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Weak legs, jelly legs, rubber legs, leg weakness anxiety symptom

Weak legs symptom anxiety:

Your legs feel so weak that you think they won't be able to support you. Sometimes your legs feel so weak that you are concerned that you might not be able to walk or stand.

Your legs also may feel jelly-like, rubbery-feeling, that you have to force yourself to walk, or that it seems you can’t feel them. You also may feel that your legs or knees are too stiff to move or that your legs won’t move as you would like them to.

This symptom can be experienced in all parts of the body, such as the arms, hands, feet, neck, back, stomach, and so on.

This symptom can be experienced in just one of the body, a few parts, or many parts of the body at the same time.

This symptom may come and go rarely, intermittently, frequently, or persist indefinitely. All variations and combinations are common.

Why the 'weak legs' symptom?

Feeling weak in the knees or experiencing “jelly” or “rubber” legs is a common stress response reaction. Most people in fearful or stressful situations experience weak legs. The degree of weakness often is directly proportional to the degree of fear or stress.

Also, since stress hormones are stimulants, a body that is persistently stress response overstimulated can become tired and feel weak. This weakness often is experienced in the limbs, such as the arms and legs.

Unfortunately, many anxious personalities worry about their health. So when this symptom occurs they worry that it may be caused by a serious disease, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Muscular Sclerosis (MS), Muscular dystrophy (MD), Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), stroke, or some other serious neurological disorder.

Fortunately, stress-caused weak legs is not caused by a serious disease, and is therefore, not a cause for concern. Once your stress and anxiousness have been addressed, this symptom diminishes and eventually disappears.

You can return to our symptoms of anxiety list here.

Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated October 2014.

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