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Doctor insights on: Post Polio Syndrome In Children

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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

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


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What is post-polio syndrome?

What is post-polio syndrome?

People who had polio: Post polio syndrom is a condition affecting people who have had polio in the past. Usually in adulthood, they may experience progressive additional weakness. ...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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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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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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What are the symptoms of post-polio syndrome?

Twitching and weakne: The main symptoms are muscle twitching and new onset of weakness which may be progressive long after a person has had polio. The person should consult a neurologist for management suggestions. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of post polio syndrome?

Viral in nature: Symptoms include tiredness, new muscle weakness and muscle and joint pain. ...Read more

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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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What is the definition or description of: Post polio syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: Post polio syndrome?

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

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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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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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Can the pain/weakness caused by post polio syndrome be eradicated?

Can the pain/weakness caused by post polio syndrome be eradicated?

No SpecificTreatment: Only by pain meds
Proper amount of sleep
Well Balanced diet
Avoid smoking and overeating
So far there is no specific treatment to prevent or treat pain and weakness ...Read more

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Are there any good post-polio syndrome supplements?

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

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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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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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When I move do I harm my muscles with post polio syndrome?

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

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Why do I get constantly cold feet with post polio syndrome?

Why do I get constantly cold feet with post polio syndrome?

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

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I need info about post polio syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica?

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

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Can post polio syndrome affect eye muscles?

Can post polio syndrome affect eye muscles?

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

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Can people who have had polio with no symptoms, or flu-like illness ('abortive infection') - 95% have post polio syndrome?

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

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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 does polio drops prevent children against? Rotary wants us to take them.

What does polio drops prevent children against? Rotary wants us to take them.

Poliomyelitis: Polio vaccine allows the development of antibodies to poliomyelitis virus. This disease is on its way to being eliminated world-wide due to use of the vaccine, which is highly effective. Recommend you take them. ...Read more

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What does polio oral drops prevent children against? Rotary wants us to take them.

Oral polio: The oral sabin (live)polio vaccine targets 3 strains of polio producing enterovirus. Unfortunately about 3 -4 polio cases /yr were attributed to the live opv. Today it is used mostly in the regions where it persists. The oral prep is easier to give to large populations in a mass event. I would avoid this vaccine if you are on any one of many immune treatment meds or chemo, clear it with your pcp. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Post Polio Syndrome (Definition)

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


Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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