to ride it out and you will get better! Even though it feels like it's going on for years.

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healy66 said on 14 December 2012

Hi fellow suffers. Yesterday 3.40 pm felt got a episode of burping then a sudden urgency to go to the toilet - well we all know the rest. I have had this last year but this episodes is not as bad so far. I find sipping flat diet coke at room temperature through a straw helps with the dehydration, I have also had some Paracetamol for the stomach pain and the pain from my upper rib area - it is like the nerve pain you get with chickenpox. A hot water bottle helps to sooth the stomach cramps. Hand hygiene is essential soap and water and dry your hands completely . Get plenty of rest . I have had some mashed potatoes and so far it has stayed down. Who ever is doing the washing the hottest temperature possible - you need to kill the blithers . Advised to stay off work 48 hours after last episoded of symptons.

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TRIUMPH1959 said on 13 December 2012

What can I say , any colleagues who had this and I doubted them I'm sorry , no immodium wont work
yes you have to be sick even though yo haven't eaten for over 12 hours , I starved my self and drank carbonatet water and green tea , At over 50 this is the first time , whats worse is its seens to be so contaigus
its going round my work like wildfire , its also seems people can carry the virus and pass it on without actually experiencing the symptons themselves.

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the_slush said on 13 December 2012

I've had this for the past two days. My advice is to stay at home near the bathroom with a bowl at hand, drink water and/or dioralyte slowly to keep yourself hydrated, take ibuprofen for the aches and pains and to not eat anything until you've stopped being sick for about 12 hours. The first 24 hours are murder but it does get better.

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Tri99er said on 09 December 2012

I suffer from ibs and after dinner on Friday night I had very bad stomach cramps so just assumed it was that. Saturday morning I woke up with aches and pains. By Saturday afternoon I felt faint, dizzy, sick and had diarrhoea. Saturday night I was pretty much in the loo all night. At one point I sat on the loo for 30min and nothing, as soon as I got into bed I had to literally sprint to the loo. This is without a doubt the worst thing I have experienced. Luckily I don't appear to have the vomiting so fingers crossed I have missed that symptom. I lost half a stone in one day.

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Tri99er said on 09 December 2012

It all started on Friday night after eating dinner I had a night of severe stomach cramps (as I suffer from ibs I just thought it was that) Saturday morning I felt weak and still had bad stomach cramps. By Saturday lunchtime I had diarrhoea and felt faint. Saturday night I went to the toilet approx 11 times. At one point I sat on the loo seat for 30 mins and nothing (ibs sufferers know what that's like) then I went back to bed at which point I had seconds to get to the toilet. I tried to eat something on Sunday and really struggled. I think that's partly due to the stomach cramps as you just do not have any appetite. Luckily I am not vomiting so hoping I don't get that. This is most definitely the worst virus I have had. Does not help that I have a busy week at work but I can't risk going in. Seems silly but wipe down door handles at home as I didn't think of this until my mum mentioned it as mentioned it is highly contagious.

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dribb said on 06 December 2012

I'm suffering with this at the moment!
I woke up early Monday morning with a few stomach pains, and I went into work thinking after some water i'd feel better.
Half and hour into being at work I ran to the toilet to be violently sick.
I preceded to be sick numerous times at home, I couldn't even keep water down. After that I kept retching.
I'm on my fourth day off work now, as I still feel very weak. I can still barely eat, and walking around makes me feel light headed and dizzy.
Any tips on fully getting rid of the remains of this virus as I would like to go back to work :(

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dribb said on 06 December 2012

I'm suffering with this at the moment!
I woke up early Monday morning with a few stomach pains, and I went into work thinking after some water i'd feel better.
Half and hour into being at work I ran to the toilet to be violently sick.
I preceded to be sick numerous times at home, I couldn't even keep water down. After that I kept retching.
I'm on my fourth day off work now, as I still feel very weak. I can still barely eat, and walking around makes me feel light headed and dizzy.
Any tips on fully getting rid of the remains of this virus as I would like to go back to work :(

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vodkajelly said on 04 December 2012

This virus is nothing short of horrendous. I was struck down with it at a friend's wedding on Saturday, which was an hour away from home. At first I just felt full and uncomfortable, and thought I'd eaten too much. I went to the bathroom to try to make a bit of room so to speak, and ended up throwing up dinner. I felt better for about half an hour... then it very quickly got a whole lot worse. We were in the middle of nowhere and the taxi wasn't due for another 4 hours, most of which I spent in the bathroom being violently sick and with terrible diarrhoea. By the time the taxi turned up (there were a few of us travelling together and I suppose I soldiered on cos I didn't want to ruin anyone else's night), I was green. I had to get the driver to stop on the hard shoulder of the motorway so I could throw up again, and it took every muscle in my lower body to stop myself from having a very unpleasant accident at the same time.

Once I got home it got worse, even the smallest sip of water would come straight back up again with barely any warning ('projectile' doesn't begin to cover it), the cramps were excruciating, and I was physically shivering so much the bed was shaking. I tried not drinking anything at all so there was nothing to come up but bile, but this just hurt even more, plus I knew I needed to try to stay hydrated so I drank some cold water very slowly. I was in the bathroom every 15-20 minutes for a good 12 hours. By this point it was just water and bile but even when I was 'empty' my stomach was contracting - 48 hours later I still feel like I've been beaten up.

I've lost about half a stone - no exaggeration - in three days, I've not been able to manage more than half a bowl of soup in that time. I'm not even hungry.

The only advice I can give to anyone suffering is that you just need to ride it out, there's nothing a doctor can do unless you find yourself getting dehydrated. It does pass, eventually, but just try to stay warm and hydrated.

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Jockmcblock said on 01 December 2012

Had a touch of the watery diarrhoea yesterday morning but thought that may have been due to a curry the night before. Travelled to Birmingham to meet family and on he journey up started feeling bloated which worsened until mid morning it felt like food poisoning (had salmonella in my teens). I ended up feinting in the street. I was helped to a portaloo where I had a massive bout of very watery diarrhoea and felt an immediate improvement but I was then attended by a paramedic and an ambulance crew who checked my blood sugars, temperature, heart, etc. The backs of my legs had that feeling you get after having really bad cramp and that is still with me today. I was quite shivery all the way back on the three hour train journey but a good nights sleep and some toast and tea this morning and although I have a bit of a headache and am still rehydrating I think I am over the worse of a very short but severe bout of this virus - touch wood. My heart goes out to those who are suffering for a longer period.

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rhgana said on 30 November 2012

I caught this awful bug when I was 7 months pregnant with my 2nd child. It started with my 18 month old, he would go to his dad to be comforted and me to be sick on!! We were very worried about him, constantly vomiting throughout the day and all I could do was give him little sips of water. I went to bed around 11pm, and read a little when I knew I was going to be sick. I didn't feel sick, I just knew I was going to be...and that was that! The poor hobby taking care of me and my son while we both threw up around him, and the cramps!!! 12 hours later the vomiting stopped and the diarrhea started, lasted another 12 hours. How the other half didn't catch it is still a mystery, but I never, ever want to be that ill again!!!

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Mere said on 27 November 2012

I'm actually over in British Columbia Canada but found this site when reading up on Norovirus. It hit all 6 of us in our family, or at least seems to be the same thing. It has also been racing through the local schools. No seemingly 'confirmed' cases yet, though confirmation only comes from stool sample and we are recommended not to go to the doctors for this.
However this is day 3 for my one son who is almost 4. He seemed to be getting better and now today woke up with stomache pains near his belly button. Hopefully hasnt progressed to anything else, keeping an eye on it. A nasty virus, especially with the speed in which it can take down a whole family!

