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Skepta begs fans for advice ahead of MRI for 'crippling waves' of stomach pain

Dominic Smithers

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Skepta begs fans for advice ahead of MRI for 'crippling waves' of stomach pain

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Skepta has asked fans to send him messages of support after struggling with a chronic illness.

The rapper, real name Chief Joseph Olaitan Adenuga Jr., took to social media today (9 August) and opened up about some of the trouble he's been having with his health.

Writing on Instagram, the 39-year-old revealed that he had been suffering stomach issues since his twenties and that it had affected both his mental and physical health.

He said he had finally decided to try and sort it out once and for all, and sked his fans if they could send him any advice they may have for dealing with 'this kind of thing' ahead of his MRI scan.

Skepta has asked fans for advice ahead of his MRI. Credit: Instagram/Skepta
Skepta has asked fans for advice ahead of his MRI. Credit: Instagram/Skepta

"Through song lyrics or word of mouth some of you know I have suffered from IBS/Stomach Ulcers/problems since my early 20s," wrote Skepta.

"Apart from me not being able to maintain a steady weight, depression, short term memory loss it also controls my moods which has ultimately steered my Life.

"I've had an endoscopy and nothing was found but I still get crippling waves of pain in my stomach so I think the next thing for me to do is to book an MRI scan but if anybody has any experience or advice about this kind of thing I would love to talk still."

He added: "Reply to skeptagram... Sending strength to anybody that has had to deal with stomach problems kmt smh the internal fights, the mood swings, losing things etc are normal symptoms, just don't let it ruin your Life please get help."

According to the NHS, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a 'common condition that affects the digestive system'.

It's generally a lifelong condition that can cause bloating and stomach cramps, as well as diarrhoea.

The rapper has asked for advice from his fanS. Credit: dpa picture alliance/Alamy
The rapper has asked for advice from his fanS. Credit: dpa picture alliance/Alamy

The NHS website says: "It causes symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. These tend to come and go over time, and can last for days, weeks or months at a time.

"It can be very frustrating to live with and can have a big impact on your everyday life.

"There's no cure, but diet changes and medicines can often help control the symptoms.

"The exact cause is unknown – it's been linked to things like food passing through your gut too quickly or too slowly, oversensitive nerves in your gut, stress and a family history of IBS."

Earlier this year, Skepta revealed that he had been admitted to hospital with a mystery illness.

Sharing a photo of him from the ward, the singer was seen wearing a patient's gown.

Asking for messages of support, he wrote: "Say a little prayer for me."

Writing on social media, one worried fan said: "My baby Skepta is in the hospital, I can't breathe."

Topics: Music, Instagram, Social Media, Health, Viral

Dominic Smithers
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