Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) in Arizona

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Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a problem occurring most commonly in young children but has been known to affect people at any stage of life. This condition manifests as recurrent vomiting or cycles of vomiting. There may be breaks between these “cycles” where you are completely symptom-free. During a vomiting episode, you could experience intense vomiting that can repeat anywhere between 6 – 20 times before subsiding. Cyclic vomiting syndrome in Phoenix, AZ could impact as much as 2% of school-aged children and may be challenging to diagnose because of the relationship of vomiting to a multitude of other gastrointestinal issues. The condition might be incorrectly identified as a stomach bug or food poisoning. If you or your child are experiencing signs of CVS, contact Arizona Digestive Health today.

A vomiting cycle is generally very similar to earlier episodes, meaning that they occur at the same time of day, are similar in severity, manifest similar symptoms, and go on for a similar duration. Typically patients speak of having the following symptoms:

  • Headache (40%)
  • Diarrhea (36%)
  • Paleness or pallor (87%)
  • Occasional fever (29%)
  • Pain in the abdomen (80%)
  • Abnormal urge to sleep or lethargy (91%)

Once the vomiting cycle has concluded, the patient may be tired and want to sleep. After sleeping, the patient could seem to be back to their usual health and want to eat and engage in typical activities.

It is often difficult to pinpoint one single source of a person's CVS. Vomiting is an extremely common side-effect of a multitude of GI illnesses, and cyclic vomiting syndrome, alone, has many different factors that may contribute to its cause.

Cyclic vomiting syndrome could be caused by individual behaviors, environmental factors, bodily imbalances, mental state, or internal changes. Specific CVS episodes may be caused by factors like:

  • Motion-induced nausea
  • Emotional stress or excitement
  • Illness - such as colds
  • Eating too much
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Consumption of certain foods -such as alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, or cheese
  • Menstrual periods
  • Panic or anxiety attacks
  • Allergic responses or problems with the sinuses
  • Extremely warm/hot temperatures

If you suspect your vomiting episodes are instigated by any of the above or you require help identifying your triggers, connect with Arizona Digestive Health to request a consultation at a Phoenix, AZ location near you.

Common treatment of CVS can include three main goals:

  1. Put a stop to 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 if the attack cannot be stopped
  3. Preventative medication: to prevent future attacks

Treatment may vary from person to person and unique cases of CVS. It is advised that you discuss with your Arizona Digestive Health provider about the ideal treatment options for you or your child.

What are the complications of CVS?

If CVS is left untreated, possible complications could include:

  • Degradation of dental enamel due to stomach acid entering the mouth via vomit
  • Dehydration
  • Injury to the esophagus, the primary pipe allowing passage of food from the mouth to the stomach
  • Malnutrition

In the event you or your child experience symptoms of CVS, it is important to receive assistance from our Phoenix, AZ gastrointestinal specialists as soon as possible.

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If you or your child has been experiencing upsetting gastrointestinal symptoms, like those listed above, then CVS might be the culprit. Complications of CVS might put your overall health at serious risk and urgent assistance might be required to attain optimal health. If you need personalized advice and the latest in treatments for CVS in Phoenix, AZ, our experts can help. Connect with Arizona Digestive Health to request a consultation with one of our skilled gastrointestinal providers today.

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