FOOD POISONING? WORRIED!! :( NURSES LOOK

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Shia
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   Posted 12/18/2008 1:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay so I ate a chicken Alfredo around 6.45-7
The chicken was not throughly cooked I put it in my mouth and it felt weird I took it out and it wasn't cooked... I dont remember if i swolled one or not. And it if I did it was not bigger than this [ ]
I ate everything else besides the chicken and I am worried that I have food poisoning it's 12.30 at night now... It's been almost 6 hours... I feel fine so far and have eaten a bit after too... I also had a little alcohol with the food I head it helps to prevent anything.
Should I worry? Am I fine? I'm so scared... My phobia is throwing up and hospitals and stuff... Lately I've gone through so hard time... My grandma fell down today and broke her leg so another 911 call within a week, she is fine now she's at home. I dont want to be bitter but I have beeeeeen sooooo stressed lately and this is my week off from school and everything and now I have to take care of her. Of course I will, im not complaining I'm just looking it in a way of just my luck :( I was born to suffer... I hate this anxietyyy i hate it...
Please any nurses please please let me know if I'm ok?!

Shia
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   Posted 12/18/2008 1:35 AM (GMT -7)   
the size of it was probably and inch
around [--------------------------] this much of a piece IF i swallowed one

Tirzah
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   Posted 12/18/2008 1:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Shia,
I think you will be fine.

Here's what the National Institute for Health says:
The symptoms from the most common types of food poisoning generally start within 2 to 6 hours of eating the food responsible.

Take a deep breath. Make yourself some decaf tea & try to relax a little.

-frances

Shia
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   Posted 12/18/2008 1:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks frances...
But it said 12-72 hours shows symptoms of infection..?
2-6 hours sounds better though

Tirzah
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   Posted 12/18/2008 2:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Shia,
I still think it's very unlikely. Perhaps a nurse can answer your question more specifically.

My family has been in the restaurant business for several decades, so my knowledge comes from that. It is best to cook the meat completely, but exposure to uncooked meat does not automatically cause food poisoning. Even people who eat the same meat will not all get sick.

The best thing you can do for now is to take care of yourself. Having a healthy body is the very best way you can prevent and/or fight food poisoning. Drink plenty of water or decaf tea. Get a good night's rest. Relax. Keep telling yourself that you are strong & healthy & will not get sick.

I really don't think you will get sick. Just in case, one trick I learned is that if you take three slow, deep breaths in a row you can keep from throwing up. It really does work and it's very relaxing to practice even when your stomach feels normal. I will be praying for you tonight that you will be able to rest & know that everything will be okay.

blessings,
frances

Mazfire
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   Posted 12/18/2008 2:27 AM (GMT -7)   

I really doubt you will get food poisoning, symptoms would have started by now. Try not to over think it.

take care, Maz XX


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Shia
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   Posted 12/18/2008 2:30 AM (GMT -7)   
THank you guys soo much, if there are other ppl please do let me know!! i neeeed to know

Nanners
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   Posted 12/18/2008 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Shia you need to take a breath. I think if it was food poisoning you would have already been feeling sick. I think you are just going to end up making yourself sick, if you continue with this train of thought. Just take a deep breath and let it go.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


percycat
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   Posted 12/18/2008 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Shia,

I can identify with your health anxiety about the food poisoning and other things too. When you get frightened of being sick or developing a medical condition, try asking yourself how likely it really is that the thing you fear would happen to YOU. The web has some good information about illnesses and symptoms, but what I found helpful was to get reinforcement about why I COULD NOT have the thing I feared. All my web searches ever did was give me more symptoms to be vigilant about. When I finally realized that the best help was asking my doctor why my symptoms WEREN'T consistent with the illness, I got much better at beating away the health anxiety.

So try to think about the last time you heard of someone locally having the problem you worry about. When you realize that you don't hear about it that much, let that help you accept that it doesn't happen that much either. And then try to let probability work on your side, against your anxiety.

By the way, my one bout of food poisoning showed up within 6-8 hours, and a nephew had the same exact experience with the same food.

percycat

stkitt
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   Posted 12/18/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

I do believe you will be OK and medical professionals that are members of the site are not allowed to give out professional adivice, thus no nurses have given you their profesional opinion.

You are ok today so I believe you will be fine. Knervous went through a bout of this recently and I see he has posted to you.  He would be a good resource for you re this problem.

Happy Holidays

Kitt

 


 

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Shia
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   Posted 12/18/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all your respones... I did not sleep at all I was so worried. My grandma broke her leg and nobody in our family wants to take care of her so I have to 100% take care of her. I'm 5.1 weigh 110 pounds and I have to carry around a heavy person from place to place... I don't mind doing some of the work since I live here. But my family doesn't care to help at allll and it is my vacation and I should relax after stressing sooo much lately :( Im in tears...
I want to start my medication but I'm so scared of starting them like everyone else I fear medications. I don't know what to do, I'm scared of taking them and I just want to take it and feel better just kinda get numb. Last night I drank alcohol and I haven't drank for years :( I mean I drank it to kill the bacteria if i got salmonella. Please tell me the anti depressant wont kill me, make me sick, make me panic, change me, make me more depressed, make me out of my mind so I think of hurting myself or other people. I just want to know I wont do those things!! It won't make me crazy in my head. I am so scared and I just want to start my anxiety has been okay recently but is def elevating. Since last week I called 911 for my neighbor and yesterday for my grandma and now I have all the responsibilities...
I feel like someone reallllyy hates me and wants the worst for me. I am extremely sad right now.
:( Advice?

