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Q. My mom is unable to walk on her own. What could be the reason?

Answered by
Dr. Divakara P
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 31, 2016 and last reviewed on: Dec 30, 2019

Hi doctor,

My mother is 83 years old. She is suffering from hypertension. She is taking Tazloc 40 mg bd since six to seven years. Of late, she cannot walk on her own. Please advice.

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Hi,

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  • Well, difficulty to walk could be due to many conditions. I have listed them below.
  • Weakness of bones or fracture in her hip bones. Considering her age she can have weakness of bones due to calcium or vitamin D deficiency or due to disease like osteoporosis. This weak bones leads to whole leg weakness causing inability to walk.
  • Another reason can be nerve weakness. It can happen due to vitamin B12 deficiency or due to nerve compression at her low back level or disc prolapse or due to problems in her spinal cord.
  • She requires evaluation for the cause of her problem. I recommend her to get the following tests done and revert back with reports.
  • Serum calcium, serum vitamin D3, DEXA scan (dual x-ray absorptiometry) of her lumbar spine and femur and serum vitamin B12 levels.

Revert back with the investigation reports to an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician


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