Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) in Thibodaux, LA

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Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a condition that occurs mostly in young children but has been known to develop in individuals of all ages. This condition presents as recurrent vomiting or cycles of vomiting, and there may be periods between these “cycles” where you are symptom-free. During a vomiting cycle, you may experience severe vomiting that can repeat anywhere between six and 20 times before stopping. Cyclic vomiting syndrome in Thibodaux, LA can affect as many as 2% of school-aged children and could be difficult to diagnose because vomiting is a symptom of several GI conditions. The condition is often misdiagnosed as a stomach bug or food poisoning. If you or your child are experiencing signs or symptoms of CVS in Thibodaux, LA, contact a Digestive Health Center in your community today.

Vomiting that occurs from CVS is often similar to previous episodes, that is to say, they begin at a similar time of day, involve the same level of severity, manifest the same symptoms, and last for a similar length of time. Typically individuals complain of the following symptoms:

  • Occasional fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abnormal drowsiness or fatigue
  • Headache
  • Lack of color in skin or pallor

Once the vomiting episode has subsided, the patient could be exhausted and desire to sleep. Once awake, they might appear to be back to normal and desire to eat and return to regular activities. Our Thibodaux, LA providers are trained to identify symptoms of CVS.

It is difficult to determine one cause of CVS. Vomiting is a common side-effect of many gastrointestinal diseases, and CVS, in particular, can have multiple factors that may be a part of its cause.

CVS could be brought on by individual behaviors, external influences, internal imbalances, mental states, or internal changes. Distinct episodes of cyclic vomiting syndrome could begin in situations like:

  • Motion induced nausea
  • Sicknesses - such as colds
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Menstruation
  • Eating certain foods -like alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, or cheese
  • Hot weather
  • Panic or anxiety attacks
  • Overeating
  • Emotional stress or excitement
  • Allergic responses or sinus problems


Typical treatment of cyclic vomiting syndrome can include three main goals:

  1. Cessation of the vomiting attack: attempt to stop the attack after it has begun
  2. Rescue therapy: attempt to provide the patient with as much comfort as possible should the attack resists being stopped
  3. Prophylactic medicine: attempt to keep any future attacks from starting

The treatment approaches our Digestive Health Center providers will choose can vary from case to case. You should discuss with your specialist to determine the appropriate treatment avenues for you or your child.

If CVS is allowed to go untreated, possible complications could include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Injury to the esophagus, the main pipe that allows food to pass from the mouth to the stomach
  • Dehydration
  • Degradation of dental enamel as a result of stomach acid that enters the mouth in the vomit
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If you or your child have been dealing with troubling GI symptoms, like those listed above, then cyclic vomiting syndrome may be to blame. The side effects of CVS might put your overall health in danger and immediate assistance may be required to maintain optimal health. If you require individualized care and innovative treatments for cyclic vomiting syndrome in Thibodaux, LA, we are ready to assist. Contact a Digestive Health Center near you to request a consultation with one of our experienced gastrointestinal providers.

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