Ashton Kutcher talks about his experience with a rare form of vasculitis

Ashton Kutcher has opened up about his battle with a rare form of vasculitis.

Here is everything you need to know.

Ashton Kutcher shares about his battle with vasculitis

Ashton Kutcher recently revealed that he had vasculitis in an exclusive clip for National Geographic’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge, which was obtained by Access Hollywood.

The That 70’s Show star also claimed the autoimmune disorder affected his vision, hearing and ability to walk for more than a year.

The 44-year-old actor-turned-entrepreneur mentioned, “About two (now three) years ago, I had this weird, super weird form of vasculitis.”

Furthermore, he continued, ‘I knocked out my vision. It destroyed my hearing, it destroyed, like, my whole balance. It took me like a year to rebuild it all.

Kutcher spoke with renowned talk show host and adventurer Bear Grylls as they walked through brambles and trees.

Additionally, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa native was heard to say in the clip: ‘You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone. Until you say, ‘I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to see again, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to hear again. I don’t know if I’ll be able to walk again.

He added: “I’m lucky to be alive.”

What is vasculitis? And your symptoms?

Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels, including arteries and veins. The inflammation can cause the vessels to thicken, further reducing blood flow and causing the walls to constrict.

According to information from the Mayo Clinic, if blood flow is restricted enough, it could cause significant tissue or even organ damage.

The website says: ‘There are many types of vasculitides, and most of them are rare. Vasculitis can affect only one organ or several. The condition can be short-term or long-term.

Furthermore, the medical information further states, ‘Vasculitis can affect anyone, although some types are more common among certain age groups. Depending on the type you have, it may get better without treatment. Most types require medication to control inflammation and prevent flare-ups.”

General symptoms of vasculitis include loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, fatigue, rash, aches and pains.

Meanwhile, the disorder can cause serious symptoms such as hearing loss, blindness, ulcers, skin sores, and difficulty breathing.

Dr. Peter Merkel, chief of rheumatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, said that while some vasculitis symptoms only last a few days, others persist longer.

He noted: ‘Any nerve damage often takes months to recover from, because the nerves have to grow back, and that happens slowly. Unfortunately, some damage may never be recovered.

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