Conservative do-everything host Glenn Beck reveals he spent years hosting both radio and television shows, traveling the country giving speeches and generally riling people up, all while dealing with a debilitating illness Beck says made him think he was crazy.
Glenn Beck said on TheBlaze "This is me actually coming out of a surgery. ... It has baffled some of the best doctors in the world, it has frightened me and my family as we didn't know what was happening."
During his Monday night show on TheBlaze, Beck said his health issues included vocal cord paralysis, eyesight problems, episodes similar to seizures and even phantom pains that had him convinced pieces of broken glass were in his foot.
Glenn Beck's mysterious health issues made him feel crazy
Glenn Beck speaks at a rally for Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in Tulsa, Okla., Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Radio and television personality Glenn Beck speaks to a gathering at FreePAC Kentucky, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
PROVO, UT - MARCH 19: Conservative radio talk show host Glenn Beck speaks at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at Provo High School on March 19, 2016 in Provo, Utah. Utah voters go to the polls Tuesday, March 22 for the state's caucus. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
Glenn Beck announces his endorsement of US Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz during a campaign event in Waterloo, Iowa, January 23, 2016, ahead of the Iowa Caucus. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - SEPTEMBER 9: TV and Right Wing personality Glenn Beck waits to go on stage to speak at a rally held by the Tea Party at the United States Capitol to speak out against President Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran in Washington, USA on September 9, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 19: Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck attends a Tea Party Patriots rally on the west front of the Capitol to protest the IRS's targeting of conservative political groups. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Glenn Beck speaks during the Dish Network War Of The Words at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Dish Network)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Glenn Beck attends Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards on April 26, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - AUGUST 24: (ISRAEL OUT) U.S. conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck hosts a rally near the Western Wall, on August 24, 2011 in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel. The event, under the slogan 'Restoring Courage', was attended by hundreds of his evangelical Christian supporters, whilst many who oppose his right-wing views protested outside. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
FILE - In this July 11, 2011 file photo, radio talk show host Glenn Beck speaks in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. For a second straight day, Beck on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 used his show to complain that an American Airlines flight attendant treated him rudely. Beck claims it was punishment for his conservative views. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
Glenn Beck, center, holds hands with faith leaders at the "Restoring Honor" rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Glenn Beck arrives at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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Beck says doctors at a Dallas-area brain center eventually diagnosed him with an autoimmune disorder and adrenal fatigue, among other things. He says he's been in therapy treatment for nearly a year.
The health issues first popped up around five years ago as Beck says he was planning his "Restoring Honor" rally - a religious, revival-style set of speeches in Washington, D.C.
That time period was just after Fox News picked up Beck's talk show, and the already controversial host started a string of moves that got him as much attention as the issues he talked about.
"This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture. I don't know what it is," said Glenn Beck on Fox News.
Beck later left Fox News in 2011. The president of Fox News said at the time the network wanted viewers focused on a single daily television show, elaborating, "His goals were different from our goals."
The good news for Beck - he says he received a clean bill of health this summer and appears re-energized. He started working on a pilot show he briefly described and said, "We need to tell the stories of love and courage where the good guys win."