Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) in Texas

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Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a problem that occurs most commonly in young children but can occur at any age. This condition presents as recurrent vomiting or cycles of vomiting. There may be periods between these “cycles” in which you are completely symptom-free. During a vomiting episode, you can experience extreme vomiting that can recur anywhere between 6 - 20 times before ending. Cyclic vomiting syndrome in Texas might impact as much as 2% of school-aged children and may be challenging to diagnose due to the connection between vomiting and many other GI problems. For example, a stomach bug or food poisoning can mask this syndrome. If you or your child is experiencing signs or symptoms of CVS in Texas, request an appointment at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants today.

Vomiting from CVS is most often like previous episodes, meaning they manifest at the same time of day, are of a similar degree of severity, manifest similar symptoms, and last for about the same duration. Most patients report having these symptoms:

  • Lack of color in skin or pallor (87%)
  • Abdominal pain (80%)
  • Unusual sleepiness or exhaustion (91%)
  • Diarrhea (36%)
  • Ache in the head (40%)
  • Fever that comes and goes (29%)

After the vomiting cycle has subsided, the person might be fatigued and have to sleep. Once rested, the patient might be returned to the usual health and want to eat and resume everyday activities.

It might be quite hard to pinpoint a singular source of an individual’s CVS. Vomiting is a typical side-effect of a multitude of gastrointestinal diseases, and cyclic vomiting syndrome, in and of itself, can have many different factors that could be a part of its cause.

CVS can be brought on by personal behaviors, outside influences, bodily imbalances, emotional health, or internal changes. Distinct CVS episodes may be instigated by factors like:

  • Extremely warm/hot weather
  • Menstrual periods
  • Illness - such as colds
  • Allergies or sinus problems
  • Overeating
  • Consumption of specific foods -for example; alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, or cheese
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Motion-induced nausea
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Emotional stress or excitement

If you feel your vomiting episodes are instigated by any of the above or you need aid specifying your triggers, connect with Texas Digestive Disease Consultants.

Standard treatment of CVS might include three main goals:

  1. Put a stop to the vomiting attack: effort made to stop the episode
  2. Rescue therapy: an attempt to keep the patient as comfortable as possible if the attack cannot be stopped
  3. Prophylactic medication: to keep any future attacks from starting

The treatment approach will differ between individuals and instances of cyclic vomiting syndrome. It is advised that you discuss with your child's specialist regarding the best treatment avenues for you or your child.

Are there any complications associated with CVS?

If cyclic vomiting syndrome is allowed to go untreated, possible side effects can include:

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

If you or your child have symptoms of CVS, it is important to receive treatment with our Texas gastroenterology providers as soon as possible.

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If you or your child has been dealing with problematic GI symptoms, such as the ones above, then CVS might be the culprit. The side effects of cyclic vomiting syndrome can put your overall health in danger, and you might need immediate assistance to attain your ideal health. If you are seeking expert assistance and the latest treatments for CVS in Texas, our providers are ready to help. Connect with Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to arrange a consultation with one of our board-certified gastroenterologists.

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