Mike Tyson has sciatica: What's the nerve condition that renders him  unable to speak?  Firstpost

Mike Tyson has revealed that he suffers from sciatica the condition that can affect the nerves, leading to discomfort throughout the leg, lower back and in the leg. AFP

The legendary boxer Mike Tyson was pictured at an airport in a wheelchair and the world was left wondering what’s wrong with his health. Tyson has revealed the condition he suffers from is a chronic health issue that is causing him pain, sciatica.

This is a condition that impacts the nerves of the patient and causes him to be unable to speak occasionally. “I suffer from sciatica every now and again and it gets worse. When it gets worse I am unable to even speak. Thank God, it’s not my only health issue I’ve ever had,” the 56-year-old former heavyweight champion explained to Newsmax TV in an interview recently.

What exactly is sciatica?

Sciatica is a term used to define nerve pain in the lower leg which is caused by irritation or compression on the sciatic nerve which extends across your leg from the lower back up to your feet.

Sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and also one of the most vital nerves. It affects the ability of a person to control and feel their legs.

What is the cause of sciatica?

Sciatica is a sign caused due to an injury that has occurred in the sciatic nerve or an area that is affected by the nerve like the vertebrae, the bones that line the neck area and back as per the Healthline. The cause is an slipped or herniated disc, spondylolisthesis spasms, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or an overgrown bone that presses the sciatic nerve.

What exactly does sciatica be like?

The problem causes an intense burning sensation and discomfort in your lower back and extends to the thigh or feet, sometimes rendering it difficult for individuals to walk. It can be caused by an numbness.

It typically affects just only one leg. The legs of both are not often affected, as per the health site known as Spine Health. The pain may get worse when sitting or standing up, bent forward or lying down, twisting or coughing, sneezing, or sneezing.

If it is not treated for a long period of time The condition could cause permanent neurological damage, which can affect the ability to talk. “…sometimes increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease, Bell’s palsy, behavior changes, Alzheimer and epilepsy,” Deeksha Katiyar, physician of WeClinic Homoeopathy, told indianexpress.com.

Can be treated?

From the home remedies to prescriptions there is a treatment for sciatica. But, lying down or not doing any activity can cause more harm. Being in a position for more than 40 minutes is not recommended.

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service warns against resting in a chair or the couch for prolonged time. “Even even if you hurt yourself it’s not harmful and may aid in getting better quicker,” it says.

Cold and hot treatments as well as stretching exercises, regular workouts and physiotherapy could help improve the condition in up months to six. Doctors may prescribe pain relief medications.

Surgery might be required in acute pain or situations where the patient is losing control over bladder and bowel or is suffering from weakness in particular muscles in the lower extremity as per Healthline..

How serious is Mike Tyson’s illness?

The boxer was seen in a wheelchair carrying a walking stick at Miami International Airport recently. He was also seen at New York using a walking stick.

In an interview with Newsmax TV, “Iron Mike” clarified that he suffers from sciatica every now and then. “When it gets worse I’m unable to even speak! It’s a blessing that this is my only health issue I’ve ever had. I’m doing great,” he said.

“Everybody in my home is blessed, and we’re very thankful for everything we’ve got.”

Tyson seems to be suffering from issues that are related with his back.

He had to take a break in 2005 due to back health issues. He also sustained an injury to his knee later during his professional career.

The host of the Hotboxin podcast Tyson once stated that he was not convinced that he was long gone to live, according to Daily Mail. “We’re all going to die one day, naturally. When I check my reflection I see the little spots on my face.” he told me.

“I say, ‘Wow. That’s a sign that I’m expiring getting close and it’s going to be very shortly.”

Based on inputs and suggestions from various agencies

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