Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

  1. Jacquelynn Knoll profile image58
    Jacquelynn Knollposted 6 years ago

    Do you find yourself having painful reoccurring bouts of nausea and vomiting?  You may have Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS).  This syndrome occurs without warning and can last for hours, days and sometimes weeks.  Vomiting can occur 4 to 12 times an hour, with a short resting period in between.  People who suffer from CVS often have a pattern of symptoms that they can begin to recognize over time.  In almost all cases the symptoms are very similar and exhibit the same tendencies each time.  The occurrence of nausea and vomiting can be triggered by hormones, emotions, food, stress and several other environmental factors.  Often, but not always these attacks begin in the early morning between 2 and 4 a.m. 
    People who suffer from this syndrome, are from all walks of life,are predominately active and have no other major health concerns and are seemingly healthy.  However in the presence of an attack, persons go from being fully active to a non responsive state.  During an attack, light, sound, smell, touch, and food/liquid become unbearable.  Due to the lack of water being maintained in the body, patients often deal with complications of dehydration.  Other complications can include esophageal damage and dental decay from the prevalence of stomach acid coming up. 
    Once the attack is over liquid and food intake is gradually resumed.  Each person recovers differently.  Muscle soreness, post attack, is a common complaint from patients.  There are no specific tests for CVS, therefore you need to work with your primary care doctor to rule out all other possibilities.  This syndrome often goes undiagnosed for years, with no relief for the sufferer.  Due to a lack of understanding from peers and the medical community in general suffers of CVS can become alienated from friends, coworkers and family. 
    Symptoms can often be managed with the help of medications.  Treatment is different for each patient.  Developing a strong support team is absolutely essential in battling CVS.  Support from family and/or loved ones as well as a medical team that is willing to listen and establish care where it is needed, enables someone with this ailment to lead a semi normal lifestyle.  After a pattern of sickness is recognized it is possible to fend of attacks by working closely with your doctor.  Please refer to the links provided to find out more about Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome.