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:
|Muscular Dystrophy||3%||Ruled out|
|Parkinson's Disease||3%||Ruled out|
|Vitamin B12 Need||2%||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.
A shuffling walk is characteristic of Parkinson's disease.
Staggering can be caused by advanced B12 deficiency.