What Causes Unexplained Vomiting?
Unexplained vomiting can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose unexplained vomiting, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "unexplained vomiting" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Chronic Renal Insufficiency
- West Nile Virus
- Epstein-Barr Virus
- Ovarian Cysts
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
recent body hair loss
very great unexplained weight loss
magnesium-based antacid use
severe epigastric pain
swollen cervical nodes
frequent acid reflux during sleep
reasonably controlled diabetes
reduced mental clarity
regular odd skin sensations
... and more than 90 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of unexplained vomiting:
|West Nile Virus
|Chronic Renal Insufficiency
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Gastro-Intestinal Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about unexplained vomiting:
Approximately how often do you suffer from unexplained vomiting? Do not include vomiting that has an obvious cause, for example overeating or drinking too much alcohol.
→ Don't know
→ Never / very rarely
→ Occasionally - a few times per year
→ Regularly - a few times per month
→ Often - several times per week
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no unexplained vomiting, occasional unexplained vomiting, regular unexplained vomiting or frequent unexplained vomiting, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as: