Patient discussion about poliomyelitis

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Q. is polio contagus

If i have a friend that had it when he was younger and it went away and then came back can i get it?
A1highly contagious, it's an Enterovirus. if your friend didn't wash his hands after the bathroom and touched your sandwich it can infect you. he can even contaminate water sources...but no air-born contamination. but most western countries vaccinated against that, so you should be fine.
A2Polio (also called poliomyelitis) is a contagious, historically devastating disease that was virtually eliminated from the Western hemisphere in the second half of the 20th century. http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/polio.html
These may help also:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/polio/DS00572
http://polio.emedtv.com/polio/polio.html
Hope this helps.
A3polio is caused by a virus. Its spread thru fecal oral contact so be careful to wash your hands. Once infected you're only contagious for a few weeks. You should have been vaccinated as a child.

Q. Polio Syndrome pain

One of my aunt is taking Neurontin for Post Polio Syndrome pain in her left leg and arm. she did not realize that she had so much pain and that it was keeping her from doing so many things. Is Neurontin recomended for this treatment and how does it help? Will she have problems with Neurontin if she take it long term? Neurontin is greatly helping the pain but not the fatique in these limbs. Should it help the fatigue?
A1Neurontin is being given as medication for nerve pain now also...I take 800 mg a day and it was started for back pain and it is also being used in some fibro patients I am learning( i also have fibromyalgia) It didn't cause me a lot of drowsness but amount of medication and medications affect people differently so each person can be different. But with the fatigue fibromyalgia causes maybe I just can't tell the difference b/c before I started it I was tried all the time and that is not any worse. But if your Aunt and yourself feel uncomfortable with this treatment I would suggest a second opinion. Good Luck to your Aunt
A2Gabapentin (AKA Neurontin) is usually used in preventing epileptic seizures. but it also a great pain relief for polio survivors. but it has an annoying side effect- it causes fatigue. i know an epileptic girl that says she "slept through her childhood", stayed awake for 6 hours a day.
A3One of the doctor who read your case shared with me that It is commonly of help for all types of chronic pain. But, the fatigue is due to the post polio probably and will not change with decreasing the pain. Neurontin is a fairly new drug(2-4 years here) but, there is no obvious long term problems with its use.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khVrlHQHFvw

Q. Help for/with post-polio problems

AClemon -you'll have to be more specific on what kind of help do you ask for. you seek info? seek other people suffering from post-polio? what?
all i can do is give you a good link about it with some info..hope that what you look for:
http://www.post-polio.org/edu/pabout.html
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