Surviving the Stomach Flu post Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Yes, I am here to whine a bit.

Despite the fact that no one else in my family has gotten sick, I strongly suspect that I am recovering from norovirus.  I had severe vomiting, dizziness, nausea, stomach cramps, and body aches.  Oh, the body aches.  Let me tell you!  The pain in my legs was indescribable.  It felt like my bones were breaking from the inside.  All I could do was lay in bed and moan.  It was horrible.

I got sick this past Saturday, and now, on Friday, a week later, I am finally able to get back to work.  Saturday was the worst day with intense nausea, dizziness, vomiting, body aches, and fever.  Sunday, I felt better, but by the night I was sick again.  Monday, I wanted very badly to feel better, but… no luck.  Tuesday, I thought I was on the mend, but that night I woke up with intense dizziness, nausea, chills, and shakes.  Wednesday, we went to the doctors where they tested me for everything from pregnancy to appendicitis.  Thursday, I felt weak and tired, but started taking probiotics and had a dramatic improvement.  I was finally able to eat food!  Friday, I was able to go back to work.

Aside from the illness itself, one of the hardest parts about this illness were the memories it brought up.  This was the same season I started getting sick when I was pregnant with Cricket, and remembering the hyperemesis was painful and frightening.  I smelled the same smells and felt the same feelings.

I was afraid to eat and drink, and even the taste of the Zofran triggered panic and fear.

It was so awful that I even sent my husband to the pharmacy to pick up a pregnancy test.  I spent a day convinced that this was actually HG and that I would never feel well again.

At any rate, I eventually recovered.  I credit the probiotics I started yesterday morning for a large part of my recovery.

There isn’t really a moral to this story except that hyperemesis gravidarum never leaves you.  Even when the illness goes away, the fear stays.

Hyperemesis sucks.

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5 thoughts on “Surviving the Stomach Flu post Hyperemesis Gravidarum

  1. Yes I agree, HG never actually leaves you. Ever since I suffered HG now if I cry or cough I start to dry reach. It’s as if it triggers an automatic reaction and my body wants to vomit. It’s quite embarrassing as a simple cough suddenly makes my body react so violently and if in public i try to hide what is happening. I was never like this before suffering HG so I can only guess that it’s almost like a muscle memory type thing? As for crying I suffer the same reaction the when you start to get that ball in your throat I also start to dry reach. Just another memory or not having control of your own body 😦 … It’s just not fair!

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  2. I completely agree. I have had two nasty stomach bugs since HG, and they were SO much worse, because of the fear. Any hint of nausea just sends me through the roof with fear. Ugh. I’m glad you’re feeling better!

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  3. Omg! I agree100%. I had the norovirus back in August, right after my sons 1st birthday. I was panicked ! I instantly became depressed, fearing I would be sick for months even though I knew it was just the flu and not pregnancy. Ugh! So many flashbacks and a vivid reminder that I could NEVER survive another HG pregnancy as much as I’d love another child. HG Sucks!

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  4. Oh Molly, I am so sad to hear this 😦 post traumatic stress disorder can catch us in the strangest places – although obviously this one isn’t so strange. Love to you, and I’m happy you’re feeling better

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  5. Thank you for this post. I followed you while hg pregnant in 2011and am dreading if my bug is a 24h deal or a week deal. This will be the second time I’ve had nausea/vomiting since the birth of my daughter a year and a few months ago. Each time, I think I’m having panic attacks while sick that “this is never going to end”, “I can never be pregnant again.” Or, irrational fear that “what if it is because I’m pregnant already”. How do you cope?

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