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Pam St Clement health: EastEnders star on her 'year from hell' with 'disgusting' illness

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Apart from starring in the BBC soap, St Clement appeared in multiple episodes of Casualty as “grumpy patient” Sally Hodge as well as taking part in a road trip across America, which saw five celebrities explore the medicinal benefits of cannabis and how the UK would be affected if it were ever legalised. Following her trip around America, St Clement suffered from a severe leg injury and quickly turned to using CBD oil and allopathic medicine in order to try and relieve some of her pain.

Talking about her leg injury during an appearance on Loose Women back in 2019, St Clement said: “[It’s been] a year from hell.

“I did my usual trip to Australia – I go there for a couple of months every year – and idiot that I am I planned my knee replacement for after I came back.

“I was out and it was the tail end of a typhoon and I was messing about with a seven-year-old, and I feel, cut my leg open. It was disgusting, it really was.

“And would you believe it. The one part of my fat body which hasn’t gone any flesh on it is my shin bone, and it was straight across the shin bone.”

Although the star was in dire need of a knee replacement, the nasty shin injury meant that the operation would have been too dangerous to complete in case of cross-infection.

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Overall, St Clement had to cancel three knee replacements and tell prospective employers that she couldn’t work for the remaining part of the year.

“I came home, saw the surgeon and he said I can’t do anything with that because of infection, although it’s not the same leg it’s cross infection which is deadly dangerous,” the star added.

“So he said we’ll have to wait and see how quickly it heals. I’ve had to cancel [my knee operation] three times.

“What’s happened is if I have [work] offered, I go, ‘I can do it that date because I’m having the operation there so it will give me time to get over.’

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“Ah no I’ve had to cancel it again. So things I could have done before I could have, it’s been absolute hell.”

Along with not being able to do much work, St Clement has had to deal with ongoing pain from both her knee and shin injury, leading her to try alternative methods of medication.

“I deal with it by using allopathic medicine and alternative medicine,” she said.

“Well I deal with it I use allopathic medicine and alternative medicine. I’ve had three steroid jabs so far. [Taking CBD oil] I’ve been relying on it quite a bit, and in fact, I couldn’t take it in Australia.

“I’ve been able to ease off the painkillers and put the CBD in its place. The plant grows with both constituents, but the plant grows in a natural state as people would have grown it back in the 60s. What is being produced and sold on streets nowadays is just ugh – it’s’ nothing like the same.”

This was not the first time St Clement has spoken about the benefits of CBD, as back in 2017 she told The Sunday Mirror: “Taking this oil has changed my life. I am no longer in pain.

“My joints are no longer stiff, I sleep better, almost jump out of bed and walk longer distances – all things I could never have dreamed six weeks ago.

“I have suffered with polymyalgia rheumatica for the past 10 years. I just woke up with it one day.”

The Mayo Clinic explains that polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder that causes muscle pain and stiffness. Although most common in the shoulders or hips, pain can also affect the knees.

As well as aches, pains and stiffness, individuals may also experience:

  • Mild fever
  • Fatigue
  • A general feeling of not being well (malaise)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Depression.

In some of the worst cases, knee replacement surgery is used to replace a damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint. There are two main types of surgery: total knee replacement – both sides of your knee joint are replaced and partial (half) knee replacement – where only one side of your joint is replaced in a smaller operation with a shorter hospital stay and recovery period.

For those with polymyalgia rheumatica and individuals who have had a knee replacement, physical therapy may be recommended to build strength and increase mobility.



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Ruud van Nistelrooy makes next job decision as Man Utd plan coaching appointment

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That decision failed to pay off, however, with the Red Devils sacking Moyes after just 10 months in charge.

After the current West Ham boss came Van Gaal, who arrived with big things expected due to his past success at the likes of Barcelona and Ajax.

Giggs was hoping to get the Red Devils job himself, which was why he stayed, but both ended up leaving nearly six years ago.

When Jose Mourinho took over, he opted to maintain his close relationship with Rui Faria – who had previously worked under him at clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Fair departed in the summer of 2018, though, with Michael Carrick then given a place on Mourinho’s bench.

Carrick stayed to work under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian also regularly picking up the thoughts of Phelan and Kieran McKenna throughout his spell in the dugout.

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High cholesterol: Blood pressure drug linked to significant reduction in good cholesterol

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“Though they’re commonly used to treat different forms of heart disease, beta-blockers can significantly reduce HDL levels.”

Among the beta-blockers that cause this are Corgard (nadolol), Inderal (propranolol), Tenormin (atenolol), Zebeta (bisoprolol).

These drugs are widely used in the treatment of angina, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack and high blood pressure.

But despite concerns about their effect on cholesterol, scientists stress that the benefits of beta-blockers far outweigh the risks.

VeryWell Health adds: “If your beta-blocker affects your cholesterol significantly, your doctor may lower your dose or switch you to a different medication.”



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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez not on same page over Saudi Arabia GP after missile attack

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However, after a four-hour meeting between race officials and the teams, it was confirmed the race would go ahead despite the attack. It had been reported that a number of the competing drivers were concerned for their safety following the nearby explosion.

Despite this, an agreement was finally reached to race at 2:30am local time, after team chiefs left the lengthy meeting to confirm: “We will be racing.” A statement from Formula 1 confirmed Sunday’s race would go ahead as planned. It read: “Formula 1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today. The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”

Unsurprisingly, there were a number of mixed views on whether the race should go ahead, and this is clearly apparent in the Red Bull setup. This comes after advisor Helmut Marko revealed that drivers Verstappen and Perez are not on the same page when it comes to racing.

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On the issue, Marko told Sky Germany: “Max is a bit more relaxed about it. Perez is a little bit scared, but when you live in Mexico City there’s not much more security. We have the pandemic, we have the war in Europe and now we have a missile attack 20 kilometres away. This is no longer normal or pleasant.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s race though, the Austrian advisor is firmly on the side of Verstappen and the race officials, supporting the idea of the race taking place. He commented: “I really think it’s the right thing to do. As I said, these drone attacks are common, I think. They have a very good defence system. Why this one didn’t work remains to be seen. It’s not the first drone, after all. But it’s the first one to strike on such a scale.”

The attack took place during Friday’s first practice session, and it was Red Bull’s star man Verstappen who was one of the first to realise something was wrong after reporting on his team radio that he could ‘smell burning’. Initially, the Dutchman thought the smell was coming from either his or one of his rival’s cars, however it then became clear that an explosion had taken place just a few miles from the track.

Giving an insight into Verstappen’s initial worries, Marko said: “Max radioed us, he thought his car had caught fire because there was an intense burning smell. We were informed a drone had been sent from Yemen. The Saudis have a defence system and for some reason the drone was not intercepted.”



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