Freddie Flintoff: Top Gear star called for medical help after penis went numb on bike ride
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Freddie Flintoff, 42, who hosts Top Gear alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris, has spoken of the time he went to see a doctor after losing feeling in his penis. The BBC presenter said it went “numb” during his charity bike ride marathon.
It was like a dead fish.
The TV star was on a charity bike ride marathon from Athens to London when he lost feeling in his penis three days in.
Freddie revealed: “It just suddenly went numb as if I’d trapped it in a door.
“It was like a dead fish.
“I said to the medic, ‘Doc, I’m afraid you’re going to have to have a look at my old fella, I can’t feel it.'”
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However, the former cricketer was left shocked by the doctor’s response as he informed him that this was a common occurrence amongst cyclists.
“I was quite taken aback,” he said.
“Apparently, it was to do with something called the penile nerve.”
Freddie went on to say when his penis was feeling like its old self again.
“The old fella only started to resurrect itself about three days after I arrived in London,” he told The Sun.
The bike ride raised over two million pounds for the epic marathon in 2012, which Freddie completed with former rugby England captain Lawrence Dallaglio, 47.
The international sportsman recently spoke out about suffering from Bulimia in a new documentary.
Bulimia, also known as bulimia nervosa, is a “serious mental illness”.
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People caught in the cycle of bulimia binge eat and then compensate by vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics, fasting or excessive exercising.
This “binge and purge” cycle is perpetuated by a strong emphasis on “weight and shape”.
People with the condition may see themselves as much larger than they are, with Freddie obsessing over his image.
Freddie said: “It’s something that affects me every single day.
“When I look in the mirror, when I eat my food, when I try on my clothes, it’s something I don’t stop thinking about.”
The star added: “This is the frustrating thing about it – I know it’s a problem and I know it needs addressing.”
UK eating disorder charity Beat states that sufferers “often maintain a ‘normal’ weight” with mood changes more noticeable in the beginning.
People with the condition can be “preoccupied with and secretive around food”.
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