Clinical Review

Postpolio syndrome—“We aren't dead yet”

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 02 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1318
  1. Ruth Bridgens, PhD candidate, medical sociology (
  1. 1 School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3WT

    Alice is 58 years old and is married with two sons, both in their 20s. She works for several charities, is a magistrate, and is out most days and evenings. She fits in a gentle game of tennis every week, but cannot walk more than a mile, even on the level. This was not always the case. A few years ago, she was jogging at least three miles every day and playing squash several times a week. Gradually, she began to notice that jogging uphill became difficult. She tried to find more level routes. Climbing stairs became difficult, and her legs and back began to ache after exercise. This carried on for a couple of years. She realised that the aching was in three areas—her left arm, right leg, and back, the …

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