Dame Joan Collins is recovering from a pinched nerve in her leg in the most fabulous way possible – by holidaying in idyllic St Tropez.
The 89-year-old was airlifted to a hospital in Monte Carlo earlier this week after experiencing “brutal” pain in her leg.
“The pain has been excruciating, but fortunately she’s dealt with it and she’s okay now,” a rep tells Page Six.
“She’s in the South of France enjoying the rest of her holiday.”
To avoid aggravating a pinched nerve – which occurs when too much pressure is applied to the nerve by surrounding tissue – it’s best to minimise movement and wear shoes that provide support.
But a source close to the Dynasty actress says Joan is doing things her way.
“She’s 89 and is still walking around in six-inch heels,” the source says.
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Shortly after news of her setback broke, the actress posted a picture of herself aboard a yacht.
“Enjoying a great day out, one week before I had to go to the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco for a trapped nerve in my leg. Not fun! But they were great!” she captioned the picture.
Joan has always considered herself lucky on the health front.
“Touch wood – I’ve never had any health problems other than a bit of toothache,” she says.
She’s a self-proclaimed chocoholic but says her motto is “everything in moderation”.
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“There’s a perception about getting older that’s outdated,” the octogenarian says.
“People are living longer and living healthier. I’m lucky in that I’m very healthy and have all my faculties, a great family and great friends.”
There is one condition she’s terrified of though: Alzheimer’s.
The actress says she’s seen first-hand what the progressive disease does to the mind, as the mother of her husband, Percy Gibson, suffers from it.
“That’s a terrifying illness,” she says. “You don’t want to live like that.”
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, pagesix.com, express.co.uk, uk.style.yahoo.com