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Toddler unable to walk anymore

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 8, 2006
  • 00:03 PM

My 2.5 year old son was able to walk (developed normally) until just before his 2nd birthday at which time he began to limp and then would not walk at all. We took him to the hospital where he had an ultrasound and was diagnosed with irritable hip. We were advised to rest him. After a few weeks he was able to walk again. Within a month he stopped walking again and has not been able to walk since.

His right leg was in permament spasm from the hip to the toes meaning he was also not able to balance even when sitting.

He has had an MRI scan and is having physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.

The MRI scan results just came back, his brain and spine are completely normal.

About 3 weeks before his MRI scan, he had a massive seizure in his right leg which lasted for around 2 hours and was treated at A&E with diazepam. Since the seizure, his leg is no longer convulsed/spasmed and is now in the same state as his left leg, ie. pretty much normal.

But the issues with the balance and the walking (ie. he cant balance when sitting, he cannot stand and cannot walk) still remain.

What makes matters worse is that he has RAS (reflexive anoxic syndrome) where he holds his breath until he passes out when he is distressed. This means that putting him down, in the bath, or trying any of his physio exercises stimulates his RAS and he passes out.

So we are back to square one. Our son still cant walk, and we have no idea why.

Has anyone else experienced this or similar?

We have been assured that the RAS and the walking are not connected.

