Heaviness Of The Legs

What Causes Heavy Legs?

Heavy legs can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'serious' to 'critical'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose heavy legs, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "heavy legs" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Poor Circulation
  • Heart Disease
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
sleeping more than necessary
history of birth control pill use
severe muscle weakness
severe calorie restriction
heart attack(s) in mother
recent loss of sense of touch
current birth control pill use
appendix removed before age 20
numb/burning/tingling extremities
pain in chest or left side
major voice change
non-specific arm pain
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of heavy legs:
Cause Probability Status
Heart Disease 94% Confirm
Guillain-Barre Syndrome 29% Unlikely
Poor Circulation 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate problems with limbs, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do your legs ever feel 'heavy', making it difficult to stand up, climb stairs, walk or stand?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Sometimes slightly
→ Often slightly / sometimes severely
→ Often severely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either no heaviness in the legs or heaviness of the legs, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

Tired and heavy legs may indicate that the return blood flow from the legs to the heart is impaired.  Gravity and impaired veins combined with possible heart problems result in oxygen-depletion in the legs, producing that heavy, tired feeling.

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