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Trev53 said on 25 November 2012

I felt I would like to share my experience of this awful bug. I care for my 85 yr old mother and on Thursday 3am she vomited excessively in her bed. She has Dementia as well as other problems. I cleaned her up as best I could. At 6am similar happened. I telephone a friend/carer who came round to help me. Mother had vomit all over her the bed linen was awful.
We put my mother in another nightdress and hoisted her to her chair. My friend said she would call back later. My mother vomited a further 3 times and also filled her continence pad to overflowing. We then had another wash to do and my mother was hoisted to bed. It seemed she made a great recovery and other carers who help me remarked about how well she looked. Saturday evening, she completely filled her pad in bed to a point where the bowel movement was on my arms etc soaking the bed linen etc. I did have another carer ready to come in as usual and she was great, we managed to sort lots out. In all my years of caring for my mother ( I am male by the way) I have never seen anything like this.
I did have contact with nhs direct and they were marvellous, the nurse spent time talking to me, even if it was 2am in the morning. We discussed symptoms of dehyrating. I obtained some Dioralyte which I think has helped. I have had a mountain of washing. I do not feel sorry for myself I just want my mother back to normal. With Dementia she is unable to tell me if she is in pain etc. I sympathise with those of you who have had or got this bug, but sparea thought for people like my mother who are unable to express their pain, there is always someone else worse off than ourselves.
I am hoping to get a bit better nights sleep tonight, its Sunday and I have not had much sleep since Thursday when this bug started. Touch wood I have not had it. Would be pleased to read about any other carers in same situation.

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jan50 said on 24 November 2012

Just recovering from this bug.
My god its nasty. Started Tuesday morning.
7am I was fine then by 8.30am I was back in bed.
The sudden onset of very bad diarraeah.
This went on with more than 30 trips to the loo by 6pm then the sickness started - projectile.
Shivers then sweats feeling like passing out,lying in bed with fleece jamas on and quilt over me.
I didn't get up then until the following night around 6.30 for about an hour.
Vomiting for the one night. Diarreah until thursday mid day.
This has just left feeling very tired now with the main problem chronic heartburn from the acid in stomach from not eating for 3 days. So will be trying some of the recommendations on here.
So far stayed off milk.
Mainly eating soup poured over baked potatoe but not eateng the skin. Jelly. Bio Yoghurt. Peppermint tea. Water Water Water.
All the best to anyone suffering.

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Aisyrk said on 23 November 2012

Just recovering from this now; having read the other comments, I suppose I'm 'lucky' in that the V&D only lasted for one day for me.

I was absolutely fine at work the day before, developed a slight stomach ache in the evening, but though no more of it and went to bed. Then, woke up suddenly at ten past 3 with horrendous stomach cramps and the urgent need to vomit. After a while spent writhing on the bathroom floor, I managed to grab a bucket and crawl back to bed.

The next 24 hours were spent drifting in and out of consciousness, with sudden dashes to the loo with diarrhoea. I could barely drink, let alone eat, was feverish, achy and almost hallucinating, writhing about in my bed with cramps and generally feeling like death!

I have to say, NHS Direct were absolutely great when I called them; sensible advice and a friendly voice when I needed it. I feel like I've started to turn the corner with this now, touch wood; I managed to keep a bowl of tomato soup down today! I can wholeheartedly recommend peppermint tea & honey to sip on, too. Just try and drink a bit, even if it's just sips.

Good luck to anyone else with this; no matter how horrendous it feels, it will pass, I promise!

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Juliusv said on 23 November 2012

Just wanted to chip in with my experience. Mainly because its almost 3am and I can't sleep due to this horrendous virus! Like another commenter, did a full day at work on wed, felt lousy going home, then it hit me! Worst I've felt in a long time. Keep retching despite no food in stomach to bring up. Not even going to talk about the other thing!! I glugged lots of cold water at first but it wouldn't stay down. Suggest warming water a bit before drinking. Also have kept warm Orange juice, sipped slowly, down. Worried for my flatmate so trying to keep everything clean. Using no water antibacterial gel before touching things etc. Up to almost 36 hrs now and no end in sight. Feel extremely sorry for myself so sympathies to the rest of you with this hideous illness!

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Ozzy O said on 21 November 2012

This has spread through 3 of our family in the past 2 or 3 days. I started with it on Monday feeling very tired and sporting a severe headache, blurred vision and abdominal cramps. I have now been sick about 14 times (Almost on the hour every hour); each time its 1 or 2 minutes of 5 or 6 violent ejections of manly fluid, the later just pure bile; I became unbearable hot and was sweating profusely . Also had many very watery bowl moments, extremely unpleasant odour. Was very wary of dehydration so started to try and drink water; stayed down for a while only to come back up again. The past few hours I have managed to take on some fluid; its stayed down. I still feel tired and sick and have no energy, bowl moments still very watery. Have had little or nothing to eat for 72 hours; don't feel like I need to. Have took the advise from this site and stayed away from work, the speed it went through our family is scary, would not want this in my place of work; a office apartment with 400+ people it could be horrendous.

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Dizzyblonde2 said on 20 November 2012

I feel for each and every one of you who have posted on here! I started this about 3.30am on Sunday morning. Had felt a little sick before going to bed Saturday night, but thought I was just tired and would be ok in the morning. Woke around 3am feeling really sick after a couple of minutes I thought I should get up cos I really needed the loo! Well that was it, the floodgates opened so to speak! Couple of minutes later I was violently sick into the bath (was all I could do, it's next to the toilet and I couldn't move). Screamed for my husband as I thought I was going to faint, my vision went and I felt so hot. Continued like this till around 10.30 am when I felt 'safe' to leave the bathroom and go back to bed. That's where I've been since and just feel so weak and useless. I've tried to eat and drink, toast and water but I constantly feel sick and the little I have managed to eat and drink has just made me sick again. My husband is a paramedic and is great, and has said to make sure I try to get some fluids inside me, my body will tell me when it's ready to eat again. I only hope that is soon, as I really feel like death warmed up right now! It's a very frightening experience when it's happening at its worse, but my advice is to not call an ambulance. I understand why people do, especially if you're on your own. There is nothing the crew can do for you, and chances are you'll pass it on to them. Hopefully I'll start to feel like a human being again very soon.

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ilovemykittykat said on 19 November 2012

i have just recovered from this. nvr heard of it b4 now. but now i know what i had!!.
my daughter had it three weeks ago, and i got it last week. now the husband has it.
i had a badback for a few days beforehand, and achey limbs, then i woke up one morning last week feeling slightly off. i lay down on the sofa and had a few more hours, i was so weak, i couldn't had no energy to do anything. when i woke up after a few hours, i felt a bit queasy, and then suddenly this wave of nausea hit me, and i had to run upstairs as i knew i was just going to be sick. i was violently sick. it was absolutely awful.
i was so bad, i couldn't keep even a sip of liquid down. i was throwing up bile until the point that my stomach was so empty it felt like it was tying itself in knots.
i tried sipping hot chocolate, tea, and water but i found if i drunk liquids, even just sipping them, then i was throwing up every 15 minutes without fail so i avoided liquids, just to get past the throwing up stage, and i was still sick every 30 minutes - 1 hour. i was wretching so bad, when the diarrhea kicked in and i ended up having an accident. im so glad i was at home.
my sickness lasted for 15 hours. i still felt nausious after this time, but i could by then sip water. i felt a whole heap better 48 hours later. just aches in my tummy muscles from throwing up so much.
I never went to the doctors, i just assumed i had picked up a bug. now i am aware of this norovirus, i will be a lot more careful around those sicky people in winter.
ps. i never took any anti sickness or anti diarrhea meds as i was under the impression that if your body has picked up a virus, then it's its way of flushing that virus out, from both ends. surely taking meds would prevent this happen and slow down recovery??
just my thoughts, i am not a doctor.
i wish anyone who currently has this, or has someone in their family that has it, a speedy recovery. it is the worst i have ever felt in my whole entire life.

