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Severe dehydration due to food poisoning - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I may have food poisoning but I'm not sure, here are my symptoms.
Diarrhea â?? loose watery stool
Loss of bowel control during the night â?? wake up having had a small bowel movement during the night
Stool is very dark
I had a fever that was noticeable twice â?? took Tylenol flu multiple times throughout the day/night (about every 4-6 hours) Itâ??s gone down.
Yesterday I experienced vertigo when standing up for a few minutes. I collapsed on the floor at one point after losing my balance. Another instance is Friday night I went to the bathroom and on my walk back to my room I couldnâ??t really see well so I ran into somebody.
My urine is pretty consistently dark, which I think is a sign of dehydration (so is the dizziness)
Iâ??ve had a headache every once in a while.
I feel better when lying down.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr. XXX
Doctor :   let me read the query
Doctor :   Give me a minute
User :   Hi, sorry i copy pasted that from a word document it got a little jumbled.
Doctor :   I shall ask you question if it confuses
Doctor :   XXX, you are suffering from severe dehydration because of loss of fluids and electrolytes
Doctor :   What is your age, and how many times did you visit toilet since your problem?
User :   I'm 18 and I've probably gone to the bathroom, i would say maybe 4 or 5 times a day but i didn't keep track
User :   this started on friday, i threw up on friday
Doctor :   Do you feel thirst?
Doctor :   Are you drinking enough water / fluids?
Doctor :   Non caffeinated drinks I mean
User :   Not really, I'm drinking water pretty regularly. I've only drank water and I do have a loss of appetite
User :   I'm more forcing myself to drink, so i don't feel very thirsty
Doctor :   XXX, I suggest you to see an Urgent clinic as you may need intravenous fluids with glucose
Doctor :   Do not delay, though it is not emergnecy
Doctor :   It warrants a fluid replacement for you
Doctor :   through IV line
Doctor :   You have to ask your parents / guardian to help you
Doctor :   If you get the treatment at right time now, you will get better within a day or two
User :   What if I'm at college across the country from family, can I still go with a friend on my own?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   You can go with your friend
User :   How long of a hospital stay would you estimate this will be
Doctor :   Please do not delay
Doctor :   It will be a day or two
Doctor :   at the hospital
Doctor :   I hope you recover in two days
Doctor :   But you feel fatigue and tired and weak
User :   Yes, i suppose I feel slightly light headed even when sitting
User :   Well, thank you for your help. I'll get a ride to a local hospital today then.
Doctor :   Perfect and Hope you recover soon
Doctor :   and get back to your daily activities
Doctor :   Try to eat hot, drink many fluids
User :   So do I, I have finals starting tomorrow : (
Doctor :   Lime juice
User :   Lime Juice? Ok
Doctor :   Warm water with pinch of salt and Tsp of sugar
Doctor :   once every 4 hours
User :   Any other recommendations, I've about 2 minutes left : )
User :   You've been very helpful though, I appreciate it
Doctor :   I think fluid replacement
Doctor :   is the best thing
Doctor :   Bland diet
Doctor :   Lot of mashed vegetables
Doctor :   soups are good once you come back from hospital
User :   Ok, I'll keep that in mind
Doctor :   Good
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form
User :   Thanks
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