Corporate Office- South Bend, IN

17187 State Road 23 South Bend, IN 46635 Phone: (574) 273-6000 Fax: (574) 247-8199 View Map & Get Directions

Elkhart, IN

1612 W. Lexington Ave. Elkhart, IN 46514 Phone: (574) 522-2273 Fax: (574) 522-4563 View Map & Get Directions

Plymouth, IN

1920 W. Lake Ave. Plymouth, IN 46563 Phone: (574) 941-4444 Fax: (574) 941-4440 View Map & Get Directions

Michigan City, IN

3219 South Franklin Street Michigan City, IN 46360 Phone: (219) 872-1000 Fax: (219) 879-1917 View Map & Get Directions

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Medical Office Building

611 E. Douglas Road, Suite 124 Mishawaka, IN 46545 Phone: 574-247-8100 Fax: 574-855-2475 View Map & Get Directions

Health Issues

Post-Polio Syndrome Symptoms and Types

Polio survivors may experience different symptoms of PPS. While Post-Polio Syndrome is rarely life-threatening, it can interfere with an individual's ability to function.

The most common symptoms include slowly progressive muscle weakness in the areas that were previously affected by the polio infection.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Both generalized and muscular fatigue
  • Muscle atrophy or a gradual decrease in the size of muscles
  • Pain from joint degeneration
  • Trouble walking
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Increasing skeletal deformities such as curvature of the spine
  • Respiratory muscle weakness which affects breathing while awake and asleep
  • Weakness in swallowing muscles can lead more aspiration of food and liquids into the lungs which can lead to pneumonia

Different people experience different symptoms at many levels from minor symptoms to visible muscle weakness and atrophy. The severity the PPS greatly depends on the degree of polio the person initially had and recovery from the initial disease. People who had more minimal symptoms from the original polio are more likely to experience milder PPS symptoms and a person who was more affected by the polio virus many have more severe PPS symptoms.