Former entertainment star and media personality Jenna Jameson is regaining her strength after battling an undiagnosed illness.
In February 2022, Jameson shared on Instagram that she was finally home after nearly two months in the hospital. Her symptoms included weeks of vomiting and eventually the inability to walk. Although it was initially suspected that she suffered from Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a rare disease in which the human immune system attacks the peripheral nerves, has now been ruled out.
In a March 2022 Instagram post, she shared with her followers that doctors believe there is something “wrong” with her “femoral nerve,” which is affecting the strength in her legs. She later shared a photo of herself in front of an MRI machine in July 2022, showing that she was using a walker to get around. “Tired but still struggling,” Jameson captioned the Instagram post.
Now Jameson is back on his feet. In a recent social media post, Jameson also said stated that she had stopped all medication.
Still, the last year has been the most challenging of Jameson’s life. Here’s what she had to say about her health struggle and where she stands now.
How do you feel now? And what’s the latest you can tell us about your health journey?
“It’s been a pretty tough year for me. I spent nine months in the hospital being poked and prodded and diagnosed with many different things. And then these diagnoses were withdrawn and above all it was an emotional roller coaster ride. You know when.” The doctors come and tell you you have six months to live, you’re just never prepared for that. So I just took matters into my own hands, got into a wheelchair and flew out of the hospital. I knew that if I only had six months to live I would do everything in my power to try to heal myself naturally. So I moved back to Vegas and one of my very best friends runs an amazing hyperbaric health center… and I’m doing all these beautiful, natural, holistic things. And I’m back on my feet. I train three times a week. And I just feel really good. It was tough, but I’m no stranger to adversity.”
You recently talked about not being able to walk. What was the hardest part about it?
“I think as adults we take that for granted. We don’t realize how important mobility is and, you know, just getting from the bed to the bathroom was a struggle. And also bathing and putting on make-up.” I myself supported myself. I took things like that for granted for so long and had to relearn everything. I mean, I was absolutely immobile. And slowly but surely, with enough physical therapy and treatments, I’m learning to walk again. My poor little legs are really skinny but my muscles are rebuilding and I feel like my system is starting to work again. I had extreme peripheral neuropathy, which means the outer quadrants of my body were completely numb, and now I can feel when someone touches my leg. It feels so good mentally to know that all the hard work is starting to pay off.”
Why do you think it was so difficult for you to get a diagnosis?
“I wish I had more medical knowledge, but after that I kind of got busy going through all my issues and seeing how they affected different things. I think a lot of people out there take their state of mind for granted and sadness plays a role.” “It plays a big part in our physical well-being. I think once I started to really heal my mind and heart, it gave me the power to heal my body.”