Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) in Hattiesburg, MS

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Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is an issue that occurs most frequently in young children, but it can develop at any stage of life. This malady involves repeated vomiting, or cycles of vomiting, with the possibility of periods between these "cycles" wherein you are completely symptom-free. While in the midst of a vomiting episode, you could experience extreme vomiting that could recur as few as six and as many as 20 times before ceasing. Cyclic vomiting syndrome in Hattiesburg, MS may impact as much as 2 percent of school-aged children and can be difficult to diagnose due to the correlation of vomiting to countless other GI disorders. The syndrome may be misconstrued as a stomach bug or foodborne illness. If you or your child are experiencing signs or symptoms of CVS, contact Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC today.

A vomiting cycle that occurs from CVS is most often extremely similar to prior episodes — for example, they manifest at a similar time of day, are of a similar degree of severity, present with the same symptoms, and go on for a similar length of time. Most commonly, people complain of the following symptoms:

  • Excessive drowsiness or lack of energy (91%)
  • Occasional fever (29%)
  • Lack of color in skin or pallor (87%)
  • Pain in the head (40%)
  • Diarrhea (36%)
  • Pain in the abdomen (80%)

When the vomiting episode has concluded, the patient may be exhausted and have to sleep. After sleeping, they could seem to be back to typical health and want to eat and return to their everyday activities.

It might be difficult to determine a singular cause of CVS. Vomiting is a commonplace side effect of a number of GI diseases, and CVS alone can have innumerable individual factors that might be a part of its source.

CVS might be precipitated by personal behaviors, environmental influences, internal imbalances, mental health, or internal changes. Certain episodes of cyclic vomiting syndrome may be instigated by situations like:

  • Menstruation
  • Overeating
  • Sicknesses, such as colds
  • Panic or anxiety attacks
  • Allergies or problems with the sinuses
  • Emotional stress or excitement
  • Hot temperatures
  • Motion sickness
  • Eating specific foods — for example, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, or cheese
  • Physical overtiredness

If you suspect your vomiting episodes are triggered by any of the factors listed above, or should you need assistance specifying your triggers, connect with Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC.

Normal treatments for CVS usually include three prioritized goals:

  1. End the vomiting episode: Attempt to halt an episode after it has begun
  2. Rescue therapy: An effort to keep the patient as comfortable as possible in the event that the attack can't be stopped
  3. Preventative medicine: An effort to prevent future attacks

The treatment approach is likely to differ between different individuals and in different instances of cyclic vomiting syndrome. You should discuss with your doctor to identify the best treatment approach for you or your child.

If CVS is left untreated, possible complications may include:

  • Dehydration
  • Damage to the esophagus, the primary food pipe connecting the mouth to the stomach
  • Malnutrition
  • Damage to tooth enamel due to stomach acid that enters the mouth in the vomit

If your child or you experience symptoms of cyclic vomiting syndrome, it is imperative to seek assistance with our Hattiesburg, MS gastrointestinal specialists as soon as possible.

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If your child or you have been afflicted with troubling GI symptoms like the ones above, then CVS might be the culprit. The side effects of cyclic vomiting syndrome could put your overall health in danger, and prompt intervention might be needed to ensure there are no serious adverse health effects. If you are in need of expert help and innovative treatments for cyclic vomiting syndrome in Hattiesburg, MS, we are ready to assist. Connect with Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC to request a consultation with one of our experienced providers.

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