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Denise Drysdale’s son opens up about star’s ‘shocking pain’

Denise was hospitalised in September with a rare nerve disorder called trigeminal neuralgia.
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Denise Drysdale’s son, Peter Milne, has given an update on the star’s condition as she continues to battle fibromyalgia, which causes widespread muscle pain, weakness and fatigue.

WATCH: Denise Drysdale’s son give Studio 10 health update

Speaking to Sarah Harris, Tristan MacManus & Angela Bishop on Studio 10, Peter revealed that while the 72-year-old is still in a great deal of pain, she’s found some relief in acupuncture treatments.

“A couple of weeks ago, we were really scared. We had no idea about the problems with this disease and were completely worried. We’ve since been doing high-intensity acupuncture… the impact’s been great. She’s been responding really well to it,” he said.

“Mum likened it to a shocking pain right in the back of her eyes, sending like electric shocks. It comes in waves. Little triggers like being on the phone, texting, laughing …anything where she needs to use her brain, has sent these terrible debilitating pains.”

Peter gave viewers an update on his mum’s condition. (Credit: Network 10)

He continued, “We’ve been in the car and had to stop the car completely to a standstill and just wait for these waves to come through. They’ve sort of dissipated now.

Peter went on to say that his mum is still struggling to eat as she’s been “unable to swallow”.

“She managed to have a nice little plate of spaghetti the other day and she would not have eaten for over a week. She was trying to spoon little bits of yoghurt and couldn’t swallow,” he said.

Denise is keeping her spirits up. (Credit: Network 10)

And while it’s most certainly been a trying time for the beloved star, Denise has apparently still retained her wicked sense of humour. 

“She did say that she thought she had come to face with death but just realised it was a reflection in the mirror,” he joked.

“She’s still got all her gags and makes fun of the situation that she’s in.”

The news comes following Denise being admitted to hospital in late September after experiencing ‘agonising’ pain she compared to being struck by lightning.

Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain, in which mild stimulation to the face can cause a jolt of excruciating pain.

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