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What is the definition or description of: Difficulty climbing stairs?

What is the definition or description of: Difficulty climbing stairs?

Climbing stairs. : Difficulty climbing stairs implies a muscular, skeletal, vascular or neurological condition that makes it difficult for someone to walk up steps. This could result from muscular weakness, joint instability, nerve insufficiency or underperfusion of muscles with blood. ...Read more

Difficulty Climbing Stairs (Definition)

Difficulty climbing stairs implies a muscular, skeletal, vascular or neurological condition that makes it difficult for someone to walk up steps. This could result from muscular weakness, joint instability, nerve insufficiency or underperfusion ...Read more


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Would simple deconditioning give people difficulty climbing stairs?

Would simple deconditioning give people difficulty climbing stairs?

Inactivity, injury: If one walks up steps, especially if overweight and/or out of shape, there can be aching in the muscles used most, thigh quadriceps. There can also be balance problems. No matter how deconditioning occurred, if someone is having problems climbing stairs that typically would not have been a challenge or caused pain, it might be time to see pcp/ physiatrist/pt provider for evaluation/exercise plan. ...Read more

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I am experiencing knee pain, difficulty walking, knee swelling, unable to bear weight, difficulty climbing stairs, severe pain in extremity and popping or snapping sound from joint.

I am experiencing knee pain, difficulty walking, knee swelling, unable to bear weight, difficulty climbing stairs, severe pain in extremity and popping or snapping sound from joint.

Get mri and xray: sounds like meniscus tear , see orthopedic , get xray and mri , if overweight lose wt , if not bad , take over the counter pain meds tylenol/aleve. wear elastic knee sleeve,m can do physical therapy if knee gives way or locks up likely tear ...Read more

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Diagnosed with fibro but symptoms include tiring quickly, leg aches w/ trouble climbing stairs, tonic pupil, and memory loss. Something else?

Diagnosed with fibro but symptoms include tiring quickly, leg aches w/ trouble climbing stairs, tonic pupil, and memory loss. Something else?

Fibro is an: insidious illness that involves multiple systems--muscles, neurological, vascular and psychiatric. Your symptoms fit, but are only four of possibly 20 or more. Here's a reference:

http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/understanding-fibromyalgia-symptoms

Find a doc that works with this disorder, as it can present in many forms and resist treatment. Pain docs and arthritis specialists are good.. ...Read more

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My grandson who is 10 years old was diagnosed with a stress fracture on l5. He will be fitted with a brace,but he has trouble climbing stairs and pai?

My grandson who is 10 years old was diagnosed with a stress fracture on l5.  He will be fitted with a brace,but he has trouble climbing stairs and pai?

Whats the question ?: To get the most from this site, you need to provide background information and ask a clear question. You have stated some background information, but no question was posted. You are welcome to start over.Your posts are never linked and go out at random to the site. ...Read more

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Feeling shaky knees from past 1 month the problem is increasing gradually started from difficulty in climbing stairs now cant walk properly..age=24/F?

Feeling shaky knees from past 1 month the problem is increasing gradually started from difficulty in climbing stairs now cant walk properly..age=24/F?

See your doctor ASAP: Whenever someone is 24 and gradually loses the ability to walk normally, it needs evaluation. You should see your doctor or a neurologist ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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What could cause someone to have difficulty climbing maybe 6 stairs?

Difficulty climbing: Many possibilities. It sounds as if you should contact your doctor to find out what is wrong. You will need an examination and probably some tests. ...Read more

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Having trouble with my legs. Can't stand long, legs go numb. Climbing stairs a problem.?

Having trouble with my legs.  Can't stand long, legs go numb. Climbing stairs a problem.?

Could be stenosis: When standing, spinal stenosis in the lumbar spine usually becomes more symptomatic. In other words, the pain or numbness in the legs gets worse. I recommend evaluation by your doctor who could order tests such as x-rays, MRI or a ct scan of your low back and check for other possible causes of your complaints. ...Read more

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Knee problem, very painful, getting up from sitting position..Climbing stairs..And now a lump on back of knee..On feet all day as contractor. Any idea?

Knee problem, very painful, getting up from sitting position..Climbing stairs..And now a lump on back of knee..On feet all day as contractor. Any idea?

Baker's cyst ?: Should see orthopedist and probably have an MRI of the affected knee. It can give an anatomic reason for the discomfort and verify if that lump is a baker's cyst. ...Read more

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Shows medial compartment on knee x-ray. Cannot climb stairs nor do much exercise on knees. What should I do?Thanks

Shows medial compartment on knee x-ray. Cannot climb stairs nor do much exercise on knees. What should I do?Thanks

Consider Regenexx: You might want to see the doctors in your area that perform the regenexx stem cell therapies (the original docs are in colorado). They have the most research about their treatment algorithm and often will do a phone consult with you if you live far to determine how you might fair. ...Read more

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I get otu of breath very easy. I'm 29yrs old and cant climb stairs or walk a reasonable distance. If I do it takes 2-5min to catch breath and be ok?

