Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) in Northwest Arkansas

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Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a disorder that most often manifests in younger children but has a chance to develop at any stage in life. This condition is known to cause recurrent vomiting, or cycles of vomiting, with the possibility of breaks in between these "cycles" wherein you are completely free of symptoms. During a vomiting episode, you can experience intense vomiting that could recur anywhere between six and 20 times before ending. Cyclic vomiting syndrome in Arkansas might affect as great as 2% of school-aged children and is sometimes challenging to diagnose because of the connection of vomiting with many other GI situations. The syndrome may be misdiagnosed as a tummy bug or foodborne illness. If your child or you are experiencing signs or symptoms of CVS in, get in touch with GI Alliance of Arkansas today.

A vomiting attack caused by CVS will often be extremely similar to previous episodes. For example, attacks often begin around the same time of day, reach a similar level of severity, present with similar symptoms, and go on for a similar duration. Typically, individuals report having the below-listed symptoms:

  • Fever that comes and goes (29%)
  • Unusual urge to sleep or lethargy (91%)
  • Diarrhea (36%)
  • Abdominal pain (80%)
  • Paleness or pallor (87%)
  • Pain in the head (40%)

After the vomiting episode has concluded, the individual could be exhausted and wish to sleep. Once awake, the patient may be returned back to normal health and wish to eat and reinitiate their usual activities.

It may be challenging to pinpoint the specific source of a person's CVS. Vomiting is a commonplace side effect of various GI conditions, and cyclic vomiting syndrome, in and of itself, has a great many different factors that may be related to its root cause.

Cyclic vomiting syndrome may be initiated by individual behaviors, outside influences, internal imbalances, mental state, or internal changes. Distinct CVS episodes can be instigated by factors like:

  • Viruses (such as colds)
  • Hot weather
  • Physical overexertion
  • Allergies or problems with the sinuses
  • Overeating
  • Eating certain foods (such as alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, or cheese)
  • Motion-induced nausea
  • Panic or anxiety attacks
  • Menstrual periods
  • Emotional stress or excitement

If you feel your episodes are triggered by any of the list above or should you desire aid specifying your triggers, connect with GI Alliance of Arkansas.

Treatment for CVS is commonly built around three primary goals:

  1. Put a stop to the vomiting attack: Attempt to stop an episode after it has begun
  2. Rescue therapy: Attempt to keep the patient as comfortable as possible if the episode resists being stopped
  3. Preventative medicine: Attempt to keep any future attacks from starting

The treatment approach may vary among individuals and in different instances of CVS. It is advised that you consult with your child's doctor to determine the best treatment approach for you or your child.

What are the complications of CVS?

Cyclic vomiting syndrome may cause numerous possible complications if it goes untreated, including:

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

If you or your child suffer from symptoms of cyclic vomiting syndrome, it is vital to inquire about treatments with our Arkansas gastroenterologists as soon as you can.

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If you or your child are afflicted with upsetting gastrointestinal symptoms such as those listed above, it's possible that CVS might be the culprit. The side effects of CVS may put your overall health at serious risk and prompt assistance might be required to ensure your ideal health. If you need experienced help and the latest in treatments for cyclic vomiting syndrome in Arkansas, we can help. Call GI Alliance of Arkansas to request a consultation with one of our experienced gastrointestinal specialists.

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