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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/28/2011

Charlie Sheen out of the hospital. But was excessive laughing the cause of his ailment?

By Jen Chaney

Charlie Sheen, out of the hospital. (AP)

Charlie Sheen is now out of Cedars-Sinai Hospital after seeking treatment Thursday for what his rep has described to several media outlets as "severe abdominal pain."

What was the cause of that abdominal pain? E! and TMZ have suggested he's been up to his partying, drug-taking ways again, something Sheen's camp denies.

But Sheen's friend, Steve Brodersen, told Extra that Sheen actually exacerbated a hernia injury by laughing too hard while watching television. Thus, he had to go to the hospital. We're not medical experts so maybe this is possible. And if it's not, well, points for creativity. (Also, wonder if the aforementioned Steve Brodersen is the same guy who does these celeb reports from the front seat of his car? In which case this story sounds even less believable.)

Whatever the cause, Sheen is expected to return to work on the set of "Two and a Half Men" on Tuesday. In the meantime, we'll continue investigating whether excessive laughter actually can lead to hospitalization.

By Jen Chaney  | January 28, 2011; 12:30 PM ET
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Side splitting laughter, eh?

It's a cinch that Charlie wasn't watching "Two and a Half Men."

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 28, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

He was probably watching a media story about how much money he gets per episode of "Two and a Half Men."

Don't you just wonder if Martin Sheen has a daily routine of shaking his head in disbelief wondering where he went wrong with Charlie?

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | January 28, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

One day when CoCo is sitting in a large open vista with his hernia tied to something that looks like a dialysis machine enjoying the wide sweeping views- he will think to himself - ‘I had to do it my way.’

That should make CoCo laugh...

Posted by: zoezoe123 | January 28, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Whatever Charlie he needs to stop doing it.

I suppose he's already rich enough and so is his family, but golly it's horrible to watch him keep going through these binges.

Other people who also work on Two And A Half Men are probably looking for other jobs, knowing that a complete Charlie melt down is lurking somewhere in the future.

Posted by: lindalovejones | January 28, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

As strange as it sounds you can exacerbate a hernia by laughing hard, coughing, sneezing, picking up something a little too heavy. I have 2 hernias now that my doctors say don't need treatment unless they start to cause me pain. Now, whether that's what happened to Charlie is anybody's guess, but it is possible.

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | January 28, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Sure, it's possible. Just like Sushi can give you mercury poisoning.

Posted by: JLRGG | January 28, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

Posted by: kerewin1971 | January 28, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Can someone explain how this guy is not in jail? He is obviously breaking drug laws continuously.

We must continue to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Posted by: AngryMobVoter | January 28, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Not to defend Charlie Sheen, but I had double hernias that required surgery, and before I had it laughing hard would make them hurt, as would, lets just say, not getting enough fiber in my diet. Now, it never hurt enough that I rushed to the hospital, but, if part of his intestine came out through the hole, that would be reason to get to a hospital.

Posted by: David90 | January 28, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

We must continue to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Remember that next year for the People's Choice Awards!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 28, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Where is the Morning Mix? I haven't been able to find it for 2 days now. Byoo? Sas? Nosy? TD? Somebody direct me please!

Posted by: stefs624 | January 28, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Okay, if coughing or sneezing can exacerbate a hernia, can snorting coke also do that?

Posted by: epjd | January 28, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

stefs624, it hasn't been around. Just read that Jen discussed it on yesterday's chat:

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | January 28, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

News just out says Charlie is in a rehab facility at an undisclosed location. The set of Two and a Half Men has been shut down. Good luck Charlie he's where he needs to be for his own good.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | January 28, 2011 8:49 PM | Report abuse

how about way too much coke, whiskey and hookers?

Posted by: johndoe11111 | January 29, 2011 6:39 AM | Report abuse

btw, angrymobvoter, what's up with the ALLCAP "vote them out now" riff? do you teabagging freaks ever give it a rest?

Posted by: johndoe11111 | January 29, 2011 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Charlie will recover when he hits bottom. Bottom sometimes is death.

Posted by: eaglehawkaroundsince1937 | January 29, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Sure, I believe it.

Didn't the drunken cokehead we had for a presidnet stop his heart just by eating pretzels.

Posted by: rcubedkc | January 29, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

charlie sheen and newly branded celebrity ted williams should both go stright to rehab, do not pass go.
cbs and all sheen's handlers are NOT doing him a favor, sure he's making them lots of money,but for the sake of your golden goose, get him help now.leave williams alone let him get the help he needs before you exploit him for all you can.

Posted by: ninnafaye | January 29, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

rcubedkc said: Didn't the drunken cokehead we had for a presidnet stop his heart just by eating pretzels.


I didn' know Obama eats pretzels.

Posted by: ReindeerDippin | January 29, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

This story is at least as believeable as the one The Shrub told about falling down choking on pretzels (as opposed to vodka).

Posted by: dolph924 | January 29, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Withdrawal is a B...

Posted by: ozpunk | January 29, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Reindeerdippin, "Didn't the drunken cokehead we had..." is the PAST TENSE, indicating a past President, not the current one.

You can come back here when you've passed a remedial grammar course.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 29, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Somebody introduce Charlie to Lindsay Lohan. It probably takes a whole cartel of their own to supply them. And Moai Man and Sarajevo Sally have the nerve to tell other countries what to do!

Posted by: phvr38 | January 29, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Too much of the ol' in-out-in-out might cause a hernia.

But there's nothing wrong with Charlie that a constant parade of boinkable bimbos won't cure.

Posted by: kinkysr | January 29, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"boinkable bimbos" !!!

HA! almosted busted my hernia laughing so hard!!

gotta love that alliteration

Posted by: osmor | January 29, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

So Charlie Sheen is getting paid $2 million per episode of 2 1/2 men, out drinking heavily and snorting coke, and banging high-priced hookers?


Posted by: SCOTTSCHMIDTT | January 29, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Okay so there he is hanging out with prostitutes, drinking excessively and on a path to self destruction. I gotta ask this question - where the hell is his family (his parents, brother Emilio?) I get the point that he is an Adult but sometimes you need your family to save you. Or are they in it for the money to??

Posted by: sunnyside1 | January 29, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Charlie and his fellow dopeheads in the U. S., especially the high profile dopeheads do not deserve to breathe the air of a free nation. Dopeheads are the cause of so much crime and heartache in our nation and in nations south of the United States.
Justice would be served if Charlie and every high profine dopehead were required to unclog sewers in Calcutta for five years.

Posted by: hurleyvision | January 30, 2011 1:37 AM | Report abuse

What's the cause of Charlie Sheen's ailment?

Incurable sexual transmitted diseases he got from prostitutes AKA porn stars.

Posted by: twimo2003 | January 30, 2011 1:50 AM | Report abuse

What's the cause of Charlie Sheen's ailment?

Incurable sexually transmitted diseases he got from prostitutes AKA porn stars.

Posted by: twimo2003 | January 30, 2011 1:51 AM | Report abuse

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