- Kim Kardashian revealed on the TODAY show on Tuesday that she's on medication after being tested for lupus.
- Kim revealed on the season 17 premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians that she'd been feeling unwell.
- She tested positive for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis antibodies, but was awaiting further results as the episode concluded.
Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian revealed on Keeping Up with the Kardashians that preliminary tests indicated that she might have lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Now, she just shared that she’s on medication.
Kim made the announcement on TODAY on Tuesday, after saying that she figured out what was going on after seeing her doctor again. “I did find out, we’re gonna talk about it next Sunday,” she said. “I was able to find an amazing doctor, Dr. Wallace, and we figured out what the problem is.”
During Sunday’s episode of KUWTK, Kim shared that she’d been feeling sick recently. “I’ve been feeling so tired, so nauseous and my hands are really getting swollen,” she said. “I feel like I literally am falling apart. My hands are numb.”
“I feel this in my bones. It’s starting to really worry me. I really have to look into this,” she continued. Kim eventually saw her doctor, who ran some blood work and found that that her “antibodies are positive” for rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints, including those in the hands and feet, and lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in tissues and organs.
“I unfortunately had to be put on medication to stop the symptoms, I tried everything natural for the longest time and we chose the best route for me so luckily right now everything is under control,” Kim said on TODAY.
It’s really hard to know whether Kim actually has lupus or rheumatoid arthritis (or something completely different) based on the fact that she’s on medication. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), both lupus and rheumatoid arthritis can be treated with medications to try to help manage symptoms.
It’s also totally possible that Kim doesn’t have either of these conditions, since your body can make antibodies for both conditions when you have certain infections, Dr. Lynn Ludmer, MD, medical director of The Department of Rheumatology at Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center, previously told WomensHealthMag.com.
So...until next Sunday... .
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