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  • Hi hon. I found this and I am hopeing it brings some ideas for you to look into if you have not yet. and here is a link to this site that has more detail...*hugs*http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site932/mainpageS932P0.htmlWhat are gait abnormalities? In the first few years of life, a child's normal gait, or walking cycle doesn't resemble that of an adult. A normal 1-year old, for example, has a wide-based stance and rapid cadence and takes short steps. In fact, it's not until a child is around 3-years old that clear adult gait patterns are detectable in a child. However, during the early years, there can be some obvious gait abnormalities-any number of disturbances in what is considered the normal walking cycle for that age group-that may become a concern. While many of these disturbances are quite common and correct themselves on their own, some require medical assistance. The most common types of gait abnormalities, discussed further below, are in-toeing out-toeing, limping and toe walking. Lightweaver
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 13, 2006
    • 01:44 AM
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  • HI! May God bless your child with a speedy recovery! I don't know if this will help, I've recently had a terrible time with my son beginning at age two with the mysterious neruo symptoms. Too long to list but just crazy and unusal with all testing and labs coming back normal. Hes now 4.5 years we still don't have any answers but did find out from Children's Hospital Boston that we should do a strep throat culture - PANDAS- Pediatric Autoimmune Neruophyciatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. After all this time he was infact positive, actually twice in one month.Still waiting to see if its gone... The antibiotics are helping with the rest of his symptoms. Please discuss strep antibodies in the brain w/ your neurologist especially if your childs been sick. I believe my son has had strep all this time. His symptoms went as far as total body paralysis for a few minutes. He was never cultured in the past for strep... its strange that something so simple can be so devistating if left untreated. Good luck... its worth studying the autoimmune in conjunction with the brain, etc.
    vigilantmom3 5 Replies
    • September 25, 2006
    • 08:09 PM
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  • Hi there,If anyone can help me that would be very much appreciated. Starting only 1-2 days ago, my son (2yrs 7 months) lost his ability to walk. He articulates that there is no pain and we've been with him constantly and haven't observed any accidents.He is an extremely active boy and constantly jumps around and runs around. At first I thought it was because of his active nature, but we haven't seen any bruising.He is able to grab onto a table and pull himself up, crawls around and even kneels to play. He recently had a cold and a fever (recovering), but was treated by the doctor, so we didn't think anything of that.This situation is very difficult to understand as the onset of his inability to walk was so sudden. Anyone else go through this situation?
    Hubert 1 Replies
    • January 26, 2009
    • 11:12 AM
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  • I had the exact same problem last night.My son is 17 months. Yesterday night, I noticed that he had stopped walking and started crawling. I was very nervous. I thought it was because he was tired or one of his leg is on a nap. I put him down to sleep and saw him woke up around midnight.I immediately put him on to his legs on floor and he still wouldn't walk. I noticed that he had all the strength in his legs and toes but even after trying he wasn't able to walk.Took him to a doctor this morning and she refused to be on a conclusion yet. She has asked me to watch him. We had X-Rays and Blood count done and everything came out normal. Meanwhile later in the noon he started walking back 4-5 steps but would again come back to crawling. I dont know if the situation has improved or not. This has been very unusal for me and my wife. Any help on this would be extremly appreciated.
    AmitSaxena 1 Replies
    • February 2, 2009
    • 07:19 PM
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  • my daughter stopped walking about 3 months after she started, would cry in pain and it became worse at night. she was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis in one knee and has been on anti-inflammatory medication for the last 2 years. over that time she's been taken of the medicine twice and the symptoms and very quickly flared up again. Last week the dr decided it was in fact growing pains and is taking her off the medication again. i am massively frustrated and annoyed and feel i have to allow her knee to swell up and suffer pain just to get them to take it seriously, because of course she never shows the symptoms when we go to her hospital appointments and her blood tests show up negative for the disease . and it's 3 months between appointments. i hope he's right but i fear he's not.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 29, 2009
    • 03:56 AM
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  • My brother in law's daughter had a problem where her body was developing normally but the child could not walk, they tried many doctors in Dallas, TX and none could figure out, they went through a lot of different specialists (the details elude me), however as luck would have it, the mother was a born German citizen and decided to take her daughter to Germany for a checkup as the US doctors could not figure out the reason except assign a nurse to come in a few days a week for some physiotherapy that seemed to make no difference after months.Once in Germany the doctors quickly found out that the reason the child could not walk was because a certain part of her bone (details again elude me) was very slightly smaller and was the reason she couldn’t walk, the child went through some sort of bone graft surgery where they extended the bone somehow with surgery and later some sort of bone stretching therapy and with the help of physiotherapists the child walks perfectly normal today.But that’s not all, the doctors found the child also had water in her ears and that was why she was not responding to her parents speech causing the parents to wonder if there was some mental abnormality, once the eater was soaked up and taken care of, the child started normal speech soon thereafter.German doctors are paid much less than US doctors, but its a sad thing our overpaid US doctors were useless and had it not been for the Germans, this child could have been handicapped forever.Now I also understand why we saw Farrah Fawcett going to Germany for her final medical visits.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 7, 2009
    • 01:14 AM
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  • My sister's cats both developed hind-end paralysis shortly after a cell phone mast was installed, pretty much in her backyard. All MRI's were normal and she had to have them both put down because neither of them could walk. She still doesn't believe the installation of this tower caused her cats' sudden neuro symptoms, but google it yourself.
    kermworm 81 Replies
    • September 16, 2009
    • 09:20 PM