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jhs777 said on 19 November 2012

I am just recovering from this. This is the worst I have felt for a very long time. I vomited once last week, but felt drained for two days. On the fifth day into it i suffered from terrible gas and eggy burps. Diarrhea like nothing else came soon and lasted for about 30 hours. A friend told me to eat marshmellows. I did. Wow! They work! The diarrhea stopped and the bloated feeling left and the gas has subsided. Try eating marshmellows to calm you gut.

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khmp71 said on 18 November 2012

I work in childcare and we've had several children off with this recently so knew I was going to get ut, started Friday night 6pm with very sudden nausea and weakness, starte throwing up 9pm, went on all night. Feverish, wea,k, lying on the bathroom floor (husband had to carry me upstairs), in bed all day saturday just sipping water, taking paracetamol and eating grapes. Sunday lunchtime and just managed some toast although still feel very sick and a bit feverish. No diarrhea as yet. Will be staying off work for two days and praying my husband, 6 year old son and 2 year old daughter dont catch it. Whats made it worse is parents who send their children back to daycare too soon! Even a colleague who had it came back after 24 hours! Please do us all a favour and stay away as you are infecting others! 48 hours aftwr symptoms subside is the very minimum!!!

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scared771 said on 16 November 2012

I am a bad ematophobe and am so scared of this bug. Can't help but check up on this site to see its latest victims even when this only serves to worry me more. I really think they need to give everyone a vaccine to protect. In my day there were only tummy bugs going round which meant a couple of episodes of vomiting at worst and maybe a few runs to the toilet but 20 hours of non-stop vomiting! Surely this means this bug has mutated in to something very destructive. Am scared of what the future holds...

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midlandsmike said on 14 November 2012

Sympathies to all. Started with stomach pains that got worse over 2 hours until finally, at 4am, I realised the inevitable. Cue 20 hours of vomiting every 30 minutes (no joking) as well as diarrohoea. I could not stop being sick. However, as it seemed to never end, I read to only drink water in small sips and only 5+ minutes after you've been sick. I tried this and the sickness stopped quickly. Maybe it helped, or maybe the sickness would have stopped anyway.

Now, 3 days later I still feel awful. Eating is a struggle, feel queasy and stomach pains/gut ache. Even spending 5-10 minutes out of bed is exhausting and making me feel a lot worse. Just looking forward to finally getting better and hopefully never experiencing this again - but how many more days? :( Living alone has been hell so far with this.

Has anyone been fine 2 days after it started like the article indicates? Sounds farcical given the comments here... on the 2nd day it was all I could do to find the phone to call work...

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charl_mcc said on 12 November 2012

I had this recently. Went to bed feeling fine and then woke up at 1.30am feeling sick. Was vomiting within 20 minutes, very violently, so hard I peed myself! Vomited every hour (6 times) until the morning. The next day I had a fever of 38.4C which lasted 36 hours; couldn't sleep, watch TV, concentrate. I had crazy vivid dreams during this period. Obviously I couldn't eat, but I found orange squash and pieces of ice very palatable. No diarrhea or stomach cramps though (I wonder whether some people on here are suffering from food poisoning instead of a virus?) Anyway, after another two days of feeling 'drunk', weak and headachey I was back to normal :)

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SLees40 said on 12 November 2012

Could not resist sharing my story. I started off with the fever, aches and pains shortly followed. And within 24 hours the Vomit began followed by the Diarrhoea. The fever intensified, accompanied with aches, pains and stomach cramps. Could not get comfortable because the stomach cramps were constant and relentless. Luckily the D and V only lasted a mere 12 hours or so but for the next 24-36 hours I simply could not move. My body wouldn't function and there was intense pain all over my body! It is now Day 7 and although the main symptoms are gone, I am extremely dizzy, my eye sight is a bit blurred, and after returning to work today have just had to come home as I almost fainted. I just want it out of my system now but reading some stories that it takes over 2 weeks to clear!

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cathwoo45 said on 11 November 2012

Me , my mum and dad have all catched the Noro Virus from me. We have been feeling ill on and off and it wanst very nice having the Noro Virus. It is until today that we have been feeling back to normal. I am still feeling a bit tired and it really takes it out of me. Its the first year that i have catched the Noro Virus. I am slowly getting my appetite back.

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Zombiegrrrl said on 09 November 2012

Dear god! This is worst I've felt ever. I have all the symptoms but I just cannot be sick... I feel it but nothing comes up. The cramps are the worst of it! Ugh!

Good luck!

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Uzume13 said on 09 November 2012

Just heard this is going around my college like wildfire - unfortunately there aren't always opportunities to wash my hands, especially given the extensive building works going on (cuts off access to may areas with loos), so I am hoping my regular use of hand sanitiser will stop me catching it! I had this about 7 years ago and it was hellish!

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noodleunit said on 06 November 2012

My 7 year old daughter had this at the weekend and is almost better bar a little bit of sneezing. It was like a scene from the exorcist for the first few hours.

I started with it today, and am feeling almost entirely hollowed out. The constant diahorrea is easing a little but the aches and shivers a ow horrendous. Glad I managed to avoid actually vomiting though. That would have ended me.

Anyway, just want to point out that the advice about ice lollies is spot on. I couldn't even handle a mouthful of water and was horrendously thirsty. A fruit pastille lolly every couple of hours has been a god send, so thanks to whoever posted that.

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karen1977 said on 04 November 2012

I woke up at 5am Saturday morning with a wave of stomach cramps which was followed by diaroeah and violent vomiting. I returned to my bed and managed to doze off but woke to my partner being sick too! We have three children including a baby and have had to send them to grandparents to prevent them from picking up the bug. Both me and my partner were only sick the once but it was the aches and pains in our bodies that was worse! It was just like having flu! We both had exactly the same symptoms and couldn't physically get out of bed for a day. It seemed to be short lived though as we both feel much better today just tired and no energy.
My little boy was admitted to hospital on the tuesday a few days prior to this and I stayed overnight with him. My partner was there all day too and we wonder if we picked up the bug from there as it was very strange that we had the virus at the same time!

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JenShadow said on 29 October 2012

The norovirus started on Friday with feeling bloated & tender, then I suddenly felt dizzy and this 'wave' come over me... yup, nausea. I then had very violent vomiting for 2 days and horrendous diahrroea for most of that time. I think I got 4 hours sleep in about 48 hours, you can't think, can't rest, can't watch tv - it dominates your body, with really bad chills and sweats. Worst few days of my life.
I had the same virus 2 years ago - but I wasn't on immune suppressant drugs then, and this time it was much much worse. I must take 10+ medications a day and I couldn't keep them down. If this is you, please bear this in mind! In the end, I screamed for help, & NHS direct and the on call GP were superb.
Don't be frightened to shout for help, especially if you live alone.... good recommendations for recovery: tinned pears are great for rehydration, probiotic yoghurts also replace some of the damage. It is scary, you do think you're going to die and you think it'll never end, but it does... if this is you too, hang on in there.

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Death valley said on 11 October 2012

OK...well it's morning after the nightmare night of vomiting, then once my body had realised it had run out of that decided to use all my reserves of bile...painful, awful, deathly shivery sweats, uncomprehensible to those watching my writhing body on the bathroom floor...not my nicest or indeed my proudest memory......managed to get some sleep and woke up feeling like it was a bad nightmare only to be reminded with a nauseous feeling followed by an uncontrollable sprint to stick my head down the u bend again...

I have washed everything, just worried about my elderly dad Who is 81.
Am now a zomboid....incapable of moving...The smell of food is like kryptonite as is daytime tv ( so no change there then!) Can't drink water so am now feeling like a prune.

