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Past PPS Central Bi-Weekly (was Weekly) Opinion Polls
Please Note: The PPS-C polls are for GENERAL INTEREST ONLY. They are NOT controlled and NOT reliable data.

Polls are in reverse order with last poll first.

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Weeks of May 30, 2000
Have you broken more bones than your contemporaries who never had polio or PPS?
34.1% - No, I've never broken a bone.
23% - No, I haven't broken more bones than others my age who didn't have Polio or PPS.
20.6% - Yes.
12.6% - No, the last time I broke a bone was when I was a kid.
9.5% - No, but I'm probably more careful than others my age who didn't have Polio or PPS.
Total Votes: 126

Weeks of May 16, 2000
Where have you found the best sources of information listing ways to deal with your PPS Symptoms?
41.1% - Websites devoted to PPS.
28% - PPS related email lists on the internet.
10.2% - PPS clinic.
7.4% - Magazines, journals and other hard copy info.
4.6% - Formal or informal PPS support group meetings.
1.8% - Family physician.
1.8% - Physiatrist.
1.8% - Private exchanges with others ON the internet.
0.9% - Occupational or physical therapist.
0.9% - Ortho.
0.9% - Private exchanges with others OFF the internet.
0% - Neurologist.
0% - Other Health Professional.
Total Votes: 107


Weeks of April 25, 2000
Poll Idea Thanks to Marianne Meisels: Prior to my disability becoming obvious, I (pick best answer):
31% - My disability has aways been obvious.
23.7% - Told only those who needed to know I had had polio.
22% - Told many or most people I knew that I had had polio.
15.8% - Told only people I had become close to/friendly with I had had polio.
2.8% - Told only my spouse, children and in-laws I had had polio.
2.2% - Never told anyone that I had had polio.
1.1% - Told only my doctor(s) & health professionals I had had polio.
1.1% - Told only my spouse I had had polio.
Total Votes: 177


Weeks of April 11, 2000
Poll Idea thanks to Maggie Meo: Have you used a Chiropractor to help your polio symptoms?
27.2% - Yes,regularly and have been helped.
25.4% - No, never wanted to.
22.7% - Yes, but only at times and have been helped.
13.6% - No, but wantedto and was afraid to do it.
6.3% - Yes, but have not been helped.
4.5% Yes, but it made my symptoms worse and/or created new problems.
Total Votes: 110


Weeks of March 28, 2000
Poll Idea thanks to Eddie Bollenbach: If you had similar damage in two or more limbs from acute polio do you:
36.9% - have differing kinds and degrees of PPS symptoms in those limbs.
26.1% - have similar PPS symptoms in all of those limbs.
18.4% - have differing degrees of PPS symptoms in those limbs.
18.4% - have differing kinds of PPS symptoms in those limbs.
Total Votes: 65


Weeks of March 7, 2000
Poll idea thanks to Sarah O. Ritter: I feel my eyesite was affected by polio:
40.8% - No.
31.2% - My eyesite isn't good, but that's not due to polio.
16% - Yes, both eyes.
8% - Yes, affected more or only on the side most affected by polio.
4% - Yes, affected more or only on the side least affected by polio.
Total Votes: 125


Weeks of February 22, 2000
Poll idea thanks to Sarah O. Ritter: When I need local anesthetics such as novacaine for dental and other procedures:
41.7% - I need the *normal* amount of anesthetics to keep from feeling pain.
32.9% - I need a much larger dose than *normal* to keep from feeling pain.
18.9% - I need a little larger dose than *normal* to keep from feeling pain.
3.7% - I need a much smaller dose than *normal* to keep from feeling pain.
2.5% - I need a little smaller dose than *normal* to keep from feeling pain.
Total Votes: 79


Weeks of February 8, 2000
Poll idea thanks to Gail Morden: Does the fact that your disability is NOT very obvious to others disturb you:
40.5% - My disability is very obvious.
39.1% - I have never been that bothered by the fact that others can't see my disability and am as active as possible.
14.8% - I hate the fact that my disability is not obvious. It has caused me to have to explain my limitations.
4% - I am glad that others can't see my disability.
1.3% - I don't like the fact that my disability is not obvious, but I live with it and try to be active.
Total Votes: 74


