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Giuliani: 'Terrible Headache' Sent Me to Hospital

By Michael D. Shear
Former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani checked into a hospital last week because of a "very, very bad headache" that has prompted him to seek new tests to make sure his cancer has not returned, he said Saturday in a television interview.

Giuliani had previously described "flu-like" symptoms as forcing him to turn his campaign plane around and return to St. Louis last week. He checked into Barnes-Jewish Hospital and left the next day, saying tests had checked out "100 percent" normal.

But in the interview, taped for broadcast on ABC's "This Week" program Sunday, Giuliani says it was the severe headache which caused the concern.

"It was a terrible headache, I mean all day -- it got worse all day," Giuliani said. "It got really bad at night, when I was speaking to a crowd and did a press conference with Senator [Kit] Bond. Got on the plane. I imagine what happened is the pressure of the takeoff made the headache worse than I've ever had."

The former mayor said he made the decision to turn the plane around after about only six or seven minutes in the air. He said he considers himself cured of prostate cancer but said he is waiting for tests just to make sure of no recurrence. When those tests come back, he promised his doctor will issue a statement.

"I'm going to have him put out a statement and then, you know, make everyone really comfortable that I'm okay. But they tell me I'm in very good health," he said.

Giuliani said he is not taking medication other than an aspirin each day, that on the recommendation of his own doctor. He was back out on the campaign trail in New Hampshire on SSaturday.

"I'm back on the trail, ready to go, hail and hearty, feeling great and, you know, actually reassured by the fact that I had so many different tests and they all came back 100 percent," he said.

By Post Editor  |  December 22, 2007; 5:24 PM ET
Categories:  A_Blog , B_Blog , Rudy Giuliani  
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