Ashton Kutcher has spoken about his struggle with a rare form of vasculitis.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Ashton Kutcher revealed that he suffers from vasculitis in an exclusive clip from National Geographic’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls: Challenge recently obtained by Access Hollywood.
That 70’s Show star claims that the autoimmune disorder has affected vision, hearing and ability to walk for more than a year.
‘Like two years (now, three years ago),’ said the 44-year-old, who turned from an actor to a businessman, “I have this strange and very rare form of vasculitis.”
He continued, ‘I knocked out my vision. It paralyzed my hearing, as if it had paralyzed all my balance. It took me a year to back up everything.’
Kutcher talked to famous TV show host and adventurer Bear Grylls while hiking through the bushes and trees.
What’s more, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said in the clip, ‘You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone. Till you go, ‘I don’t know if I’ll see or hear again. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to walk again.’
“I am lucky to be alive,” he added.
What is Vasculitis? And what are the symptoms?
Vasculitis is an inflammation of blood vessels, including arteries and veins. Inflammation causes blood vessels to thicken, further reducing blood flow and constricting their walls.
According to information from the Mayo Clinic, if blood flow is limited enough, it can damage vital tissues or organs.
The website states, ‘There are several types of vasculitis, most of which are rare. Vasculitis can affect one organ or multiple organs. The condition can be short-term or it can be long-term.’
Additionally, medical information states that ‘vasculitis can affect anyone, but some types are more common in certain age groups. Depending on the type you have, you may get better without treatment. Most types require medication to control inflammation and prevent recurrence.”
Common symptoms of vasculitis include loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, fatigue, rash, aches and pains.
Meanwhile, this disorder can cause serious symptoms such as hearing loss, blindness, ulcers, skin irritation, and shortness of breath.
Dean of Rheumatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Peter Merkel said that some symptoms of vasculitis last only a few days, while others last longer.
He said, ‘Nerve damage often takes months to heal because nerves have to grow back and happen slowly. Unfortunately, some damage may not be repairable.’