Preparing for your appointment

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor. However, you'll likely be referred to a doctor who specializes in nervous system disorders (neurologist).

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

Make a list of:

  • Your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment, and when they began
  • Key personal information, including major stresses or recent life changes, medical history and family medical history
  • All medications, vitamins or other supplements you take, including doses
  • Questions to ask your doctor

For post-polio syndrome, basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms?
  • Are there other possible causes?
  • What tests do I need?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What treatments are available? Which do you recommend?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Are there activity restrictions I need to follow?
  • Will I become incapacitated?
  • Are there brochures or other printed material that I can have? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, including:

  • Have you ever had polio? If so, when?
  • How severe was your polio infection?
  • What areas of your body were affected by polio?
  • Following the polio infection, were you left with persistent weakness?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • Does anything appear to worsen your symptoms?
April 07, 2017
References
  1. Simionescu L, et al. Post-polio syndrome. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Nov. 3, 2016.
  2. Post-polio syndrome. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/post_polio/detail_post_polio.htm. Accessed Nov. 3, 2016.
  3. Post-polio syndrome. American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. http://www.aanem.org/Patients/Disorders/Post-polio-Syndrome. Accessed Nov. 3, 2016.
  4. Maitin IB, et al. Neurorehabilitation. In: Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. New York, N.Y.: McGraw-Hill Education; 2015. http://accessmedicine.com. Accessed Nov. 4, 2016.