What Causes Waking Up Choking?
Waking up choking can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'serious' 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 waking up choking, 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 "waking up choking" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
- Sleep Apnea
- Congestive Heart Failure
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:
occasional unexplained nausea
edema of the abdomen
being short of breath when inactive
tossing and turning at night
frequent abdominal discomfort
edema of the feet
loss of appetite
shortness of breath when at rest
... and more than 10 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of waking up choking:
|Congestive Heart Failure
* 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.
Do you ever wake up during the night gasping for air, or with a choking sensation?
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally - less than once per month
→ Often - at least once per month
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate waking up with choking sensation, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Congestive Heart Failure
|Fluid may accumulate in the lungs, causing shortness of breath particularly during exercise and when lying flat. In some instances, patients are awakened at night, gasping for air.|