Symptoms of Post-Polio Syndrome
The signs and symptoms of post-polio syndrome can vary in number and severity depending on the person's original case of polio. Some of the common symptoms include slowly progressing muscle weakness, unaccustomed fatigue, and loss of muscle. Patients who had minimal polio symptoms from the original illness will most likely experience only mild post-polio syndrome symptoms.
The symptoms of post-polio syndrome can vary in number and severity between different people with the condition. Some patients experience only minor symptoms, while others develop more severe symptoms.
Common symptoms of this condition can include:
- Slowly progressing muscle weakness
- Unaccustomed fatigue
- Loss of muscle
- Joint pain
- Increasing skeletal deformities such as scoliosis.
The severity of weakness and disability after acute poliomyelitis tends to predict the development of post-polio syndrome. Patients who had minimal polio symptoms from the original illness will most likely experience only mild post-polio syndrome symptoms. People who were originally hit hard by the polio virus and who attained a greater recovery may develop more severe symptoms with a greater loss of muscle function and more severe fatigue. It should be noted that many polio survivors were too young to remember the severity of their original illness and that accurate memory fades over time.
People who experience possible post-polio syndrome symptoms may not necessarily have post-polio syndrome. Other medical conditions can cause a number of these symptoms. Therefore, polio survivors with possible symptoms of post-polio syndrome should visit their doctor so that the problem can be diagnosed and treated.