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Difficulty Walking Backwards
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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