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A 22-year-old female asked:

Is it possible for someone suffering from constant stress and (ocd) anxiety attacks to have muscle weakness in legs that lasts all day?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Not usually: Weakness in leg muscles that lasts all day would not usually be related to ocd or anxiety attacks alone -- although anxiety can certainly produce all kinds of physical symptoms. Sometimes fatigue can be a symptom of depression and anxiety, though. Please discuss your concerns with your own doctor, who knows you best and can assess what needs further investigation and treatment.
Dr. Timothy Re
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Possible: Absolutely possible because anxiety has strong effects on our muscles and systems. Weakness can be prevalent which chronic stress and anxiety. However this by itself is unusual and i would recommend an evaluation to make sure.

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