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AdrianDerby said on 29 September 2012

I caught this virus at the beginning on the week, woke up projectile vomiting at 3.30am and didn't stop for 2 days, then the diarrhoea started as the vomiting stopped. 72 hrs of sleepless nights sweating, aching, pain like nothing I've ever had before. It's now Saturday, 5 days later I'm not in as much pain, I'm sleeping 5 hours a night but the diarrhoea is still there, water simply goes through me and I'm back on the toilet for 20 mins. I've forced Anti-diarrhoea tablets down me and Diralyte Natural, the most disgusting liquid I've ever tasted, but with all fluids coming out, i thought it's best to try and put some of my body salts and minerals back into my body. I still haven't eaten for 5 days, but I'm hoping the worst is over.

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User712024 said on 15 September 2012

On day 4 of what assume is Norovirus. Onset was rapid, within 2 hours of going to bed, awful abdominal pain, projectile vomiting and explosive water diarrhoea.

I am on immunosurpressant therapy for systemic Lupus and Hughes Sydrome, and take a myriad of drugs to control this.

I cannot remember ever feeling as ill as this, yes the vomiting has subsided, diarrhoea not so, and I have been passing blood, some frank, some which looks older.

Am exhausted, no appetite, but I am keeping myself hydrated with Dioralyte rehydration sachets. Stomach is bloated, uncomfortable, and have had some serious dizzy spels.

I will be phoning my GP on Monday for advice, I have not left the house, as I know this spreads like wildfire.

Have read other comments here, and this seems like a very agressive strain.

L

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South_Coast said on 03 September 2012

Those who have mentioned still feeling dizzy/spaced out over 2 weeks later, how long did it take for your symptoms to subside and did you take any medication? I had vomiting and diarrhoea 15 days ago and am still not feeling right. I am a breastfeeding mother and hence there is not much medication i can take. I was wondering if my body if finding it harder to fight off because i am breastfeeding. The vomiting and diarrhoea was the worst i have ever experienced, accompanied with sweats and chills and stomach cramps and bloating. I also had migraines in the week after which i've never had before. Now my tummy still isn't right but my main concern is this dizzy feeling. Fortunately my baby has not caught it but i am stuck inside and trying to care for my baby with this ongoing dizziness.

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charlieyankie said on 26 August 2012

Great information. The best way of protecting yourself from norovirus is to wash your hands. Any surface can harbour the viral particles meaning it can be transferred onto your hands and then into your mouth without even coming into contact wwith the infected person.

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sas238 said on 01 August 2012

Second time this year! Wife and kids had this at the weekend, thought I'd got away with it, started tuesday afternoon, bloated feeling, rapidly followed by dizziness, watering mouth and excruciating stomach cramps, the sickness and diareha came together, 5 or 6 hours of feeling l like death, chills and aches all night, settled down, then started all again, morning after don't feel too bad, just wiped out and dizzy. Wife had same symptoms but alot more spread out, obviously I'm just being a wimpy bloke as usual! Is it possible to get the same thing with such vastly different degrees of symtoms?

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Eastie said on 26 July 2012

Found Davebluez' comment very amusing!

I'm here because I have gastroenteritis - It started off on Saturday the 14th July and, although I have stopped vomiting now, I can't eat anything more than cream crackers or dry cereal without having terrible runs for several hours. Also I have painful cramps in my intestine area and for the half the day I have heartburn and acid reflux.

I just wondered if this was a particularly bad strain of Norovirus - as I expected to be better now. In fact, I had to go to the Doctor on Friday last week as I was worried it was something else. But he confirmed it was gastroenteritis.

Has anyone else been ill for this long with it? It's been 12 days now for me.. Cheers (sorry for the moan...)

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davebluez said on 01 July 2012

Hey folks, just wanted to reassure anyone who is searching this site for info because they think they are dying (as I did) that this awful virus will pass, and, for most, sooner than you can imagine, considering just how terribly ill this makes you feel.

This virus totally removed me from the land of the living for around 36 hours. I couldn't eat (didn't want to) couldn't keep the slightest sip of water down, and my battered body felt like my parachute had failed to open. And my testicles..., for the men out there, it felt like a giant had booted them up inside me (you know that feeling!) and that awful nauseating testicle pain stayed that way for 36 hours, along with the fever - massive burning sweaty highs to instant shivering lows - the constant joint aching, dizziness, totally spun out, vomiting, the runs.

One of the frustrating things for me (other than that fun stuff above) was that at no point during the 36 hours (all awake, by the way) could I focus on watching or reading anything by way of distraction, it just made me feel more ill, it's like this egotistical virus wants you to think only of it and nothing else.

Anyway, my point in writing this is to let you you know that it's now around 60 hours after I felt the full force of Evil Dr. Noro and I'm feeling so much better. Still a little light-headed, and maybe just a little punch-drunk, but nothing negative, no feeling ill, no nausea, all the bad stuff has just disappeared as if it was all a nasty dream. To the point where I almost feel a bit fraudulent claiming how terribly ill I was feeling - it's almost like it didn't happen!

So, there you go. Take heart you poor sufferers! It's absolutely God-awful to experience, but it will be over for most of you before you know it.

Hey, and your skin will feel better after all that sweating, plus you'll have dropped a few pounds. Can't be all that bad, really, right?

Right! :)

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shezzy123 said on 27 June 2012

I woke up friday with a doggy tummy and thought no more about it then friday nite the diarreah started and the odd vomiting and the awful pains in my stomach and back its now wedensday and im still the same ive not ate since friday morning and what fluids am having are running straight through me :'( worse ive felt in all my life hardly slept a wink to just hope it hurrys up and goes as my 4 yr old daughter is bored of staying in :'( xxx

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chelseababe352 said on 24 June 2012

I was hit by what sounds like this 15 days ago, i was fine then it hit me never felt so ill before, but 15 days later it still isn't totally gone, my tummy still don't feel right, im not eating normal and I'm always so tired , this is nasty my daughter has it too not good

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Lorikeet said on 07 June 2012

I'm now into my sixth day of suffering from what the doctor diagnosed as Norovirus when I struggled to the emergency clinic a couple of days ago. Tried eating some plain food yesterday and all was well for a short while, then I spent the next hour writhing in agony on the bathroom floor, before emptying my stomach and enduring a nasty bout of diarrhoea.
I had Norovirus in 2008 and it only lasted a couple of days. So either the diagnosis is wrong or this latest strain of the germ is far more virulent. It would have been great if the symptoms lasted 24 to 48 hours, but as things are I can't imagine ever feeling well again. Hang in there fellow sufferers - I will if you will.

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kay90 said on 05 June 2012

After reading all the comments on here I thought I'd share my story and also ask for any advice. I am currently going through this awful virus. Started on thursday i felt very hot then cold, same on friday. On the saturday I had diarrhoea, had to get medical help as nearly fainted, after 2 paracetamol and a drink of water felt ok.. until that night, i felt very cold and couldn't stop shaking, i then went to the toilet and was violently sick, this lasted for 24 hours, once the bile was up i took pepto-bismal which cured the sickness.. then the diarrhoea started again. its now Tuesday and i have had diarrhoea 19 times everyday, no food is staying in and i have lost 8 pounds :( Went to the hospital and was told i was in need of sachet's that help hydrate and have pills for the pain these work however still having the chronic stomach cramps and diarrhoea. Going on holiday on saturday and would really like to be free from this nightmare. can anyone please help ? also any tips on what food can help, tried the bread, brown rice and bananas?

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MyCod74 said on 30 May 2012

Omg. I'm 6 day's in with this nasty little number....got it from my sister. Started feeling dizzy after dinner on Thursday, went and lay down and about 15 minutes later started to vomit and that continued until Saturday when the diarrhoea kicked in. Its now Wednesday and the vomiting and diarrhoea have eased but still get the headaches and feel quite weak with no motivation or energy. Been drinking plenty Dyoralite that i got from my GP and that helped a great deal with the dehydration. Still feel terrible in the mornings when i wake up,

Never been sooo ill in my life!...never again.

