Jelly Legs and MS
“I feel like my legs are filled with jelly and I can't move them around like I normally do!”
“My legs feel like jello if I try to walk any distance.”
“All of a sudden my legs feel like noodles after walking!”
“Jelly legs,” “jello legs,” “noodle legs” - there are lots of ways members of MyMSTeam describe a weak or wobbly feeling in one or both legs. The leg weakness common among people with multiple sclerosis (MS) can be the result of nerve damage, fatigue, inactivity, or signal an oncoming flare.
Members on MyMSTeam often describe jelly legs as an intermittent or occasional symptom: “My legs feel like jelly, other times they feel like they have weights on them,” a member reported.
Another member wrote, “My right leg feels like jello. It lasts for 15-20 seconds several times a day.”
Some members experience jelly legs after exercise or when they’re especially fatigued. “I mowed my front yard today and I got the ‘jelly legs’ again,” one member wrote.
Jelly legs can be a sign of an MS relapse or a signal that the body needs a major break: “I know that when my vision starts to alter, my legs go all jello-like and I have word-finding problems, it's time to slow down and take a rest for a few hours, possibly days.”
Leg weakness can create problems with walking and balance and lead to falls. Finding ways to manage this weakness is important for preventing broken bones or other injuries from falling.
In some cases, rest and pacing physical activity are the best options. “I have to just sit, rest, and wait it out,” one member commented. “I have learned to pace myself,” another member added. “I walk a little way, stop a few minutes, then walk again.”
Physical therapy can help people with MS manage leg weakness by improving strength and balance.
Sometimes an assistive device like a wheelchair or cane is necessary. One member wrote, “On good days I can walk straight. On bad days I need a cane.”
On MyMSTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with multiple sclerosis, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Wobbly, jelly, or jello legs are one of the most discussed topics.
Here are some conversations about jelly legs:
Here are some question-and-answer threads about jelly legs:
Can you relate? Do your legs ever feel like jelly? Share your experiences in the comments below or directly on MyMSTeam.