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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 Jun 8.

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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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Dan Hicks replied to joseph m gifford's discussion leg and foot pain
"Yeah, I've had bad reactions (pain) to every cholesterol med I've tried.  Mostly the pains have been in my shoulders, though. Note that another condition that causes statin pain is MADD, a genetic muscle condition which causes the…"
Jun 8
Jimmy Moses replied to joseph m gifford's discussion leg and foot pain
"Like most folks on here I suffer from various pains. I have arthritis in my hands, ankles (hardly any cartilage left , left ankle has been fused, both knees have been replaced, open heart bypass surgery, and left shoulder replacement. Plus other…"
Jun 7
Dan Hicks replied to joseph m gifford's discussion leg and foot pain
"It's worth a try to get a "noodle" (the ones used in PT are like swimming noodles but a bit stiffer and covered with bumps -- but a swimming noodle would probably work). You put the noodle on the floor, sit on it, then, rather…"
Apr 24
joseph m gifford replied to joseph m gifford's discussion leg and foot pain
"I can say that from my experience the only good physical therapy has do for me is to lighten my wallet. I have been sent by dr.'s several times. I not only went but did the exercises I was supposed to do. I got the impression that when a Doctor…"
Apr 24
Dan Hicks replied to joseph m gifford's discussion leg and foot pain
"I'll mention that to some degree your "shooting" leg pain is suggestive of piriformis syndrome, otherwise known as "false sciatica".  Basically, this is a condition where the piriformis muscle in the butt goes into…"
Apr 24
joseph m gifford replied to joseph m gifford's discussion leg and foot pain
"I went to a specialist on my back pain he looked at all the records and told my the arthritis was in every vertebrae. he said there was nothing that could be done because it was impossible to fix them all. told me that pain medication was the only…"
Apr 23
Dan Hicks replied to joseph m gifford's discussion leg and foot pain
"It's tough, I know.  I've had an assortment of pains, with an assortment of causes.  Some of the worst was a little over a year ago when I had shoulder surgery (due to a fall) and then, because I was sleeping on one side all the…"
Apr 23
joseph m gifford replied to joseph m gifford's discussion leg and foot pain
"as far as the pain pills go I am taking 80 mg oxy 2 times a day and have 3 hydromorphon 4 mg 3x daily when the pain really gets out of control. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have the pain medication. with the pain I…"
Apr 23
Cheryl Stanton replied to joseph m gifford's discussion leg and foot pain
"Don't be sorry, it's what we all suffer with. I have that pain too all day long and in all different positions, it's daily and all night and wakes me up a lot. I hear you on not getting good sleep, it's terrible. I've only…"
Apr 23
joseph m gifford replied to shari Johnston's discussion Sore neck musscles
"you ask if anyone else has had this neck pain.... my answer is simple  yes sometimes to the point that sleep is impossible. so painful and when your neck hurts it is impossible to get into a position that dosent hurt."
Apr 22
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leg and foot pain

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 sitting or laying down and all of a sudden pain will shoot through my legs and feet a sharp pain that lasts for a short time and goes away.   yes it goes away but doesn't stay gone for long. the pain comes when sitting standing laying down ok pretty much all the time. I just started on Lyrica and it…See More
Apr 21

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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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