Many survivors of polio are re-experiencing muscle and joint pain and fatigue that may be severe enough to be debilitating.

Other symptoms of the late effects of polio, resulting from chronic overuse of weakened muscles, include sleep and breathing problems. The awareness of "postpolio syndrome" can help an individual to adapt his lifestyle and stabilize his condition.Low intensity exercise, such as swimming, and weight control are essential but the overall level of activity should be reduced, says Patient Care magazine. Frequent rests are important, and adaptive equipment can be a help, though emotionally defeating to someone who thought he had licked a seemingly unbeatable disease.