“Can’t Get Up and Go to the Bathroom at Night”: Aged 57, Bodybuilding Legend Fights Through the Pain and Fear After Losing His Leg

“Can’t Get Up and Go to the Bathroom at Night”: Aged 57, Bodybuilding Legend Fights Through the Pain and Fear After Losing His Leg

The name Flex Wheeler is an important name in the history of bodybuilding. Called the Sultan of Symmetry, Wheeler had a well-built structure and a meticulous physique. Though he never won the title of Mr. Olympia in his life, the IFBB legend managed to give some biggest names in the sport, tough competition. However, his performance was frequently hindered by his diseases and many surgeries. Notably, Wheeler went through over 40 operations.

Battling with his life, after being diagnosed with a rare kidney disease, the Sultan had to get rid of his leg. Wheeler recently talked about the struggles that he had to go through daily for being an amputee. Let’s dive deeper into his story.

Flex Wheeler’s leg amputation is a challenge for him


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Though in his prime, Wheeler had the best physique, his waning years are proving to be challenging. In 2019, the IFBB pro bodybuilder had to choose between his life and his legs. Of course, he chose his life and later opted for a leg amputation. He’s frequently seen in videos, hitting the gym every day wearing his artificial leg, But what he doesn’t show is the struggles he faces daily.

In a recent interview with Muscle and Development Magazine, the Sultan capped off his hardships. “I can’t get up and go to the bathroom at night after urinating in containers, because of my fear that I’m gonna fall or I’ve to put on my leg. It’s just so many things I’ve to be aware of bathrooms or of things around me…” Moreover, he felt it to be “humbling” and “humiliating” to face life in that way.


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In fact, to explain his situation, Wheeler also describes that in his era, people would think his life to be “perfect”. But, in reality, it was not, that time he had to endure a lot of pain. But, as soon as he made friends with his hardships and accepted who he has become, it was easier for him to be comfortable living around.

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It was indeed upsetting news for the Sultan to live with this condition and endure the unbearable pain. He attributed his kidney dysfunction to be the sole reason. He had been suffering from kidney failure for decades and even a kidney transplant in 2003 didn’t help him. As per the doctors, his kidney failure damaged his right leg and to go on with life, Wheeler had to get rid of it.

Significantly, the bodybuilder had a fair amount of struggles from childhood. His dyslexia led him to get bullied by his classmates. And he was struggling with kidney diseases since Wheeler was a teenager. He also went through 40 surgeries, but this leg amputation hit him the hardest.


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