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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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.


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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. Andrew Seibert
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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.


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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

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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

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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
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

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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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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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