What is polymyalgia rheumatica?
Sportscaster Dan Patrick revealed Thursday during an emotional segment on his show that he’s been batting a health issue for the last seven years.
Patrick said he’s been dealing with “brain fog” as a side effect of a drug he’s been taken for Polymyalgia Rheumatica.
“I don’t know where I’m headed over the next five months,” Patrick said. “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. And if anybody’s ever had this, then you’ll understand, it’s like having the flu and you’re not nauseous. ... I woke up one Saturday morning, and I couldn’t tie my shoes. I couldn’t walk. It was joint pain, both hands, both shoulders, both elbows, both hips, both knees. Even a tooth I had replaced, I could feel pain. Every single morning. Getting out of bed. I hated getting out of bed.”
Patrick said he doesn’t know how he got it, but he was given Prednisone (steroids) and the pain went away. However, he said he was depressed, had suicidal thoughts, became emotional and wondered if he should continue hosting his radio show.
A hospital offered him access to a drug that helped the disease, but it led to memory loss that has plagued him.
Patrick, the former ESPN host who turns 63 this month, talked about what he’s faced Thursday during his show. He shared this clip on Twitter: