Waking Up With Stomach Acid In Mouth And Throat

What Causes Waking Up With A Mouth Full Of Stomach Acid?

Waking up with a mouth full of stomach acid can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  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 waking up with a mouth full of stomach acid, 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 mouth full of stomach acid" as a symptom.  For example, heartburn.

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 vomiting
PPI antacid use
chronic vomiting
frequent sleepwalking
regular bicarbonate use
H2-blocker antacid use
confirmed heartburn
history of heartburn
calcium-based antacid use
meals worsen epigastric pain
hoarse voice
having asthma
... 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 with a mouth full of stomach acid.

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.

If you indicate sleeping-related problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you ever wake up choking on a mouthful of stomach acid that is burning your mouth and throat?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Very rarely
→ Yes, at least once a year
→ Yes, at least once a month
→ Yes, at least once a week
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate occasional acid reflux during sleep, regular acid reflux during sleep or frequent acid reflux during sleep, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Heartburn / GERD / Acid Reflux.
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