Heavy legs

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Heavy legs
Pseudomedical diagnosis

Heavy legs (French: jambes lourdes) is an alleged medical condition, described as an "unpleasant sensation of pain and heaviness" in the lower limbs.[citation needed] 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[weasel words] believe it is a sign of hypochondriasis.[citation needed] The symptoms are non-specific, but may indicate venous insufficiency.[1]

It was described by BBC reporter Emma Jane Kirby as "a curiously French complaint... the illness you can only get in health-conscious France."[2]

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  1. ^ Novella, Steven (17 December 2008). "The Syndrome Syndrome". Science Based Medicine. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  2. ^ Jane, Emma (2008-12-13). "Programmes | From Our Own Correspondent | A curiously French complaint". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-06-04.