Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps

126 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 18 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Experiencing loose motion and vomiting. Am I having food poisoning?

Answered by
Dr. Michelle Gibson James

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2001

Answered : 15471 Questions

Posted on Mon, 4 Feb 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: Hi doctor,

I woke up early morning 3 am today and vomited, whatever I had eaten in yesterday's dinner just came out. I have been experiencing lose motions since. I could not have proper food during the day. I'm burpingall the time and my stomach is making strange sounds. It sounds similar to water flowing inside my body. I guess its food poisoning since I wasn't comfortable with yesterday's dinner.

Please advice

Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 38 minutes later
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

It sounds as though you have gastroenteritis which can have viral or bacterial origin. It can be related to food contaminated by an infected person or food that was otherwise unhealthy (related to preparation or the cooking process).

In most cases the illness is limited to a few days. In gastroenteritis the lining of the stomach and intestine is unable to absorb food or drink in large quantities.
During this time it would be best to use small amount of liquid at a time (preferrably oral rehydration fluids to replace the electrolytes that you are losing), when you use this small amount (about 1 oz or less) then wait at least 5 minutes and take another small amount. If you vomit using the 1 oz then reduce it further.

At this time fluid management is more important the using solid food, if you use solid food you may find that you may have the urge to vomit or have a diarrhoeal stool.
For today it would be best to concentrate on the fluids and introduce dry foods in small quantities tomorrow.
You can also try using yogurts with probiotics because these would assist in the repair of the stomach and intestinal lining.
If you do not like yogurt then you can purchase probiotics from your local pharmacy.

Hope this helps. Feel free to ask any additional questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,   ,  
Medical Topics

Recent questions on Abdominal pain

doctor1 MD

I just finished eating and my stomach started cramping real bad.I had a little gas, and a loose bowel movement, and then It was like acid or bile coming out. I have been having pain in my right side under my ribs and in my right back. Very painful. I am 61 years old , weight is 188,Height is 5ft.6in. I do have irritable bowel but it hasn't been bothering me a lot lately.

doctor1 MD

sir, the son of my friend was feeling backpain,and knee joint pain and also abdominal pain for last six after making usg the local doctor could not find his left kidney,he was moved to a hospital. there . after scanning the doctor says that his left kidney has dried and non functioning.but no report yet to the patient feeling pain as earlier with fever.the doctor suspect there may be a stone in dried kidney and it is to be examined. please advise me what to do now because my friend is very much worried thinking the future of his son

doctor1 MD

My daughter is a crohn's sufferer, diagnosed 12 months ago. She is on immunosuppressants and suffers repeat bladder infections. The crohn's itself is under control (we think) but today she is in pain again with an urgent need to pass water and there has been blood in her urine which has been absent with previous infections. She has mentioned her illness to doctors when getting treatment for "water infections" and they have been fairly dismissive of a link to crohns. The problem is we do not know what to expect if a flare-up occurs. Could this latest symptom (blood in her urine) be a symptom of flare-up or should we stop being concerned and assume it is another water/bladder infection? I would like her to go to A&E and get it checked but don't want to touble doctors unnecessarily.

doctor1 MD

I have had 3 c sections and since my last one 2 years ago I have had general discomfort in my lower mostly left abdomen. Lately I have had frequent urgent uncomfortable urination, with negative urine culture. Had renal ultrasound today that looked fairly normal I think. Wonder about scar tissue? Also I have ulcerative colitis but haven't had a serious flair in about 2 years.

doctor1 MD

My husband got very nauseated and extremely sweaty while urinating. He also got shaky. This happened once before about 5 years ago. What could cause this?

doctor1 MD

I'm having slight bleeding when I urinate and also light vaginal bleeding . I am also having slight abdominal pain . I had cervical cancer and had to have a complete hysterectomy 36 years ago in which they removed my uterus, 1 ovary and cervix. ....

doctor1 MD

Hi doctor so my partner and i had a baby 8 and a half months ago we were using condoms as protection. I have underacfive thyroid . We decided last month or so to leave contraception and have our second child. My periods past two months have been...