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
- Ovarian Cysts
- Epstein-Barr Virus
- West Nile Virus
- Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects
- Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences
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:
severe lower-left abdominal pain
occasional severe abdominal pain
recent loss/regaining of appetite
high cigarette smoke sensitivity
reasonably controlled diabetes
diarrhea for 1-3 months
unexplained fevers that hit hard
edema of the eyelids
gradual loss of vision
... and more than 80 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:
|Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences
|Chronic Renal Insufficiency
|West Nile Virus
* 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:
How often do you suffer from vomiting that is not part of a known condition such as food poisoning or indigestion?
→ 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: