Everclear’s Art Alexakis Reveals Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Everclear frontman Art Alexakis has revealed that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

In a statement posted on the band’s website, Alexakis revealed that was diagnosed with the disease three years ago.

“Three years ago I was in an automobile accident, and though I totaled my car, I am thankful that no one involved was seriously hurt,” Alexakis said.

He added, “About two weeks later, I started feeling a tingle and numbness in my arm, thinking it was a pinched nerve in my neck, I went to the doctor and underwent an MRI.”

Alexakis explained that the MRI confirmed he had a pinched nerve, but pathologists also noticed “lacerations and suspicious marks” on his spinal cord, sending him to see another doctor.

“I was sent to see a neurologist, who did a ridiculous number of tests – more MRI’s, a spinal tap, over fifty blood tests, and numerous cognitive and balance tests,” he said. “After receiving the results, he told me that I have a form of Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS), and that I have had it for anywhere between 10 to 20 years.”

Relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis is a form of the disease that is characterized by a cycle of defined attacks, known as relapses or exacerbations, followed by periods of partial or complete recovery or remissions, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“Please know that I have not fallen off the wagon. I am just learning how to be the new me,” Alexakis concluded.

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