Grayson Perry health: Star on his ‘terrible’ health issues – symptoms
In addition to being known as an artist, Perry has curated exhibitions, published two autobiographies and an illustrated graphic novel. In 2008, the star was listed in the Daily Telegraph’s list of “100 most powerful people in British culture”. Because of his influence in British culture, Perry and his wife made it their mission to unite the nation through art as the Covid pandemic raged. The show ran for two seasons, the second of which aired during England’s third national lockdown, a period which Perry also found extremely difficult.
Speaking to the Radio Times in May 2021, Perry said: ‘This lockdown is awful.
“When an interview with Radio Times is the highlight of your social day, you know?
“It’s not even trash day. Bin day is great! If you do it at the right time, you can have a social interaction.
In addition to the lockdown and isolation struggles, Perry also opened up about several health issues he had endured over the past year.
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The star went on to say, “I’ve had a lot of health issues. I’ve spent a lot of the year being very uncomfortable.
“It had nothing to do with Covid; it was because of my aqueduct, and then terrible back problems.
The 61-year-old’s health issues have become so serious that the first episode of Art Club has been postponed.
In a tweet in April 2020, Perry wrote, “I’ve been sick, not with Covid 19, so the first episode of Grayson’s Art Club has been rescheduled for Monday April 27 at 8pm. Keep sending your brilliant works of art.
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Luckily, after suffering from multiple ailments, Perry was able to undergo surgery which revived one of his beloved lockdown hobbies.
“I had to have surgery and it was a real hardship because my only salvation for most of the first part of lockdown was exercise,” he added.
“I’ve never been in better shape! I went out on my mountain bike every other day and I was absolutely cracking.
“Then suddenly not being able to walk to the store was a killer. I just got back on the bike.
“It’s the longest time I’ve been without a bike in years. It made me grateful that I was not in pain right now.
While not going into more detail about his health issues, the star admitted he took in less work in order to give himself time to rest.
Although relatively common, the NHS explains that back pain can last a long time and can continue to recur. Although there are many causes of back pain, the most common types of back injuries are:
- Sprains and strains
- Herniated or bulging disc
- Fractured vertebra.
Sprains and strains can happen suddenly and gradually over time, often by twisting or pulling a muscle. St Elizabeth Healthcare explains that the symptoms of sprains or strains are generally similar and include:
- A pop at the time of injury
- Muscle spasms or cramps
- Difficulty bending, walking, or standing up straight
- Pain that increases with certain movements.
Herniated or bulging discs occur when there is a problem with the rubbery discs between the vertebrae. A disc has a softer center inside a harder exterior and when herniated the softer inside of a disc pushes through a tear on the outside of the disc causing nerve irritation neighbors. This can create painful symptoms, such as:
- Arm or leg pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Muscular weakness.
A fractured vertebra – also called a compression fracture – refers to a crack or gap in the vertebra. It is often the result of aging and weakening of the spine, but can also be caused by spinal trauma or a fall. Symptoms of a fractured vertebra include:
- Acute or chronic back pain
- Lost height
- Hunched posture.
The NHS recommends people with back pain stay as active as possible, even trying exercises like swimming or taking painkillers if the pain gets too unbearable. Hot or cold compresses can also be used for short-term back pain relief.
For more serious back injuries, medical professionals may provide medication or physical therapy. Treatment for a fractured vertebra may also involve surgery or wearing a back brace to speed up the recovery process.