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According to Devin Starlanyl, M.D., "Post-polio syndrome (PPS), also called post-polio muscular atrophy (PPMA), occurs many years after recovery from an initial episode of polio. PPMA causes muscle weakness and recurrent paralysis, which can lead to respiratory paralysis, with slowly progressive muscle wasting. Early PPS is often mistaken for Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS). Due to the possibility of PPS respiratory paralysis, FMS/MPS (Myofascial Pain Syndrome) Complex patients who have had polio should be carefully monitored. It is not unusual for people to have FMS/MPS and PPS. (Source: Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Survival Manual, by Devin Starlanyl, M.D., and Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A.)



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