Posted 2/16/2023 5:35 PM (GMT -8)
"No I have not (eaten any leftovers). I’m a teacher and sooo much is going around school right now between the flu & norovirus. 😭 I just feel like my anxiety is making it worse by worrying every little feeling is something bad going to happen."
Do you think you have the stomach flu or a stomach bug?
It is probably norovirus, a common virus that is not related to the flu. Norovirus is the most common cause of vomiting and diarrhea, and foodborne illness. Most common symptoms:
• diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain
• and fever, headache, body aches
Norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines. This is called acute gastroenteritis.
If you have norovirus illness, you can feel extremely ill, and vomit or have diarrhea many times a day. This can lead to dehydration.
Norovirus infection can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea that start suddenly. Noroviruses are highly contagious. They commonly spread through food or water that is contaminated during preparation or through contaminated surfaces.
Noroviruses can also spread through close contact with a person who has norovirus infection.
Diarrhea, stomach pain and vomiting typically begin 12 to 48 hours after exposure. Norovirus infection symptoms usually last 1 to 3 days. Most people recover completely without treatment. However, for some people — especially young children, older adults and people with other medical conditions — vomiting and diarrhea can be severely dehydrating and require medical attention.
Norovirus infection occurs most frequently in closed and crowded environments. Examples include hospitals, nursing homes, child care centers, schools and cruise ships.
There's no specific treatment for norovirus infection. Recovery generally depends on the health of your immune system. In most people, the illness usually resolves within a few days.
It's important to replace lost fluids. Oral rehydration solutions may be used. If you're not able to drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration, you might need to receive fluids through a vein (intravenous).
Your health care provider might recommend over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication and medication to reduce nausea.
Adults can drink sports drinks, broths or oral rehydration solutions. Drinking liquids that contain a lot of sugar, such as soft drinks and some fruit juices, can worsen diarrhea. Avoid beverages with caffeine and alcohol.
Ease back into eating. Try to eat small amounts of food frequently if you experience nausea. Otherwise, gradually begin to eat bland, easy-to-digest foods, such as soda crackers, toast, gelatin, bananas, applesauce, rice and chicken. Stop eating if your nausea returns. Avoid milk and dairy products, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and fatty or highly seasoned foods for a few days.
Remember that norovirus infection is highly contagious. Avoid contact with others as much as possible during illness and for several days after recovery. Wash your hands and disinfect surfaces and objects. Do not prepare food for others until your symptoms are gone.
You also say, "I just feel like my anxiety is making it worse by worrying every little feeling is something bad going to happen."
Do you have a psychiatrist? Are you getting any long-term anxiety tablets?
I use a heating pad at times on my chest. I put a small kitchen type towel between my chest and the heating pad to keep it from getting too warm. I think the heat expands the blood vessels and makes the heart work less hard. I have it on low but can move it up if I want.
As a bipolar, I have anxiety also. l take Lithium stabilizer and Mirtazapine anti-depressant for that.