Heavy legs

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Heavy legs
Pseudomedical diagnosis
Risks Nocebo

Heavy legs (French: jambes lourdes) is an alleged medical condition, described as an "unpleasant sensation of pain and heaviness" in the lower limbs. It is of French origin but is occasionally seen elsewhere.

Due to the limited recognition it has received, and because of its proliferation in the media and by the alternative health community, many medical practitioners believe it is a sign of hypochondriasis.

The cause may be venous insufficiency or peripheral arterial disease.

It was described by BBC reporter Emma Jane Kirby as "a curiously French complaint ... the illness you can only get in health-conscious France."[1]

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  1. ^ Jane, Emma (2008-12-13). "Programmes | From Our Own Correspondent | A curiously French complaint". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-06-04.