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Real Housewives Star Kyle Richards Opens Up About Her Struggle with Fibromyalgia

Real Housewives Star Kyle Richards Opens Up About Her Struggle with Fibromyalgia

Photo: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Kyle Richards. Source: Inquisitr.

Keeping chronic diseases as a secret can have its advantages and disadvantages, all of which that Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Kyle Richards is familiar with.

Fibromyalgia is not a common disease, but it still affects many people in United States, even stars and moderately famous people. While some remain silent on their condition, others open up about it, in order to create a forum about the disease in order to bring more awareness. For instance, Lady Gaga has been forced to postpone her entire European tour due to health problems. According to the official statement of Live Nation, the reason is the "intense pain that affects her ability to perform properly" ailments caused by fibromyalgia, the chronic disease that she suffers from.

Along with her, there are many other stars who suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition which, according to the International Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue. People who suffer from it go through a lot of pain and sensitivity throughout the body. Difficulty sleeping, stiffness in the morning, headaches, tingling or numbness in the limbs as well as difficulty concentrating and other symptoms can happen also have people suffering from the disease.

A document on fibromyalgia published by the Ministry of Health in 2011 states that the cause of the disease is unknown and that, although it is predominant in women, it can also affect men. In the same way that there is no exact cause why it occurs, there is no definitive cure either. However, there are treatments that can alleviate some of the symptoms to improve the quality of life of patients.

A real housewife from Beverly Hills with fibromyalgia

This condition can reduce the quality of anyone’s performance on daily activities considerably, conditioning them with a marked unrest and difficulty to endure their daily routine. Such is the case of Kyle Richards, star of the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

After a long silence, Kyle Richards, spoke briefly about her condition and how painful it is. The star opened up and offered more information about her case in the newer TV show called The Healer, recalling the importance of treating patients that are going through the same situation.

Kyle Richards who has starred on this popular reality show called The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills since its beginning 8 years ago, lives happily with her family. Her husband has a career in real estate and has even made a few guest appearances on the show called Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles.

Fans are already expecting the new season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to come out this December 19 on Bravo TV.

First symptoms and diagnosis

Kyle Richards has spoken out that she first started feeling symptoms from fibromyalgia while she was taking care of her mother. Richards was there every step of her mother's recovery, according to the Daily Dish.

Richards revealed that she started feeling very sick while taking care of her mother. Daily painful symptoms caused a lot of anxiety and pushed her through a difficult time.

Once symptoms appeared she looked for professional help, with the help of several doctors and tests that ended up suggesting she was simply depressed due to her mother’s condition and her later passing. However, with the passage of time, seeing symptoms would not go away with treatments for depression, she was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia giving an answer to all the symptoms previously felt.

Charlie Goldsmith, an expert in healing, contacted Kyle Richards after hearing about her story and attempted to heal her with pressure applied to specific areas of the body. It is worth mentioning that Richards is not only a long-time reality star but also mother of four. She has mentioned that the treatment with Dr. Goldsmith reduced pain in the areas that bothered her the most, providing her with a warm and comforting sensation.

Kyle’s main concerns and how she feels about the condition

Kyle Richards has repeatedly stated that she would like the condition to go away and finally get rid of this bothersome pain. She also mentions that the toughest part is not for herself but for her family also, who are always hearing about how bad she feels and that she is going through pain.

This common feeling is the one felt by many others in America, not only stars but also people with a more limited amount of exposure to media and who struggle everyday looking for support and different ways to cope with daily symptoms.

Pharmacological, physical and psychological treatments

According to different sources, exercise programs should be one of the basic recommendations in patients with fibromyalgia. Three alternatives must be evaluated fundamentally: aerobic exercises, muscle strengthening and stretching or flexibility. In addition to medicines that calm pain and other physical treatments, it is also recommended to follow a psychological treatment in support of depression or anxiety that the patient may suffer. It is important to highlight that Kyle is not the only celebrity that suffer from fibromyalgia.

Great examples of other celebrities who suffer from this condition are:

  • Morgan Freeman: The Hollywood actor has repeatedly acknowledged that he suffers from fibromyalgia. As far as he knows, everything could have started in the wake of a car accident he had in 2008.
  • Sinéad O'Connor: The Irish singer took a break after being diagnosed, but soon returned doing her best to keep the same level of energy while on the stage.
  • Paula Abdul: The American singer and choreographer has participated in several talks about her disease and is used to sharing with all her followers what guidelines she follows to alleviate the pain.
  • Cher: The singer also suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome along with fibromyalgia.
  • Susan Flannery: In the case of this actress, fibromyalgia forced her to stop acting in 2007. After a period of rest, she resumed her role in the series 'The Bold and the Beautiful'.