Dan Patrick Opens Up About Serious Health Issues During Emotional Segment

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"I debated whether I was going to continue to do this show," he says.

Dan Patrick on Thursday opened about some serious health issues he has been facing during an emotional segment on his radio program The Dan Patrick Show.

The veteran journalist and sportscaster began by saying he has been suffering from severe joint pain due to Polymyalgia Rheumatica.

To treat the unbearable pain, the 62-year-old Patrick, who formerly co-hosted NBC's Football Night in America, said he began taking Prednisone. However, that led to depression and irrational crying.

"I thought, 'I don't want to do this anymore,' and I debated whether I was going to continue to do this show," he said. "I was moodier. That was bad." 

So, Patrick said he turned to "light chemo IVs" once a month at a hospital, which he said has caused some memory loss, such as forgetting a popular athlete's name, whether he ate or how to start his car.

"There are these moments when there is a mental pause that hits," he said, getting choked up. 

Patrick has done five IV sessions and will do five more in the future because the treatments have helped with his inflammation, he said.

Patrick revealed that for a period, he was self-medicating (Vicodin to play golf and alcohol to fall asleep) before he did the IV treatments.

The host went on to thank his staff for being on the ball when he had had a momentary lapse, jumping in and making it look as though nothing occurred.

"There were moments on the show when I forgot what I was going to say, I forgot my place," he said. 

Patrick told listeners he hoped they could deal with his "brain fog" because he planned on doing the remainder of the IV treatments. 

Listen to the entire segment below.