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  • Hi, this just happened to my one year old little boy yesterday morning. Normally he walks, runs, dances and even plays soccer, but he seems to have lost his balance for almost two days now. He has reverted to crawling and is fine bearing weight on his legs when holding on to something, but shakes his arm and wobbles to a fall when trying to stand freely. He just recovered from a mild cold with a fever and a bronchial cough about a week or so ago, but never exhibited anything like this. I can't see any injuries but he has told me that his head hurts (by holding the back of his head and saying, "Ow") and shakes his head when he and I inspect his legs and other areas and I ask him if those parts are "owie". Everything else seems fine though. He is active and inquisitive, as usual and all cognitive and other motor skills seem normal. If you have any information as to what it might be please let me know. I hope these puzzles are solved and all of our little ones recover well. Thank you. Hi there,If anyone can help me that would be very much appreciated. Starting only 1-2 days ago, my son (2yrs 7 months) lost his ability to walk. He articulates that there is no pain and we've been with him constantly and haven't observed any accidents.He is an extremely active boy and constantly jumps around and runs around. At first I thought it was because of his active nature, but we haven't seen any bruising.He is able to grab onto a table and pull himself up, crawls around and even kneels to play. He recently had a cold and a fever (recovering), but was treated by the doctor, so we didn't think anything of that.This situation is very difficult to understand as the onset of his inability to walk was so sudden. Anyone else go through this situation?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 10, 2009
    • 10:53 PM
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  • My 13 month old has been walking for 3 months and yesterday and today her balance has gone completely. She has just had a cold and fever and is taking antibiotics for a chest infection but I don't know if this has anything do do with it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2009
    • 00:44 PM
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  • Hi there,If anyone can help me that would be very much appreciated. Starting only 1-2 days ago, my son (2yrs 7 months) lost his ability to walk. He articulates that there is no pain and we've been with him constantly and haven't observed any accidents.He is an extremely active boy and constantly jumps around and runs around. At first I thought it was because of his active nature, but we haven't seen any bruising.He is able to grab onto a table and pull himself up, crawls around and even kneels to play. He recently had a cold and a fever (recovering), but was treated by the doctor, so we didn't think anything of that.This situation is very difficult to understand as the onset of his inability to walk was so sudden. Anyone else go through this situation?My daughter is 2 1/2 and today her left leg started collapsing on her and she would fall to the ground. She would try get up and she couldn't because her left leg couldn't pick her up. She wasn't in pain and today we have had two doctor's to look at her. They are recommending a CT Scan and MRI. They stated it could be a septic joint or neurological. I just wanted to know for anyone that has gone through something similar what I should ask. Please let me know your thoughts.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 14, 2009
    • 11:48 PM
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  • My daughter is 2 1/2 and today her left leg started collapsing on her and she would fall to the ground. She would try get up and she couldn't because her left leg couldn't pick her up. She wasn't in pain and today we have had two doctor's to look at her. They are recommending a CT Scan and MRI. They stated it could be a septic joint or neurological. I just wanted to know for anyone that has gone through something similar what I should ask. Please let me know your thoughts.I am going through the same thing. My daughter was release from the hospital yesterday but still has these episodes. They last 2-3 hours usually. (Since 10-27-2009)MRI and MRS came back normalBlood tests came back normalCAT scan came back normal.No answers yet.Very frustrating!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 15, 2009
    • 07:29 PM
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  • check into TRANSIENT SINOVIAL VIRUS OR TRANSIENT SINOVITUS. MY BABY JUST STOPPED WALKING ABOUT 30 MINUTES AGO AND OR COURSE I FREAKED OUT AND STARTED GOOGLING. I CAME ACROSS A WOMAN WHOSE SON DID EXACTLY AS MINE HAS DONE WHICH IS WHINE AND REFUSE TO PUT PRESSURE ON ONE LEG. HE WILL STAND ONLY HOLDING ON TO SOMETHING. THE LADY'S PED SAID IT IS RELATED TO AN ALLERGIC REACTION OR A VIRUS OF SOME SORT. MY SON HAS RECENTLY HAD BOTH! SHE ALSO SAID IT WOULD GO AWAY WITHIN A COUPLE OF DAYS AND HER SONS DID. THE ONLY OTHER RESULT WAS A HAIRLINE FRACTURE TO THE BABYS WEAK LEG. HOPE THAT HELPS AND I WILL POST WHAT MY SONS IS WHEN I FIND OUT.. GOOD LUCK AND I WISH ALL THESE CHILDREN GOOD HEALTH!!!
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  • Hubert I know it has been almost a year since your post. I was wondering what you had found out about your child. I have a friend who's son is no long able to walk, crawl or even hold his head up. He is currently in the hospital and the doctors have no idea what is going on. Before all this he was a healthy active 2 year old. They did find that he has some type of infection in his brain and gave his steriods but they are not helping. Any help anyone???? Hi there,If anyone can help me that would be very much appreciated. Starting only 1-2 days ago, my son (2yrs 7 months) lost his ability to walk. He articulates that there is no pain and we've been with him constantly and haven't observed any accidents.He is an extremely active boy and constantly jumps around and runs around. At first I thought it was because of his active nature, but we haven't seen any bruising.He is able to grab onto a table and pull himself up, crawls around and even kneels to play. He recently had a cold and a fever (recovering), but was treated by the doctor, so we didn't think anything of that.This situation is very difficult to understand as the onset of his inability to walk was so sudden. Anyone else go through this situation?
    Puzzled???? 1 Replies
    • September 12, 2010
    • 06:46 PM
