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Dad's leg weakness, post polio syndrome?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 18, 2006
  • 07:21 PM

We are trying to get help for our 81 year old dad who has had various health issues the past few years but has generally rebounded from each one very well, especially considering his age. Recently, though, he has gotten dramatically weaker in his legs and during the past two weeks it seems the weakness has really progressed rapidly. When he was a little boy, he had polio which affected his leg and foot, but he has been a farmer for the past fifty years and was a land surveyor, walking up and down the Ozark hills for many years. Almost three years ago, he had radiation implants for prostate cancer and is now cancer free. During the past three years, however, he gradually developed a balance problem and has fallen many times
yet has not been seriously injured. The doctor and neurologists seem vague as to what might cause this problem and now the weakness in his legs has compounded the problem so much that if he continues this way he will be in a wheelchair in a couple of weeks. My mom is desperate to exhaust all avenues to try to help him and we are comitted to helping her with that. Does anyone know anything about post polio syndrome or know someone who has it who might share their experience with us? Dad is going to try physical therapy until we can get him in to see another doctor. Surely there is an underlying cause for this drastic decline in his strength. He did have bypass surgery in 1996, but recovered from that well, and his general overall health is good. He has a good appetite, his routine tests always come back with good results, and though somewhat forgetful, is still pretty sharp. If anyone has any insight that might be helpful, we would certainly apprectiate it.

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