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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 it's 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

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Difficulty Walking (Definition)

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


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Harrington rod op 32 years ago (dorsal&lumbar). Age, 46. Difficulty walking, sciatica & osteoarthritis pain. What exercises and nutrition could help?

Harrington rod op 32 years ago (dorsal&lumbar). Age, 46. Difficulty walking, sciatica & osteoarthritis pain. What exercises and nutrition could help?

SWIMMING: Would be very beneficial for you! Make sure your diet contains enough Calcium (or obtain Calcium Supplements) and vitamin D (You should check these with your PCP!
You ahould also consider a "fresh" evaluation by a SPINE Specialist!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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How long does difficulty walking associated with separation of the symphysis pubis last?

How long does difficulty walking associated with separation of the symphysis pubis last?

Pubic symphysis : Disruption of the public synthesis usually results from trauma, or in some cases during pregnancy. Traumatic injuries are usually part of pelvic ring injuries and often require surgical treatment. Those injuries do not require surgical treatment will generally require three months until symptoms gradually improve. This is only an estimate and the results are based on the individual injury pattern and treatment. Disruption that occurs as a result of pregnancy or delivery is generally self-limited and symptoms resolve within a few weeks to months after delivery. In rare cases the disruption that occurs as a result of pregnancy can persist and be symptomatic. ...Read more

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Can facet arthropaty cause sciatica and walking problem/limpness and pain in the leg/ for months?

Can facet arthropaty cause sciatica and walking problem/limpness and pain in the leg/ for months?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. If the arthropathy is great enough you may have sciatica like symptoms as well. ...Read more

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Weak leg n back muscle n loss of leg strength/tingling.Can't walk/stand for long. Is this sciatica?EMG normal. Have history of B12/D def. Now b12 is 250

Weak leg n back muscle n loss of leg strength/tingling.Can't walk/stand for long. Is this sciatica?EMG normal. Have history of B12/D def. Now b12 is 250

Possibly: An emg/ncv test is not 100 percent sensitive for sciatica, so it could be coming from the irritation of a nerve in the back causing symptoms in the leg ("sciatica"), but there are other potential causes as well. An MRI of the lumbar spine would show if there is any nerve impingement that correlates with your symptoms. Continue being seen for further work up. ...Read more

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Why do I have this tingling sensation in my left foot after getting up from prolonged lying and I have difficulty walking due to pain in the ankle?

Why do I have this tingling sensation in my left foot after getting up from prolonged lying and I have difficulty walking due to pain in the ankle?

Varies: There are a number of possibilities, I would not hesitate to be seen. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is just one possibility. This is a condition in which a nerve is entrapped in the foot/ankle and can cause ankle pain and a pain that radiates into the toes. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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I banged my knee in my kitchen two days ago. Have swelling and difficulty walking on stairs only. Using ice and naproxen. How long for swelling to go.

I banged my knee in my kitchen two days ago. Have swelling and difficulty walking on stairs only. Using ice and naproxen. How long for swelling to go.

Swollen knee: Usually in 48 hours you should see a significant reduction in swelling. Especially in combination with an NSAID. But if you are an active person and don't allow yourself time to rest and keep your leg elevated then it will be longer. It also depends on the severity of the injury. If you have a fracture, it will be longer. Given your age I would probably talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Dementia and double hip surgery 2013. Difficulty walking, walks with aid. Last 10 days lying down, leg/hip pain. Hip may be dislocated. Lives overseas, will be seen, seeking advice meantime. What to do if dislocated, 4 yrs post surgery?

Dementia and double hip surgery 2013. Difficulty walking, walks with aid. Last 10 days lying down, leg/hip pain. Hip may be dislocated. Lives overseas, will be seen, seeking advice meantime. What to do if dislocated, 4 yrs post surgery?

Be seen: Needs to be seen. Immediately. A dislocated hip needs to be reduced on an urgent fashion and the longer it goes on the more likely it will be that the hip won't be able to be reduced closed but will need an open surgery. ...Read more

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I feel a burning sensation in fractured ankle after 3 years after healing. It started with an electric shock like sensation around the fractured area which lasted for 3-4 seconds. I have difficulty walking as there is this burning pain. Please advis

I feel a burning sensation in fractured ankle after 3 years after healing. It started with an electric shock like sensation around the fractured area which lasted for 3-4 seconds. I have difficulty walking as there is this burning pain. Please advis

Ankle pain: May need to get a xray and check for degenerative changes. Possibly a nerve test to see if you have an inflamed nerve in the ankle as well from the trauma. Anti inflammatories may help as well. ...Read more

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L have been bedridden for a week with severe sciatica pain. I have no insurance and cannot walk. What should I do?

L have been bedridden for a week with severe sciatica pain.  I have no insurance and cannot walk.  What should I do?

4-6 weeks: Initially the symptoms last 4-6 weeks and if your body heals like it supposed to then pain relief starts. However, disc herniations which are the cause of majority of sciatica symptoms last for 6-9 months and therefore people can have pain during that time as well. If not better after 6 weeks see a spine specialist to evaluate this further. Try core exercise s first, check youtube or see PT. ...Read more

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Low back pain, crushing thigh pain, then can't move one foot and now the other foot is going.MRI lumbosacral negative. Can't walk on tiptoes or heals??

Low back pain, crushing thigh pain, then can't move one foot and now the other foot is going.MRI lumbosacral negative. Can't walk on tiptoes or heals??

This sounds: Like a serious nerve problem. Depending on how rapidly your paralysis is worsening, it could progress to involve your breathing muscles. Please get to the emergency dept right away. ...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?

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?

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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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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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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Pain in feet. Mostly outer side and heels. Difficulty walking.

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

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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.

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.

See your doctor: While this may be simple soft tissue injury and trauma, knees are complex and can cause significant problem. If it is more than 72 hours from your injury and you have done ice, rest, elevation and anti inflammatory, it is definitely time to see your doctor. ...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 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 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?

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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more