Christina Applegate: ‘I wish I had been careful’ amid worsening multiple sclerosis symptoms

Christina Applegate has opened up about the struggles of living with multiple sclerosisand the signs of illness – like numbness and a tingling sensation in his limbs – that appeared years before his formal diagnosis.

“I wish I had been careful,” she said in a New York Times interview published Tuesday, “But who was I to know?”

Applegate recalls feeling out of balance while filming her Emmy-nominated Netflix series, “Dead To Me,” and struggling during a tennis match before receiving an official diagnosis on the set of her show. Production was halted for nearly five months as she began treatment for the disease, according to the Times.

“It felt like, ‘Well, let’s go and give her some medicine to get her better,'” the actress said. “And it doesn’t get any better. But it was good for me. I needed to come to terms with my loss of my life, my loss of that part of me.”

Moderator Alyssa Mastromonaco, Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini and creator Liz Feldman attend the ‘Dead To Me’ #NETFLIXFYSEE For Your Consideration Roundtable at Netflix FYSEE on June 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

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While there was some question as to whether filming of ‘Dead To Me’ could resume, Applegate insisted on passing by using a wheelchair to get to set and occasionally having a friend hold his legs out. camera. Some changes were even made to the script to account for energy and stamina levels during filming.

“I gained 40 pounds, I can’t walk without a cane. I want people to know that I’m very aware of all of this,” Applegate said.

MS affects nearly one million adults in the United States and can be debilitating. Most people are diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 and 40, and the disease is more common in women than men, according to the Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit academic medical center. Symptoms may include numbness or weakness in the limbs, electric shock sensations that occur with neck movements, or tremors. MS can also affect vision and speech, cause dizziness and fatigue and, in cases like Applegate’s, impact general mobility.

There is no known cure for the disease. But according to the Mayo Clinic, treatments can help speed up recovery after attacks.

Applegate has been transparent on Twitter about her struggles living with MS, showing pictures of working devices she uses to walk, the chronicle of the insomnia it accompanied his diagnosis and even showed love to fellow Hollywood star Selma Blair, who was diagnosed with the condition in 2018.

Blair, who was a contestant on the current season of “Dancing with the Stars,” said recent MRI results prompted her to quit the show, citing “bone trauma and inflammation among tears and bruises.” tears” which could get worse with continued movement. Blair released a memoir that looks at her illness, titled “Mean Baby,” earlier this year.

In 2021, Blair starred in a documentary that chronicled her deteriorating health after her diagnosis, “Introducing, Selma Blair.” Applegate praised Blair for her transparency, she wrote“My daughter Selma Blair documented the first year. Which is hard.”

“Being technically disabled is what it is,” Applegate tweeted. “I didn’t know what MS was until I had it. My life has changed forever.”

Caitlin O’Kane contributed to this report.

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