70s pop star reveals successful battle with crippling disease
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.”