Billy Connolly suffers serious falls due to new symptom in Parkinson’s battle

Billy Connolly says he can’t use his left hand due to Parkinson’s

Sir Billy Connolly has opened up about his battle with Parkinson’s disease and said that he’s suffered significant falls recently.

The 80-year old actor spoke exclusively to The Guardian in an interview with his wife, Pamela Stephenson.

Billy first announced his diagnosis in 2014 and in the last year he’s noticed a new symptom; impaired balance.

“Recently I’ve noticed a deterioration in my balance. That was never such a problem before, but in the last year that has come and it has stayed,” Billy started.

“The balance issue has been most significant, hasn’t it?” said Pamela. “Especially since, unfortunately, it resulted in you having a couple of serious falls?”

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Billy quipped: “It’s funny, that fall.

“I had when I landed on my jaw reminded me of a thing I used to do on stage. I used to say: ‘I fell out of bed, but luckily my face broke my fall?'”

Pamela joked back: “It wasn’t so funny when you broke your hip.”

Billy then recalled: “It’s just added to the list of things that hold me back. I feel like I want to go for a walk, but I go for 50 yards and I want to go home because I’m tired.

“I’m being encroached upon by this disease.

“It’s creeping up behind me and stopping me doing things. It’s a cruel disease.”

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Parkinson’s is an incurable disease that attacks the nervous system and causes uncontrolled movements.

The main symptoms are tremors in the hands, legs, arms and head. Muscle stiffness and slow movements are also indicators of the disease.

Billy is best known for his memorable stand-up comedy shows. He announced his retirement in 2018.

The Glasgow-born comedian married Pamela in 1989 and they share three daughters.

He was previously married to Iris Pressagh from 1969 until 1985.

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