Adam Thomas of Strictly Come Dancing has revealed that he has become unwell ahead of week 5.
The Waterloo Road actor, 35, who was in the BBC ballroom show’s audience for the live episode on Saturday, uploaded a photo of himself in bed with his hand on his head on Instagram.
Adam, who works with pro Luba Mushtuk, captioned the photo, ‘Of all weeks to be poorly!’
The former Emmerdale star recently said that he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis early this year following months of discomfort – but that Strictly couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
He wrote: ‘The reason I signed up to Strictly is because I just want to be able to move again, get fit and do it, all with a smile on my face!
‘It really couldn’t have come at a better time I’m a firm believer of everything happening for a reason, and I know the journey I’ve been on was meant to happen, to never take small things in life for granted! …Like going for a run, playing with my kids and just being able to walk with no pain!’
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But it hasn’t been easy.
Adam previously stated that his autoimmune illness has hampered his movement and rendered him unable to walk at times.
He explained: ‘A couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t really walk, I couldn’t really do much.
‘So to get to this point that I’m at now, I’m just so happy. I just want to get on that dance floor, start moving, and I’m just happy to be here and to be able to do it.’
Adam added: ‘I don’t care how far I get, I’m just happy to be here.’
He also recently posted a photo of himself getting a blood test as he revealed the steps he was taking to keep his health ‘under control.’
Adam captioned the post: ‘One day I’ll get my arthritis under control…but until then, more bloods and more doctors. Staying strong.’
The NHS describes rheumatoid arthritis as a ‘long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints’ with the main affected areas being the hands, feet and wrists.’
There is no cure, but early detection and treatment can keep ‘flare-ups’ to a minimum. However, depending on the intensity of the pain, stiffness, and edoema, patients may find doing daily duties more difficult and must adjust accordingly.
What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. The condition usually affects the hands, feet and wrists.
Sometimes symptoms can ‘flare up’ and become worse, which can be difficult to predict.
With treatment it’s possible to decrease how much this happens and minimise or prevent long-term damage to the joints.
Other more general symptoms include tiredness and weight loss.
Diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis early on is important, as early treatment can help reduce the risk of joint damage.
It is an autoimmune disease, which means your immune system mistakenly attacks cells which line your joints, leading to pain, swelling and stiffness.
Over time it can affect not only joints and cartilage, but also bone.
While there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, early diagnosis and treatments can allow sufferers months or even years between flare-ups.
Medicine, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy help keep people mobile, and surgery may be required to help any joint problems that may develop.
Depending on the severity of your arthritis, people may be forced to adapt how they do every day tasks.
Complications include the potential of rheumatoid arthritis to lead to other conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, inflammation of other parts of the body (eyes, lungs, heart), and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Strictly continues on Saturday from 6.20pm on BBC One and iPlayer.
Source My Celebrity Life.