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WebMD's Symptom Finder: Physical Symptoms of Depression - Legs / Feet

When you're depressed, muscle aches in your legs and feet can seem to come out of nowhere. They may not be related to any known injury or strain, and certainly need medical evaluation.

But depression and physical pain are closely related. Depression makes us more aware of vague aches and pains we would otherwise not notice. It also intensifies the feeling of pain and discomfort.

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Depression and Chronic Pain

Living with chronic or long-term pain is a tremendous burden. But when you have chronic pain and depression, the burden gets even heavier. Depression magnifies pain. It makes it more difficult to cope with everyday living. The good news is that chronic pain and depression are not inseparable. Effective medications and psychotherapy can help relieve the depression and make chronic pain more tolerable.

Read the Depression and Chronic Pain article > >

Could your muscle aches be related to depression? One way to find out is to keep a symptom diary. Print out this symptom diary, and fill it out. Then take it to your doctor to discuss what may be causing your symptoms.

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 04, 2013

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