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strong gag reflex
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I have developed a strong gag reflex that is really affecting my dental appointments, and causes discomfort at other times. Has anyone else had this happen?? it is getting worse as I grow older. just…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by joseph m gifford Sep 22.

leg and foot pain
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I haven't visited this page for a long time don't know why but maybe because I was flat trying to ignore problems and pain. lately I have had a lot of pain in my legs feet and all over. I can be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Hicks Jul 20.

new guy saying hi.
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new to the  forum and wanted to check in. some of this is from my parents as i was 6 years old when i got polio. i went into the hospital in portland the same day the first shippment of the salk…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by joseph m gifford May 12, 2013.

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Are you a Polio Survivor?
yes
What year did you contract polio?
1955
Do you have Post-Polio Syndrome?
yes
When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
at about age 45
List any assistive devices you are using...
i use a cane
List any Polio Survivor Groups that you belong to online or in person.
none
Please describe how polio has changed your life.
what a question.. my life i was embarrased for years to tell anyone i had gotten polio. i remember a few things about my hospital stay in portland ore. 6 years old and in isolation back then no tv radio nothing. penicilin 2 times a day even though it cant cure a virus. bored out of my mind i remember being able to pick out my mothers shoes wanking to my room she woud stand at the door and talk to me. years of physical therapy, always behind in school because teachers thought i couldnt amount to anything anyway. physical ed was a horror i really hated it so much as i was the worst athlete there ever was. i fooled them i went to work for an insurance company and was an agent and manager. what i didnt know i bluffed my way through. did find a great girl and married hve 5 kids and am still married to her after 44 years. had heart attack at age 45 been on disability for the heart attack and post polio since then. lots of pain in back, legs really all over if it wasnt for pain killers i dont know what i would do thank god and medical pharmacy for ocxy as i really dont want to spend my time sitting in a chair and watching tv all the time because of pain. it was a releif to find out about post polio as i really didnt understand what was wrong. HAVENT told all of this to anyone except my wife. i am not usually a cry baby.
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