Kim Kardashian says she fell into a "depression" after a terrifying health diagnosis

11 September 2019, 15:09 | Updated: 11 September 2019, 15:47

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

"I feel like I literally am falling apart."

Season 17 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered on Sunday night (8 September) and amid the ongoing Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson drama was a terrifying health scare for Kim Kardashian, which left her in a "depression".

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Kim discovered that she had tested positive for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus antibodies, which both don't currently have cures. According to the NHS, lupus is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. Meanwhile, rheumatoid arthritis is also an autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to attack the cells that line the joints by mistake, causing inflammation and pain.

Kim Kardashian New York Fashion Week, KUWTK.
Kim Kardashian New York Fashion Week, KUWTK. Picture: PA Images, E!

Although there is no known cure for either diseases, treatment and medication to manage the symptoms are available. The doctor told Kim not to panic because it could be a false positive result and that she would need more testing, which caused her to break down in tears.

"I've been feeling so tired, so nauseous and my hands are really getting swollen," she said, before her blood test results had come back. "I feel like I literally am falling apart. My hands are numb."

Following the episode, Kim headed on the Today show to speak with presenters Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie about her new Skims Soloutionwear line and give an update on her health.

"I didn't know I would be one of those people but before I knew what it was, when it's really up in the air, you get in your head," she explained. "And you create…you think of every worst possibility of what's going to happen and how you're going to live your life. You really do get into a little depression for a minute. I got myself out of it but it was really scary to have to get through that."

Kim stated that more will be revealed on next Sunday's episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and she assured Hoda and Savannah that she was feeling much better. Kim has now been put on medication to stop her symptoms following the decision to ditch the natural treatments and remedies that weren't working previously.

She continued: "Luckily, right now, everything is under control. But autoimmune issues are really…scary."