What other symptoms might occur with leg weakness?

Leg weakness may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently cause leg weakness may also involve other body systems.

Leg symptoms that may occur along with leg weakness

Leg weakness may accompany other symptoms affecting the leg including:

  • Burning feeling
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness
  • Paralysis
  • Pins-and-needles (prickling) sensation
  • Redness, warmth or swelling
  • Twitching

Other symptoms that may occur along with leg weakness

Leg weakness may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Back pain
  • Body aches
  • General ill feeling
  • Hand, arm or finger pain
  • Headache
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Loss of muscle coordination
  • Symptoms of multiple sclerosis such as weakness, numbness or tingling, vision problems, unsteady walk, fatigue, and depression
  • Tingling or other unusual sensations in the hands or feet

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, leg weakness may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Changes in hearing, taste or smell
  • Confusion
  • Fainting or change in level of consciousness or lethargy
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Loss of vision or changes in vision
  • Progressive weakness and numbness in the legs
  • Severe headache

What is leg weakness?

Leg weakness can occur as part of a generalized feeling of weakness all over your body, or it may develop in one or both legs. True weakness occurs when the muscles lose their strength, but people often perceive that their muscles are weak when they feel ill or tired. In these cases there is not a true loss of muscle function. The sudden onset of muscle weakness can be a sign of stroke, a poten... Read more about leg weaknessintroduction


What causes leg weakness?

Leg weakness can be caused by any kind of injury, neuromuscular diseases, toxins, or life-threatening illnesses such as stroke.

Spinal causes of leg weakness

Conditions that affect the spinal cord, the backbone (vertebrae) or the nerves that exit from the spinal cord can all cause leg weakness along with pain, burning, numbness or a tingling sensation along the course o... Read more about leg weaknesscauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 5, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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