Last updated on 12th Oct 2021 - By Dwayne Michaels

Painful health problems of famous celebrities

1. Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

Gomez was diagnosed with lupus sometime between 2012 and early 2014. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in many parts of the body.

Symptoms vary between people and may be mild to severe. Common symptoms include painful and swollen joints, fever, chest pain, hair loss, mouth ulcers, swollen lymph nodes, feeling tired, and a red rash which is most commonly on the face.

Often there are periods of illness, called flares, and periods of remission during which there are few symptoms. In September 2017, Selena revealed on Instagram that she had withdrawn from public events during the previous few months because she had received a kidney transplant from actress and friend Francia Raisa.

During the transplant, an artery broke and emergency surgery was conducted to build a new artery using a vein from her leg. Gomez has been open about her struggles with both anxiety and depression. She began pursuing therapy in her early twenties and also spent time in treatment facilities.

When she reached 100 million Instagram followers, Gomez said she "sort of freaked out," and has since taken several extended breaks from social media partly due to negative comments. In April 2020, she revealed she has bipolar disorder. Selena Marie Gomez is an American singer and actress. Born and raised in Texas, Gomez began her career by appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends.

Gomez has sold over seven million albums and 22 million singles worldwide, according to Billboard. She has received various accolades and was honored as the Billboard Woman of the Year in 2017. She has a large following on social media, and was at one point the most-followed individual on Instagram.

Gomez's other ventures include a makeup line, a clothing line, a handbag line, a fragrance line, and a production company named July Moonhead Productions. She has worked with various charitable organizations and, at age 17, she was appointed a UNICEF ambassador.

2. Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer

A few years ago Amy Schumer was hospitalized for five days as a result of a kidney infection.

A kidney infection usually starts as a urinary tract infection that starts in your urethra or bladder and then moves to one or both kidneys. Symptoms include a fever, chills, back, side, groin, or abdominal pain, and frequent urination. A serious kidney infection can cause permanent damage or develop into a life-threatening infection, if not properly treated.

Schumer thanked her doctors, nurses, husband, and sisters for their support, and went on to apologize to her fans for missing the London premiere of her new movie, "I Feel Pretty," writing, "I need to put my health first.""My doctors have told me that's a no go. I'm really disappointed selfishly to miss this trip because I love London and Europe in general and all the great people (food) there," she wrote. "I am so grateful for all the support the movie is getting. I hope people check it out in England and everywhere else in the world. It's sweet and fun and you will walk out feeling better. Which is something I hope to feel soon too."

3. Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke

Clarke first realized she was experiencing brain damage in February 2011, after filming Season 1 of GoT, while working out at the gym. She felt "the most excruciating pain," which she likened to a rubber band snapping inside her head that resulted in "an enormous amount of pressure.".

Clarke had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and bleeding inside the brain, but was treated in surgery and later returned to work on Game of Thrones. However, there was another swollen blood vessel developing in her brain, which she ultimately had to treat two years later.

As she revealed in her essay, the second brain surgery required going through her skull..In 2019, following the reveal of the brain aneurysms she had in 2011 and 2013, Clarke launched her own charity named SameYou. The organisation aims to broaden neurorehabilitation access for young people after a brain injury or stroke. On 26 September 2019, she co-hosted a YouTube live stream with Irish YouTuber Jacksepticeye that raised over 200,000 for SameYou.

After the conclusion of the final season of Game of Thrones a fundraiser called "Justice for Daenerys" was started in which fans of the show raised over £83,000 for her charity. According to the fundraiser creator, the purpose was to collectively show their appreciation for both Clarke and the character Daenerys Targaryen. In 2020, Clarke was presented with the Public Leadership in Neurology award by the American Brain Foundation for her efforts in raising awareness about neurorehabilitation

4. Selma Blair

Selma Blair

In October 2018, Blair revealed that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in August. Multiple sclerosis, is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged.

The damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to transmit signals, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical and mental problems. Specific symptoms can include double vision, blindness in one eye, muscle weakness, and trouble with sensation or coordination. Multiple sclerosis takes several forms, with new symptoms either occurring in isolated attacks or building up over time.

Between attacks, symptoms may disappear completely, although permanent neurological problems often remain, especially as the disease advances. Selma had thought, for years, that she was suffering from minor illnesses or even a pinched nerve, but the diagnosis finally explained her disabilities, including her occasional falling, dropping things, foggy memory, and her left side acting like it was "asking for directions from a broken GPS."

Blair was inspired to reveal the news as a way to thank Allisa Swanson, her costume designer, who had become her unofficial "dresser" for Blair's role in the Netflix series Another Life, stating that Swanson "gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head and buttons my coats."

5. Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

In November 2013, Jackman announced he had basal-cell carcinoma removed from his nose. Basal-cell carcinoma, also known as basal-cell cancer, is the most common type of skin cancer.

It often appears as a painless raised area of skin, which may be shiny with small blood vessels running over it. It may also present as a raised area with ulceration. Basal-cell cancer grows slowly and can damage the tissue around it, but it is unlikely to spread to distant areas or result in death. Risk factors include exposure to ultraviolet light, having lighter skin, radiation therapy, long-term exposure to arsenic and poor immune-system function.

Exposure to UV light during childhood is particularly harmful. Tanning beds have become another common source of ultraviolet radiation. Jackman had a second carcinoma removed from his nose in May 2014, telling Associated Press that he expects to have future recurrences. This resulted in Jackman attending the various worldwide premieres of X-Men: Days of Future Past with a bandage on his nose, and urging his followers on Instagram to "wear sunscreen".

Basal-cell carcinoma's diagnosis often depends on skin examination, confirmed by tissue biopsy. It remains unclear whether sunscreen affects the risk of basal-cell cancer. Treatment is typically by surgical removal.

This can be by simple excision if the cancer is small; otherwise, Mohs surgery is generally recommended. Other options include electrodesiccation and curettage, cryosurgery, topical chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy, laser surgery or the use of imiquimod, a topical immune-activating medication. In the rare cases in which distant spread has occurred, chemotherapy or targeted therapy may be used.

Dr. Dwayne Michaels
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