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Legs shake while walking or standing,how can I stop it

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Legs shake while walking or standing,how can I stop it?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 6 years ago.


How old are you?

You cannot ask question if you are under 18.


Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Sorry, I mistyped my age. I am 19, and I really need help. When I walk, my upper legs usually shake uncontrollably or even when I stand. I have tried to exercise and walk more often, but nothing has helped me. What can I do?
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 6 years ago.

Ok thank you.

You can edit in your question your age.


Coming back to your question, how long you have these symptoms?

Do you have any other symptoms?

Do you have any other medical condition?

Do you take any medication?

Any family history of similar illness,



Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I have had these symptoms since around March 2010, so for a couple of months now. I do not have any other symptoms however, just the leg shaking as a whole on both of my legs. I do not take any medication, and yes my cousin has had similar issues when she was a child such as joint problems that she had to get treated.
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 6 years ago.

Ok thanks for your reply.

Based on your replies, there are few possibilities:

1. Inflammatory myopathies--- inflammation of muscles from autoimmune conditions ( lupus, RA, polymyositis etc.)

2. Metabolic storage disorders

3. Hypokalemic periodic paralysis

4. Neuromuscular diseases like myesthenia gravis, demyelinating neuropathies.

5. Endocrine disorder like thyroid disorder, diabetes, vitamin B12 deficiency etc.


Hence, you should see your doctor soon for thorough evaluation.

The treatment depends on the correct diagnosis.

In the meantime, physical therapy to strengthen your muscles & gait training may be helpful.


Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Can you please give me a little more detail on the diagnosed possibilities you have listed? I'd like to first know what it means, and could you also tell me if further leg exercise is needed every day (how often), any specific diet I need or vitamins, and should I continue walking more often?
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 6 years ago.

Inflammatory conditions affect the muscle fibers & hence the tone & strength.

These conditions usually respond to steroids & immunosuppressive agents.

Metabolic disorders are due to the carbohydrate or lipid metabolism defects.

These are difficult to treat & may respond to dietary discretions like avoiding fasting, reducing carbs etc. But this is only after diagnostic workups.

Hypokalemic periodic paralysis requires potassium supplementation daily. Eat bananas, fruit juice daily.

Endocrinal disorders are diagnosed with blood tests. The treatment is available but differs.

You should start physical therapy under a physical therapist for muscle strengthening exercises ( isometric & closed kinetic exercises). Walking is not just enough exercise.