t/javascript" src="static/js/analytics.js"> Special health section of the Super Second Life Newsletter by Gordon Burgett
POLIO



 
I never thought we'd be reporting on polio in the 21st century, since it was eradicated worldwide in 1979, but it seems that as long as there were polio survivors there will be news.

Not good news, either, since a post-polio syndrome has appeared, according to the March of Dimes report, "Post-Polio Syndrome: Identifying Best Practices in Diagnosis and Care." For specific information about guidelines for people who have had polio, see http://www.modines.org or http://www.post-polio.org.

(I'm particularly interested in this because plunk in the middle of a polio season I got a high fever, passed out at the flag raising, was carried to the infirmary, then hustled as fast as possible out of Boy Scout camp to the Wild Rose, WI hospital. Must have been in the late 40s. I never found out if I had the polio virus (since none of the usual symptoms appeared) but I was hauled home and kept in bed for a week. Don't expect to get a post syndrome either but I am obviously interested. Friends suggested that my sense of humor suffered.)

Symptoms are fatigue, muscle weakness, and muscle pain. Might be due to related nerve loss or from the extra stress placed on nerve cells making connections to muscle cells. Some 40% of polio survivors might be affected, starting 15 or more years after the initial infection. It could affect as many as 250,000 Americans and from 4-8 million people worldwide.

See a new book by Julie Silver, founder of the International Rehabilitat