Waking up with a headache can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. 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 with a headache, 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 with a headache" as a symptom. For example, sleep apnea.
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:
waking up with a dry mouth
frequent postprandial somnolence
weak sexual desire
somewhat disturbed sleep
tossing and turning at night
waking up with choking sensation
... and so on
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 with a headache.
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
→ 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 a headache, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Waking up with a headache or dry mouth is a symptom of OSA.