After pictures of the former world heavyweight champion in a wheelchair surfaced, Mike Tyson said he has an uncommon health issue called sciatica.
What Happened to the Legend?
Last month, images at an airport showed Tyson in a wheelchair and holding a walking stick, which raised questions about his health.
In contrast, Tyson sought to address rumours regarding his health in a recent appearance with Newsmax TV.
‘I have sciatica every now and then, it flares up. When it flares up, I can’t even talk! Thank God it’s the only health problem I have. I’m splendid now,’ he said.
‘Everybody in my house is truly blessed and we’re all very grateful for whatever we have.’
Tyson seems to be experiencing issues with his back as a result of the illness, which affects nerve endings in the body.
Due to back issues, Iron Mike, as he was nicknamed, was forced to leave the ring in 2005.
Many are concerned about the boxing legend’s long-term health due to his drug problems and his never-say-die mentality in the ring, where he competed against some of the most prominent heavyweights of his time.
On his own Hotboxin’ podcast, Tyson implied that he did not think he had much time left to live.
‘We’re all gonna die one day of course. Then, when I look in the mirror, I see those little spots on my face,’ he said.
‘I say, “Wow. That means my expiration date is coming close, really soon.”‘
What is Sciatica?
Pain along the sciatic nerve’s course is referred to as sciatica. The sciatic nerve runs down each leg from the lower back via the hips and buttocks. The most frequent causes of sciatica are a herniated disk or an expansion of bone pressing against a portion of the nerve.
Several Sciatica Treatments include the use of Anti-inflammatories, Corticosteroids, Antidepressants, Anti-seizure medications, Opioids.
We hope you well, Legend.