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Your Fear of Enclosed Spaces May Also be Known as:
Claustrophobia
Claustrophobic
Scared of enclosed spaces

Top 10 Fear of Enclosed Spaces Causes

  1. 1.Premature Ovarian Failure

    "Premature ovarian failure" (POF), also called "primary ovarian insufficiency" and "early menopause" happens when the ovaries stop working well too early in life. Naturally menopause occurs between the ages 45 and 55. Symptoms of menopause are changes in menstrual period, missing periods, hot flashes, mood changes and vaginal dryness.

    You should discuss your symptoms with your physician, who might take a blood test.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, anxiety, vaginal itch or burning, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Normal Amount of Anxiety

    You are suffering from a normal level of anxiety.

    You do not need treatment. Your anxiety looks like a variation of normal. If you begin to experience anxiety on most days, for more than a few weeks, you should make an appointment with a doctor.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    anxiety, trouble sleeping, mild anxiety
    Symptoms that always occur with normal amount of anxiety:
    anxiety
    Symptoms that never occur with normal amount of anxiety:
    worsening anxiety, severe anxiety, thoughts of suicide
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  3. 3.Specific Phobia Disorder

    There are many specific phobias. Acrophobia is a fear of heights. Agoraphobia is a fear of public places, and claustrophobia is a fear of closed-in places. If you become anxious and extremely self-conscious in everyday social situations, you could have a social phobia. Other common phobias involve tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, animals and blood.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who can establish a diagnosis through clinical interview. The physician can refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Medications may be helpful for short-term symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    anxiety, anxiety from a specific situation, fear of heights, fear of blood or injections, fear of enclosed spaces
    Symptoms that always occur with specific phobia disorder:
    anxiety from a specific situation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Panic Disorder

    Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It causes panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of terror without true danger. One may feel as if they are losing control or have physical symptoms like sweating or a racing heart.

    You should go see your primary care doctor, who can diagnose you by interview. Most people get better with treatment. Therapy can show you how to recognize and change your thinking patterns before they lead to panic. Medication may be beneficial.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, anxiety, abdominal pain (stomach ache), stomach bloating, depressed mood
    Symptoms that always occur with panic disorder:
    anxiety, impaired social or occupational functioning
    Symptoms that never occur with panic disorder:
    agoraphobia
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Acute Stress Disorder

    Acute stress disorder describes changes in one's mood or memory for less than a month following an emotional or traumatic event.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who can do a thorough assessment and refer you to a psychiatrist if necessary. Treatment is mostly through counseling.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, irritability, anxiety, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating
    Symptoms that always occur with acute stress disorder:
    impaired social or occupational functioning
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Condition Causing Abnormal, High - Pitched Breathing

    High-pitched inhaling is called stridor, and requires urgent referral to the ER to see why it's happening

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    high-pitched breathing, severe pelvis pain, arm weakness, chest pain, loss of vision
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  7. 7.Peptic Ulcer Disease

    A peptic ulcer is a sore in the lining of the stomach or the first part of your small intestine (the duodenum), which causes pain following meals or on an empty stomach.

    You should go see your doctor in the next few days for a sick visit. He/she will assess the need for certain tests (such as for a bacteria in the stomach and/or a procedure to take a picture of your stomach wall). He/she will definitely suggest taking an anti-acid medication, such as omeprazole, which you can take over-the-counter to help your pain.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, loss of appetite, moderate abdominal pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Influenza (in a Suppressed Immune System)

    Influenza, or the "flu," is an infection of the airway caused by the flu virus, which passes through the air and enters the body through the nose or mouth. The symptoms are similar to those of a cold, but the flu is usually more serious.

    In many cases, the flu is nothing to worry about and resolves on its own. Nonetheless, it can be serious in those who are immunocompromised. Since you have confirmed having a weakened immune system, you should seek care immediately.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  9. 9.Chronic Gastritis

    Chronic gastritis is longterm inflammation of your stomach. If it doesn't go away, this can become an ulcer. Causes include taking a medication that affects the stomach, an infection by a bug called, "H. Pylori", or your immune system reacting to yourself

    You should see your doctor in the coming day. There, they would assess whether you require a breath test for the bug, H. Pylori, and/or a test where they put a camera down the throat to look at the stomach wall. Treatment is dependent on the outcomes of the doctor's visit. If it's just because of a medication, the first treatment would be to stop it. If it's an infection, antibiotics would be appropriate. An autoimmune reaction might require supplements with Vitamin B12. Taking an antacid may be necessary for more than one of these scenarios.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, moderate abdominal pain, bloating after meals
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Overactive Thyroid

    The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid glands control how fast one burns calories and how fast the heart beats. If the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. This is called hyperthyroidism.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who might take a blood test to measure your levels of thyroid hormone. The test will tell the doctor whether a referral to an endocrinologist is useful. Treatment plans would likely be set by the specialist and include drugs to reduce your thyroid activation.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, depressed mood, irritability, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Fear of Enclosed Spaces

  • Q.Do you have trouble sleeping?
  • Q.Are your symptoms causing difficulty at work, socializing, or spending time with friends & family?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Are you feeling irritable (easily made upset)?

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Fear of Enclosed Spaces Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced fear of enclosed spaces have also experienced:

    • 10% Anxiety
    • 10% Fear of Needles
    • 10% Anxiety When Doing Something in Front of a Group
  • People who have experienced fear of enclosed spaces had symptoms persist for:

    • 53% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
    • 11% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced fear of enclosed spaces were most often matched with:

    • 27% Premature Ovarian Failure
    • 27% Normal Amount of Anxiety
    • 18% Specific Phobia Disorder

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