70s pop star re­veals suc­cess­ful battle with crip­pling dis­ease

Wilmslow Express - - NEWS -

AMEM­BER of 70s pop stars Sweet Sen­sa­tion has re­vealed his battle with a po­ten­tially crip- pling dis­ease.

Re­cardo Pa­trick won fame with theManch­ester band who had a Num­ber One hit with Sad Sweet Dreamer in 1974.

As a singer he has toured the world, ap­peared on the X-Fac­tor, and he’s in­volved in multi-mil­lion pound prop­erty deals.

Re­cardo is now a pa­tron of the Paget’s As­so­ci­a­tion, a na­tional char­ity, af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that he had Paget’s Dis­ease of Bone – a ne­glected but treat­able con­di­tion.

Speak­ing about his con­di­tion for the first time, he said: “I was 48 when I be­gan to ex­pe­ri­ence pain ra­di­at­ing down my thigh. In­ves­ti­ga­tions led to a di­ag­no­sis of Paget’s dis­ease in my right pelvis.

“Fol­low­ing re­fer­ral to an en­docri­nol­o­gist, I was given suc­cess­ful treat­ment, which even­tu­ally led to me be­com­ing pain free”.

Re­cardo how­ever, was for­tu­nate, as many peo­ple di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion by their GP are told that there is noth­ing that can be done other than take pain-killers.

The char­ity says this is in­cor­rect, as treat­ments have de­vel­oped, which slow down the ex­ces­sive break­down and for­ma­tion of bone, re­duce pain and may pre­vent com­plica- tions such as deaf­ness, frac­tures and crip­pling de­for­mity such as bowed legs.

Re­cardo says he is aware how dis­abling the com­pli­ca­tions of Paget’s dis­ease can be in those who are se­verely af­fected, and hopes re­search can find a cure soon.

He gives this ad­vice to those who are di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion: “Af­ter the ini­tial shock, get a good as­sess­ment and if you need treat­ment, don’t hes­i­tate.

“It re­lieved my pain and while I know it’s not a cure it has given me long-term ben­e­fit, en­abling me to lead a nor­mal life.”

Pro­fes­sorRoger Fran­cis, chair­man of the Paget’s As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “Men­tion Paget’s dis­ease to most peo­ple and they will not have heard of it.

“Nev­er­the­less, the UK has the high­est preva­lence of Paget’s dis­ease in the world, af­fect­ing up to one in 12 older men and one in 20 women over the age of 80.

“Un­for­tu­nately, rel­a­tively few pa­tients with Paget’s dis­ease are re­ferred to spe­cial­ists with ex­per­tise in the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of the con­di­tion.

“Any­one over 55 with painful or mis­shapen bones should see their GP and, if di­ag­nosed with Paget’s dis­ease, ask about the treat­ments avail­able.”

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