Pain can affect anyone, and famed Hollywood actor George Clooney is no exception.  He recently told Rolling Stone Magazine about how he suffers from back pain and headaches years after his 2005 accident on the set of Syriana.

His back was so damaged, at times spinal fluid would leak from his back. He would even blow spinal fluid through his nose on occasion:

“I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this’ … but I never thought I’d get there.”

The drastic measure Clooney describes is suicide. Clooney was drinking heavily and had surgeries to help fix the problem and cope with the pain.

Some media, like The Telegraph, are covering the Rolling Stone interview and focusing on how he, for a 3 week period, felt like giving up.  We would have preferred them covering how he got through it and what he did to manage the pain and overcome the challenges that come with rehabilitation.


Here is a great and positive example of overcoming chronic pain, as told to Barb Berggoetz at the Indianapolis Star (http://indystar.com).

It’s the story of a person (it would have been nice if their name was included) who suffers from pain resulting from a herniated disc operation in 1978:

In my late 30s, my back started bothering me again. I developed chronic pain from degenerative disc disease, bone spurs and peripheral neuropathy in my leg. I had back surgery that removed scar tissue and bone spurs, opened nerve roots areas and repaired discs.

The patient started going to a multidisciplinary chronic pain management centre, and started seeing a psychiatrist, medical doctor and a physical therapist. They also started attending group sessions at the clinic.

After a short while, they started to notice a real difference in themselves, and their physical abilities and mental focus.  Today, they are still living with their pain, but it’s not stopping them from cycling over 3,000 miles a year, and even working on a chronic pain stand-up comedy routine they are taking on the road.

It’s just one great example of a patient focused in the right ways and finding the help their need through multidisciplinary care.


More than managing headaches and chronic pain, Allevio is here to help you get your life back. Our services are completely geared to offering you the best relief available.

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