Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) in Denver, CO

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Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a condition that develops in young children generally but can possibly develop at any age. This malady manifests as recurrent vomiting, or cycles of vomiting, with the possibility of symptom-free breaks in between these “cycles." While in the midst of a vomiting cycle, you might experience severe vomiting that could recur between 6 – 20 times before subsiding. Cyclic vomiting syndrome may be suffered by as great as 2% of school-aged children and may be difficult to diagnose because of the correlation of vomiting to other GI situations. The condition might be incorrectly identified as a stomach bug or food poisoning. If you or your child are having symptoms of CVS in Denver, CO, get in touch with your nearest Denver Digestive Health Specialists location to request a consultation.

Vomiting cycles often present at the same time of day, are of a similar level of severity, manifest similar symptoms, and go on for a similar duration as past cycles. Most often people report having these symptoms:

  • Headache (40%)
  • Excessive drowsiness or lethargy (91%)
  • Paleness (87%)
  • Fever that comes and goes (29%)
  • Diarrhea (36%)
  • Pain in the abdomen (80%)

Once the vomiting episode has concluded, the individual can be fatigued and wish to sleep. Once awake, they feel better and want to eat and resume typical activities.

It is often difficult to identify the specific source of an individual’s CVS. Vomiting is an extremely common symptom of a number of gastrointestinal issues, and CVS, specifically, has many different factors that could be related to its cause.

CVS might be precipitated by personal behaviors, external factors, bodily imbalances, emotional health, or internal changes. Specific CVS episodes may be instigated by things like:

  • Sicknesses (such as a cold)
  • Allergic responses or sinus problems
  • Emotional stress or excitement
  • Menstruation
  • Specific foods (such as alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, or cheese)
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Hot temperatures
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Overeating
  • Motion sickness

If you or your child is suffering from any of the above or you suspect CVS, connect with Denver Digestive Health Specialists. We can help identify the root cause of the vomiting and prepare treatment options.

Typical treatment for CVS often has three goals:

  1. Ending the vomiting attack: attempt to stop episodes of vomiting
  2. Rescue therapy: an effort to keep the patient as comfortable as possible if the vomiting resists being stopped
  3. Preventative medicine: attempt to keep any future attacks from starting by prescribing preventative medications

Treatment is likely to vary among patients. You should consult with your provider regarding the best treatment possibilities for you or your child.

When cyclic vomiting syndrome is ignored, potential complications might include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Loss of dental enamel as a result of stomach acid in the vomit
  • Damage to the esophagus, the main pipe allowing passage of food from the mouth to the stomach

If you or your child have symptoms of CVS, it is important to receive assistance from our Denver, CO gastroenterologists as soon as you can.

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If you or your child have been burdened with upsetting gastrointestinal symptoms, like incessant vomiting, it is possible that CVS may be to blame. The side effects of cyclic vomiting syndrome might put an individual's overall health in danger and immediate care may be required to ensure ideal health. If you are seeking out personalized care and the most effective treatments for cyclic vomiting syndrome in Denver, CO, our providers are ready to assist. Contact Denver Digestive Health Specialists to request a consultation with one of our experienced GI specialists.

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