Vomiting: Symptoms

By McBratney, Susan, PhD
By Spader, Catherine, RN

What other symptoms might occur with vomiting?

Vomiting may occur with other symptoms depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the digestive tract may also involve other body systems.

Digestive symptoms that may occur along with vomiting

Vomiting may occur with other symptoms affecting the digestive tract including:

Other symptoms that may occur along with vomiting

Vomiting can also be caused by problems in body systems other than the digestive tract including:

  • Dizziness
  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Malaise
  • Referred shoulder pain
  • Weakness

    Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

    In some cases, vomiting may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Get immediate help (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, are exhibiting these symptoms:

    • Bloody or black stools

    • Change in level of consciousness

    • Chest pain or pressure

    • Confusion and disorientation

    • Difficulty breathing

    • Fainting or change in level of consciousness or lethargy

    • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

    • Rapid pulse or rapid breathing

    • Severe abdominal pain

    • Severe dizziness and weakness

    • Vomiting blood or black material (resembling coffee grounds)

    • Yellow skin and eyes (jaundice)


    What is vomiting?

    Vomiting, also known as emesis and throwing up, is the forceful ejection of the stomach’s contents. Vomiting is a common symptom of a wide variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions. It occurs in all age groups and populations and may or may not occur with nausea.

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    What causes vomiting?   

    Conditions that are known to cause vomiting include infection, poisoning, mental health illnesses, malignancy (cancer), inflammation, trauma, obstruction, and other abnormal processes within the digestive system, nervous system, reproductive system, cardiovascular system, or endocrine system.

    Gastrointestinal causes of vomiting

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    Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 30, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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