Rob Mallard has disclosed that his deteriorating health has “gotten worse” recently and is now affecting every part of his body.
In an exclusive interview with yzee.uk, Coronation Street actor Rob Mallard, 30, revealed that the slight tremor in his hand that he first noticed at the age of 14 is actually an essential tremor, a neurological condition that causes rhythmic and involuntary shaking. And since I first discussed it in the media back in 2018, the situation has only gotten worse.
The actor gained notoriety in the role of Daniel Osbourne in the ITV soap opera since 2016, when he won the British Soap Award for Best Newcomer.
Some keen-eyed viewers have noticed Rob’s slight tremor over the years, which is due to an essential tremor he acquired as a child.
I first noticed I had a slight tremor in my hand when I was 14 and it steadily got worse as I got older, Rob said in an interview with yzee.uk about his condition, which was discovered when the actor was in his mid-20s.
“I visited the doctors, who informed me that they could do nothing to treat my essential tremor. I ignored it for years, and it subsequently got worse.
The moment I returned to the doctors, I realized that it was a chronic, progressive condition.
I was unaware that things would only get worse.
I was 24 or 25 at the time. I’ve been in touch with the National Tremor Foundation ever since, and I’ve learned that quite young people are affected.
No matter their age, the National Tremor Foundation (NTF) aims to support people who experience “all forms of tremors.” Rob was guided by the charity after being informed by the doctors that “nothing they could do” was possible.
Rob continued, “I didn’t really take it as a diagnosis at the time.
“The doctor just downplayed it and said there wasn’t anything they could do. He claimed that the tremor wasn’t too severe, but at the time, I was still quite young.
“As I’ve aged, I’ve gotten worse, and I’ve been investigated and seen what people are like in the ’70s and ’80s. It came as a little shock.
Rob made the decision to appear on This Morning after conducting his own research and receiving support from the NTF. There, he discussed it in front of the audience alongside hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.
It’s strange to think that you have some sort of impact on people when you don’t know them, Rob said in response to the question of how the public reacted to him speaking so openly about his condition. But when I’m just out and about, lots of young people will approach me and simply put their hand in front of my face and say, “I’ve got it too!”
It’s like a handshake, but not so obvious. And a few people have claimed that after watching that This Morning interview, they learned more details about essential tremor. It’s a good thing in terms of that.
When asked how his health is now, four years after the This Morning interview, Rob responded, “It’s gotten worse.
“It used to just be my hand, but now my entire arm, legs, back of neck, and head shake as well. I seem to be declining everything all the time.
Despite this, Rob never allows his illness to interfere with his work as an actor, and the Coronation Street cast and crew are all aware of it. On and off set Rob described how he deals with the condition personally, saying: “I manage it with humor really, because if you don’t, it can get frustrating.”
You seem to get very worked up about yourself, so I just try to find the humor in it.
They are all aware of it in terms of work. I typically just practice again and again and again if something comes up or if I have to do something. However, if I start to tremble and it’s obvious, I’ll just stop and ask, “Can I go again?
Rob discussed a procedure known as magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS), which the BTF describes as a “safe, cost-effective, and incisionless procedure for the treatment of essential tremor,” in addition to using his own tools to manage his tremor.
Because of the treatment’s demonstrated efficacy in clinical trials, NHS England is now committed to providing the service to patients.
Rob responded, “Oh yeah! ” when asked if he would consider MRgFUS for his own condition. I mean, I feel as though I’m still not quite prepared for it. because the tremor may return after treatment.
“I believe you should put off dealing with it for as long as you can. However, if it’s something I hope to be able to access as I get older, then yes.
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