The Season 17 premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians this past Sunday concluded with Kim Kardashian being informed by her doctor that antibodies associated with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis were found via blood tests.
Kardashian initially believed she was pregnant amid complaints of fatigue and nausea, but a pregnancy test dispelled that theory. As she looked further into her symptoms, which included the swelling of her hands, Kim grew suspicious that she had rheumatoid arthritis.
"Based on the symptoms, it looks like I have rheumatoid arthritis," Kardashian said. "It's so scary. So I have to go to the doctor and see what’s going on because I can’t live like this." The call from her doctor confirmed her suspicions.
According to the Mayo Clinic, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own tissues; lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.
During her appearance on Today, Kim revealed she is currently taking medication to deal with her health concern, but assured everyone that KUWTK would "talk about it next Sunday."
"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," Kardashian said.