â€œIt started in April when I got a spasm in my shoulder due to over- stressâ€ says Divyanka. After this she was advised by her doctor to rest for a couple of days. Unfortunately, the actress couldn’t take a break then and was shooting for Dulhan. It took a whole month, says Divyanka, for her to find the space to finally take some time off and give her battered body a break.Television has one of the most manic work cultures and six-day 14-hour schedules are the norm for busy actors.Divyanka says she was unsure that a small thing such as a back spasm could affect her health to the extent it then did. So she went for another test.
â€œIn June when I went for MRI, I was told that my pain was from a slipped discâ€ says the star. But even this didnâ€™t or rather couldnâ€™t stop her from work as being a critical part of a daily needs a lot of shots.
As her condition tormented her, Divyanka tried a range of remedies.Initially she chose physiotherapy with allopathic medication.However that didnâ€™t cure her completely and she switched to another doctor who, she says, wasnâ€™t particularly good. Then she decided to give Neuropathy a go.
â€œIn Neuropathy, they apply acupressure to the affected nervesâ€ explains Divyanka, â€œNeuropathy gave me relief for a period but the pain aggravated when I had to do some specific sequencesâ€.
For the last week, Divyanka has been trying good old Ayurveda. Asked if this had improved her condition, she said: â€œAyurveda takes time, but hopefully it will cure meâ€.
The actress wears a belt around her waist while shooting, which she uses even when sheâ€™s giving her close-ups.
So how does she manage to shoot despite her pain?
â€œIt’s all work, life doesnâ€™t stop!â€ says the Dulhan.
Here’s wishing Divyanka a speedy recovery!
Report by: Vandana Shukla