Dancing with arthritis11th December 2006
During the filming of the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, actress Claire King (formerly of Emmerdale) danced every day in a concerted effort to reach the final of the competition.
What few people knew was that she was suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis in her feet and every step was â€śexcruciatingâ€? writes The Daily Mail. Each morning she had to â€śhobble around the room for half an hourâ€? before she was able to even walk properly.
Claire has been suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis for 13 years and has tried treating her symptoms with a combination of steroids, painkillers and methotrexate to knock out her over-active autoimmune response, where the bodyâ€™s own defence mechanism effectively turns on its own healthy tissue causing inflammation.
Autoimmune arthritis is estimated to affect around 400,000 people in the UK - just under 1% of the adult population. There are around 12,000 new cases a year.
Further information on all aspects of the disease can be obtained from the Arthritis Research Campaign (www.arc.org.uk).
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