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Medicine For Post Polio Syndrome
In Polio Survivors:
Post polio syndrome comprise of group of symptoms that affects people with past history of Polio the survived from acute attack many years ago.
Most will experience gradual muscle weakness in muscles that were affected by Polio.
Symptoms are progressive muscle weakness, fatigue, joint degeneration and deformities like scoliosis.Symptoms vary from person to person. It is rarely life threatening. ...Read more
Poliomyelitis or polio is a serious infectious disease. It is transmitted person to person by oral- fecal route or contaminated water or food. It can cause serious paralysis in infected persons. There is no cure for polio, it can be prevented by polio vaccination. Polio has nearly been eradicated ...Read more
Polio + aging: Post-polio syndrome results in spinal motor neurons (those that supply voluntary muscles) which were affected often decades earlier by polio virus to degenerate & stop functioning normally. Theory is that the neuron is weakened & now succumbing to continuing muscle use which overtaxes the neuron metabolism. Reduced activity is the only remedy but won't reverse damage already done. ...Read more
EMG, Muscle Biopsy&:
The diagnosis of Post Polio Syndrome is based on past history of polio and other smptoms of increasing weakness and pain etc.
Tests are EMG, Muscle Biopsy and SOMETIME MRI
But the Diagnosis is based on past history of Polio and symptoms of increasing weakness, fatigue and muscle pain.We don't need to do any teasts to make a diagnosi. Tests are sometimes done to rule out other co existing conditions ...Read more
Weakness: Pps causes weakness, fatigue and atrophy of muscles that were affected by polio decades before. Pain can occur as well. ...Read more
I would suggest...: Contacting the post-polio foundation at www. Post-polio. Org. ...Read more
Post Polio Syndrome: Post polio syndrome is a condition that affects polio patients 30-40 years after recovery from initial infection with polio. Symptoms include weakening of muscles that were previously affected as well as muscles that were not previously affected. Pain and fatigue are also present. ...Read more
No THERE IS NONE:
Even though certain meds like Minocycline, Prednisone, Growth Hormone and intravenous immuno Globulin have been tried but there was no improvement
So there is really no effective meds to treat Post Polio Syndrome,
But symptomatic relief can be obtained by pain meds for pain ...Read more
Treatment involves a Multi-disciplinary rehabilitation approach.
Physical Therapy to increase muscle strngthand endurance
Occupational Therapy to address upper body problems like overuse injuries
Speech and language therapy
Sleep studies and treatment for ocp
Bracis use as needed ...Read more
See below: So far it appears that people with post polio syndrome do fairly well with a strengthening program custom designed for them. For muscles that have decent strength it is possible to strengthen these further with resistance training so long as the muscels are not pushed to total fatigue. Formuscles that are very weak, there does not seem to be any benefit for strengthening exercises/possible harmful. ...Read more
Sometimes atrophy: Soemtimes the muscles afected may become atrophic. ...Read more
Bigger issue is: Is it really post-polio syndrome or something very different? You see, pps is actually quite rare, and in over 90% of my cases, the patients thank goodness did not have the problem, so get this defined. And no, there are no worthwhile supplements if you have it. Save your hard earned money. See your doctor. ...Read more
No: Although both involve muscles, there. Is no relationship. ...Read more
No: The problem with post polio syndrome is not your muscles but your nerves. The primary nerves were destroyed by the virus in your spinal cord. Now the remaining nerves have sprouted new terminals to reconnect these muscles. Moving around will help you to maintain mobility and function. But don't push it too much. Extreme is often a feature of post-polio syndrome. See your doc for more information. ...Read more
Neuropathy: The effects polio can have long term damage to the nerves. The nerves control sensation, muscle/motor, as well as the autonomic nervous system. Skin temperature is part of this. There may be a link to it because of a post-polio syndrome. Talk to you neurologist and you may want to see a podiatrist to have the foot examined as well. ...Read more
Different Conditions: These are two different conditions.Post Polio Syndrome affects patients who were infected with polio many years ago in the past&survived the intial infection&after many years come with symptoms of progressive weakness.Polymyalgia Rheumatica is an inflammatory condition of the muscles&joints in those over the age of 65.Causes muscle stiffness of both sides of body, shoulders, neck, upper arm, hips ...Read more
Unlikely: Polio affects the muscular anterior spinal fibers causing weakness starting at the lower extremeties and upper and breathing in more severe cases. Post polio is when someone had this effect earlier in life and the weakened fibers sort of lose their capacity and the weakness returns to some degree. Eye muscles originate in the brain and are not subject to this problem. ...Read more
Can people who have had polio with no symptoms, or flu-like illness ('abortive infection') - 95% have post polio syndrome?
No not true: Oeople who had asymptomatic polio myelitis with just flu like illness and no neyrological deficit means their anterior horn cells and other neurological areas like brain stem etc were not attacked and they will lead normal life an will not get post polio syndrome.Only 1% ofcases virus enters the nervous system, destroying the neurons and causing paralysis and lasting muscle weakness;later pps. ...Read more
How to avoid/delay post-polio syndrome in a 44 yr old w/polio of right leg (shorter than left by 0.25inch) no crutches, wheel chair. Quad strengt 3/5.
Do not worry: Post-polio syndrome has received far too much publicity, as the true syndrome is really quite rare, and most so-called cases wind up being arthritis, muscular problems of an alternative nature, or merely aging in presence of a prior problem which makes the process a bit tougher. Instead, focus on a healthy lifestyle, get exercise, and focus on positive aspects of life. ...Read more
Usually none: But muscle effects should be closely monitored. ...Read more
Potentials: Statins do cause muscular adverse events, and one can experience pain, aching, weakness, and rarely, rhabdomyolysis. Most common is effect on muscle, but rarely, also, effect on peripheral nerve. Your prior polio might make the adverse events far more intense, if they occur, but there is no increased risk of muscle or nerve adverse events in those with prior polio. ...Read more
Post polio syndrome is a condition that affects polio patients 30-40 years after recovery from initial infection with polio. Symptoms include weakening of muscles that were previously affected as well as muscles that were not previously affected. Pain and ...Read more