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Seen with a cane in hand, and more recently in a wheelchair, the star boxer wanted to cut the rumors short: no, he is not sick, but suffers from episodes of very painful sciatica.
Mike Tyson fans can rest assured: “Iron Mike” is fine and speculation about his condition is unfounded, or so he says. The boxer, seen in a wheelchair at Miami airport last August, after several weeks of walking with a cane, had something to ask. The man confided this week in an interview with Newsmax TVon his problem and revealed the cause of this condition.
Sciatica makes him suffer
The problem would obviously come from the back : “I have sciatica from time to time, it flares up. When it flares up, I can’t even speak!” confided the 56-year-old boxer, reassuring his fans who feared bad news.
To drive the point a little further, Mike Tyson continued: “Thank God that’s the only health problem I have. I’m gorgeous now”. The proof is: the boxer has since been seen in his favorite boxing gym.
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Sciatica: when to consult?
Pain of a lower limb located on the path of the sciatic nerve, sciatica is a pathology which can, in fact, be very painful. Its main cause is a herniated disc, but lumbar osteoarthritis or trauma can also be the cause. It is, moreover, often associated with low back pain, which causes what is called lumbosciatica.
Generally benign, sciatica can however be of an emergency nature in three situations, according to Dr Gérald Kierzek, emergency physician and medical director of Doctissimo:
- When the sciatica is hyperalgic, that is to say when we cannot calm the pain;
- When the sciatica is paralyzing, with a motor deficit of the leg;
- When you suffer from the so-called “cauda equina” syndrome, which causes urinary problems and prevents the patient from having a bowel movement.
In these three cases, an emergency consultation is necessary to perform an MRI and verify the causes of the disorder.