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5027 Harrison Avenue Rockford, IL 61108 Referrals: 815-227-0202 Retail Store: 815-965-9454 Toll Free: 800-747-6994 Fax: 815-227-9807

5027 Harrison Avenue Rockford, IL 61108

815-227-0202 Referrals | 815-965-9454 Retail Store

800-747-6994 Toll Free | 815-227-9807 Fax

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Health Issues

Post-Polio Syndrome Treatment and Care

Unfortunately, there are currently no effective medications or medical treatments to slow or stop Post-Polio Syndrome. There are a number of studies that show how non-fatiguing exercises may improve muscle strength and reduce tiredness to improve quality of life.

Some treatments include:

  • The use of steroid prednisone, but the mild improvements may be outweighed by negative side effects
  • Intravenous immunoglobulin may reduce pain and increase quality of life
  • The anticonvulsant drug lamotrigine has shown modest positive effects, but more studies need to be done
  • Specific and supervised exercises are highly encouraged to treat PPS. Doctors warn that any exercise that causes additional weakness, excessive fatigue, or unduly prolonged recovery time to the person should be stopped and can do more harm than good
  • People with PPS are encouraged to use mobility aids (walkers, canes and wheelchairs) and ventilation equipment (portable oxygen and CPAP machines) to increase comfort and reduce fatigue
  • Experts recommend changing daily activities to prevent or avoid rapid muscle tiring and total body exhaustion. This may be drastic to people who are used to being very physically active

Education and support are also important in the fight against PPS. Managing PPS can involve lifestyle changes that can reduce symptoms, fatigue and exhaustion. Support groups, post-polio group participation groups and counseling may help both the individuals and families adjust to this disease.