Tirzah
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   Posted 12/18/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Shia,
Everybody here loves & cares about you. You will be okay.

I do get how you can be afraid of medication. I am completely terrified of anesthesia.

I know it is horrifying to think of taking your medicine. Perhaps you could start off with a very small dose (I don't know what you have been prescribed -- maybe it's already a small dose) just to get used to the idea. The meds aren't going to do anything horrible to you. You don't drink & you're not on any other meds, so that will help protect you from added depression/anxiety. You have a proper diagnosis, so you don't have to worry about them making you panic. You don't have a history of wanting to harm yourself or others, and that's not going to change from anti-depressants.

You won't get any benefits or any side effects until you've had them for some time. Maybe you could make a pact to try them for 2-3 weeks and then talk to your doctor about your fears. That time will be safe no matter what anyways.

I want to encourage you that Seratonin Syndrome, the cause of all the serious side effects, is extremely, extremely rare (don't go google it. ask your doctor). I actually got it b/c I was misdiagnosed with depression when I actually had a hormone imbalance (the fact that my "monthly friend" was visiting me 25 days of the month really should have been a clue, but no one caught it). Seratonin Syndrome is so rare that my psychiatrist, who is the head of a major psychiatric hospital, had *never* seen it in his 25 years of practice. My neurologist, who is from the Mayo Clinic, and has practiced almost 20 years had only seen it a few times over the course of his career. Once I was diagnosed, I stopped the meds immediately & all the side effects were completely gone within a couple days.

My point is 1) almost no one gets the problems on the black box label and 2) even if you do get them, they can be resolved by stopping the medication. Give the medication a try! You will feel better. :)

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   Posted 12/18/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Shia :)

Looks like you have a lot of wonderful people on here that care about you and are full of great advice. I take care of my grandmother also and when she gets hurt or sick, I get so anxious with worry. I actually have tended to worry and over nurture people through my life that has needed it. The reason I'm telling you this is that I hope you can learn to separate the different things that are bothering you, so you know what is causing you to feel anxious feelings :) They are a normal part of life, it's just us super sensitive types that it affects the most.

Well, I can't elaborate on what everyone else has advised, so I hope you are feeling better and and grandmother too :)

Take care!
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
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Nanners
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   Posted 12/18/2008 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Take your medication. You aren't going to know if it will work, if you don't try it. Like Frances_2008 said if you get any kind of side effect you can just stop the med. But you will not start to improve at all if you don't at least try the med. Why let the anxiety/panic control your life, why not try TODAY to say enough is enough and take your medication. I wish you good luck!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


Mazfire
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   Posted 12/19/2008 2:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Nanners said...
Take your medication. You aren't going to know if it will work, if you don't try it. Like Frances_2008 said if you get any kind of side effect you can just stop the med. But you will not start to improve at all if you don't at least try the med. Why let the anxiety/panic control your life, why not try TODAY to say enough is enough and take your medication. I wish you good luck!

I ditto that. you cant live fully with "what ifs" hanging over your head.
Maz XX
            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
 
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOD, Chronic E.N.T infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD, Sinusitis, IBS,  Allergies, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic.
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debaser
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   Posted 12/19/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I sympathize with you on all counts.

For one, it took me WEEKS to start a medication that has a very tiny side-effect profile! I went to college and majored in political science which required a lot of statistics. So I'd look at the clinical data on the drug and KNOW in my practical mind that nothing was going to happen, but I couldn't get it through the thick skull of my anxiety mind. Basically there are three ways you can approach it. You can do like I did and wait around forever. You can not take it at all (and that's not really an option, I don't think). Or you can just suck it up and start them. Now I've been where you are and know how hard it is so I'm not going to tell you to rush right to the bottle and pop the pills. I will, however, say that I wish I had done just that. That was three weeks of my life that I kinda wish I had back!

Secondly, I understand your fear of food poisoning, too. In line with what another poster said, I'll mention a few things for you to think about:

1. There are lots of food poisoning cases reported every year. That's true. But every one of us eats several times a day, so when you think about it the odds of any given person acquiring food poisoning is statistically EXTREMELY remote. From CDC: "about one out of every 1,000 people get food poisoning from Salmonella. Of these, two-thirds are under age 20, with the majority under age nine. Most cases occur in the warm months between July and October."

2. You could eat raw chicken but for it to make you sick it would have to be infected with something. It is not likely that yours was infected with salmonella or anything else. Even if it was, there's a very good chance your body would fight it off. Especially no more than you ate.

3. If you did get food poisoning, it actually may not be as bad as you think. Most people hear food poisoning and think of throwing up for hours on end. That happens, but very often it's a few hours of diarrhea and that's it. While that may not be a very fun few hours, I've sure experienced worse things in my life and I'm sure you have, too.

In short, we can always trust statistics to put things in perspective. The odds of you getting legitimately ill from a single bite of undercooked chicken are very, very low. And the odds of you getting a really nasty case are even lower.

Lucky me, I've had food poisoning three times in my life. Once it was sort of bad, but really what made it so bad was where I was at the time and what I was doing. The other two weren't all that bad.

I think the media really hypes the whole food poisoning thing up. I mean it's good in a way...restaurants and stuff are more likely to handle food better when there's scrutiny. But for anxiety sufferers it's, well, not so good.

I'm sure you're going to be fine. Take care.
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stkitt
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   Posted 12/19/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   

debaser,

It is always good to see you.  Good Advice and I have never had food poisoning in all my many, long, hard years.

smhair

Kitt


 

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