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Sciatica Difficulty Walking
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more
Extreme pain in lower back. Radiates down left leg. ER visit xray shows no bone problem. Pain medication works little if any. Difficulty walking.
A few possibilities: None of these show up on X-ray: disc or ligament injury, pinched nerve due to disc or vertebral dysfunction, nerve inflammation, muscle spasm, or several other causes of sciatica-type pain in the back & leg.A good history & phys. incl osteopathic hands-on exam may provide some answers.Manipulation can solve several of these causes.MRI may be needed if reflexes/strength are diminished. ...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
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
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
That isn't normal: Are you a male or a female? Is this a trend? ...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
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
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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