Claire King, 57, began her life on ITV’s Emmerdale back in 1989. The actress played the role of Kim Tate up until 1999. But after 19 years she made a return to the show, and still plays the infamous Kim Tate today. What many fans of the soap may not know is King has battled with rheumatoid arthritis for the last 25 years. But she hasn’t let this hold her life back.
“I was shocked and devastated when I was diagnosed with arthritis at 30,” the Yorkshire-born actress told Mail Online in 2017.
She added: “You presume it’s an older person’s disease.
“Nowadays, I have had to give up bombing round on a race horse at 40 miles an hour but I still go for a hack.
“It doesn’t hold me back, it’s manageable. You’ve just got to get on with it.”
King discovered she had the condition after seeing her doctor with throbbing and painful fingers and joints. A blood test confirmed it.
While the winter months are harder for the actress in terms of pain, her anxiety over whether Emmerdale bosses would still want her to work for them has disappeared.
To treat her arthritis, King has found supplements to be effective, taking omega-3 and B vitamins.
She also takes methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), a naturally occurring form of sulphur that is believed by many to help maintain cartilage and joints.
The star doesn’t follow a special diet, but tries to eat a balanced one, and finds exercise really makes a difference.
She said: “I love walking, I live in the Dales so I’m out hiking every weekend. I’m lucky enough to have a second home in Spain with a pool so when I’m there I’m swimming every day.
“I do some stretching without fail every morning too which sets me up to feel better for the rest of the day.
“Exercise helps keep the joints mobile and just doing a little of what you can manage and what you enjoy can make a difference long-term.”
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
The condition mainly affects the joins. The NHS lists the following:
The joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis is usually a throbbing and aching pain. It is often worse in the mornings and after a period of inactivity.
Joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis can feel stiff. For example, if your hands are affected, you may not be able to fully bend your fingers or form a fist.
Like joint pain, the stiffness is often more severe in the morning or after a period of inactivity.
Swelling, warmth and redness
The lining of joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis become inflamed, which can cause the joints to swell, and become hot and tender to touch.
In some people, firm swellings called rheumatoid nodules can also develop under the skin around affected joints.
If you experience any of these symptoms, see your GP.
Published at Fri, 15 Mar 2019 18:01:00 +0000