What Works for Me
I'm 66 years old and had leg cramps when I was a little kid and into my 20s and 30s. I especially got them when I was stressed out (by an alcoholic father or later, after I got away from my parents, by studying long hours.) I found out about 17 years ago that indeed I did have polio, as was suspected, when I was a baby. (An EMG was done by a post-polio doctor who told me that nothing but polio did the kind of damage I showed.)
I had horrible leg cramps in the 1970s until I found a chiropractor who evaluated every nutrient in my body. I had bad deficiencies in many nutrients. All that changed under his regimen, including my health, which returned. Once he got me on enough vitamin C, E, and a proper balance (for me) of magnesium and potassium, I didn't have leg cramps for many years.
Gradually, I got them again, and I again went to a similar doctor who determined that my food was not going through the oxidation process and that I needed four times the amount of vitamin C I had been getting. I now take 4,000 units a day (1/2 in bioflavanoids) of C. I also take 800 units of Vitamin E and about 500 of magnesium and 250 of potassium; I also take calcium and liquid mineral drops, among many other nutrients. If I don't get all of my C, E and the magnesium and potassium, I will wake up in the night with leg cramps. But as long as I don't slack off for even a night, I'm fine. I do Jazzercise three or four times I week, and I do flamenco.
My polio was when I was very young, before I could walk. I had a very turned in foot as a child, but I trained myself not to pigeon toed after I started flamenco.
I know that at least in my case, the cramps can be totally controlled by supplements. (I also eat a very healthful diet and am in pretty good shape-or at least have great cholesterol and so on. I do have some bone loss, but was low in vitamin D so now take 4,000 units of it.) email@example.com
In 1949, I contracted polio. I was only 3 months old. From what I was told, the severity of this lasted six months. I didn't walk until the age of 2. Before that my body was like Jell-O and I had to be carried on a pillow. I have had several surgeries on my right arm and right leg and have had physical therapy. Through the years which turned to decades, I have learned that the only way to overcome this is through exercise. Now, I have two grown children and am active with the Red Cross. Please do not give up. Keep yourselves active in body and mind.
Judy C., Prescott, AZ, posted 11-1-05
Anodyne therapy and L-Arginine: I am undergoing a series of Anodyne therapy treatments, usually used to treat peripheral neuropathy in diabetic patients. While I do not have neuropathy, I do have impaired circulation in my left leg due to having contracted polio 52 years ago. My leg is typically cyanotic, cold and brutally uncomfortable in winter months. After two treatments I was able to sleep without an external heat source at night for the first time in years. It is more comfortable during the day, as well, and maintains a more normal temperature and color. To my physician's knowledge, this treatment has not been considered for post-polio patients: if my experience, and quick, positive response is any indication, it should be. The treatment is comfortable, non-invasive and has long-lasting, if not permanent effects. Light-emitting pads are applied to the affected body parts for 45 minutes for a number of sessions; typically 7-10 (to my knowledge). This also aids with wound healing. L-Arginine is also taken in conjunction with this, and afterwards. The treatments make use of the nitric-oxide pathway: releasing nitric oxide from hemoglobin which dilates blood vessels. A diabetic specialist familiar with Anodyne treatment should be able to help.
Melanie, Redwood City, California, posted 1-05
If anything in my story could help anyone else it is well worth trying to share what I've discovered. Hindsight is 20/20 so it is easier to condense the results rather than try to relate step-by-step.
I was five years old and spent 2-3 months at the Sister Kenny Foundation in Minneapolis, MN. I walked away and never thought much about having had polio until about 5-6 months after having had my last menstrual period.
I have since concluded that the damage done by the poliovirus makes us ultra sensitive to ANY changes in our systems - hormonal and nutritional. Nutritional deficiencies can be brought on in our 50s by the fact that our digestive tracts don't absorb nutrients as efficiently as when we were younger. This was brought to my attention by an article in the AARP Magazine.
Consequently, I am doing better now than I was a year ago at this time. I have supplemented B-12, which has lessened the sharp pains in muscles and legs and B-1 which has almost eliminated the nerve burning. Progesterone cream has improved the leg fatigue. I am also taking several nutrients that I researched through articles on diabetic neuropathy under the theory that "nerve damage is nerve damage" whether it is from polio or diabetes.
I am so thankful for the improvement! Do I still feel the affects from post-polio? Yes. Is it as bad? No. Last year I ran around the house getting ready for Thanksgiving and had to crash in my chair with aching and nerves burning in my legs and feet. This year I will take it easier than I have all of my life but the aches and pains will be so much less. At this Thanksgiving, I have a heart that is grateful for the wealth of information we have available to help us with nutritional healing. Our damaged nerves need all the help they can get to maintain as much function as possible!
I received numerous emails from others who said the B1 and B12 had helped them also. One person said that she was able to cut back on pain pills. I would like to add that I started taking resveratrol about a year ago. This is the substance that is found in wine/grapes. You can get it in a capsule form. Within a few weeks I noticed that I wasn't as fatigued at the end of the work day. I continued to function with less of that awful chronic fatigue feeling.
Candi, Wyoming, firstname.lastname@example.org, posted 12-08