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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Difficulty Walking (Overview)

Difficulty walking is a broad term that encompasses multiple medical conditions. One type of difficulty walking is called claudication. In claudication, a person can begin having severe pain or tightness or cramping that can make it difficult to walk. Claudication can have a vascular or neurological cause or both. Cardiac and pulmonary patients can have trouble walking due to breathing probs.


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What causes difficulty walking after sitting?

What causes difficulty walking after sitting?

Many possibilities: If it is not getting better, see your doctor. Walking is a complex process, and many different medical problems can affect it. I suggest you go in for a good history and examination. Start with your primary doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
33 doctors shared insights

Difficulty Walking (Overview)

Difficulty walking is a broad term that encompasses multiple medical conditions. One type of difficulty walking is called claudication. In claudication, a person can begin having severe pain or tightness or cramping that can make it difficult to walk. Claudication can have a vascular or neurological cause or both. Cardiac and pulmonary patients can have trouble walking due to breathing probs.


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Does the symptom difficulty walking mean that I have becker muscular dystrophy?

Does the symptom difficulty walking mean that I have becker muscular dystrophy?

No: Difficulty walking can occur due to many reasons. Becker muscular dystrophy is one of those reasons... But it is rare compared to most other causes. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat pernicious anemia that is causing pain, numbness, difficulty walking?

What can I do to treat pernicious anemia that is causing pain, numbness, difficulty walking?

B12 Supplementation: If you are not under the care of a physician for this please see a primary care doctor. If it is early of vitamin B12 may be able to reverse these symptoms. ...Read more

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Why does my grandma have difficulty walking?

Why does my grandma have difficulty walking?

Many possibilities: Arthritis in major leg joints (hip, knee, ankle, foot) can limit walking. Stenosis (narrowing of nerve channels in low back) can cause leg pain, weakness, feeling. Neck or midback stenosis can compress the spinal cord, making walking difficult. Brain & other nerve problems can affect walking. Poor leg circulation is another possibility. She should see her primary doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for hashimotos? Symptoms: abdominal pain, joint pain, difficulty walking in morning, lump on my Achilles tendon. Tt 07/6/12

What is the best treatment for hashimotos? Symptoms: abdominal pain, joint pain, difficulty walking in morning, lump on my Achilles tendon. Tt 07/6/12

Rheumatologist: Sounds like it is time for a visit to a rheumatologist. Many times a course of steroids can help but long term treatment is needed. ...Read more

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I have a corn on the outside of my left foot which is now causing me difficulty walking. What can I do to get rid of this? Many thanks.

I have a corn on the outside of my left foot which is now causing me difficulty walking. What can I do to get rid of this?

Many thanks.

Corn : This term usually refers to a toe deformity. This sounds more like a callous . See your podiatrist for an evaluation and he / she will guide you on what needs to be done to help . Good luck. ...Read more

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Pain in calf muscle of right leg. Difficulty walking. Doc here gave cefuroxime axetil and paracetamol-serratiopetidase-aceclotenac tablets.

Pain in calf muscle of right leg. Difficulty walking. Doc here gave cefuroxime axetil and paracetamol-serratiopetidase-aceclotenac tablets.

Muscle pain: Something is missing from this story. You are receiving an antibiotic and you do not mention any symptoms suggesting an infection. Expand and rephrase the question. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my pops has gout, which saddens me so much, cause he has difficulty walking?

What do you suggest if my pops has gout, which saddens me so much, cause he has difficulty walking?

Gout rx: Take in tart cherry juice and tart cherries, 20/day. Add Lemon extract 4 tblspns / day. Avoid alcohol, animal fats, organ meats, anchovies, sardines, tuna, salmon, and shellfish. Limit other meats to 4 oz per day. Avoid high fructose corn syrup containing drinks and foods. Add egg whites, quinoa, soy as protein. Eat lots of citrus fruit and veggies. Drink 3 liters per day. Allopurinol rx daily ...Read more

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Hello docs! can you tell me what could be causing someone to have difficulty walking and balancing as they get older?

Hello docs! can you tell me what could be causing someone to have difficulty walking and balancing as they get older?

Depends: Brain ages along with bones and every other organ as we age. Blood flow changes and organs don't work as well. This will vary in severity speed and age from person to person. However there are disease states that can also produce changes as described. There are blood tests and imaging studies that can usually identify cause. ...Read more

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Why does my grandma have difficulty walking?

Many possibilities: Arthritis in major leg joints (hip, knee, ankle, foot) can limit walking. Stenosis (narrowing of nerve channels in low back) can cause leg pain, weakness, feeling. Neck or midback stenosis can compress the spinal cord, making walking difficult. Brain & other nerve problems can affect walking. Poor leg circulation is another possibility. She should see her primary doctor. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty walking after sitting?

Many possibilities: If it is not getting better, see your doctor. Walking is a complex process, and many different medical problems can affect it. I suggest you go in for a good history and examination. Start with your primary doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Difficulty walking?

What is the definition or description of: Difficulty walking?

Broad term: Difficulty walking is a broad term that encompasses multiple medical conditions. One type of difficulty walking is called claudication. In claudication, a person can begin having severe pain or tightness or cramping that can make it difficult to walk. Claudication can have a vascular or neurological cause or both. Cardiac and pulmonary patients can have trouble walking due to breathing probs. ...Read more

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What to do if someone has much difficulty walking to help them?

What to do if someone has much difficulty walking to help them?

