Posted by: Corrie | 2008/11/11

Post Polio Syndrom - 35year old male

Good Morning Doc

I sent you a question previously and have not received a response as yet.

My husband suffered polio at an early age. This affected his R leg and R foot. He stopped wearin the braces around primary school due to being teased and have since not been wearing any support. Now he only wears lace up shoes and his shoes are not built up and it doesn' t allow for the 4-6cm difference in length between the two legs.He has also been complaining about his lower back and hip. I did tel him that he is buggering his hip and lower back up. But for the past 2 years he has been getting pains all over. First is was his knees, then his elbows, then wrists, shoulders, legs, calves, thighs, etc. Our GP prescribed Coxflam, since none of the other anti-inflammatories have been working. Recently I spoke to him and indicated to him that these pains could either be as a result of Gout (he loves Coke &  sweet Tea &  Coffee), Arthritis, Osteo-Arthritis, the lifting of heavy money boxes at his work - FG Cash Management, Or that maybe since he had the Polio, it could be that the Polio has left his bone structure &  muscles weak and could be the caus of the pain. I left it there.

My husband came to me a few days after this and told me that he did some research on the Internet and found that there was so much to be found on the Internet about Post Polio Syndrome and that various pains start happening approx 30 years to people who had Polio at an early age. I asked him if there are any meds that could alleviated the pain and he could not tell me, since it was overseas. I also asked if the pain would get worse with time, to which he replied Yes.

Please could you assist in helping us in more detail with this situation, since my husband is currently on meds for depression and I do not want him to lose hope if this means that the only thing left for him will be that the pain is going to be crippling him.

Also, if you could advise as to what pain killers is available in SA.

Is he classified as " Person with a Disability"  or " a Handicapped Person" ?

Also, where we could register him for this?

I eagerly await your urgent response.

Thank you

Corrie Louw
Cel: 072-607-2104

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Post Polio Syndrome Symptoms include slowly progressive muscle weakness, unaccustomed fatigue (both generalized and muscular), and, at times, muscle wasting. Pain from joint degeneration and increasing skeletal deformities are common. Some patients experience only minor symptoms. While less common, others may develope visible muscle wasting.
The condition is rarely life-threatening but due to the weaknesses that set in, expert care is highly recommended.
There are several PPS Support Groups and I would recommend you surf the South African net for such. They will also be able to advise on the procedure for registering for disability benefits.

Your family physician can be of great assitance and I would recommend you discuss your husband's condition with him in greater depth.

Chiropractiv care may at times of some relief - but will not improve the condition very much.

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