Blue star Duncan James shares health update from hospital bed after rare diagnosis

Duncan James in his hospital bed
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Blue's Duncan James has taken to social media from his hospital bed after a crucial surgery. The 46 year old pop sensation kept his followers updated about his condition post-surgery, which was required due to a previous operation not going as planned.

He shared: "Some of you may or may not know I had to go into hospital yesterday. I was admitted to have a correction of a procedure that I had two weeks ago that went a little bit wrong.

"So I was rushed in and had it all fixed, I was kept in overnight and I'm just waiting to find out if I can go home today - fingers crossed. However, it does mean I won't be able to attend the Foodies Festival today or the Hits Radio Live in Liverpool today which I'm gutted about because I really wanted to do that but the doctors have told me I need to rest up, I need to heal, I need to make sure everything is good where it should be good."

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The Blue singer conveyed his sincere apology: "So I just want to say I'm sorry if I've let anyone down, I am on the mend, I am getting better."

The Celebrity Gogglebox star then promised to keep fans posted with his recovery updates and expressed appreciation for their support. While Duncan didn't reveal what surgery he had had, he does suffer from a little-known serious health condition.

The singer was previously diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. The NHS describes this rare disorder as one where the nerves at the very bottom of the spinal cord become severely compressed.

If not treated promptly, the intense pain can lead to paralysis, making immediate medical treatment crucial. Duncan first underwent surgery to correct the issue after his leg went numb in 2015.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Mirror , Duncan revealed how his condition was still affecting him in 2022. He said: "My back is an ongoing issue. I have to be really mindful about it."

Duncan added: "I am still numb down my left side, I still can't feel the left side of my foot, my bum on my left side at the bottom is completely numb.

"It's really frustrating because sometimes I'll put my keys or my phone in my back left pocket and I might be sat down on a chair and I'm going through my pockets going: 'Oh my God, I've lost my phone, lost my keys and I can't find it anywhere,' because I can't feel them in the back pocket, I don't think they're there. And then I have a panic attack," he said.