Helen Z Stansell
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  • Greenwell Springs, LA
  • United States
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Are you a Polio Survivor?
yes
What year did you contract polio?
1950/51 ?
Do you have Post-Polio Syndrome?
yes
When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
about 10 years ago
List any assistive devices you are using...
none
List any Polio Survivor Groups that you belong to online or in person.
None
Please describe how polio has changed your life.
I had polio when I was 5/6, left leg. Had surgery on my left foot, wore cast, brace & corrective shoes until I went to middle school. I've been teased for "wearing" my shoes on the wrong foot. Put down for the way I walk with a limp. I'm limited as far as doing housework. Can't stand very long before my lower back is in major pain. Can't walk very far without my leg gets tired.
As an adult I've had lumbar surgery and a plate & 4 screws.I have a plate & 6 screws in the cervical area. Because of lower back pain I've had 2 nerve burns in the L5-S1. I take 2 muscle relaxers daily and 2 types of pain meds Tramadol & Percoset. I see my orthopedic a minimum of every 3 months.
How did you find out about PolioToday.org?
i read Polio Paradox

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