Former ESPN anchor Dan Patrick, who has been doing his own radio show for years now, has apparently been dealing with some pretty rough health issues over the past seven years. Thursday, Patrick opened up about them on his show.
Patrick revealed that for years, he suffered from debilitating joint pain without knowing the source. He was eventually diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica, an inflammatory disorder. Patrick said that for years, he woke up feeling like he had the “flu and you’re not nauseous.”
Patrick said he was prescribed Prednisone, which helped with the pain but caused horrible side affects – including suicidal thoughts.
He now says he’s been receiving “light chemo” IVs and that they’ve helped greatly. Here’s what he had to say:
“There’s something I wanted to bring up. It’s had to do with my health over the past seven years. There are moments on this show when I have had memory loss and I’ll tell you what it’s due to. There are times when I feel like my mind and my mouth are not working together. I think you’ve come to expect me to perform at a high level. I was just going to pull the curtain back because I don’t know where I’m headed over the next five months.
I’ve been going through treatments here for what I have is called polymyalgia rheumatica. I’ve had it for seven years. It’s intense joint pain. If anybody’s ever had this, then you’ll understand. It’s like having the flu and you’re not nauseous.”
Dan opened up about some personal health news on the show today. We love you DP. pic.twitter.com/wjnWFqm1zS
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) May 2, 2019
Props to Patrick for bringing more attention to the rare condition. Maybe he’ll inadvertently help others diagnose the source of their joint pain.