Mike Tyson Reveals the Truth About His Health After Viral Photo of Him in A Wheelchair

Mike Tyson Reveals the Truth About His Health After Viral Photo of Him in A Wheelchair

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:12 PM
  • Mike Tyson recently disclosed he is suffering from a rare condition
  • This follows concerns over the boxing legend’s health after he was spotted in a wheelchair last month
  • He, however shed more light on his health in an eye-opening interview earlier this month

Former boxing champion Mike Tyson has disclosed that he is suffering from a rare condition known as Sciatica that sometimes requires him to be in a wheelchair.

Last month, fans raised concern after photos emerged of Tyson wheelchair-bound and moving around with the aid of a stick.

In an interview with Newsmax TV earlier in September, however, the boxer sought to bring more clarity on his physical condition.

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Mike Tyson training at the grosvenor house hotel london for his fight with julius francis. 25/1/00. Photo by David Ashdown
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'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 as quoted on Daily Mail.
“Everybody in my house is truly blessed and we’re all very grateful for whatever we have.'

What is Sciatica?

According to Mayoclinic, Sciatica is a pain that travels through the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the hips and bum.

One of the most distinct symptoms of people suffering from the condition is leg weakness and in extreme cases, bowel and bladder changes which may require surgery.

Pain can be severe, but treatment within weeks can lead to recovery.

Mike Tyson is no stranger to health problems. In fact, he was forced to cut short his boxing career in 2005 due to a back issue.

Overall, ‘Iron Mike’ is said to have lived his life to the fullest in his 56 years so far, having seen both the highs and lows in his boxing career.

Mike Tyson’s cryptic message on his future

In July, Mike Tyson recently gave fans a grim update about his future as he hinted he was close to passing away.

While speaking on his Hotboxin' podcast, the former heavyweight boxing champion said he had started to notice small changes in his body, which rang alarm bells.

“We’re all gonna die one day of course,” Tyson told his guest of the day who happened to be therapist Sean McFarland, who specializes in trauma and addiction
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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.
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