I get otu of breath very easy. I'm 29yrs old and cant climb stairs or walk a reasonable distance. If I do it takes 2-5min to catch breath and be ok?

Not OK!: At any age that kind of shortness of breath with exertion needs to be worked up. Perhaps a lung or heart problem could be underlying. If you are terribly out of shape that could be the problem but the more serious conditions need to be ruled out before that is assumed. ...Read more

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My son is 4 yo and he still doesn't alternate his feet when climbing stairs. He can ride a bicycle very well, jump and kick a ball. Should I worry?

My son is 4 yo and he still doesn't alternate his feet when climbing stairs. He can ride a bicycle very well, jump and kick a ball. Should I worry?

4 year milestones: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/milestones-4yr.html

Check out this list of expected milestones for a 4 year old. If he is unable to perform several of the activities on this list, please see your pediatrician for evaluation. ...Read more

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My left leg gave away while climbing stairs. Almost fell but didn't. Doctor checked out and said it is manifestation of pain. Thoughts?

My left leg gave away while climbing stairs.  Almost fell but didn't.  Doctor checked out and said it is manifestation of pain. Thoughts?

Protection: The body protects itself. When you have a small bit a cartilage floating around the knee joint and go to bear weight, your body stops you from injuring itself. The giving way is your body not allowing to bring your full weight down and injuring the surface of the joint further. ...Read more

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My left knee and hip keep hurting whenever i put all my weight on it. ex: climbing stairs. i didn't do anything physically demanding recently?

My left knee and hip keep hurting whenever i put all my weight on it. ex: climbing stairs. i didn't do anything physically demanding recently?

Call your doctor: There are many minor injuries that may have occurred without you realizing it.It's most likely a soft tissue injury but you really need to be examined by your doctor to know whether or not you need x-rays to rule out a bony injury.You can try Naproxen or Motrin for a few days but if not improved, you should call your doctor and be seen for further evaluation.You may benefit from physical therapy. ...Read more

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Why does a person get short of breathness and headaches when climbing stairs?

Why does a person get short of breathness and headaches when climbing stairs?

That person might be: Deconditioned. A medical evaluation would probably provide a more definitive answer to this question. ...Read more

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Bad headache after climbing stairs and my BP is 100/80, is there anything wrong?

Bad headache after climbing stairs and my BP is 100/80, is there anything wrong?

Exercise headache: Some people will develop a headache with exercise.It is usually a benign condition and requires no investigation. Exercise can also be a trigger for migraine headaches. ...Read more

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What exercises should I do so i'm not so out of breath after climbing stairs?

What exercises should I do so i'm not so out of breath after climbing stairs?

Conditioning: Any aerobic exercise (walking, running, swimming, stairs, etc) will help. Start slow and work your way up. When you feel your self getting winded slow down, recover and work your way back up. If you push yourself you will be out of breath at any level of conditioning and as long as you are in your target zone (heart rate) and not short of breath you are doing well. ...Read more

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Both my knees "pop" when climbing stairs. There is no pain. What could this be?

Both my knees "pop" when climbing stairs. There is no pain. What could this be?

No pain=no problem: As long as you do not have accompanying pain or limited mobility, popping or cracking of joints should be of no concern. The tissues in joint may have minor rough spots or imperfections that cause sounds. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I had a tkr 8 months ago. Should I still have swelling and pain on walking 4-5 miles or climbing stairs? 

I had a tkr 8 months ago. Should I still have swelling and pain on walking 4-5 miles or climbing stairs? 

It's not uncommon: All knees heal at different rates. Talk to your surgeon to make sure the implants are stable and that there is no infection or other issue that won't get better with time. ...Read more

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Should I worry about jaw pain that comes on when i'm climbing stairs?

Should I worry about jaw pain that comes on when i'm climbing stairs?

Yes: Jaw pain is frequently experienced when a blockage in one of the arteries of the heart prevents adequate blood (and oxygen) flow to the heart, particularly during periods of exertion such as climbing stairs. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should be seen by a physician as you may need testing to evaluate for the presence of heart disease. ...Read more

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What is the reason for feeling breathless when climbing stairs or walking up an incline?

breathless: When your aerobic capacity is exceeded by your exercise, breathlessness results. Climbing stairs and walking incline are exercise. ...Read more

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Why do I always get so short of breath after climbing stairs, but not while I am climbing them?

Why do I always get so short of breath after climbing stairs, but not while I am climbing them?

See below: You are more likely to notice the shortness of breath after you stop and maybe that is why you stopped in the first place. Keep walking and you will eventiually get short of breath while doing the exercise. When you stop you have just completed the entire exercise so more likely to be short of breath than when you were halfway finished. ...Read more

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Knee pain while first standing and climbing stairs after long flight. 60. Any ideas?

Patellofemoral pain: Pain in the front of the knee when climbing stairs, first standing, or sitting for prolonged periods is generally from problems under the knee cap. This can be patellofemoral pain, chondromalacia patella or patellofemoral arthritis. ...Read more