Limited walking ability can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'serious' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose limited walking ability, we could:
|Vitamin B12 Need||96%||Confirm|
|Brain Tumor||0%||Ruled out|
|Muscular Dystrophy||0%||Ruled out|
|Parkinson's Disease||0%||Ruled out|
Has your ability to walk declined within the past year for unknown reasons?
Possible responses:→ No change / reason known / don't know
→ A little, but I can still walk unaided
→ I need some assistance
→ I need a lot of assistance
→ I can no longer walk at all
Gradual loss of movement in an arm or leg could indicate a brain tumor. When walking, unsteadiness, stumbling or imbalance (feeling weak and uncoordinated), especially if it is associated with headache, is a significant symptom.
Only about 28% of patients with the GBS remain able to walk unaided. Patients with the hyper acute form of the syndrome lose the use of their legs within a day.
In some cases, Muscular Dystrophy can cause the muscles to weaken to such an extent that an individual can no longer support their own weight, at which point they will lose the ability to walk.
A shuffling walk is characteristic of Parkinson's disease.