By Phyllis
                                  By Phyllis

Polio--We're Still Here

Did you know that there are 1.3 million
of us post-polio survivors in the U.S.?

*What Is Post-Polio Syndrome? Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS), The Late Effects of Poliomyelitis are the unexpected and often disabling symptoms -- overwhelming fatigue, muscle weakness, muscle and joint pain, sleep disorders, heightened sensitivity to anesthesia, cold and pain, as well as difficulty swallowing and breathing -- that occur about 35 years after the poliovirus attack in 75% of paralytic and 40% of
''non-paralytic'' polio survivors.1

What Causes PPS? PPS is caused by decades of ''overuse abuse.'' The poliovirus damaged 95% of the brain stem and spinal cord motor neurons, killing at least 50%. Virtually every muscle in the body was affected by polio, as were brain-activating neurons that keep the brain awake and focus attention.

Although damaged, the remaining neurons compensated by sending out ''sprouts,'' like extra telephone lines, to activate muscles that were orphaned when their neurons were killed. These over-sprouted, poliovirus-damaged neurons are now failing and dying from overuse, causing muscle weakness and fatigue.

Overuse of weakened muscles causes muscle and joint pain, as well as difficulty with breathing and swallowing.2

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