What is post-polio syndrome?
Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a non-contagious condition that can affect polio survivors decades after recovery from polio.
It is not a reactivation of the polio virus. PPS is a new deterioration of body function experienced by survivors of polio.
There is no test for Post-polio syndrome. PPS is diagnosed when all other possible conditions have been excluded.
What causes post-polio syndrome?
The exact cause of Post-polio syndrome is unknown. PPS is thought to be related to the deterioration of nerve cells in the body.
What are the symptoms of post-polio syndrome?
Overwhelming fatigue is a common symptom of Post-polio syndrome.
Many experience loss of muscle strength even in muscles thought not to have been affected by the original polio infection.
PPS can also affect reactions to medications and anaesthetics.
Other symptoms of PPS include:
- Generalised fatigue
- Pain in joints and muscles
- New muscle or joint weakness
- Trouble breathing
- Trouble swallowing
- Problems sleeping
- Cold intolerance that causes muscle weakness along with burning pain or discoloured limbs
- Slow moving digestive system