Heavy legs

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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 recognised primarily in France, and to a lesser extent 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[1] or peripheral arterial disease.[2]

Remedies may include drinking plenty of tea, essential oil massages and walking in the sea;[3] or alternatively sleeping with the legs elevated, wearing compression products like support stockings and possibly taking diuretics.[4]

It was described by BBC reporter Emma Jane Kirby as "a curiously French complaint ... the illness you can only get in health-conscious France."[5]

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  1. ^ http://www.libermat.com/. "Varicose spider veins removal treatment clinics non-surgical procedures artery and lymphatic system specialists". Vanishing Veins. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  2. ^ "What causes Heavy Legs (not weight related)". JustAnswer. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  3. ^ "Remedies for heavy legs". sofeminine. 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Patterson Medical – Home". Mobilisdirect.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  5. ^ Jane, Emma (2008-12-13). "Programmes | From Our Own Correspondent | A curiously French complaint". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-06-04.