George Clooney Visits Doctor Over Decade-Old Spine Injury From The Set Of Syriana

Ben Arnold
Contributor

George Clooney has been seeking treatment for the decade-old spinal injury that he sustained during a torture scene on the set of movie ‘Syriana’.

The soon-to-be-wed actor was spotted travelling to both Duke University in North Carolina, and a hospital in Dusselfdorf this month for treatment, according to E!

Clooney, 53, badly damaged his spinal cord in the scene, and suffers from periodical leaking of his spinal fluid.

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The symptoms of the torn membrane, called the dura mater, are severe headaches.

He broached the subject during an interview in Rolling Stone magazine in 2011, saying that he briefly considered suicide, such was the pain he was in.

“I was at a point where I thought, ‘I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live’.

“I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this’.”

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“You start to think in terms of, you don’t want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, start the engine.

“It seems like the nicest way to do it, but I never thought I’d get there. See, I was in a place where I was trying to figure out how to survive.”

Later surgery has eased the injury, but he still attends routine checks when necessary.

He once told Vogue magazine: “What you learn after you’re 40 is it’s just about plugging up holes in the boat.”

Clooney is set to marry his fiancée Amal Alamuddin in the coming weeks, according to reports.

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