Dr Oz: Paula Abdul’s Shocking Health Confession
Paula Abdul revealed to Dr Oz her shocking health confession – that she has Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or RSD (but don’t worry, the show got more cheerful when Doctor Oz revealed Paula Abdul’s Beauty Secrets). Paula Abdul skyrocketed to stardom, but claimed her success has caused a devastating blow. At the age of 17, Paula suffered from an injury. In 1991, she received platinum albums, but claimed she suffered a broken leg in a dance rehearsal. In 1993, Paula was left partially paralyzed from a plane crash that caused several injuries. She had numerous surgeries to correct the issues, but was still left with the pain.
Years later, Paula was diagnosed with chronic pain. At one point, she was doing a television interview, which made her appear she was under the influence of something. That’s when her life changed. She decided to seek help for her issue. Now, at the age of 50, she’s ready to take control of her health.
Dr Oz: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
Paula told Dr Oz she was “ecstatic” to be on his show. Doctor Oz got straight to the point and asked her if she was on drugs. Paula answered “no”. Dr Oz then asked if she had ever been on drugs. Paula responded that she was never addicted to drugs. (Did anyone else feel she talked around that one?) She told Dr Oz she saw that footage of the interview 6 years ago and was heartbroken by it. During that interview, she had Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) but she didn’t want to tell anyone. She wanted to hide it from everyone, but soon realized that wasn’t the right thing to do. (Especially after that interview.)
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Symptoms
She said her pain would start at the neck on her right side, mostly. Then the pain would shoot to her right shoulder and down her right arm. This caused her fingers to lock up. She would have a pins and needle feeling. It felt like her body was on fire. Eventually, she learned how to adapt to it, but realized it wasn’t normal.
Dr Oz: RSD
Doctor Oz says almost a million people have RSD. Normally, if you weren’t ill with RSD, the pain would eventually go away. With RSD, you get the pain and inflammation. That pain isn’t localized and sent out to the rest of your body. In essence, your body aches immensely.
Paula said it was a confusing time for her. She couldn’t understand why after surgery, she was still experiencing chronic pain. She just couldn’t get better. Doctors gave her medication for the pain, but she still couldn’t sleep. Then, she took sleep medication, but still had the pain, so she still suffered from lack of sleep. She was then placed on a combination of medications. At that time, she was co-hosting several jobs and still couldn’t sleep. Paula says it was the most difficult thing she had to endure. At her peak, when she was on the hit show, American Idol, her co-host, Simon Cowell knew she had these issues, but didn’t seem to care. At one point, she had been wheeled out on a gurney in front of him and his comment was, “What’s next, a body cast?” (Yup, sounds like Simon alright!) He just didn’t seem to understand.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Treatment
Paula began researching her debilitating disease. She hopped on the Internet and realized she wasn’t alone. She went into chat groups and received tips and tools from others. Ice became her best friend. She slept, lived, and breathed ice to help with the inflammation. Online, she found a handful of doctors that started talking to her about food and what she was deficient in. She didn’t believe it then, but later realized it was a process.
-take omega 3
-cut out alcohol (Paula said she cut this out)
-no nicotine (She doesn’t smoke)
-no caffeine (Paula is working on this)
-plant based diet (Paula is trying to do a plant based diet in order to raise alkaline in her body to reduce inflammation)
-no sugar substitutes (Paula said this is her one vice. She loved Stevia. Unfortunately, when she gave in, her alkaline levels raised and caused problems.)
Limit stress? Paula said being let go from X-factor was stressful. Doctor Oz asked what Simon said to her when she was let go from the show. Paula said that Simon didn’t say much at all. He brought her on to be his ally. She got to do what she loved to do, and that was to mentor and teach. She felt fortunate and wished Simon the best of luck. (Read: Kick his ass!) Paula admitted that Simon wasn’t great at expressing emotions, but he’s been her best teacher. He taught her inner strength and was her “favorite bully.” He was a “pain in the ass” but she had love for him.
Paula Abdul’s 50th Birthday
Paula says, turning 50 is an exciting time for her. (Does anyone ever admit that it sucks? I’m just asking…) In fact, it was the best she ever felt. It’s for real this time. It’s like her life is a perpetual rainbow compared to the last few years. (I wouldn’t expect anyone else but her to describe getting older as a “perpetual rainbow”.) She felt as though her life had just begun. She wanted to say that no matter what, you can undo damage by taking care of your body. (Good point, though.)