Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) in New Orleans, LA

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Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a condition occurring most commonly in young children but has been known to occur at any stage of life. This condition manifests as repeated vomiting or cycles of vomiting and there may be breaks between these “cycles” in which you are completely free of symptoms. While in a vomiting cycle, you may experience intense vomiting that can recur as few as six and as many as twenty times before subsiding. Cyclic vomiting syndrome in New Orleans, LA may be suffered by as much as 2% of school-aged children and could be difficult to diagnose because of the connection of vomiting to countless other gastrointestinal conditions. The syndrome could be mistaken for a stomach bug or food poisoning. If you or your child are having signs or symptoms of CVS, connect with a Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates location near you today.

A vomiting attack is commonly like prior episodes, that is to say, they begin at a similar time of day, involve the same degree of severity, have the same symptoms, and continue for about the same length of time. Most individuals report having these symptoms:

  • Unusual sleepiness or exhaustion (91%)
  • Pain in the head (40%)
  • Fever that comes and goes (29%)
  • Paleness or pallor (87%)
  • Diarrhea (36%)
  • Pain in the abdomen (80%)

After the vomiting cycle has subsided, the individual may be tired and want to sleep. After sleeping, they could return to typical health and desire to eat and resume their regular activities.

It could be difficult to pinpoint a singular source of a patient's cyclic vomiting syndrome. Vomiting is a common symptom of several GI conditions, and CVS, in and of itself, has a great many unique factors that could be related to its cause.

Cyclic vomiting syndrome could be precipitated by personal behaviors, outside influences, bodily imbalances, mental health, or internal changes. Certain CVS episodes could be caused by:

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

If you believe your episodes are triggered by any of the items listed above or you desire help identifying your triggers, contact a GI specialist at your local Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates to request a consultation.

The normal treatment for CVS might include three prioritized goals:

  1. Cessation of the vomiting episode: effort made to halt an episode after it has begun
  2. Rescue therapy: an effort to provide the patient with as much comfort as possible if the episode cannot be stopped
  3. Preventative medicine: an effort to prevent future attacks

The treatment approach may vary among patients and in different cases of cyclic vomiting syndrome. It is advised that you contact your provider to discuss the appropriate treatment approach for you or your child.

Are there any complications associated with CVS?

If CVS is ignored, possible side effects might include:

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

If you or your child have signs or symptoms of CVS, it is important to seek assistance from our New Orleans, LA gastroenterologists as soon as possible.

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If you or your child have been burdened with problematic gastrointestinal symptoms, like the ones above, then CVS might be the culprit. Complications of cyclic vomiting syndrome could put your overall health at serious risk and immediate care may be necessary to be certain of your optimal health. If you are seeking expert guidance and the latest in treatments for cyclic vomiting syndrome in New Orleans, LA, our experts are here to help. Call Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates to request a consultation with one of our board-certified GI specialists in your community.

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