When Jack Osbourne was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at age 26, his dad, rock and roll legend Ozzy Osbourne, didn’t believe his son.
The reality TV star had lived a full and healthy life before cameras (with his famous family) on the 2000’s hit series “The Osbournes,” which aired on MTV. Then one day, he suddenly lost vision in his right eye. Jack told Yahoo:
“Forty-eight hours later, I was about 90 percent blind in my central vision.”
After multiple tests, he received some shocking news back in 2012. He was diagnosed with MS but his family didn’t know how to take the bad news.
The 33-year-old, who shares three children with ex-wife Lisa Stelly, said:
“My dad was very much of the mindset of like, ‘No, that’s wrong.’ His inkling is, it’s still the 1990s and they’re still not good at diagnosing it. My mom does not deal with bad news very well.”
Ozzy was misdiagnosed with MS nearly three decades ago.
Doctors ran “every single test imaginable” before he got to the bottom of Jack’s mysterious disease. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, he was showing classic signs of MS.
On his website You Don’t Know Jack About MS, he wrote:
I was on location shooting “Haunted Highway” and there was this scene where I had to scuba dive in a lake at night. I came up with the worst headache ever, and the next morning my eyesight was blurry. My vision started getting progressively worse, so my doctor referred me to a neurologist, and he diagnosed me with RRMS (Relapsing-Remitting MS).
Medical experts say the misdiagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis is actually a problem.
A new case study concluded that almost 1 in 5 patients referred for the unpredictable disease had a different condition.
In the process of managing the chronic disease, Jack has talked about his journey in an effort to help people learn more about the illness and the mental health component “that’s the least talked about,” said Ozzy’s younger child.
As a result of his startling diagnosis, Jack suffered from depression. He said:
“Depression has definitely been prevalent for me. At least a couple nights a week, I’ll go to sleep thinking, ‘Ugh. I hope tomorrow is not one of those days.’”
Studies have suggested that depression is very common in people with the chronic illness.