Olympic athlete Lawrence Okoye has horrified fans with a video of his ‘legs turning to playdough’ due to a silent life-threatening illness.
The discus thrower, 31, competed at the 2012 Olympics.
He also had a stint working out in the NFL for teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, and the New York Jets.
However, it seems the physical toll of being a top athlete had unknowingly taken a toll on his body.
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In a TikTok video, that has been viewed 8.7 million times, Okoye presses down on his shin six times with each push leaving a dent in his leg.
Over the top of the video, he says: “It looks like I’m made out of playdough.”
Fans are flooding the comments with their own suggestions as to what could be causing the dents.
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Someone says: “That’s not good at all, water retention is something that you need to get seen for like NOW.”
“Yes. Don’t put it off, see your doctor very soon,” adds someone else.
Another user suggests: “Water Retention get the doctors now.”
While a fourth person believes: “It’s your liver or kidney failing, you must get to a doctor FAST!”
Someone else comments: “Better go get your kidneys checked.”
@fullheartedpush Can’t say I didn’t warn you! ? #disgusting ♬ original sound – Lawrence Okoye
He provided an update to his fans in a later video, where he reveals the symptoms that have caused this.
Okoye explains: “Basically, it’s this thing called cellulitis.
“I had a leg injury a few days ago and the wound got infected with bacteria, which causes redness, swelling and that pitted edema that you saw, which was me basically making craters in my leg.
“It’s easily treatable, just a week’s worth of antibiotics and some rest and I should be back to normal.
“A tonne of people were trying to tell me I had heart disease or liver disease, kidney disease, cancer and diabetes but obviously that’s not the case.”
According to the NHS, cellulitis can become extremely serious if it isn’t treated properly.
The infection can spread to other parts of the body, such as the blood, muscles and bones – which will cause further complications.
The typical symptoms of cellulitis are painful glands, blisters and hot, and swollen skin.
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But depending on the seriousness of the infection, other symptoms can include a high temperature, a fast heartbeat, purple patches on the skin, confusion or dizziness, cold, clammy skin, or loss of consciousness.
Fortunately, most cases of the infection only last seven to 10 days.
However, if it lasts longer or you have any serious symptoms, you are recommended to get in touch with a doctor as soon as possible.
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