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I had polio, paralyzing my right leg, at age 3 months. The last year or so, I have had persistent pain and reduced strength in my right arm. Could it be post polio syndrome? If so, what should I do?

By Anonymous February 6, 2012 - 12:05pm
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I had polio in left leg at the age of 3 yrs.
At the age of 24 yrs, I had pain started in right lower leg and .
I contacted many Doctors within 3 yrs, but no remedies of pain.
When i am taking medicine then some relief happens, but not cured.
I am doing excercise also. Please suggest if any good Doctors in India(Delhi) who can treat me.
I am really disappointed with Delhi's Doctors who charging fees but no care.

Plz... helm me out.
My Mobile No- +91-9871710367
New Delhi

October 20, 2012 - 12:23am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thank you for your post, I'm sorry you're in so much pain.

Unfortunately there is no cure for post polio syndrome - which I assume is what you have.

Physical therapy is an accepted form of treatment along with pain medications. You can read about other treatments here: http://www.empowher.com/post-polio-syndrome/content/what-post-polio-synd...

Unfortunately, we do not know any doctors in Delhi, India who can offer these services to you but it's a good idea to ask the doctor who is available to treat you. Are there any websites in India that can help you out?


October 23, 2012 - 1:45pm
HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon

Thank you for your post and welcome!

You may or may not have PPS - that's something you should discuss with your doctor. But some of your symptoms are included in symptoms of PPS. These are:

  • Fatigue
  • Slowly progressive muscle weakness
  • Muscular atrophy
  • Muscle spasms
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Difficulty swallowing, breathing, or sleeping
  • Intolerance to heat or cold
  • Speech problems
  • Skeletal deformities, such as scoliosis

Also, treatments for PPS include


  • disuse atrophy and weakness
  • Protect joints left vulnerable from weak muscles
  • Maximize function
  • Minimize discomfort

Treatment may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Assistive devices
  • Weight loss, if overweight
  • Medication to relieve muscle spasms and pain
  • Occasionally, surgery to correct deformities that interfere with function
  • Immunoglobulin—currently being studied to treat PPS

Anon, you can read lots more here and please tell us what you think: http://www.empowher.com/condition/post-polio-syndrome



February 6, 2012 - 1:43pm
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