Joseph (Joe) Rich
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  • Santa Clara, CA
  • United States
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Are you a Polio Survivor?
yes
What year did you contract polio?
1950 or 1953
Do you have Post-Polio Syndrome?
Yes
When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
about 1990 at age 40, but maybe a few years earlier.
Please describe how polio has changed your life.
I had to retire early at age 56. Now at 67 I am very fatigued and have lost much mobility, although still able to walk about a mile. The other problem is my lack of mental capabilities - I was an electrical engineer.

I have been misdiagnosed for 25 years and I still do not have a definitive diagnosis from Kaiser doctors. I have been tested for everything and diagnosed with FMS/CFS/depression, yet multiple doctors/rheumatologists have told me I have the most atypical case of FMS they have seen. However, this is the only diagnosis that ties together my health problems and pain when I was an infant / young child to the pain and problems I am having now. I was not diagnosed with polio as an infant.
How did you find out about PolioToday.org?
Searching for polio and eye muscle pain.

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