Jessie J powers through gym session as she fights ‘painful’ illness

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Jessie J proved to be an absolute trooper after heading back to the gym for a workout session despite dealing with chronic pain. 

The Price Tag singer recently updated fans on her battle with Meniere’s Disease, which has left her with pain in her neck and throat. 

However, Jessie refuses to let it keep her down and has resumed working out to focus on her mental health. 

In her latest Instagram posts, the pop star shared clips of her pumping weights in the gym, and wrote: ‘Been slacking. Back to it. Gets me back in the best mind set. It’s really a bonus that my body looks tighter. 

‘It’s the mental for me. Love it.’ 

Her fitness trainer, who goes by the name Chief Naka, praised the star for pushing through her pain to get back to exercising. 

‘You continue to amaze me. Regardless of what’s happening, your ability to park it and continue to work is inspiring,’ he wrote. 

Jessie, 33, revealed she had been diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease in December 2020. 

It is an inner ear condition that can cause vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss, and the sensation that everything around you is spinning, meaning it is difficult to stand or walk straight.

There’s no cure for the illness, which mostly affects people aged between 20-60.

Symptoms can include nausea, hearing ringing or buzzing inside your ear, dizziness and losing your balance. These typically happen all at once, and commonly last for hours, with the condition usually starting in one ear but can spread to both over time.

Opening up about her ordeal, Jessie wrote in an Instagram post alongside a clip of her belting out Prince’s Purple Rain: ‘Yesterday I tried to sing a song I can usually sing with with ease, and I couldn’t. The issue I’m having isn’t my voice but is effecting my voice.

‘And well… I sobbed. For hours. I let myself feel the broken part of me that sometimes I know I ignore when I shouldn’t. Like fell the floor TV show type s**t. 6 months in and I still cannot get through a full day without pain in my mid neck / throat. 

‘Some days are so much better than others. Worst part is that it’s not my vocal chords. They are healthy and in there with their hands up like. Not us J, we got you. It’s something around them. Spine, thyroid, allergy. Who knows. The tests continue.’ 

She continued: ‘95% of the time I am good. Positive and strong. Which is what I portray on here mostly. But that 5% will grow if not acknowledged. So yes, sometimes like yesterday. I break. All hope disappears. I feel so lost and so alone in what’s going on [sic].’

‘I guess I’m sharing this because people are always saying to me “how do you stay so positive all the time” and truth is I don’t. I definitely don’t unpack and live in how I felt yesterday. But I don’t take pride in always pretending I’m ok. It’s not healthy.’ 

The singer concluded: ‘That old line “it’s ok not to be ok”. I wrote it because it’s true and I still believe this platform is to inspire through truth. To anyone else going through a testing time. I feel you. I see you. We will get through this. Love you all.’

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