Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is an illness that causes episodes of severe vomiting for no apparent reason and can have long-term effects on sufferers
To fully understand the illness Family Friendly HQ spoke to Glenda, mum to Adam who helped us to understand the illness more in the hope that it will create awareness for this awful condition.
While symptoms alter between sufferer to sufferer, Adam will burp and yawn excessively before going pale and complaining of a sore tummy. When in an episode Adam will vomit every 20 minutes for up to 4-6 hours. At other times, Adam suffers excruciating stomach pain without any vomiting.
- Severe episodes of vomiting that can last for up to one week
- Severe nausea
- Extreme sweating
- Abdominal pain
- Dizziness and weakness
- Sensitivity to light
- Retching and gagging
Glenda is optimistic and hopes that Adam will grow out of it though, she worries for his future employment and the fact that he misses quite a bit of school. “Adam often apologises for being ill and it is heart-breaking to hear your child’s distress” Glenda says.
Going forward Adam is currently on anti-sickness medication which sometimes works, sometimes not. Glenda would love to see more research being done to understand CVS properly. More awareness and knowledge is needed for nurses and doctors to provide better medical practice to sufferers. Glenda hopes that one-day CVS will be recognised as the debilitating illness that it is and offer financial supports to those who care for sufferers of CVS. The causes of CVS are still unknown and more research is needed into the illness to fully understand the syndrome however, it is thought to be caused by genetics, digestive system, hormone imbalance or the nervous system.
It is a life changing illness and certainly has impacted Adam’s greatly and we wish him all the best in the future. Thank you to Glenda for being so kind to share her and Adam’s story with us here at Family Friendly HQ.
Written by Emma Hayes, staff writer with Family Friendly HQ