Aussie TV veteran Denise Drysdale has been hospitalised with a rare nerve disorder.

The Studio 10 panellist reportedly fell ill last week after experiencing “unspeakable agony” in her face.

Entertainment reporter Craig Bennett addressed Denise’s absence from the morning program explaining that she had been in hospital for the last few days.

“You might have noticed you haven’t seen somebody on this couch or on this show for a little while. We’re talking Denise Drysdale,” Craig explained.

“Last week she was taken to hospital after suffering unspeakable agony that she described to me as a cross between being struck by a lightning bolt and a white hot poker.

“It turns out she’s suffering from a rare nerve disorder that affects the face. Trigeminal neuralgia, it’s called.”

He added, “I know we all share in wishing our Denise Drysdale the speediest of recoveries. We need our regular dose of Ding Dong.”


Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve in the face. This is the nerve responsible for sensation in the face and motor functions such as biting and chewing.

Symptoms range from mild to severe facial pain, often triggered by chewing, speaking or brushing the teeth.

We wish Denise a swift recovery!

Want more? Listen to one of our favourite moments from The Ali Clarke Breakfast Show – Tune in weekdays from 6AM on Mix102.3!