Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) in Tulsa, OK

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Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a condition that occurs mostly in younger children but can develop at any age. This condition manifests as persistent vomiting or cycles of vomiting. Sometimes there are periods in between these “cycles” where you are completely symptom-free. While in the midst of a vomiting cycle, you may experience intense vomiting that could repeat as few as six and as many as twenty times before stopping. Cyclic vomiting syndrome in Tulsa, OK could affect as great as 2% of school-aged children and can be challenging to diagnose. This condition is difficult to diagnose because vomiting correlates with many other GI conditions. CVS could be misdiagnosed as a stomach bug or food-borne illness. If you or your child are showing signs of CVS, contact an Adult Gastroenterology Associates location near you today.

Each vomiting cycle is similar. They manifest at the same time of day, are of similar severity, present with the same symptoms, and last for about the same length of time. Most patients report experiencing some of the below symptoms:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Lack of color in skin or pallor
  • Unusual drowsiness or lethargy

Once the vomiting cycle has ended, you may be fatigued and want to sleep. Once rested, you might return to normal health and even wish to return to your normal eating habits.

It can be difficult to identify the cause of CVS. Vomiting is a common side effect of multiple of gastrointestinal conditions, and cyclic vomiting syndrome, specifically, can have many different factors related to its root cause.

Cyclic vomiting syndrome could be caused by certain behaviors, external influences, bodily imbalances, mental state, or internal changes. Distinct CVS episodes could be brought on by factors like:

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

If you believe the episodes are triggered by any of the above or you need help identifying your triggers, reach out to your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates location to request a consultation with a GI specialist.

Your GI specialist will set benchmarks for your treatment. Treatment for CVS can consist of three main goals:

  1. End the vomiting episode: attempt to stop an attack once it starts
  2. Rescue therapy: attempt to provide the patient with as much comfort as possible if the episode can't be stopped
  3. Preventative medication: attempt to prevent future attacks

Treatment plans are created on a case by case basis. Your GI specialist will asses your condition and help you find the best treatment for you.

Are there any complications associated with CVS?

When cyclic vomiting syndrome is left untreated, potential complications can include:

  • Damage to the esophagus
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Deterioration of tooth enamel from stomach acid that enters the mouth in the vomit

If you or your child experience symptoms of CVS, it's important to seek treatment with one of our Tulsa, OK gastrointestinal specialists as soon as possible.

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If you or your child are suffering from concerning GI symptoms, like those listed above, then cyclic vomiting syndrome may be the cause. The side effects of CVS could put your overall health at serious risk. If you are looking for experienced advice and cutting-edge treatments for CVS in Tulsa, OK, we are ready to help. Connect with an Adult Gastroenterology Associates location near you to request a consultation with one of our board-certified GI specialists.

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