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What To Do When Anxiety Causes Leg Pain

Jenna Jarrold, MS, LAC, NCC
What To Do When Anxiety Causes Leg Pain

Anxiety can cause symptoms that sometimes seem inexplicable. Because some symptoms are not easily understood in how they connect to anxiety, many people end up thinking they are suffering from an additional issue or health-related problem.

Leg pain is a prime example of this. Most people struggle to understand how and why leg pain is related to anxiety, but the reality is that the connection is very real. While leg pain does not affect everyone with anxiety, it can have a significant impact on some.  

How Does Anxiety Cause Leg Pain?

Leg pain is not a common symptom of anxiety by any means. But some people do experience this symptom, especially those who have anxiety attacks. The underlying causes of the leg pain, and the type of pain, may differ from person to person. Some of the more common experiences are: 

These are only some of the ways that anxiety can lead to leg and leg related pains. 

Is Leg Pain from Anxiety Dangerous?

When leg pain is caused by anxiety, there is no danger to one’s health. Despite how uncomfortable it can feel, anxiety related leg pain is merely a response to the way your body is experiencing stress.  Finding ways to manage and alleviate the leg pain is important. 

That said, it is still a good idea to see a doctor and make sure that your leg pain is anxiety related. Only a doctor can rule out other leg pain issues. 

How to Reduce the Leg Pain From Anxiety

When leg pain is caused by anxiety, it can be helpful to learn ways to reduce the anxiety and, in turn, the leg pain should dissipate. There are a few things someone suffering from anxiety-induced leg pain can do in the moment including: 

None of these are permanent fixes or cures, as anxiety is not something that is necessarily curable. Regardless, learning ways to manage one’s anxiety can help relieve the associated leg pain, and other symptoms so they do not have such a significant impact.

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