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Sreeni_V said on 25 May 2012

I suddenly felt dizziness and after 15 minutes again and strated vomiting non -stop and almost faited. has to rush to A&E , where they said it is stomach bug. my dizziness hasnt gone , but it reduced a lot. for the first week, my wife had to help me to walk.
after that I met out of hours GP and she said dizziness is due to inner ear inflammation due to virus and she gave stemitil tablets.
after a week I met my usual GP and he said it is BPPV . I dont know whom to beleive and he hasnt referred me to ENT specalist. any advise pleaes.

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ssumner125 said on 15 May 2012

Could someone please advise me if you can have all the other symptoms of Norovirus but not the vomiting.
Thanks

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Mosey1 said on 03 May 2012

I started vomiting on Saturday night and five days on I am still struggeling to hold down water. On Monday the diarrhoea came as a nice surprise, however, thankfully it is now starting to improve. I've no longer got the terrible stomach cramps but I feel so weak and thirsty and all my muscles ache.

I don't think I've ever felt so ill in my whole 30 years! Can't wait until this passes!

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NANNYOFTHREE said on 29 April 2012

This is a very nasty virus,it started on thursday night, all night i was up and down to the bathroom, being sick and having diarrhoea at the same time is very upsetting for anyone, the sharp pains in my stomach were very bad,friday i was in bed all day could not face food,saturday managed to keep a banana down, taken paracetamol for the aches and pains which have helped a little. been indoors since thursday,now its sunday and feeling a lot better,now feeling guilty because i have passed it on to my family,but what is really upsetting me is not being able to see my grandchildren.
Can anyone advise me when it will be safe for my grandchildren to come and visit? Thank you.

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cavillas said on 14 April 2012

Just a word of caution, if you are in kidney failure and you get norovirus then report it at once to your renal clinic, stop taking enapril. Norovirus can have a devestating effect and lead to further degredation of the kidneys in such patients.

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eroomja1 said on 27 March 2012

This advice is not good! - If your symptoms persist do not visit your GP - you will pass it on to everyone you might come into contact with there! - telephone your GP and get advice and if they need to see you they will arrange for you to come in when the surgery is quiet and use a room away from other patients.

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kelliedee said on 22 March 2012

This has been quite possibly the worst i have felt in years! Started with a temperature and fever, vomiting throughout monday night unable to sleep tossing and turning in pain. Slept through tuesday with trips to the loo inbetween sips of water. Have had no appetite and no desire to eat a thing. Wednesday and thursday have been filled with the most terrible, severe stomach cramps i have ever known! They feel like shooting, stabbing pains that go all around my front and back, coming and going every fifteen minutes to half an hour. Still coping with diarreoha and cramps after three days solid! Just wishing these pains would go away soon!! what an awful bug this is! Xx

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Peony111 said on 12 March 2012

The runny stuff seems to have gone but now I feel as if I am drunk. I was taken ill on Thursday. I have had the electrolyte drinks and I am now eating but I just feel so awful when I stand up. Anyone else get this?

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michelle0199 said on 09 March 2012

My mum was taken into hospital with pain in her back. They do not know what it is yet. Since she has been in she has got worse. She has been vomiting constantly and has got diareah. She has had this for 2 days and it seems to be getting worse. They haven,t told her what it is. So I,ve just looked on the internet now and it says think twice before you visit because notovirus is circulating in the hospital. I am hoping it is this. I think they should have told her because she is worrying herself sick not knowing what it is. She just thinks she,s getting worse and worse.

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creepy13 said on 08 March 2012

A huge thank you to everyone who shared their personal norovirus horror stories. My elderly mother & I are both down with it as are half our family. I came across this site by chance & am so glad i did. Lots of helpful advice & I am feeling less isolated (being shut indoors with a "NOROVIRUS" warning on the frontdoor is pretty depressing)
Get Well wishes to all fellow suffers

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Mad MC said on 03 March 2012

My 4yr old son came back from reception with a newsletter saying Norovirus was going around the school,
The very next day I recieved a phone call to collect him he had been sick, and has'nt stopped he can't even keep water down he's gone from grey/pale looking sucken eyes to very bright red high tempreture, he's life less and won't touch food it's been 48hrs the diarrera as stopped but the sickness continues this is awful to see,
in between taking care I am constantley cleaning and bleaching hope the rest of the family don't catch this,

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samy123 said on 28 February 2012

my son is 9 years old he got a virus from a girl he sits next to in class and when he got a home on friday he started having a temparture, vomiting, tummy ache with alot op pain and diareyah, after 3 days i took him to the GP and that asked have you ate something thats making your stomach hurt, dring plenty of water, eat alot of soups and stews and he gave him a prescription of paracetamal but after another 3 days he started getting dizzey a sour-throat and a head ache so then i took him to Newham Hospital and thanks to them they told me its a virus and and they said if it is still there for 10 days maximum then they have to go back to his GP and then my 2 other children got it and they started with coughing so i guess now we now how it works since they have expirienced it.

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samy123 said on 28 February 2012

Im realy upset with this sickness because my son has it, he got it from a girl in his class. After he came back from school on friday, the next day he had the sickness, it is very apauling he started having a tempreture, vomiting, headache, sore-throat, tummy ache, then all the diareya came 5 days later and it started getting worst and then tummy ache a head ache and cough and he still has it and is affecting my to other children, my daughter and my other son.

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snoozy68 said on 28 February 2012

This virus just sneaks up on you! I was half-way through giving a piano lesson on Thursday evening when I suddenly started to feel sick. I almost had to literally push the child out of the door at 7pm before rushing to the toilet to be sick. 24 hours of hell then started. I've learnt some clever tricks for dealing with sickness and diarrhoea when they come at the same time! Not pleasant. Anyway reading some of these posts, I think I got away quite lightly. Felt much better by Saturday lunch-time and able to face food again. Family have fortunately managed to avoid catching it too.

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lou girl 98 said on 27 February 2012

Everyone in my house has this awful virus at the moment, my 3 year old came down with this Saturday he was fine in himself then all of a sudden sickness and diareah, his sickness has gone but still has an upset tummy. My little girl same thing started yesterday, she just wants to stay in bed. They don't want to eat but are drinking plenty. Me and my partner on the other hand seem to be really suffering, early hours this morning my partner started to be sick followed by diareah every half and hour is was coming from one end or the other, he feels like he can't even get out of bed and feels really light headed. I then woke up his morning felt fine then watery mouth and sudden dash to the toilet being sick, I feel so weak and can't keep the smallest of water down! Did speak to doc but like they say u just need to ride it out, I haven't felt this ill in a long time and feel sorry for every1thas has had it or gets it.

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Karnelle said on 24 February 2012

My mother had to go to bed early on Sunday night with an uncomfortable tummy and it was making strange noises. However Monday and Tuesday we went to work as normal thinking little of the tummy pain. On arriving home on the Tuesday my mother was in agony with her stomach (sharp pain) since then she has vomited but that lasted one night. she also has severe diarrhea and has to go (35-40 in 2 and a half days - which is no mean feat as our bathroom is downstairs). she struggles to regulate her temperature and has a headache. (the diarrhea came on first)
I began to feel the symptoms at the same time as my mother and I am sure i have this infection but my symptoms are different to that of my mothers. I have the sharp stomach pain, my stomach also makes very odd gurgling noises, I cannot regulate my temperature very well, I have a headache, my arms and legs ache, my eyes burn and i often rush to the toilet. However I have no sickness or diarrhea, when i go to the toilet nothing happens.
We have both had this infection for 4 days now and it is still here. We are drinking plenty of water and only eating soup and a boiled egg on toast so far.
I feel for anyone who has the Norovirus as we have both (like many others) have not felt so drained and ill for a long time - years even. Get well soon to everyone who has this illness!!

