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Re: 23 yrs old with post-polio pain

Re: 23 yrs old with post-polio pain

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Posted by Amy Robinson on April 15, 2000 at 11:57:32:

In Reply to: 23 yrs old with post-polio pain posted by Kris on February 07, 2000 at 00:42:12:

Dear Kris,

I am a 24 year old female polio survivor. I was born in Vietnam where I had polio when I was 6.
I came to America with my family when I was 10. I went through many surgeries and physical
therapy and I am fortunate to be able to walk with the help of a brace on my left leg. The polio
affects primarily my left leg (3 inches shorter, basically no muscles) and my back (severe
curvature of the spine). I try not to let this stop me from doing most things. I graduated from
college and love my work as a computer system engineer. Most importantly I am married to
a wonderful able-bodied man who accepts me as I am. Brian and I met in high school when we
were 17, we have been married nearly 4 years now, no children yet but definitely in our plans!
I thank God every day for His blessings in my life.

I am scared too about PPS. The advice I have been given is to try not to overdo things
physically... hard advice for me to take, I always want to see everything and do everything.
Also to be sure to be seeing a doctor who is familiar with polio and PPS (not all doctors are).

I am not a doctor, but reading your 'story' I think your hip pain may be caused by your short
leg. You don't mention if you wear any kind of correction... maybe a shoe lift to even up your
legs would take some of the strain off of your hip and back. I should know... I wear a 3 inch
lift on my left shoe :)

I would be glad to be your friend. Please write me at

: I am a 23yr old male with post polio pain. I have tears in my eyes becasue reading these letters I see what coming for me. When I was under a yr old I recieved the live-virus of polio in Europe. Today my left leg is about 2 inches shorter. I can do mostly everthing but I can't run, lift heavy things and do to much exercise. Running puts pressure on my hip and then I am in pain for 2-3 weeks. I take motrin for pain. I would love to talk to anyone close to my age or knows what I am going through to talk to me. my e-mail is

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