What Causes Frequent Yawning?
Frequent yawning can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'critical'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose frequent yawning, 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 "frequent yawning" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
- Heart Disease
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:
heaviness of the legs
acute abdominal pain
history of heart attack
high uric acid level
history of birth control pill use
severe calorie restriction
moderate epigastric pain
discontinued calcium supplementation
appendix removed before age 20
sleeping more than necessary
... and more than 20 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of frequent yawning:
* 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.
In the Sleep-Related Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about frequency of yawning:
Roughly how often do you yawn, on average?
→ Never / a few times per year perhaps
→ I'd say less than average
→ Average / a few times per day / don't know
→ Many times during the day
→ Several times every hour
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate low frequency of yawning, normal frequency of yawning or high frequency of yawning, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
It has been observed that schizophrenic patients tend not to yawn often and, conversely, that persons who yawn a lot tend not to have schizophrenia.
... and also rule out issues such as:
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