A concerned mother thought her 11-year-old daughter had a virus when she began vomiting, but her concern turned into fear when her child spent 18 hours a day throwing up.

According to Little Things, Jayde’s mother, Leanne Rodrigues, was enraged and insulted when doctors suggested her daughter, who was still playing with dolls, was pregnant.

The mother knew her child didn’t even have an interest in boys yet, so she was shocked by their request to give her daughter a pregnancy test.

The Daily Mail reports baffled doctors turned to a pregnancy test to try to find an answer to Jayde’s nonstop vomiting.

“As she hadn’t lost any weight they didn’t think it was an eating disorder and the only conclusion they could come to was she was either pregnant or making it up.”

Rodrigues gave in to prove her point and let her daughter take the pregnancy test, but it didn’t reveal why the girl was vomiting up to 40 times a day. They were still searching for the cause of Jayde’s illness, and the mom said it broke her heart:

“It was awful to watch Jayde go through all this and not be able to help her in any way. I was so worried about her and it didn’t matter how much I pleaded with doctors, they just couldn’t pin down what was wrong with her.”

The mother finally had an answer after seeing five doctors. Her daughter was diagnosed with cyclical vomiting syndrome, a rare disease that causes severe vomiting with no apparent cause that can last for hours or days.

Rodrigues explained:

“We have since found out it is a notoriously difficult condition to diagnose and when Jayde first fell ill it felt like whichever way we turned we came to a dead end.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, cyclical vomiting syndrome is difficult to diagnose because vomiting is a symptom of many disorders. The rare condition occurs in all age groups, often beginning in children around 3 to 7 years old, but the number of cases in adults is increasing.

The symptoms of the disease include:

  • Severe vomiting that occurs several times an hour, continues for hours to days, but lasts less than one week.
  • Three or more separate episodes of vomiting with no apparent cause in the past six months, or five or more episodes occurring at any time.
  • Severe nausea.
  • Intense sweating.

According to the Daily Mail, Dr. Robin Dover, Chair of the Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome Association UK said:

“At its peak vomiting can occur six times an hour. It is the most severe vomiting condition in humans.”

Jayde got back to living a normal life after suffering through three months of constant vomiting. She only gets sick now when she feels anxious or particularly nervous.

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