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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 on Friday.

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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joseph m gifford replied to joseph m gifford's discussion strong gag reflex
"no haven't gone to specialist did talk to my family dr."
Friday
Dan Hicks replied to joseph m gifford's discussion strong gag reflex
"Has a doc (preferably an ENT or other specialist) looked down your throat?"
Friday
joseph m gifford replied to joseph m gifford's discussion strong gag reflex
"I am hoping for more replays there doesn't seem to be a lot of action on this forum. my problem is it isn't just at the dentist it is there all the time. just worse at dentist as he puts both feet into my mouth. or at least it seems that…"
Friday
Dan Hicks replied to joseph m gifford's discussion strong gag reflex
"I had some issues with choking and gagging about 20 years back, but they were apparently due to an infection in the throat, and things cleared up on there own after a few weeks.  (I have noticed my gag reflex in the dental chair is maybe a bit…"
Friday
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strong gag reflex

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 turned 69 polio at age 6. if anyone can help me in any way I would be in your debt. the muscles in my neck are also extremely stiff and it keeps me from sleep and is very painful at times.  I do know we cant blame every problem on post polio but others my age don't seem to have the same…See More
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Jan 5, 2014
joseph m gifford replied to thomas m blastic's discussion opiates
"well now I have a problem or at leas a potential problem. my dr. of 20 years is leaving just found out today. I have an apt. with a dr. I have never met and really don't know what his feelings are on pain. there are some who just flat refuse to…"
Aug 1, 2013
joseph m gifford replied to thomas m blastic's discussion opiates
"I am very lucky to have a dr. that I have been going to for over 20  years. I take 40mg oxy 3 x a day and 10-325 perocet 3 x a day. I am afraid of pain management clinics as their main purpose is to get you off pain medication. I can tell you…"
Jun 23, 2013
joseph m gifford replied to joseph m gifford's discussion new guy saying hi.
"i know where you are comming from. i many times felt that my parents and especially my mother resented me for having polio. several times she said    if only you wouldnt have gotten polio we would have fill in the blank more money,…"
May 12, 2013
Wil MacKinney replied to joseph m gifford's discussion new guy saying hi.
"I am originally from a small town in central Virginia, and I was in the hospital at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond."
May 12, 2013
Margaret Diane Medley replied to joseph m gifford's discussion new guy saying hi.
"I know what you mean about fatigue, pain. problems sleeping. I also have arthritis in hands and knees. I just do what I can when I can, rest and cat nap when I need to. I still have plenty of time in between that I can have my hobbies, reading,…"
May 12, 2013
joseph m gifford replied to joseph m gifford's discussion new guy saying hi.
"I honestly think the doctors and nurses were afraid to be close to me. isolation seemed to last for weeks as i was 6 years i have no idea how long it was for sure. i do remember when i got out of isolation being taken to a room with a tv and many…"
May 12, 2013
Wil MacKinney replied to joseph m gifford's discussion new guy saying hi.
"I also remember the loneliness (and being scared).  It was 1951 and the summer of my thirteenth year.  I was placed in a ward with rows of beds on each side.  There were only a few patients in the ward and no one close enough to talk…"
May 12, 2013
joseph m gifford replied to joseph m gifford's discussion new guy saying hi.
"i recently bought a new computer and it is not any better at spelling as the old one. joe"
Apr 3, 2013
Dan Hicks replied to joseph m gifford's discussion new guy saying hi.
"If the newspaper still exists they likely have a "morgue" with back issues on microfilm (or maybe even computer).  Or the local library may have them. (And my computer has a lot of spelling problems too.  I've complained to…"
Apr 3, 2013
joseph m gifford replied to joseph m gifford's discussion new guy saying hi.
"yes portland ore sending email"
Apr 3, 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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