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amytinkerbell said on 22 February 2012

i have been having diarrhoea for the last 2-3days and now on wednesday i am feeling very sick but i dont know when i will be sick. i am eating fine but i suggest to stay away from dairy foods like milk. yogurt is fine.
i have been to the toillet today but hant had a poo which i think is improving my chance of getting better soon i have an headache so i suggest to only take par _s e t a m o l since the doctor can do nothin about it.
i found out if you take a nice hot bath with no bubbles if you have sensitive skin like me. with some music that you like preferably soothing music. relaxes you.
making you feel better. after that watch a flm with some water or a nice hot drink or some water if having a hot drink try and use only a small ammount of milk. i slept well for the first time in a couple of days without having to rush down to the toillet evry 10 minutes. just try it because now i am going to do this everynight until i get better mabe not so much the hot drink bit though. also do alot of exersise this helps alot i was on the kinect with my family doin kinect adventures and kinect sports. which involves jumping moving around alot this is streching you mucels so your feeling okay and so you ca sleep later on because yoiu will probably be tierd after all that stretching :)
i hope everyone gets better and me ofcourse
regards for reading.

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Silvertabbi said on 14 February 2012

Thank you to all the other people who posted comments at least I know what hit me on Sunday, diarohhea and vomiting every 15-20 minutes for 12 hours, I've never felt so ill and now it's Tuesday - must have slept most of Monday between taking sips of water. I managed to crawl downstairs a couple of times yesterday to feed the cat and so far this morning managed to drink a mug of lemon tea, but can't face food. Does anyone know how long it lasts?I feel very weak and need to sit down every few minutes.

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roo7 said on 07 February 2012

i had been to visit an ill friend on sat afternoon and felt fine until monday at 2.30 am when i woke with my stomach grumbling and soon had to make a quick dash to the loo where i was violently sick. i was up and down until 1.30pm that afternoon with sickness and diarrhoea every half an hour,it was awful. i felt hot and dizzy and my legs ached so much i couldnt sleep. i sipped water between dashes to keep hydrated and by 1.30pm the sickness has stoped so took paracetamol for my head and legs so i could sleep but woke up during the night very sweatyToday i feel really weak even trying to climb the stairs was such an effort,but ive had toast and a yogurt so im hopefully on the mend. i have never felt so ill in years.

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sas238 said on 06 February 2012

Our two year old started with this on thursday night after being sick in bed, no loose stools until sunday, she has no appetite and only wants to drink, my wife started on friday night with an upset stomach which progressed to sickness within 2 hours, she is 7 months pregnant and has been advised to take rehydration powders, I started with a watery mouth on sunday evening after dinner, within an hour I had it coming out of both ends and ended up passed out on the bathroom floor, spent all monday in bed so far with a gurgling stomach and very loose bowel, I've resorted to my hangover cure of cold fizzy coke, this is making me feel loads better.
I suppose the jist of this is 3 people in the same house, same symptoms but varied intensities of each symptom, I feel for anyone whos had this as this is the worst I've felt through illness in years.

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bookgeek83 said on 26 January 2012

I caught this from a friend. The incubation period was about 24 hours. My first symptom was bloatedness and stomach ache just before bed. Went to sleep, but woke an hour later feeling hot and sweaty and immediately started with diarrhoea, which was fairly violent and came every half hour for around 10 hours. During that time I was also sick once, but nothing too horrendous. Once the diarrhoea had subsided a little, I had a headache and body aches and pains. I really wanted to sleep but couldn't get comfortable. After 24 more hours of this (with occasional diarrhoea) symptoms pretty much subsided. SInce then I've had no appetite and am really struggling to eat. I'd recommend drinking fizzy drinks or ice water slowly whilst ill, then VERY SLOWLY re-introducing bland food such as dry toast, potato and chips into your diet until you're completely recovered. I'm obsessively washing my hands and cleaning everything in sight and so far my partner hasn't succumbed. If you get this, keep yourself hydrated and sleep as much as possible. In my case it wasn't too traumatic.

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bookgeek83 said on 26 January 2012

I caught this from a friend a few days ago. Incubation period was about 24 hours. I started with diarrhoea around midnight on Sunday, which lasted for 12 hours. The diarrhoea was my worst symptom - I only vomited once, and once I had emptied my stomach I felt quite a lot better. I took a day off work, then went back the following day but couldn't eat. My stomach was making some very interesting noises in meetings, but there was no more diarrhoea so it was bearable. I still don't really have an appetite though. I'd recommend slowly drinking fizzy drinks (lemon and lime or coke worked for me), ice-cold water, and VERY SLOWLY introducing foods like dry toast, chips and potato back into your diet until you've fully recovered. I also slept for 12 hours last night and feel almost back to normal now, except for the lack of appetite. I can eat, I just have to force myself to do it. Make sure you wash your hands a lot if you get this - I've been obsessively cleaning everything I touch and my partner has gone through a bottle of hand sanitizer already!

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girlie88 said on 25 January 2012

Day 3 and still in pain! woke up Monday with bad tummy cramps and that was it vomiting everywhere, then within a couple of hours I couldn’t control both ends! I have stopped being sick but still upset stomach! my body aches all over and my diaphragm area is in agony. I have lost all appetite and am even struggling to drink water, I tried an omelette last night but that unfortunately hasn’t stayed in. I am hoping this feeling will go away soon as I am in sooo much pain :(

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MattyB123 said on 05 January 2012

In addition to everything else...the force of the vomiting has also caused me to tear the muscles controlling my diaphragm. This leads to even more pain in the chest than there is in my abdomen. I've had this dire virus for 5 days now. Keep up the fluids and don't stray too far from the bathroom! Get well soon.

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lynndel1 said on 03 January 2012

I started vomiting on boxing day then water diaherra ,pains like flu headache temp,now day 8 still dont feel good constant burping bowel no longer like water but still yellow !! My husband caught it 2 days later and he is still feeling rubbish ,we have been eating but the constant indegestion pain and burping is driving us mad ,kept away from my grandchildren for a week as my grandson has type 1 diabetes and is 12 and he would end up in hospital ,how long does this go on for ??? never had anything as bad as this .Wishing you all well x

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xtwinklex said on 03 January 2012

My partner and I both contracted this virus and began to display symptoms yesterday. His was mainly projectile vomiting but I had a few bouts of vomiting coupled with uncontrollable diarrhoea. We are both sweating and aching this morning and I have a nasty headache, probably due to dehydration. I had this virus two years ago and was constantly ill for 9 days, in which time I lost over a stone in weight! I phoned the doctor on day 7 and she suggested drinking pro-biotic yoghurt in order to put some good bacteria back into my system to help fight the infection. Within 48 hrs of trying it I began to feel better, and so this time we are both sticking to yoghurt and water and hopefully will start to feel better much sooner this time! If you can get it to go through without being sick then I definitely recommend it! Get well soon everyone!

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suzsi said on 02 January 2012

My son came home from work with this virus and I quickly picked it up within 24 hours. Starting with stomach pains and then vomiting and followed within a few hours with sever diarrhoea (like water). The vomiting then stopped but diarrhoea continued for 3 days, I took rehydration drinks but couldn't eat anything at all.After 3 days I was so weak I could hardly walk and became worried. I contacted my anti-coagulant nurse as I am on Warfarin and I had to get someone to take me for a blood test which showed my blood was dangerously thin with a 9.6 INR reading! This was by now xmas eve so I was allowed to go home without and have complete rest, take no warfarin and try and eat until after xmas. They would normally have administered Vitamin K to reverse the thin blood and hospitalise, I had a lucky escape and appear to have come through without any internal bleeding. This has been a warning to me, I assumed by being sick and having an upset stomach my medication effect would be lost but it actually did the reverse the Warfarin was absorbed into my blood stream as there was no food to counter balance it and therefore bacem dangerous. Please bear this in mind if you are on other medication.

