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Can't climb steps, get out of chairs HELP!

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  • Posted By: dlwaddell
  • November 18, 2006
  • 03:02 PM

I'm 41 years old. I have been extrememly heavy over the years - over 325 just a year ago. I am now down to 245 and still loosing, but the issues that started my weight lose plan have not subsided.
I'm not really sure where it all started. I know I had been able to climb steps only twelve years ago without holdingn on to rails...now I can't even step up on a curb if it's higher than a couple of inches. I worked upstairs in an elevated (above the warehouse) office for about a year. My job was to on a regular basis collect scrap tickets from the warehosue floor. I probably went up and down those steps a dozen or so times in a night. I weighed around 260-270 then. After a while my left knee joint began to ache and became inflamed. I didn't have insurance so didn't go to the doctor right away. Just iced it, favored it and kept going. When i did get insuracnce I went, he said it was inflammed from the weight, suggested I loose weight, gave me strengthening exercising to do...that i didnt' do it hurt too much. About six months later i began to notice the weakness in getting up, climbing steps...anything that was getting up or lifting me up. Within a year I couldn't climb a step without a rail, and couldnt' get out of chairs without leaning forward and letting my hips do the lifting. I gained another fifty pounds or so just do to depression and the inability to get around. When I began loosing the weight I began a search as to why I couldn't do what I needed to. I have been to chiropractors, physical therapist, trainers, orthopedicist, and a neurologist. They ran MRI, Nerve tests, X-Rays of my spine, tried every strenthgening exercise they could come up with and i could do...then I lost my job, had no insurance again and they in the six months they had been trying to 'help' me had found nothing to explain my problems.
Here is what my limitations are:
CAn not climb steps unless I lead with left leg and push to the side...one leg at a time...can not step striaght up.
Can only get up out of any kind of chair by leaning forward and either 'climbing' up my thighs or pushing on a flat surface in front of me
I can not pick up anything and stand up holding it. It's like the muslces in my abdomen will not push in conjunction with my back muscles pulling.
When I lay on my back I can only left both my legs at the same time about two inches off the floor and that's only with great strain on my back.
I ride a recumbant bike every other day for 30 minutes, but get frustrated with that because of the weakness in my legs. I quite literally pray through the whole workout and I'm only running about 10mph.
Any strength training exercise I find shows squats and kneebends and if I tried those I'd be on the floor in an instant.
It takes little for me to fall. I hit the back of my left knee with a clothes hamper the other day and it was only the grace of God that kept me on my feet...I staggered and my legs wanted to collaspe. I even fell going up the steps the other day...my knee just literally gave and i had no strenght to keep mysefl up. Now I have a lovely bruise on my shin and my knee is stiff and sore where it pulled so tight.
I am so tired and frustrated with this problem. I keep looking on the web but find nothing to help and no one. I am 41...not 71 I want to be able to run and climb steps and go horse back riding and four wheeling again.
CAn anyone help me?:confused: Please!!!

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