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How do you know if you have food poisoning? How long do the symptoms last?

I ate a chef salad from a Texaco yesterday and today I have terrible stomach pains, headache and other symptoms that I will not mention. There are times that I feel fine and then the sharp pains come back. Who knows if it was the salad or something else.

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That doesn't sound like food poisoning that I've ever had, but it's hard to rule it out as well.

Food poisoning symptoms are:
throwing up (a lot)
having diarrhea
nausea
a stomach ache
weakness or fatigue
a fever
muscle aches
and chills.

Maybe you only have a slight case of it, or it could just be a bug. It usually lasts a day to a day and a half.
Good luck!
~Ninja Jackie-san

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Symptoms of food poisoning depend on the type of contaminant and the amount eaten. The symptoms can develop rapidly, within 30 minutes, or slowly, worsening over days to weeks. Most of the common contaminants cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. Usually food poisoning is not serious, and the illness runs its course in 24–48 hours. and here is a link "http://www.emedicinehealth.com/food_pois…";

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The pain will be so bad you'll know

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I had those pains too. I had to go to the hospital once for 5 hours then two weeks later it was still hurting i had to go to a farther hospital for 5 days. They still don't know what i have but they are figuring i am lactose intolorant. My suggestion is seeing you docter

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It could be food poisoning as you have many of the classic symptoms. Depending on the severity, you could be feeling lousy for several days but the symptoms should lessen over time. Take it easy and drink plenty of fluids. If you don't improve or feel worse, call your doctor. I hope you feel better!

Possible symptoms include:

Abdominal cramps

Diarrhea (may be bloody)

Fever and chills

Headache

Nausea and vomiting

Weakness (may be serious and lead to respiratory arrest, as in the case of botulism)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002618/

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The sharp pains are related to your Intestinal Tract spasming. Drink a lot of water/Gatorade, eat soups. As long as your not having constant abdominal pain your fine. Sweating should happen (or be worse) when the stomach upset-id-ness causes you to go to the B-room; it's good to sweat though.

Here's a site w/charts on the various types of causes broken down into food groups. http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/consumers/problems-with-food/food-poisoning/

Feel better. P.S.- Pepto Bismol will cause black stool if u take it for a day or 2 ;)

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