Studio 10 co-host Denise Drysdale, 72, is hospitalised and in a serious condition due to a ‘rare nerve disorder’
Studio 10 panellist Denise Drysdale has been admitted to hospital with a rare nerve disorder called trigeminal neuralgia.
The comedian, 72, was hospitalised last week after experiencing ‘agonising’ pain she compared to being struck by lightning.
Studio 10’s showbiz reporter Craig Bennett said on Thursday: ‘You might’ve noticed you haven’t seen somebody on this couch or on this show for a little while.’
Setback: Comedian and Studio 10 panellist Denise Drysdale has been admitted to hospital with a rare nerve disorder. Pictured when she was hospitalised after a fall in October 2020
‘Why you’ve not seen her on the show for a little bit is because of this reason: last week [Denise] was taken to hospital after suffering “unspeakable agony”,’ he said.
Craig recalled how Denise had told him the pain was the equivalent of ‘being struck by a lightning bolt’ or touched with ‘a white hot poker’.
‘It turns out she’s suffering from a rare nerve disorder that affects the face, trigeminal neuralgia,’ he explained.
What is trigeminal neuralgia?
Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain.
If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face – such as from brushing your teeth or putting on makeup – can trigger a jolt of excruciating pain.
You may initially experience short, mild attacks. But trigeminal neuralgia can progress and cause longer, more frequent bouts of searing pain.
Trigeminal neuralgia affects women more often than men, and it’s more likely to occur in people who are older than 50.
Because of the variety of treatment options available, having trigeminal neuralgia doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doomed to a life of pain.
Doctors usually can effectively manage trigeminal neuralgia with medications, injections or surgery.
Source: Mayo Clinic
Reason: The 72-year-old was hospitalised last week after experiencing ‘agonising’ pain she compared to being struck by lightning. Pictured on November 9, 2017, in Sydney
‘Trigeminal is the name of the nerve that stretches through the brain and spreads across the face. Neuralgia, of course, is nerve pain,’ he added.
Craig said he was in regular contact with Denise, who ‘is slowly on the mend’.
‘I know we all share in wishing our Denise Drysdale the speediest of recoveries,’ he concluded.
Recovery: Studio 10’s showbiz reporter Craig Bennett (pictured) said on Thursday he was in regular contact with Denise, who ‘is slowly on the mend’
‘We need our regular dose of Ding Dong. We absolutely do.’
Craig added that Denise was joined by her family in hospital and had the nurses ‘in stitches’ during her stay.
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Keeping her spirits up: Craig added that Denise was joined by her family in hospital and had the nurses ‘in stitches’ during her stay