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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
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 ...Read more
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
Sudden severe back pain wo injury back spasams today and difficulty walking sitting brings tears. What could cause this?
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
Female (45), Difficulty walking and sitting, Pain in lower left back, Pinching nerve from lower left back towards down the leg. And Sharp pain.
My legs are rigid and painful, difficulty walking straight and with balance. I find it hard just to get up from sitting or climbing stairs. Any ideas?
See MD: This is not normal for someone of your age; you need to be assessed by a doctor soon. ...Read more
I have l5s1 disc herniation pain left buttock leg calf and foot, difficulty walking and very painful sitting pain is now radiating to left testicle?
Ron. Would strongly suggest that you be evaluated and treated CONSERVATIVELY by a Spine Center if there is one within any reasonable distance form where you live. This would generally be based at a local hospital but cold be a group of doctor in office setting...At the very least see a Physiatrist (NOT Psychiatrist important spelling difference!! Good luck
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
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
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
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
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
That isn't normal: Are you a male or a female? Is this a trend? ...Read more
Don't know you: Ask your doctor; too many individual factors to give opinion here. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
See your doctor: You could have a back injuryGet a more detailed answer ›
Poor foot support: You may have poor foot support. Condition like plantar fasciitis is quite common; it can result in pain in the heel. Make sure you wear a pair of shoes with good arch support or get a pair of shoe inserts. If condition continues, then consult with a podiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more
I fell down a slanted, rocky trail and my knee cap slammed squarely on a rock. Since then I've had pain, bruising, and difficulty walking.
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
I am experiencing leg pain and difficulty walking. The following also describes me: Unable to bear weight. What should I do?
My physical therapist says he's putting me in the "proper alignment" and now I am having difficulty walking. Advice?
See an osteopath: Don't mean to sound harsh, but have heard this before, and physical therapists are not trained to be chiropractors. Visit an osteopathic physician, get full history and physical exam, and find an appropriate program for your issues. ...Read more
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
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