Entertainment Frankie Muniz opens up about mini-strokes and memory loss: 'I don't see it as a negative'

16:22  13 october  2017
16:22  13 october  2017 Source:   ew.com

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' I don ' t see it as a negative ,' says Muniz . The doctors did every test. A lot of times with TIAs, there’s a small hole in heart that causes it . Clots go to the brain and you have a mini - stroke .

After nine concussions and " mini - strokes ," Muniz says he has trouble remembering many of the things he's gotten to do in life. Frankie Muniz made a surprising revelation on Monday night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars: He suffers from memory loss .

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Frankie Muniz got his first concussion at age 7 while playing goalie in a soccer game.

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Frankie Muniz said “ I ’m not actually sure how my memory loss started. I have had nine concussions and I ’ve had a fair amount of mini - strokes .”.

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The next one came when he tripped and fell on his head during basketball. Two more occurred during pee-wee football around 7th grade, and he’s not sure when the rest followed — though he does recall getting a few while racing cars in his early 20s after starring on Malcolm in the Middle.

All told, Muniz has suffered from nine concussions — a revelation he made during Monday’s episode of Dancing With the Stars. But his shocking admission, which also included his matter-of-fact pronouncement that he doesn’t remember starring in the popular Fox sitcom, only graced the surface. In a candid interview with EW after Monday’s show, Muniz said he’s been in and out of ERs and doctors offices after suffering from “at least” 15 transient ischemic attacks (or TIAs), otherwise known as mini-strokes that involve a temporary clot or blockage in the brain.

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Frankie Muniz talked about how he's suffered from mini - strokes and concussions and isn' t sure if they're related to his current memory problems. " I 'm not actually sure how my memory loss started," Muniz revealed.

His first one hit in 2012 when he was riding his motorcycle. He lost his peripheral vision but miraculously made it home alive, though he barely recognized his then ex-wife and mom. He couldn’t understand what they were trying to say.   Frankie Muniz opens up about mini-strokes and memory loss: 'I don't see it as a negative' © Steve Granitz/WireImage

He went to an ER, but answers were scarce. And they would remain that way.

“By that point, I already had nine concussions,” recalls Muniz. “But concussions don’t usually correlate with TIAs. The doctors did every test. A lot of times with TIAs, there’s a small hole in heart that causes it. Clots go to the brain and you have a mini-stroke. I don’t have that hole.”

In fact, Muniz says, he’s always been a healthy guy. “I’m 31, I’ve never sipped alcohol, I’ve never touched a drug or taken a drag of a cigarette. The only thing I’ve felt was stress. I’m a high-strung person. I just like to always be moving. I’m not good at relaxing.”

Muniz says he gave up trying to get answers, particularly because it hasn’t hindered his zest to try new things. After Malcolm ended in 2006, he raced cars professionally for several years before changing direction and playing drums in two different rock bands. He now manages one in his spare time and hopes to return to acting.

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On Monday’s Dancing with the Stars, Frankie Muniz got candid about his experience with memory loss — and how he’s learning to cope. Since then, he estimates he has had 15 mini - strokes , varying in frequency and length. Of the journal kept by Paige, Muniz said in the pre-taped package

“Truth is, I don ’ t remember much [of my time on Malcolm]” Frankie said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “ It almost feels like it wasn’t me .” Frankie Muniz has suffered nine concussions and at least 15 “ mini - strokes ,” but he does not know if it is related to his memory loss .

“It’s not something I think about. I don’t go, ‘Oh man I’m really scared, I really need to know,'” Muniz says of the TIAs. “I just move forward.”

He’s equally as nonchalant about his lack of memory, like how he doesn’t remember the feeling of receiving his first Emmy nomination in 2001 for his work on Malcolm. In fact, that’s the moment that DWTS wanted to focus on Monday as part of its “Most Memorable Year” theme. But Muniz was unable to play along since he doesn’t remember much from those six years on the sitcom, much less getting a nomination for the show. 'Dancing With The Stars' Frankie Muniz Doesn't Remember Starring On 'Malcolm In The Middle' © Provided by TIME Inc. 'Dancing With The Stars' Frankie Muniz Doesn't Remember Starring On 'Malcolm In The Middle'

“They were going to ask me those questions and I told them, ‘To be honest, I don’t remember going to the Emmys when I was nominated.’ I don’t have any stories or anything cool for the package,” says Muniz. “I don’t specifically remember being nominated, or what I felt, or what we did. My mom told me we went to the dentist that day.”

Since Monday’s episode, Muniz says he’s received lots of messages from old friends wanting to check on his status. “It’s a weird thing for me because I’m not sick,” says Muniz, who relies on his mom to fill in the blanks from his childhood and a girlfriend who keeps a daily diary. “I’m not looking for sympathy or anyone to care about it. This is my life and I’ve moved forward. It doesn’t stop me from being anywhere I want to be. I’ve been so lucky and fortunate in my life to be able to do all the things I’ve gotten to do. I’ve literally had three dream jobs and I’m still continuing. And now I’m dancing on TV. I consider myself to be in an amazing place. So it’s weird when people are like, ‘oh I’m sorry you are going through this but in my head I’m like, ‘I’m living pretty good.'”

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“ I ’m not actually sure how my memory loss started,” Muniz revealed. “ I have had nine concussions and I ’ve had a fair amount of mini - strokes .” One thing we’re a little concerned about is the fact that Muniz admitted he hasn’ t seen a doctor about his issues.

The actor opened up about his health battle on "Dancing with the Stars." By Cole Delbyck. Fans know Frankie Muniz best from the beloved sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle.” He believes these, along with an estimated nine concussions, have contributed to severe memory loss surrounding his

“I don’t see it as a negative,” Muniz continues. “I see my life as 100 percent positive.”

Next Monday, Muniz and his partner Witney Carson will perform the Argentine tango during Disney Night on Dancing with the Stars.

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