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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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I think I have the stomach flu. Sunday I was vomiting all day was also dizzy and unsteady walking. I feel much better today, but still a little shaky.

I think I have the stomach flu. Sunday I was vomiting all day was also dizzy and unsteady walking. I feel much better today, but still a little shaky.

You May be Right!: "I may be crazy...HEY! But it just may be a lunatic you're looking for..." If you had predominantly GI issues but if that's all improved, I would be willing to accept gastric virus as a probable cause. Drink TONS of fluid. Remember the rule....drink (in ounces) half the number of your weight (in pounds) on a daily basis. If sick...add 20% to that baseline. ...Read more

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I've been having dizziness from dehydration & stomach flu, doctor gave me 1000ml of fluids & I've been drinking water how long till dizines goes away?

I've been having dizziness from dehydration & stomach flu, doctor gave me 1000ml of fluids & I've been drinking water how long till dizines goes away?

Another day, maybe: Usually young people such as yourself bounce back quite quickly from viral gastroenteritis. I presume you had IV fluids if you measured it in 1000 ml/1 liter. And you've been drinking water. Keep it up, take it easy until you feel better/less dizzy. Should not be more than 48 hours more. See doc again if longer. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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I have a headache, stomach ache, dizziness, and my vision is blurry; is this stomach flu?

I have a headache, stomach ache, dizziness, and my vision is blurry; is this stomach flu?

Could be: If the symptoms last a few days and get better on their own it could be a viral syndrome. If symptoms persist, or you are unable to keep enough down, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Val just had a baby 6 months ago and has had the stomach flu for 3 weeks. When she eats, she vomits along with other spontaneous vomiting. She is always exhausted and dizzy.?

Val just had a baby 6 months ago and has had the stomach flu for 3 weeks. When she eats, she vomits along with other spontaneous vomiting. She is always exhausted and dizzy.?

Not due to pregnancy: It is unlikely that this is the stomach flu if it has lasted for 3 weeks and also unlikely to a pregnancy with delivery 6 months ago. She needs to be seen by her PCP or an urgent caste clinic to diagnose her and treat her appropriately. Hope she feels better fast. ...Read more

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I've been on methadone 20mg/daily. I'm now taking mucinex (guaifenesin) for sinuses and now I'm nauseous and dizzy. Is it the mucinex (guaifenesin) or do I have a stomach flu??

I've been on methadone 20mg/daily. I'm now taking mucinex (guaifenesin) for sinuses and now I'm nauseous and dizzy. Is it the mucinex (guaifenesin) or do I have a stomach flu??

Talk to your doctor: There is no interaction between methadone and mucinex (guaifenesin). You may want to stop the mucinex (guaifenesin) and see if your symptoms improve. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Chills, vomiting, just had a fever of 101.5, fatigue, dizziness when walking around-do I have the stomach flu or a migraine?

Chills, vomiting, just had a fever of 101.5, fatigue, dizziness when walking around-do I have the stomach flu or a migraine?

Viral?: The probability favors a viral gastroenteritis Migraine is not associated with a fever. However if problem persists for more than 3 days or worsens, be sure to see a doctor. Be sure to get well hydrated with electrolytes. ...Read more

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Had stomach flu or food poisoning last tues but felt fine during the wkend. This morning nasea, cold sweat and now bouts of vertigo! What's going on?

Had stomach flu or food poisoning last tues but felt fine during the wkend. This morning nasea, cold sweat and now bouts of vertigo! What's going on?

Monday illnesses?: It sounds like your symptoms need medical evaluation. They may or may not be related to each other, but your next step would be seeing your doctor. Be well. ...Read more

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Dizziness/weakness, vomiting, diarrhea. Started this evening. Stomach flu?

Dizziness/weakness, vomiting, diarrhea. Started this evening. Stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis: It may not be the "flu" per se, but it sounds like you have a GI bug. Usually this is from a virus. For most people, the biggest risk is dehydration. Drink an electrolyte solution or make one yourself. Google "oral rehydration solution recipe". Otc meds like loperamide, used according to label instructions might be helpful. ...Read more

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I've the flu & am quite dizzy & nauseous. It seems worse after a cough. Does the act of coughing bother the stomach somehow?