Be seen: What it would really ce down to is the specific cause for why the person has difficulty walking. Some causes have a very simple fix, but others do not. I would encourage you to be seen. The longer a person does not walk, the harder it is for a person to regain the ability to walk. Thank you. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what could be causing someone to have difficulty walking and balancing as they get older?

Can anyone tell me what could be causing someone to have difficulty walking and balancing as they get older?

Normal pressure hydr: I agree w/Dr. Ihle that spinal stenosis & upper motor neuron disease are high on list making it difficult to walk & balance. Peripheral neuropathy in someone w/long-standing poorly controlled diabetes could do this. Vitamin B12 deficiency too perhaps. If concomitant incontinence & memory loss, then I'd worry about normal pressure hydrocephalus which is build up of fluid & pressure in brain. Stroke ...Read more

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My 13 mo has a sudden difficulty walking?

My 13 mo has a sudden difficulty walking?

Get checked !: If you r 13 month old was walking well previously and now is not walking at all, get him or her checked by their doctor. Perhaps it's nothing serious, but children don't stop walking unless there is something going on. ...Read more

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I'm having some difficulty walking or standing after sex?

That isn't normal: Are you a male or a female? Is this a trend? ...Read more

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What to do if i broke my neck and letley I have been having difficulty walking?

What to do if i broke my neck and letley I have been having difficulty walking?

Need to see a spinal: Surgeon, as to be evaluated properly. You could have the walking problems associated with it or is due to some other reason.
Ct/mri scans would be needed, before a DX can be reached.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my pops has gout, which saddens me so much, cause he has difficulty walking?

Gout rx: Take in tart cherry juice and tart cherries, 20/day. Add Lemon extract 4 tblspns / day. Avoid alcohol, animal fats, organ meats, anchovies, sardines, tuna, salmon, and shellfish. Limit other meats to 4 oz per day. Avoid high fructose corn syrup containing drinks and foods. Add egg whites, quinoa, soy as protein. Eat lots of citrus fruit and veggies. Drink 3 liters per day. Allopurinol rx daily ...Read more

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Hello docs! can you tell me what could be causing someone to have difficulty walking and balancing as they get older?

Depends: Brain ages along with bones and every other organ as we age. Blood flow changes and organs don't work as well. This will vary in severity speed and age from person to person. However there are disease states that can also produce changes as described. There are blood tests and imaging studies that can usually identify cause. ...Read more

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I'm disabled & have difficulty walking, standing & sitting for any length of time. Swimming not an option. What other options are there for exercise?

I'm disabled & have difficulty walking, standing & sitting for any length of time. Swimming not an option. What other options are there for exercise?

Exercise if disabled: You may be able to do some stretching exercises to maintain flexibility or use free weights or resistance bands to build your upper body strength. building muscle not only enhances strength, it contributes to weight control because the more muscle you have, the more calories you can burn. Consult with a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. ...Read more

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What causes extreme difficulty walking after a leg workout?

What causes extreme difficulty walking after a leg workout?

Overuse injury: Whenever we overuse our muscles, they tend to hurt and can get stiff. The theory behind this is that there can be a build up of Lactic Acid in the muscles due to the over exercise of the muscles without enough oxygen getting to the muscle. One must exercise and have periods of rest in between the workouts to help the muscles recover. ...Read more

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How long does difficulty walking associated with sciatica last?

How long does difficulty walking associated with sciatica last?

Hard to Say: Usually the initial nerve irritation can last 3-6 weeks and the disc herniation causing the sciatica may take up to 6-9 months to heal, so its hard to say how long you will have this depending on how bad the symptoms are for you. You may want to see a pain/spine specialist to see what your options for treatment may be if you are in a lot of pain. ...Read more

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Grandmother with dementia having difficulty walking, how to help?

Grandmother with dementia having difficulty walking, how to help?

Try not to make: Any changes in her routine or where you go w/her. Social and geographical cues help your grandmom to orient herself. Please find a support group for yourself to avoid caretaker burnout. Ask her doc about walking exercises or pt if she will cooperate. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If I have difficulty walking because my leg got hit, what can I do?

If I have difficulty walking because my leg got hit, what can I do?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Pain in the knees and have difficulty walking. The knee also has lost its flexibility and doesn't turn anymore.

Pain in the knees and have difficulty walking. The knee also has lost its flexibility and doesn't turn anymore.

Be seen: Unusual in a 22 year old, presumably with no known history of injury and no knownedical problems. One of the more common causes would be some form of inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, for example. Not that you have that, but it would be wise to be seen to establish the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Sudden severe back pain wo injury back spasams today and difficulty walking sitting brings tears. What could cause this?

Back pain: Hard to tell what causes this and you must have someone tack you to the nearest Emergency facility.
Please let me know how things go.

M. Kleerekoper ...Read more

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I am experiencing leg pain and difficulty walking. The following also describes me: Unable to bear weight. What should I do?

I am experiencing  leg pain and difficulty walking. The following also describes me: Unable to bear weight. What should I do?

Internal Knee proble: You will need an evaluation including imaging and maybe MRI. It my not be knee or Hip and could be leg disease ilke circulation or pinched nerve - you need this clarified. See your physician. ...Read more

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Does the symptom difficulty walking mean that I have becker muscular dystrophy?

No: Difficulty walking can occur due to many reasons. Becker muscular dystrophy is one of those reasons... But it is rare compared to most other causes. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more