Bodybuilding legend Flex Wheeler is back in the hospital dealing with excruciating pain. In a recent Instagram post published on December 12, 2023, Wheeler shared that his past back problem worsened and revealed he’s suffering from pain ‘beyond description.’
“Unfortunately, during transitioning from one bed to another, I experienced a traumatic exacerbation of my existing back problem. The pain I’m currently enduring is beyond description, and my discomfort has been overwhelming,” Flex Wheeler shared.
Having long cemented his legacy in bodybuilding, Flex Wheeler has unfortunately fallen victim to a handful of injuries and health setbacks throughout his life. Most notably, Wheeler was forced to undergo emergency surgery in 2019, which resulted in his right leg being partially amputated. In addition, Wheeler endured a staggering nine surgeries in 2003 that almost cost him his life.
In retirement, Wheeler has been tasked with battling health issues as well. Earlier this year, ‘The Sultan of Symmetry’ disclosed that he was having extreme tremors and forgetting thoughts as a result of side effects caused by an antidepressant medication called Amitriptyline. Fans had hoped that Wheeler’s health would come around, but now it appears he’s back in the hospital writhing in pain.
Flex Wheeler Gives Update on Hospital Stay, Says Back ‘Pain and Discomfort’ Are ‘Overwhelming’
Experiencing intense discomfort, Wheeler shared that he’s been cringing and crying due to the pain stemming from an old back injury that was made worse after he tried to switch beds at the hospital.
I hope this message finds you well. I wanted to provide you with an update on my current situation.
At this moment, my pain level is extremely high, and I find myself cringing, crying, and experiencing intense discomfort. It’s a challenging situation, and I’m deeply grateful for the support and understanding I have received from all of you.
I want to assure you that I am receiving dedicated care and attention from medical professionals who are working tirelessly to find a resolution to this issue. Your thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes mean the world to me, and they provide a source of strength during this difficult time.”
Despite his current situation, Wheeler was grateful for the outpouring of fan support.
“I am incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support and kindness that has been shown to me. Your messages of encouragement have been a source of comfort, and I am thankful for the love and compassion that surrounds me.
Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.
With heartfelt appreciation,
THE LEGEND” wrote Flex Wheeler.
In honor of both the sacrifices and achievements he made in the sport, Flex Wheeler was the latest recipient of the prestigious Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award, a distinction also held by former eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman. After accepting the award, Wheeler opened up about having the ‘most aggressive and deadliest kidney disease known to mind.’
Even though he continues to suffer from health ailments, Flex Wheeler plans to keep fans informed about his future. We at Fitness Volt wish him a fast and full recovery!
“I will continue to keep you updated as I progress through this challenging period. Your continued support is invaluable to me, and I am deeply appreciative of each and every one of you,” Wheeler stated.