I've the flu & am quite dizzy & nauseous. It seems worse after a cough. Does the act of coughing bother the stomach somehow?

It does in you: One of the hallmarks of viral infections, as opposed to bacterial infections, is they frequently hit multiple organ systems at once. Not just your head but also your throat and your bowels and your arms and legs, etc. The good thing is that they are self-limited, lasting just a week or two. We suggest symptomatic relief-Tylenol, Motrin, fluids, bed rest and you'll get better soon. ...Read more

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Why are my monthly periods way worse @ times. There are times when I get my (mouthly)& my stomach hurts and I feel dizzy and gross, I feel flu like?

Why are my monthly periods way worse @ times. There are times when I get my (mouthly)& my stomach hurts and I feel dizzy and gross, I feel flu like?

Menstral cycle: It is not uncommon to have heavier periods on occasion. There is some variability with the depth of sloughing of the lining of the uterus. It depends on the hormonal levels and variability. Some cycles the whole uterine lining will slough and this accounts for the heavier periods. The levels of hormones and substances released from the cells will cause the cramping to be variable as well. ...Read more

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For a week I've been having flu symptoms but today I started feeling better but a hour ago I got really dizzy& bad stomach ache& vomiting, what wrong?

For a week I've been having flu symptoms but today I started feeling better but a hour ago I got really dizzy& bad stomach ache& vomiting, what wrong?

Viral infection: Many cold viruses also cause stomach and intestinal infection. That can cause abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. This condition is usually self limiting and resolves within 48-72 hours. ...Read more

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Constant nausea, abdominal pain (upper and lower), loose stools, fatigue, hot flashes and dizziness, emotional, flu-like symptoms and tender breasts!?

Constant nausea, abdominal pain (upper and lower), loose stools, fatigue, hot flashes and dizziness, emotional, flu-like symptoms and tender breasts!?

Carcinoid Tumors: Carcinoid tumors that can be found in small intestine or in the chest, could cause similar symptoms. Sometimes they may cause hypotension too that cause "dizziness". See an endocrinologist for a complete history ; physical exam as well as hormonal work up. "endometriosis"; "irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)"; "psychsomatic disorders" ; "panic attacks" need to be ruled out also. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm feeling cold, dizzy/weak, I have a bad headache in the back of my eye, slight stomach ache and tired. Could it be a cold or the flu?

What to do if I'm feeling cold, dizzy/weak, I have a bad headache in the back of my eye, slight stomach ache and tired. Could it be a cold or the flu?

Flu: Seasonal flu is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP for evaluation and treatment.
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Will stomach flu go by itself?

Will stomach flu go by itself?

Usually yes: According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). The average is 1 to 3 days. ...Read more

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Is there a stomach flu going around?

Is there a stomach flu going around?

Possibly: Depends on where you live? As we are at the start of the school year gastroenteritis cases definitely start to increase. ...Read more

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Help for stomach flu?

Help for stomach flu?

Rest: Most viruses causing GI problems last inly a few days, drinking lots of fluids and rest are best. ...Read more

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How to cure stomach flu?

How to cure stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: It tends to run it's course. Be gentle with your GI tract. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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How does stomach flu start?

How does stomach flu start?

GI upset: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. ...Read more

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What to do with stomach flu?

What to do with stomach flu?

Prevent dehydration: Lots of fluids, esp fluids with salts to prevent dehydration - either oral or IV if needed.
Symptomatic management. ...Read more

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What treats the stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis.: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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What to do about stomach flu?

What to do about stomach flu?

GI Flu: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy ; high fat foods. Rest. If you are having frequent, chronic symptoms - it may not be due to viral infections. If this is the case, med eval would be prudent. ...Read more

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What to do for a stomach flu?

Stay hydrated.: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more


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