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  • My brother in law's daughter had a problem where her body was developing normally but the child could not walk, they tried many doctors in Dallas, TX and none could figure out, they went through a lot of different specialists (the details elude me), however as luck would have it, the mother was a born German citizen and decided to take her daughter to Germany for a checkup as the US doctors could not figure out the reason except assign a nurse to come in a few days a week for some physiotherapy that seemed to make no difference after months.Once in Germany the doctors quickly found out that the reason the child could not walk was because a certain part of her bone (details again elude me) was very slightly smaller and was the reason she couldn’t walk, the child went through some sort of bone graft surgery where they extended the bone somehow with surgery and later some sort of bone stretching therapy and with the help of physiotherapists the child walks perfectly normal today.But that’s not all, the doctors found the child also had water in her ears and that was why she was not responding to her parents speech causing the parents to wonder if there was some mental abnormality, once the eater was soaked up and taken care of, the child started normal speech soon thereafter.German doctors are paid much less than US doctors, but its a sad thing our overpaid US doctors were useless and had it not been for the Germans, this child could have been handicapped forever.Now I also understand why we saw Farrah Fawcett going to Germany for her final medical visits.You r given me hope for my grandaughter, can u please give me more info on ur niece, my grandaughter is the same way the only difference is that she has siezures. drs in dallas never did anything for her and they thought she had rett syndrome and i found a dr in houston and that is where she goes for her appts. she was tested for retts but test came back negative and every test they do they always come neg, the good thing is that he control her seizures which dallas could'nt do. can u find out what kind of test they did on ur niece maybe we can talk to the dr, on her appt in 2 weeks and tell to check her for what ur niece had. my grandaughter was a very happy baby until she was 4 mo. but at 15mo. she stop sitting and standing and making noices, she will make noices now but will not talk. it is very fraustrated not being able to know a diagnosis and see if she can get cured, never see her walking or talking, she is already 6 yrs old and not knowing what she wants when she looks at u. her parents already lost all kind of faith but i still think that she will surprize us one day. i just want to see her to be able to do stuff for herself , to use her hands , walk, communicate with us.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 27, 2010
    • 04:21 PM
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  • Hi there,If anyone can help me that would be very much appreciated. Starting only 1-2 days ago, my son (2yrs 7 months) lost his ability to walk. He articulates that there is no pain and we've been with him constantly and haven't observed any accidents.He is an extremely active boy and constantly jumps around and runs around. At first I thought it was because of his active nature, but we haven't seen any bruising.He is able to grab onto a table and pull himself up, crawls around and even kneels to play. He recently had a cold and a fever (recovering), but was treated by the doctor, so we didn't think anything of that.This situation is very difficult to understand as the onset of his inability to walk was so sudden. Anyone else go through this situation?I am about to turn 19 and I have been experiencing this sort of thing for 4 months now and the doctors don't know what's wrong. I can stand, but I can't lift my feet off of the ground. I'm not in pain, and I used to be very active before this happened. Now I have to use a wheelchair. Let me know if you find out anything.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 19, 2011
    • 03:35 AM
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  • Hi there,If anyone can help me that would be very much appreciated. Starting only 1-2 days ago, my son (2yrs 7 months) lost his ability to walk. He articulates that there is no pain and we've been with him constantly and haven't observed any accidents.He is an extremely active boy and constantly jumps around and runs around. At first I thought it was because of his active nature, but we haven't seen any bruising.He is able to grab onto a table and pull himself up, crawls around and even kneels to play. He recently had a cold and a fever (recovering), but was treated by the doctor, so we didn't think anything of that.This situation is very difficult to understand as the onset of his inability to walk was so sudden. Anyone else go through this situation?My grandson just went through the same thing and he was diagnosed with Guillan Barre syndrome
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi there,If anyone can help me that would be very much appreciated. Starting only 1-2 days ago, my son (2yrs 7 months) lost his ability to walk. He articulates that there is no pain and we've been with him constantly and haven't observed any accidents.He is an extremely active boy and constantly jumps around and runs around. At first I thought it was because of his active nature, but we haven't seen any bruising.He is able to grab onto a table and pull himself up, crawls around and even kneels to play. He recently had a cold and a fever (recovering), but was treated by the doctor, so we didn't think anything of that.This situation is very difficult to understand as the onset of his inability to walk was so sudden. Anyone else go through this situation?Hi, our son is the exact same age with the exact symptoms. It has been a week since he last walked. My husband and I are terrifed. did u ever get a diagnosis? how long did it last??
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  • I noticed that 3 of the posters mentioned that their children having trouble with balance and walking after having fevers or coughs and colds. An Ear infection may of developed and that can cause a young child to have trouble walking and to be falling down. Issue should go away once the ear infection is treated (or goes away by itself). My daughter used to have a high pain tollerance so often wouldnt even let me know when she was young and had ear infections, (there were one or two occassions we didnt know till the ear was goozing and she had a bursted ear drum due to the infection). So really consider this.
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  • Hubert I know it has been almost a year since your post. I was wondering what you had found out about your child. I have a friend who's son is no long able to walk, crawl or even hold his head up. He is currently in the hospital and the doctors have no idea what is going on. Before all this he was a healthy active 2 year old. They did find that he has some type of infection in his brain and gave his steriods but they are not helping. Any help anyone???? My son is 2 years and 4 months old, before 4 months ago he was a very active boy, always happy:) he was diagnosed epilepsy at that time (4 months ago) and had to start with medicine ( until now still not working, he's tried still trying 7 diff. Type) 2 months later, on new years eve, he could not stand or walk by himself, he was sent straight to hospital (and today he's still in hospital)2 weeks later he could not walk, stand, sit, can not even hold his head, he does not talk, smile, not even cry, we have only eyes contact with but he's only 2 so we do not know how he's feeling. All the tests are normal, MR, blood tests, many tests.....and they're gona do some more tests. Can anyone provides me with some info/answers please:( it hurts to see him like this.
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  • @Hubert! If you're reading this...
    Did you find the problem with your son?
    My son is almost the same age as your song was when you wrote this reply. My son is 2 yrs and 8 months, extremely active, a little clumsy most of the time and a very early learner otherwise. Suddenly since yesterday, he's had periods of a few minutes at a time where he cannot stand/walk. It appears like his legs give away under him and crumble under the weight of his body. It's scary, to say the least.
    Please do reply if you found a solution. Thank you.
    -A concerned mom
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