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‘I suffered in silence’ Chris Kamara on life-long medication as he gives update on health

Chris Kamara feared he had dementia after he suffered from brain fog and slurred speech. After getting the all-clear following a brain scan, he had a blood test and was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid. In a new interview with his son Jack, the 63-year-old football pundit said he was too embarrassed to speak out about his symptoms and “suffered in silence” for 20 months.

He said: “I didn’t want to believe what was going on in my body and my mind.

“I suffered in silence for 20 months, even though people were saying along the way, ‘He’s not himself’, I would just bat it away and say, ‘No I’m fine’.

“I would say for a good 14 months I kept it to myself.”

Chris added he had “good and bad days” as his symptoms were sometimes “easy to deal with”.

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Chris first spoke out about his diagnosis on Steph’s Packed Lunch in April.

He revealed that his wife grew concerned when he couldn’t remember details about his own album on The One Show.

“I was on with Alex Jones and Michael Ball, I did the menu for the show live and not a problem,” he spilled.

“Michael talked to me about the Christmas album and said, ‘Name some of the songs’ and my mind had gone completely blank and I couldn’t think of anything.

“That was the first time my wife said to me, ‘There’s something not quite right, you need to get it checked out’.”

Chris has since urged others to get checked if they have any concerns about their health.

According to the NHS, symptoms of an underactive thyroid include feeling tired all the time, gaining weight and being sensitive to cold.

Treatment involves taking daily hormone replacement tablets, called levothyroxine, to raise your thyroxine levels.

Research from Pharmacy2U reveals that an estimated 14.7 million men in Britain don’t go to the doctor even when they suffer worrying symptoms.

The study shows that a quarter of men think they can fix the problem themselves, one in eight men feel too embarrassed to see a doctor and one in ten say they are too anxious to talk about their symptoms. Three in ten men are also currently hiding conditions from their family.

The age group of 45-to-54-years-old is most likely to avoid seeking medical attention. Chris is amongst the age group of 55+ which came in second, followed by 35 to 44 years and 25 to 34 years. Over one in four Brits admitted they don’t know how to talk about their health worries, with three in ten currently hiding conditions from their friends and family.

Two thirds say they have googled symptoms and one third try to find reassurance online.

Phil Day, Superintendent Pharmacist at Pharmacy2U, commented: “With lockdown rules changing, and many prioritising catching up with family and friends, it’s important to remember to look after your health too. Onerous life admin tasks like reordering your prescription or booking a doctor’s appointment take up much less time now thanks to apps and technology. Put yourself first, get checked out, get your prescriptions automatically sent to your door, and get on with enjoying life.”

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Chris Kamara undergoes dementia scan after suffering with “brain fog”

Chris Kamara has confirmed the encouraging results of his brain scan to check for signs of dementia.

The 63-year-old decided to undergo a test after suffering what he described as “brain fog”, fearing this may have been linked to heading the ball during his playing days.

Kamara made 778 appearances during a 20-year career featuring for clubs including Portsmouth, Stoke City and Leeds United.

He initially raised concerns over dementia last month during a discussion about fellow pundit Gary Lineker, 60, who has also decided to have his brain checked.

Kamara has since had the scan – and there is good news for the much-loved Sky Sports pundit.

The 63-year-old opened up on the checks he underwent
The 63-year-old opened up on the checks he underwent
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“They didn’t find anything,” Kamara told Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4.

He added: “Watching back [a clip from an earlier episode the show], it’s slow and I know that’s not me of old.

“I went to Pontefract to the radiology department. The results were no loss of brain mass and very few lesions, which means no clinical relevance. So yes!”

Kamara also explained he had further checks due to his “brain fog” symptoms, saying: “There are loads of things I can track and I’m thinking ‘what’s going on?’

Kamara played for 11 clubs during his 20-year playing career
Kamara played for 11 clubs during his 20-year playing career

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“After the blood test I had, I’ve got an underactive thyroid. I’m suffering with a swollen tongue which causes you to slur your words, slows down, not your thoughts because the thoughts are there, but transferring those thoughts to the mouth to get you to talk coherently.

“All that sort of stuff. Feeling cold, even warm days you’re shivering and cold, weakness, muscle fatigue, tiredness…”

A relieved Kamara confirmed his symptoms can be explained by his underactive thyroid.

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He also recalled an incident on BBC’s The One Show which prompted his wife, Anne, to encourage him to get tested.

“I was on with Alex Jones and Michael Ball, I did the menu for the show live and not a problem,” said Kamara.

“Michael Ball talked to me about the Christmas album and said ‘name some of the songs’ and my mind had gone completely blank and I couldn’t think of anything.

“That was the first time my wife said to me, ‘there’s something not quite right, you need to get it checked out’.”

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Chris Kamara diagnosed with underactive thyroid after undergoing scan for ‘brain fog’

Chris and host Steph were later joined by Doctor Pete Taylor, who discussed possible symptoms of an underactive thyroid.

The doctor said the condition was usually something that develops slowly and urged people who might be concerned to seek help from a GP.

“I have to say I’m embarrassed about it, so I ignore it,” the Sky Sports regular admitted.

“Even though other people might mention it, I go, ‘Oh no, I’m fine’.”

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays from 12.30pm on Channel 4.

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