Jenna Jameson's Partner Reveals Misdiagnosis

Former adult-film actress doesn't have Guillain-Barre after all, is still hospitalized: Lior Bitton
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2022 2:44 PM CST
Updated Jan 19, 2022 8:12 AM CST
Jenna Jameson Has Rare Syndrome
A 2007 photo of Jenna Jameson.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

(Newser) Update: The partner of Jenna Jameson now says the former adult-film star is still receiving treatment in Hawaii after falling ill several weeks ago, but that the original news about her condition last week has been revised. Per CNN, Lior Bitton put up an Instagram post Tuesday on Jameson's account showing himself out for a walk the previous day, and with an update that didn't bring many answers. "Jenna is still in the hospital, she doesn't have the Guillain-Barre syndrome," he noted, referring to the neurological disorder they'd initially been told she had. Bitton added that a doctor confirmed the misdiagnosis after a second test and five rounds of an antibody treatment. Bitton, who wrote that Jameson is undergoing further neurological tests, then thanked fans for all their support: "Keep praying for Jenna." Our original story from Jan. 11 follows:

Former adult-film star Jenna Jameson revealed to fans Monday that she's been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that is both serious and treatable. "I'm working through that," Jameson posted on Instagram. "And I just wanted to let you know that I see all your DM's and I appreciate it so much." The 47-year-old had been feeling ill for several weeks, though tests could not identify the problem, reports People. Over the weekend, however, partner Lior Bitton took her back to the hospital because "she couldn't carry herself," he said in a video. "Her muscles in her legs were very weak, so she wasn't able to walk to the bathroom."

That's when she got the Guillain-Barre diagnosis. The "syndrome is a rare disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves," per the Mayo Clinic. "Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms." The severity of cases varies widely, though most people recover. Only in rare instances is it fatal. Jameson has begun a common treatment known as high-dose immunoglobulin therapy (IVIg). CNN notes that she made a point to address COVID speculation: "PS I did NOT get the jab or any jab. This is NOT a reaction to the jab. Thank you for your concern." (Read more Jenna Jameson stories.)

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