Long term RSL- more recent claustrophobia

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  • Hi. Just after some advice.
    I'd had a RSL for years and this has worsened to the point that about twice per week I am awakened during the night and need to get out of bed to stretch my legs. Normally I can return to sleep pretty easily so I guess I can't complain too much. I was prescribed Sifrol, though a few times I awoke with really low blood pressure so I rarely take it now.
    Just recently I seem to be developing claustrophobia/ panic attacks. One year ago a dentist was measuring me up for a dental splint. I've had plenty of dental work in the past without any panic problems. This time, he left the mold in for what seemed like ages, and with my mouth filled (and a slightly blocked nose) I was having trouble breathing. A panic set in and when he finally removed the mold I refused to continue and had to leave.
    Then last week I was in an elevator alone (I've never had a problem with lifts before) when the lift became stuck. I felt a surge of panic and began to pace around the elevator, feeling an overwhelming sense of panic. The relief was palpable when, after I rang the emergency button, the hotel staff had the lift moving and open within perhaps 2 minutes. Flying home yesterday, when the plane landed and all the passengers had stood up awaiting the flight crew to open the exist door, I again felt this surge of panic, albeit slight, as we stood waiting in the crowded plane for perhaps 10 minutes. I managed to control it quickly, though was surprised by this new trend (again I've flown many times).
    As I try to make sense of this apparently new situation, I guess I can recall always hating the idea of being trapped in a small underground tunnel (like an escaping criminal in a movie). Guess I've just never thought it to be much of a problem before, or even considered it claustrophobia.
    Not really complaining, just a little surprised / confused by it all- am I developing a phobia / anxiety, or have I always had a sub-clinical version?
    Any thoughts appreciated.
    Cheers

    Question created 9 months 1 week ago

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  • I had really bad restless leg syndrome with both pregnancies. It went away after I gave birth. Then, I tarted taking Paxil and when I got up above 20mg per day I started getting restless leg syndrome again. I was seeing a neurologist at the time and he prescribed Gabapentin and that worked great! Every time I increase my dosage of Paxil (Paroxetine) I get RLS again temporarily. It's awful and keeps me from falling asleep for what seems like hours.

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  • I had really bad restless leg syndrome with both pregnancies. It went away after I gave birth. Then, I tarted taking Paxil and when I got up above 20mg per day I started getting restless leg syndrome again. I was seeing a neurological gist at the time and he prescribed Gabapentin and that worked great! Every time I increase my dosage of Paxil (Paroxetine) I get RLS again temporarily. It's awful and keeps me from falling asleep for what seems like hours.

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