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

Chris Kamara discusses his underactive thyroid diagnosis

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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”.

“But of course, it was the wrong attitude,” he added.

“I thought it was worse, I’d never heard of underactive thyroid.”

The father-of-two went on to say that viewers had expressed their concerns about him on Twitter, which were picked up by his son Ben.

He added he was too embarrassed to speak about his symptoms with his wife Anne and sons, but now wished he spoke out sooner.

“I’m so pleased it’s out in the open,” he continued.

The former footballer is now taking medication to try and control it and has cut out certain foods.

“I’m on a course of tablets for the rest of my life, which has helped me so much in this short amount of time,” he added on the Pharmacy2U YouTube channel.

“I feel so much better,” he added.

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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.

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