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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Post Polio Syndrome (Overview)

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.


Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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What are the common symptoms of post-polio syndrome?

What are the common symptoms of post-polio syndrome?

Weakness : Pps causes weakness, fatigue and atrophy of muscles that were affected by polio decades before. Pain can occur as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Post Polio Syndrome (Overview)

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.


Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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How does post polio syndrome happen?

Post-polio: Presumed degeneration, years later, of the nerve pathways that were generated in the recovery from paralytic polio so it occurs in the muscles originally affected. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Managing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Checklist)

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Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Are Parkinson's symptoms & post-polio syndrome symptoms similar?

Are Parkinson's symptoms & post-polio syndrome symptoms similar?

They are different!: Post-polio symptoms emanate from neural changes in the spine, while Dopamine depletion in the substantia nigra is the cause for parkinson's. Stumbling and awkward motion can be common to both, but in the end they are distinctly different. ...Read more

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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What are the tests for post-polio syndrome?

What are the tests for post-polio syndrome?

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 ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr Dr. Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
37 years in practice
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
28 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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I have post-polio syndrome.Any succesful rehab programs?

I have post-polio syndrome.Any succesful rehab programs?

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

Dr. Edward Smith Dr. Smith
Neurology
50 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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What causes "post-polio syndrome"?

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

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Dr. Felecia Sumner Dr. Sumner
Family Medicine
6 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Are there any effective medications to treat post polio syndrome?

Are there any effective medications to treat post polio syndrome?

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

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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What is the treatment for post-polio syndrome?

What is the treatment for post-polio syndrome?

Rehab/PT/Pain Meds: 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 Pain Meds Sleep studies and treatment for ocp Bracis use as needed ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert Dr. Seibert
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
31 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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Dr. William Goldie Dr. Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
44 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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What are some treatment options for post polio syndrome?

Physical therapy: Weakness, poor balance, and pain are the more common symptoms. Cure is not possible, but good management is possible. You need a good therapy program and appropriate braces and equipment to be as functional as possible. Pain relief is very important. ...Read more

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Dr. Joshua Batt Dr. Batt
Emergency Medicine
5 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Checklist)

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Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Chad Boomershine Dr. Boomershine
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
15 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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I need info about post polio syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica?

I need info about post polio syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica?

Autoimmune: Polymyalgia rheumatica (pmr) is an autoimmune disease that occurs in people 50 years of age and older. It is associated with severe pain and stiffness in the shoulders and hips. Pmr can also lead to blindness due to inflammation in blood vessels of the eye. Pmr is treated with steroids and Aspirin to prevent blindness. Other medicines (antibiotics) are sometimes used to prevent steroid effects. ...Read more

Dr. Felix Toro Dr. Toro
Anti-Aging Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

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

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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What is post-polio syndrome?

What is 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

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Dr. Richard Ehman
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Poliomyelitis (Definition)

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


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Infantile Paralysis (Definition)

Infantile paralysis, also called polio, is an infection with the poliovirus causing muscle weakness and paralysis. Polio is rare now with vaccination, and paralysis is also an uncommon symptom, affecting only a ...Read more