Weeks of January 18,2000
Poll idea thanks to Gail Morden: Does the fact that your disability is obvious to others disturb you:
39.1% - I have never been that bothered by the fact that others can see my disability and am as active as possible.
27.8% - I don't like the fact that my disability is obvious, but I live with it and try to be active.
13.9% - I hate the fact that my disability is obvious. It has caused me to be somewhat reclusive.
12.8% - I don't have visible disabilities.
6.1% - I am glad that others can see my disability because it saves me having to explain my limitations to them.D
Total Votes: 194


Weeks of January 4,2000
Since onset of PPS have you had:
52.3% - More digestive problems.
46.9% - My digestive problems are no different than before PPS (which could also mean no digestive problems).
0.6% - Less digestive problems.
Total Votes: 149


Weeks of December 21, 1999
Poll idea thanks to Nancy W. Leferman: Do you feel that the emotional toll of PPS is:
30.5% - Less than the physical toll.
26.8% - Equal to the physical toll.
26.8% - Greater than the physical toll.
15.6% - I've had no real emotional toll from PPS.
Total Votes: 134


Weeks of December 7, 1999
Poll idea thanks to Nancy W. Leferman: Do you feel that the emotional toll that the original polio took is:
45.5% - Less than the physical toll.
30.3% - Greater than the physical toll.
24.1% - Equal to the physical toll.
Total Votes: 145


Weeks of November 23, 1999
Poll idea thanks to Mary Westbrook: Which of the following statements most accurately describes your situation:
44.4% - Even before I developed late effects from polio my disability was obvious to the casual observer.
30.4% - At the time of my maximum recovery from polio my disability was not obvious to the casual observer but now it is.
25.1% - My disability from polio still isn't obvious to the casual observer.
Total Votes: 207


Weeks of November 9, 1999
Which of the following best describe physical intimacy with your significant other since PPS?
25.2% - We're closer but we have less physical intimacy then before PPS.
21.9% - Everyone is less physically intimate after being together a long time - I'm no different.
16.4% - We're further apart than we were before PPS.
13.1% - We're more physically intimate but we must be creative then before PPS.
10.9% - I don't have a significant other.
6.5% - Everyone is less physically intimate when they get older - I'm no different.
5.4% - We have more physical intimacy since PPS.
Total Votes: 91


Weeks of October 26, 1999
My normal body temperature is:
32.4% - below 98.6 now. I don't know what it was before contracting polio or pps
20.7% - below 98.6 as it's always has been
18.9% - 98.6
9% - I don't know
9% - below 98.6 since contracting polio or pps
4.5% - above 98.6 now. I don't know what it was before contracting polio or pps
3.6% - above 98.6 as it's always has been
1.8% - above 98.6 since contracting polio or pps
Total Votes: 111


Weeks of October 12, 1999
Poll idea thanks to Lynne Moeller: Do you feel it is harder to maintain a correct weight with PPS?
71% - yes, much harder
7.2% - No
6.5% - yes, but not much harder
Total Votes: 152


Weeks of September 28, 1999
Poll idea thanks to Howard Pavane: How has PPS affected your employment?
42.7% - I left my job due to PPS symptoms.
20.1% - I am still working but think I will have to leave someday due to PPS symptoms.
10.6% - I am still working but have had to make changes, such as reducing hours or working at home.
9.4% - I am still working and have not thought of quitting.
8.1% - I am retired or on disability, but it had nothing to do with PPS.
6.9% - I was let go because I could no longer fulfill my duties.
1.8% - I left my job because my workplace was either not accessible or my employer would not make accomodations.
Total Votes: 159


Weeks of August 31, 1999
Poll Idea Thanks to: Patricia Kay Weigand If you need abdominal, back, leg supports,etc - are there adequate places for you to be fitted and purchase these items?
51% - Yes, not too far from me.
29.7% - No.
19.1% - Yes, but I have to travel quite far.
Total Votes: 47



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51% - Yes, not too far from me.
29.7% - No.
19.1% - Yes, but I have to travel quite far.
Total Votes: 47



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