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Juliet Shakespeare said on 28 December 2011

Just now I had to go home shortly before a nightshift in hospital due to symptoms. I find this video helpful and therapeutic.

Yes. It just happens mine was 30 minutes before work. I am now taking some OTC over the counter antisickness meds which I initially took with small water and piece of dry craker,

Wish I bought an antispamodic as well for the cramps though... thanks to the kind lady by the pharmacy til for the tablets/suggestions.

I wish myself and All of You with same symptoms a speedy recovery and this video will help a lot of people. Cheers

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howsaboutit said on 26 December 2011

I started to feel nauseous late on christmas eve, went to visit a family member and suddenly vomitted at their house. I needed a carrier bag to get home in the car as it was that bad. It was projectile and I cant believe the amount of fluid I brought up, It seemed to come from nowhere. This went on throughout the night. I also had a fever felt hot and cold and very restless. Attempted to take paracetamol with sips of water but brought everything back. Christmas day morning I started with water like stools, Which just sounded like i was passing urine. This went on for the majority of the day, I remained in bed for the whole day between vomitting feeling very weak, sweating perfusely aching from head to toe. I have not had any further episodes of watery stools or vomitting since christmas day night but I still feel nauseous and had an upset stomach and not really wanting to eat anything and my body still aches. I have also lost my voice but not sure if this is due to all the wreching and vomitting or Iv now got laryngitis?
Anyway I wouldnt wish this on anyone its been a lonely isolated christmas for me with lost of pain and distress.

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Chris9183 said on 23 December 2011

A very irresponsible woman came to work and worked her full shift, every single day while she was sick with this norovirus, throwing up and all. Needless to say I got it quickly from this stupid, careless woman and the worst of it went away after 3 days, however I'm on day 6 now and still have a bit of nausea and stomach acid up in my throat.

I was lucky and didn't vomit, however my stomach pains were so terrible that I tried to make myself vomit multiple times hoping it would make the pain subside, but it only made things worse and all I did was dry heave and scratch my throat all up. This is definitely a nasty bug. Despite not vomiting, I was bedridden for 2 days straight with severe stomach pains and nausea.

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kitty_77 said on 22 December 2011

Saturday 17th Dec, I started to get stomach pains that grew in intensity until I was sick, I spent the next two days vomiting with chills and fevers and the persistant stomach cramps. I couldn't even keep water down and realised I had wee'd for a all that time? No appetite, but no diarrohea (thank god) After 4 days I managed to see my GP, who prescribed Lanzaprozole (Gastro resisitant tabs for ulcers) and Prochlorperazine 5mg (anti vomit tabs) which has calmed the symptoms down. It's day 6. I still have a burning sensation in my throat and stomach (probably from all the vomiting) but the chills and sickness has gone. Can't get out of bed for long as so weak and tired. I havn't managed to eat food since saturday without triggering the sickness, so introduce the food slowly. I have got Dioralyte (black currant) and dextrose tabets for hydration and energy which I recommend to soothe and fruit ice lollies.
This is a nasty virus and so take good care of yourself xxxx

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edwithmj said on 22 December 2011

Got a nasty headache on Monday, took some painkillers but it came back on Tuesday really badly. Came back again on Wednesday and felt really bloated and sick. Vomited from midnight till 10am. Constantly woken up with it and felt dehydrated but kept vomiting the water up again. Finally got into bed at 10:30 and woke up a little better with just a bit of mild diarrhoea. I have a fever now and achy joints but vomiting has stopped. Haven't eaten much though but drunk plenty of water. Horrible disease.

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Katpin said on 22 December 2011

I started off with a headache when I woke up, took paras and was fine. Early afternoon I felt like I was coming now with a cold- by 4.30pm I had excruciating stomach pain and felt like I was going to be sick, from this point on had constant diarrhoea and vomiting for 7 hours. Felt so weak I couldn't move off the bathroom floor, fluctuated between fever and chills. Haven't been able to eat much since, still have diarrhoea but no vomiting and still quite weak after 41 hours

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DeeDub1978 said on 21 December 2011

I started feeling a little peculiar after a night out with work (Christmas festivities) however when waking up on Sunday morning it felt a little different to the usual Christmas hangover. I had lot of acid reflux and dull stomach cramps but fortunately I did managed to avoid vomiting. I didn't feel hungry so kept drinking water all day and managed to eat a Sunday roast in the evening although didn't feel like a lot (definitely not me as I'm the sort of person who will finish everyone else's plate!). On Monday the dullness in my stomach started to increase and later that evening the diarrhoea started. It's now Wednesday afternoon and I'm lay in bed with the en-suite bathroom door at the ready. I'm going to drink fluids and when I feel hungry I'll try some soup but I have to admit it's very uncomfortable. I'd love to chat but I'm afraid I have to go...

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Aimee1992 said on 21 December 2011

I woke up yesterday morning around 6.00am with the worst stomach pains ever, I knew i was going to be heading to the toilet soon enough and I was right! From 6.10am till 8pm last night I was been sick every hour sometimes even every half hour, I'm 19 and I only weigh 6stone 9lbs which made me feel even worse as I felt so weak and helpless, I don't know how my body coped with all the sickness as just been sick was making me ache even more! I woke up this morning feel a bit better I haven't been sick anymore , I just ache and feel very weak! Right on top of Christmas to what a lovely time to catch such an awful illness! I think this illness should be advertised more especially in winter as it really is a horrid thing to have!

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rymbald said on 21 December 2011

To be honest Im not at all surprised this nasty virus spreads so easily, just observe the number of people who use public toilets and dont wash their hands after, and this is more so amongst the upper age bands. This article is very good and the video very informative, but more publicity is needed in relation to this virus, maybe a public health campaign?

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ebuk said on 20 December 2011

I can't remember ever feeling so ill. On Sunday I woke up with terrible stomach pains. I vomited on and off all day. In the evening tI rang my doctors' on call service to ask there was anything else I could do as I had taken gaviscon in the morning then moved on to Lanzaprozole in the afternoon to try to get rid of the acid reflux. They told me to go to A and E in case it was my heard. Having read other peoples comments I now realise this is part of the virus and fell awful that I might have passed this on to anyone waiting in A and E. By Monday the vomiting had stopped but I then had diarrhoea all day. The aching and temperature made me realise that this was more than the effect of eating something that hadn't agreed with me. When my sister suggested Norovirus it was so helpful to see the details on this site and make sense of what was happening to me. I am now on day 3 and feeling incredibly week and wobbly but the excruciating stomach pains are much improved and I have managed to keep in some mint tea and lucozade this morning. The thought of shopping for Christmas food is still beyond me!!
I think there should be more publicity about this illness in surgeries, chemists etc. not only to help people to know what is happening to them but also to make them more careful about taking precautions to prevent them passing it on to others.

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ill guy said on 18 December 2011

Well i got the symptoms all in one so to speak . I was OK yesterday ( Saturday) . It was in the middle of the night my symptoms came on. Woke up with acid reflux then suddenly realized i felt sick and my stomach was churning . so i made a dash for the bathroom and made it .After i made it to the bathroom all hell broke loose from both ends . Very tricky to do at the same time as i have learnt . Its Sunday night now and iv still got aches and pains in my limbs , i feel sick when i get out of bed but don't actually be sick . iv been drinking plenty of fluids and taken some medicine called Imodium to stop diarrhoea . iv taken two tablets and its kept the diarrhoea at bay for now . I just hope none of my family catch it . Hopefully i feel a little better tomorrow . Remember to wash your hands everyone . Good look .

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HJB1972 said on 18 December 2011

I had been out for tea and thought I had eaten too much. All night my stomach didn't feel right. I had lots of stomach cramps. I took Gaviscon tablets which helped a bit. In the morning I woke up and began being sick (which I rarely do) and had diarrhoea. I then had to go back to bed as I felt so ill, having to get up to be sick and go to the toilet. I also had terrible aches and pains all over and felt very cold then felt hot with a severe headache This really is a nasty bug. Both my parents got it the next day. I now have a very bad cold. I am drinking lots of water and had some rehydration sachets. I do not wish this illness on anyone. I have not felt so ill in my life!!!! I am also 5 months pregnant so was very worried!

