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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 29, No. 1, Winter 2013

Ask Dr. Maynard

Question: I had polio in both legs at age 10 in 1953 and was unable to walk for a year. With therapy and exercise, I pretty well recovered in one leg and can walk without help.

How does fatigue affect people who have had polio? I’m constantly tired. A sleep study shows some sleep apnea and some restless leg syndrome waking me up. My good leg is having knee problems, and I will eventually need knee replacement. I’ve had one gel shot last year and will get another one soon.

Does the bad leg make me tired all the time or could it just be the sleep apnea? Also, having the good knee replaced will put more pressure on the weaker leg. How does that work out for people in my situation?

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