This question is about vomit. I apologize in advance.
August 15, 2013 10:40 AM Subscribe
Why does a person vomit on a schedule when they are sick? Like every 2 hours or something until it just stops? Or is this just me?
posted by magnetsphere to health & fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Last December I came down with the lovely norovirus. I was vomitting (etc.) every 60 minutes, +/- no more than 5 minutes, for about 16 hours. I forgot to ask at the hospital because I was a little focused on the whole vomiting every hour and general horrible, everything-on-the-inside-wants-to-be-on-the-outside feeling.
About 1.5 years before that I had some sort of something and I was vomiting every 2 hours. In both these circumstances it was like clockwork until it just stopped and I didn't vomit again.
A friend said, "yeah that has to be a virus since it is on a schedule." I'd love to believe this friend but I had never heard this before and my degree is actually related to infectious diseases and immunity so did I just miss that day in class? If it is true I'd like some sort of fact that backs that up, like why it happens.