George Clooney Battles Pain, Insomnia and Bouts of Loneliness

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 Most of us can only imagine what it would be like to be famous; to have no worries about money, the best medical care, pampering at the spa, lots of vacations, lots of friends and a beautiful home with a cook and a housekeeper. So, what could a star possibly have to complain about?

Turns out, as successful as George Clooney is, he is still human. A few days ago, The Hollywood Reporter published that Clooney revealed he is battling pain, insomnia and bouts of loneliness.

LifelineLIVE wrote, “The suave star, 50, shares — in an in-depth profile — that, for all his fame and fortune, he’s got his fears and troubles, including battling Bell’s palsy at age 14 and still coping with pain from a back accident on 2005′s Syriana.”

According to HollyscoopTV,“The actor has spoken before about the pain he suffered in 2005 from a leak in his spinal cord that was so intense he contemplated suicide.”

When talking about his insomnia, Clooney said:

‘Turning off the television causes me to think, and once I start that vision roaring, I have a very tough time getting to sleep.’ With the flickering screen, ‘I’m able to numb out.’ Even then, ‘Without question, I wake every night five times’ (The Hollywood Reporter).

One thing we noticed about some of the comments made about Clooney by reporters and readers, they often asked why he did not just use Tylenol PM or alternative treatments such as acupuncture. Therefore, it appears even celebrities, who have access to all kinds of doctors and treatments, still have people assuming they have not tried anything or done anything about their condition. Most likely Clooney has tried these things and more. Nevertheless, as many with chronic conditions quickly discover, some things work for some people, but not for others.

George Clooney Reveals His Secret Pain from HollyscoopTV


George Clooney: The Private Life of a Superstar. Stephen Galloway. The Hollywood Reporter. February 12, 2012.

George Clooney: Lonely, can’t sleep, battling chronic pain. Ann Oldenburg. LifelineLIVE. USAToday. February 17, 2012.

Video. George Clooney Reveals His Secret Pain. Stephanie Bauer. HollyscoopTV. February 17, 2012.

Photo of George Clooney. LOS ANGELES – JAN 29: George Clooney arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Copyright


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  1. Gary Giegerich says

    I wonder if Mr. Clooney has checked with a rheumatologist to check into possibilities such as fibromyalgia, CFS, ME, Lupus, and all of the other related issues? He sounds like many of us who went years trying to find out what was going on, with many years of misdiagnoses before we found out for sure that we weren’t just going crazy. I too suffer from severe chronic pain, loneliness, depression, insomnia and much more. I was DX’d in ’97 and have learned a lot about the different chronic pain/autoimmune diseases, syndromes, issues, etc. Mr. Clooney would be welcome to contact me, or I could recommend others that might be able to help him understand more about this stuff.

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