Eurovision: Graham Norton makes 'mould' quip about Italy
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The star who was tragically stabbed when growing up came close to death, leading him to develop a newfound perspective on life. He said that when in drama school he adopted the attitude: “Uh, I nearly died. I’m just really happy to be alive.” More recently the presenter who also has his own show on Virgin Radio after moving from BBC Radio 2 opened up about his health as he reaches his milestone birthday.
The star confessed to The Mirror: “Your body doesn’t know that it’s a milestone because it’s just getting on with it I suppose.
“There was a slow, slow thing that happened – I now have to worry about my back and go to the physio.
“And you realise, ‘Oh, actually, at my age, there are no quick fixes.’ If you’re a kid and you have something wrong with you, it gets mended.
“When you’re 58, you need to keep doing those exercises for the rest of your life, or your back will be bad again.”
These health concerns come two years before his 60th birthday, but already the star is comparing his body to a “pretty ropey secondhand car”.
However he goes on to admit that although “58 sounds very like 60,” his older friends are leading the way, making him feel a little less panicked about the situation.
Despite suffering from back pain, the only other health condition he seemed to complain of was when he lied to his parents about a stomach ache.
In a bid to get out of school Graham remained so committed to a lie about his health that he ended up having his appendix removed.
Although he later admitted that there was nothing wrong with him, to avoid getting old off at the time, he went through with the operation.
The NHS states that back pain is incredibly common, especially in the lower back (lumbago) area. In most cases the pain is not caused by anything serious.
The pain can range from muscle aches to a shooting, burning or stabbing sensation which may spread to your hips or down your legs.
Walking, bending, twisting, lifting or standing may also make the pain worse which increases with age.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke define two types of back pain:
Acute, or short-term back pain lasts a few days to a few weeks. Most lower back pain is acute. It tends to resolve on its own within a few days with self-care and there is no residual loss of function. In some cases a few months are required for the symptoms to disappear.
Chronic back pain is defined as pain that continues for 12 weeks or longer, even after an initial injury or underlying cause of acute low back pain has been treated. About 20 percent of people affected by acute lower back pain develop chronic lower back pain with persistent symptoms. Even if pain persists, it does not always mean there is a medically serious underlying cause or one that can be easily identified and treated. In some cases, treatment successfully relieves chronic lower back pain, but in other cases pain continues despite medical and surgical treatment.
The spine is made up of five vertebrae which supports much of the weight of the upper body. The spaces between vertebrae are maintained by round, rubbery pads called intervertebral discs and they act as shock absorbers and cushion the bones as the body moves.
Most lower back pain is caused by a disruption in the way the components of the back such as the discs and nerves fit together and move. Injuries to the back like sprains and traumatic injury can be the start of this pain.
If your back pain persists and does not improve with rest then it is advised to seek medical advice. In rare cases back pain can signal serious problems. If back pain is accompanied with fever or bladder/bowel problems it could be a sign of a more complicated problem.
Simple exercises can often help reduce back pain. Spine Health recommends repeat stretching between two and five times as a muscle usually reaches maximum elongation after about four repetitions.
Exercises to try include bringing your knees to your chest, chin to chest, and lunges.
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