09:30 27 August 2005
George Clooney resorted to risky surgery to relieve him of agonising headaches and short-term memory loss caused by a back injury.
The Hollywood heartthrob has spoken out for the first time about the back problems that forced him to miss 'Ocean's Twelve' promotional appearances - and admits his condition was more serious than he let on at the time.
Although the actor played down his ailment, claiming he had ruptured a disc, he has now confessed he had a torn dura mater, a membrane which protects the spinal cord.
The injury left George with painful headaches, which caused spinal fluid to run from his nose, as well as short-term memory loss.
Clooney also admits to taking painkillers Xanax and Motrin every day to cure his headaches.
George quipped in an interview with the new Men's Vogue magazine: "What you learn after you're 40 is it's just about plugging up holes in the boat."
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