Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) in Lubbock, TX

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Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is an illness that most commonly occurs in young children, but it may develop in older individuals, too. This malady manifests as recurrent vomiting, or cycles of vomiting, with symptom-free periods in between cycles. While in the midst of a vomiting cycle, you can experience extreme vomiting that can repeat as few as six and as many as 20 times before subsiding. Cyclic vomiting syndrome in Lubbock, TX may affect as much as 2% of school-aged children and can be difficult to diagnose due to the correlation of vomiting to numerous other GI disorders. The syndrome could be incorrectly identified as a tummy bug or food poisoning. If you or your child are exhibiting signs of CVS, contact Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates today.

A vomiting cycle triggered by CVS usually resembles previous episodes, manifesting around the same time of day, presenting with similar symptoms, and going on for a similar length of time. Most commonly, sufferers report having these symptoms:

  • Lack of color in skin or pallor (87%)
  • Unusual drowsiness or fatigue (91%)
  • Abdominal pain (80%)
  • Occasional fever (29%)
  • Diarrhea (36%)
  • Pain in the head (40%)

After the vomiting attack has concluded, the patient can be fatigued and want to sleep. After waking, the patient can seem to be back to their usual health, wishing to eat and return to everyday activities.

It can be difficult to pinpoint a singular source of a patient's cyclic vomiting syndrome. Vomiting is a fairly typical side effect of a number of GI conditions, and cyclic vomiting syndrome, in particular, has many unique factors that may be related to its root cause.

CVS can be initiated by individual behaviors, external influences, internal imbalances, emotional state, or internal changes. Distinct CVS episodes might be instigated by situations such as:

  • Emotional stress or excitement
  • Eating specific foods — for example, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, or cheese
  • Allergies or sinus problems
  • Hot temperatures
  • Menstrual periods
  • Physical overtiredness
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Illness — such as colds
  • Eating too much
  • Motion sickness

If you feel your CVS is instigated by any of the above or you need aid specifying your triggers, get in touch with Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates .

Treatment for cyclic vomiting syndrome usually revolves around three primary goals:

  1. Bring the vomiting attack to an end: Efforts are made to stop an episode that has already begun
  2. Rescue therapy: If the attack cannot be stopped, your doctor may suggest a strategy to keep you as comfortable as possible
  3. Preventative medication: Attempt to prevent future attacks

Treatment may differ among patients and in different cases of cyclic vomiting syndrome. You should consult with your specialist in regard to the ideal treatment methods for you or your child.

The potential complications of untreated CVS may include:

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

If your child or you suffer from symptoms of CVS, it is imperative to seek assistance from our Lubbock, TX gastrointestinal specialists at your earliest convenience.

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If you or your child have been dealing with unexplained vomiting episodes or upsetting GI symptoms like those listed above, it is possible that cyclic vomiting syndrome is at the root of your issues. The side effects of CVS could put your overall health in danger, and urgent care could be necessary to ensure your best health. If you are in need of expert advice and the latest in treatments for CVS in Lubbock, TX, our providers are ready to help. Connect with Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates to arrange an appointment with one of our board-certified gastrointestinal physicians.

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