Post-Polio Support Group holds monthly meetings at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

The Forest City Post-Polio Support Group will hold its next monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Saint Francis Room at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.

The purpose of the meetings is for participants to share information, to help inform the medical community and the public about the syndrome, and to provide education about living with the disease. Members share ideas in a cheerful and upbeat atmosphere.

Meetings of the Post-Polio Support Group are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month. Speakers are frequently invited to address the group. All patients afflicted with post-polio syndrome, their families and health care professionals are welcome to attend.

Post-polio syndrome affects some polio survivors who, decades after first battling this devastating disease, experienced new health problems of fatigue, pain and additional weakness.

Survivors of poliomyelitis may experience increased muscle weakness, pain in their muscles and joints, decreased endurance, breathing difficulties, swallowing problems, intolerance to cold and a decline in the ability to conduct such daily activities as walking and bathing.

In the mid-1980s, health professionals recognized these new problems as post-polio syndrome, a sub-category of the late effects of polio.

For more information, call 815/988-4093. Its Web site is

For the third year in a row, consumers in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle counties selected OSF Saint Anthony as a Consumer Choice Award winner in a survey conducted by National Research Corporation.

From the Dec. 7-13, 2005, issue

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