Weak legs, jelly legs, rubber legs, shaky legs, leg weakness anxiety symptom
Weak legs anxiety symptom description:
This symptom is often described as weak legs and arms, weak shaky legs from anxiety, weak shaky legs fibromyalgia, weak legs shaky hands, off balance feeling and weak legs, weak rubber legs, and weak arms and legs.
Other descriptions include 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.
Because anxiety symptom descriptions are subjective, there can be many other descriptions for this weak legs symptom.
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.
What causes 'weak legs' symptoms?
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.
For a more detailed explanation about the stress response, anxiety sensations and symptoms, why anxiety sensations and symptoms can persist, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, see Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 18, 21, and 23 in the recovery support area (the member’s area) of our website.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated January 1, 2019.