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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 29, No. 2, Spring 2013

Neurogenic Bladder:
What Are My Options?

If you’ve ever attended a post-polio support group, or participated
in a conversation with another polio survivor, you might hear this question: “Do you think my pain is related to polio?” The answer: “It might be related, but it might not be related.”

In recent months I asked myself a similar question, and gave myself a similar answer. But, since I am incurably inquisitive, I decided to try to find a more satisfying answer to the question, “Could this be polio related?”

I had a severe case of bulbospinal polio at age 13 in 1953 and was in a tank respirator (iron lung) for about six months. Although I had a moderate recovery, I was still visibly disabled – impaired pulmonary capacity and walked with a noticeable limp. And, as with many of us, I’ve had my share of post-polio issues.

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