Basic Instinct star Sharon Stone, 64, reveals she will undergo surgery to have ‘large fibroid tumor’ removed following misdiagnosis… 21 years after she suffered brain hemorrhage and stroke that almost killed her
- Stone, 64, took to Instagram Stories with a personal message about her health
- Actress said she dealt with ‘another misdiagnosis and incorrect procedure’
- She said amid ‘worsening pain,’ a second opinion revealed she has ‘a large fibroid tumor that must come out’
- Stone said she would be ‘down for 4-6 weeks for full recovery’
- Stone previously dealt with a stroke and cerebral hemorrhage in 2001
- Actress broke out in the 1992 thriller Basic Instinct opposite Michael Douglas
- She received an Oscar nod in 1996 for her work in Casino
- She’s the mother of three sons Roan, 22, Laird, 17, and Quinn, 16
Sharon Stone encouraged her followers to seek second opinions after she said a ‘large fibroid tumor’ was found in her body after a previous medical misdiagnosis.
Stone, 64, took to Instagram Stories Tuesday with a personal message about her health, saying she ‘just had another misdiagnosis and incorrect procedure,’ and went for ‘a double epidural’ to treat pain she was in.
The Oscar nominee said that amid ‘worsening pain,’ she went for a second opinion from a different doctor that revealed she has ‘a large fibroid tumor that must come out.’
The latest: Sharon Stone, 64, took to Instagram to encourage her followers to seek second opinion after a ‘large fibroid tumor’ was found in her body after a previous medical misdiagnosis. She was snapped in LA this past June
Stone took to Instagram Stories Tuesday with a personal message about her health
The Specialist star advised to her 3.4 million followers, ‘Ladies in particular: Don’t get blown off. GET A SECOND OPINION. It can save your life.’
Stone said she would be ‘down for 4-6 weeks for full recovery,’ and thanked fans for their care, adding, ‘It’s all good.’
The Sliver actress has past spoken publicly about her health issues, as she said in her 2021 autobiography The Beauty of Living Twice that in 2001, benign tumors were removed from her body that she described as ‘gigantic’ and ‘bigger than my breast alone.’
Stone pictured in 2001, the year she suffered a stroke and cerebral hemorrhage
She said that in the wake of the medical procedure, a plastic surgeon gave her larger breast implants that she had consented to in a breast reconstruction surgery following the removal of the tumors.
Stone also dealt with a stroke and cerebral hemorrhage in 2001, when she was 43-years-old.
Appearing on the Today show in March of 2021, Stone shared details of the critical moments as she was hospitalized and a doctor told her she had nearly died.
‘The room was so silent,’ Stone said. ‘When the room is so silent and no one’s running around trying to fix you, that’s when you realize how near death is and how serious everything is.’
Stone achieved breakout fame in the 1992 hit Basic Instinct opposite Michael Douglas
Stone would go on to recover, but she said that the stroke impacted her career and the way she was treated by others.
‘People treated me in a way that was brutally unkind,’ she told Variety in 2019. ‘From other women in my own business to the female judge who handled my custody case, I don’t think anyone grasps how dangerous a stroke is for women and what it takes to recover – it took me about seven years.’
She added: ‘I had to remortgage my house. I lost everything I had. I lost my place in the business. I was like the hottest movie star, you know? It was like Miss Princess Diana and I were so famous – and she died and I had a stroke. And we were forgotten.’
Earlier this year, Stone also revealed has lost nine children by miscarriage.
The actress – who is the mother of three sons Roan, 22, Laird, 17, and Quinn, 16, through adoption – insists women are made to feel that losing a baby is ‘something to bear alone and secretly with some kind of sense of failure’.
In an Instagram comment, she wrote: ‘We, as females don’t have a forum to discuss the profundity of this loss. I lost nine children by miscarriage. It is no small thing, physically nor emotionally yet we are made to feel it is something to bear alone and secretly with some kind of sense of failure. Instead of receiving the much needed compassion and empathy and healing which we so need. Female health and wellness left to the care of the male ideology has become lax at best, ignorant in fact, and violently oppressive in effort.’
What are fibroid tumours?
Fibroid tumours are growths that develop in or around the womb.
The growths, which are non-cancerous in 99 per cent cases, are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue and vary in size.
Many women don’t know they have fibroids because two in three don’t suffer any symptoms.
Those that do show signs of fibroids may suffer heavy or painful periods, tummy pain, lower back pain, a need to pass urine frequently, constipation and pain or discomfort during sex.
In rare cases, complications can affect pregnancy or cause infertility.
Between 20 to 50 per cent of women aged 16 to 50 are thought to have fibroids at any one time.
And around three-quarters will develop fibroids at some point during these reproductive years.
But only a third are large enough to be spotted by doctors during a physical exam.
Doctors don’t know why fibroids develop. But they think the growths are linked to the female reproductive hormone oestrogen, with levels at their highest during reproductive years.
They tend to shrink when oestrogen levels are low, such as after the menopause, so aren’t treated unless they are causing symptoms.
Treatment includes drugs to ease discomfort and shrink the growths, or surgery if these don’t work.
Source: NHS and John Hopkins
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