There’s not much Kelly Osbourne hasn’t opened up about since being in the spotlight.
Well, except for a secret lyme disease battle, which she recalls came about after she was bitten by a tick back in 2004.
In excerpts from her new memoir, There Is No F*cking Secret: Letters From a Badass Bitch, published in Us Weekly, the 32-year-old detailed just how debilitating it was.
Suffering from “traveling pain,” Kelly said it went on for a whole decade with doctors prescribing her all sorts of pills.
And as someone who had started self-medicating in 2002, it didn’t go over well with the recovering addict:
“My prescriptions kept piling up. I couldn’t sleep, so they gave me Ambien. When Ambien made me nauseated, they switched me to Trazodone, but that gave me acid reflux, so then I had to take an antacid every day. I took cranberry extract and antibiotics because one medication made me prone to getting urinary tract infections. Painkillers ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ for an ex├óΓé¼ΓÇ£painkiller addict ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ to help with the head and body aches. Not kidding ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ I had pills to deal with the anxiety that I was having from taking so many pills.”
After being prescribed to yet another pill, Kelly said that was it and went to Sharon Osbourne‘s house. She remembered:
“I sat them all out, one by one, until they lined up the length of the counter. ‘I can’t live like this anymore,” I said. ‘I’m a vegetable.'”
The Project Runway Junior judge continued:
“As a last resort, she called Philip Battiade at Infusio, an alternative medicine practitioner. I’d first met him when he treated my brother for MS. When I met with Philip, I assured him that I hadn’t used unprescribed drugs in years and that I thought I had Lyme disease. I had started entering my symptoms into online quizzes, and the results kept coming back Lyme disease. For the first time, someone listened to me, and I got tested. The results were positive: I had stage III neurological Lyme disease. I was relieved to finally know what was going on, but I was also scared shitless.”
With the help of stem cell therapy, Kelly was able to find a “cure” to her illness:
“Rather than trying to kill off the disease with antibiotics, this treatment worked to strengthen my immune system so my body could fight off and get rid of the disease on its own, which is a much more complete and lasting cure. I stayed for two weeks. I was experiencing emotions and feelings again. I’d been in a diseased and doctor-approved drug-induced haze for so long that I didn’t know what it was like to be happy or sad or in pain.”
So, why is she speaking up about her battle now?
“I’ve kept quiet about my Lyme disease, not only for fear of pharmaceutical companies coming after me because of the cure I found in Germany but also because it seems like the trendy disease to have right now, and I’m tired of seeing sad celebrities play the victim on the cover of weekly mags. Since I know firsthand how awfully debilitating it is, I know who really has it and who is just trying to prolong their 15 minutes. I don’t understand how anyone could think that the life you have to live with Lyme disease is glamorous.”
Maybe she has more to say in her memoir??
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