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bmth13 said on 09 December 2011

Ah ok, I think I have this :( I had a takeaway Tuesday night and started feeling sick about 20 minutes later. I thought I had eaten too much but within the hour I was vomiting and had diarrhoea. I thought as it was just 'a dodgy curry' it would ease within 24 hours, and the vomiting etc did, but it's now Friday afternoon and I still feel very bloated, with occasional stomach cramps, nausea, lack of appetite and I'm feeling very weak still. I don't feel too bad if I'm lying down but as soon as I move I feel sick again. I wish I'd seen this page earlier as I am now worried I might have infected others.

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tess256 said on 18 November 2011

I had this virus very bad. I started vomiting on a Monday afternoon this lasted off and on for about 6 hours. I didnt have much diarrhoea luckily. I thought this would be the worst of it but I was very wrong! I had agonizing stomach cramps, constant nausea 24/7, Fever, Swollen stomach, Aches and pains. I drank water only for the first 24hrs. On Wednesday I rang the Doctor who said it it was probably Gastroenteritis and that I should start to feel better soon. By Thursday i was still no better and had not been out of bed since Monday, Everytime i moved i wanted to throw up, I had constant acid indigestion that no amount of gaviscon would touch. I couldnt even walk in a straight line. By this point i was so fed up i got an emergency app with a doctor, I burst into tears when i saw him which is not me at all. He tested my urine which was fine, no dehydration, he prescribed me some anti sickness pills called 'Omeprazole', they didnt work straight away but by Friday i was able to get out of bed and felt like a new person. No one could of prepared me for the amount of acid indigestion i had during this time it lasted 24/7 .

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paul nb said on 07 November 2011

I developed norovirus like symptoms on a thursday lunchtime but only vomited once once (I lost my lunch by teatime!). But the diarrhoea was very frequent in the 1st 36 hours and I still have bouts of it 5 days later. I'm really looking forward to having normal bodily functions!!!

Is 5 days unusual as the website says 2 days is more normal?

A really uncomfortable illness to have.

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carrie47 said on 20 October 2011

Symptoms started on Sunday at around 4 am. Vomited every hour or so until evening. Read somewhere that honey sometimes helps so tried Manuka honey (only type I had in the cupboard) and joy of joys stopped vomiting. Very thirsty and drank loads. Grandchildren hardly suffered at all with this, just some of the adults. Now feeling washed out. This is my 4th day of the illness but think I might be alright tomorrow.

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anne53 said on 07 August 2011

Just recovering from a bout of Norovirus. Had been to Paris for a long weekend last week with 3 others. First victim felt ill on the plane home and vomited all the way back in the car. I started the day after with the projectile vomitting and diarrhoea.Also had muscle pain, headache and extreme fatigue (slept all the way to Holland on the ferry). Forced myself to eat crackers and gradually the diarrhoea has gone. My cousin (victim 3), started with diarrhoea on friday. She took Gaviscon tablets to stop nausea. They seemed to help. Her husband, who wasn't on the trip, got it too but she had to call the doctor for him this morning. He was given an injection for the nausea because he uses an immunosuppressant for lung fibrosis. Worst week ever!!

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jspring said on 26 February 2011

I've had this hideous bug for over 2 days now and still feel weak as a kitten. It's comforting to read all the other comments - at least it makes one feel less alone. The worst of the diarrhoea seems to be subsiding gradually but still feel sick as a parrot, achy and completely feeble. As an NHS employee I won't be in work on Monday as I dread giving this to anyone else. Right now sleep seems to be the most comfortable option, if you can find it.

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toxshock74 said on 22 December 2010

My partner started vomiting on Saturday 18th Dec and myself and our 15th month old started on the Tuesday. Strangely all of us started in the small hours. The vomiting stopped within half a day, but it was accompanied by flu like symptoms which were very painful. Unable to eat and drinking just water and squash was difficult. It's now Wednesday evening, the pain has stopped now also, just feeling washed out. The symptoms in our daughter were very mild, she was only sick once and kept her energy, thankfully.

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LottieP1980 said on 20 December 2010

I have this at the moment and this website is very useful so that I don't go to the doctors. I awoke very early on Friday morning and was soon sick and had diarrhoea. I was sick around 8 times along with diarrhoea for around 9 hours. I ached all over and now on Monday I still feel icky, not eating much at all and feeling weak. I am also now feeling very bloated and uncomfortable - which I was worried about until I saw this web page and realised it is just one of the symptoms. I hope I don't pass it onto my 15 month!

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Tallstoo said on 10 December 2010

This video and page of info was really helpful. Thank you.
My mum-in-law returned from hospital with Norovirus (late diagnosis after leaving) on Tuesday, by Wednesday night I had caught it. Felt a litle rough going to bed, woke in middle of the night, up 3 times to go to loo, couldn't sleep, stomach gurgling, nausea, bloated belly. By morning I was dizzy, sick and ached all over, found it difficult to walk, thumping headache, could not face any food.
Drank only very hot water (boiled) for a full 30 hours + paracetamol x 2 every 4 hours.
That helped a lot.
Now on day 2-3 feel sick, tried a little food but can't stomach much. Stools almost normal.
I would have gone back to work too early and infected others if I hadn't read this.
Greatly reassured by this website info.

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curleytop said on 08 May 2010

I had severe vomiting, spent the rest of the day in bed, went back to work the next day feeling weak but OK and the following morning had diarrhoea so stayed off work. Felt better but not 100% but went back to work the last 2 days. Today I have quite bad stomach pains which I am hoping will go away as the day goes on. I'm not feeling sick and am eating a little, but am slightly concerned that it's going on for too long. It's the weekend so no doctors handy. I'll keep my fingers crossed it gets better. Is there anything I can get from the chemist in the meantime?

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ColemanP said on 02 April 2010

I have just had what I think was norovirus, vomitting, bloated stomach, loss of appetite. This is the second time I have had it in 6 weeks and I have been hospitalised on both occasions. I also have diabetes and think that makes me more susceptible. The 1st time at the hospital I was just told it was a 24hr bug. The 2nd time they just said gastric problems.. The NHS video was very informative, it's just a pity I wasn't told more about what it actually was and how to attempt to prevent it recurring.

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benn121 said on 30 March 2010

This page was really useful for me, I had the virus last week (8 days ago) and I returned back to work feeling better. However I am still feeling nausea and a slight headache. Is the virus still in my system? I don’t have any other symptoms at all

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xoshellyox said on 21 March 2010

my antie had Norovirus for a couple of days then she died would this of coursed her to die? as my 2 year old has got it.

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Bubblegumgirlxx said on 20 February 2010

If anyone could help me on this, it would be great. I was round my aunts house today and she has got the norovirus and so has my cousin. I didnt touch them and didnt go in their toilet and i washed my hands as soon as i left. I have a major phobia of vomiting and was just wondering if anyone knew whether i will be likely to catch the virus or not??

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redkite said on 28 December 2009

The video was first class. I have a chronic lung condition and I'm always concerned about any illness. It was heartening to know that my approach to dealing with the illness was exactly right. As it was Christmas night - it was not a good time to call a doctor which my husband wanted to do! I am recovering well and building back up slowly. So well done NHS! Thank you!

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Mike Stanley said on 21 July 2009

The video explaining the symptoms and solutions for the Norovirus is excellent. The original diagnosis, hence a name was however given us by a public health official over the phone which then led me to look, via Google, at this NHS choices web page. The problem is of course getting the name in the first place in order to get a clearer idea of what might be the cause of our illness.

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