Kim Kardashian West is seen crying on the season 17 premiere of Keeping Up With the Kardashians as she learns some potentially scary news about her health.
It’s understandable that Kim got emotional when she received some troubling news from her doctor. At the beginning of the episode, Kim reveals that she has been dealing with some concerning symptoms for some time now.
“I feel like I literally am falling apart,” she says. From feeling tired and nauseous to experiencing swelling and numbness in her hands. The 38-year-old mother of three also says that her wrists are starting to hurt again, but she knows that it doesn’t have anything to do with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Kim was previously diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, which we saw in an episode of KUWTK that aired in September of 2018. “It’s definitely a different feeling,” she says about her wrists, “I feel this in my bones.” She decides that it’s time to see a doctor about what might be causing her debilitating symptoms.
Kim speculates that she thinks it might be rheumatoid arthritis. Her doctor, Dr. Daniel Wallace, agrees that it is possible, but he had her do some blood work so that they could find out more.
Waiting on the results from the blood work is “just torturous” according to Kim, and anyone who has gone through a similar ordeal can surely relate. Kim says that she is “freaking out” having to wait for answers, mostly because it would have such a huge effect on her life with everything she has going on right now.
The reality star currently has three children, plus a fourth on the way via surrogate. Kim also has a budding law career that she is working toward, and instead of going the route of on-campus or online classes, she is actually working 18 hours a week with a practicing lawyer to qualify to take the bar exam.
Finally, later in the episode, Kim gets that call from Dr. Wallace. “Your antibodies are positive for Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis,” he explains, and then gives her some of the illnesses’ side effects, including the joint pain and exhaustion she has been experiencing.
Although she finally got the results back from her doctor, they didn’t exactly give her a definitive answer. Dr. Wallace makes sure that Kim knows that it’s possible to get false positives in these screenings, and the test results alone don’t necessarily confirm the presence of either disease.
Kim scheduled a follow-up appointment, and now we’re all left dying to find out what’s going to happen next, as Kim is still struggling with the uncertainty of not knowing whether or not she actually has Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis.