Kim Kardashian Tests Positive For Lupus Antibodies Amid Health Battle On 'KUWTK'

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"You really do get in your head and think about the worst possible things that can happen", said Kardashian. Here's what's known so far.

Kim Kardashian in Hollywood, California, on February 7, 2019.

Despite treatments for Lupus improving, it remains a variable and unpredictable condition and may even be life-threatening for people whose vital organs are affected.

Rheumatoid arthritis is also an autoimmune condition (so it also affects the body's ability to defend itself). While common, lupus is hard to diagnose because numerous symptoms - joint pain, fever, fatigue, rashes - are also seen in other health problems, and the symptoms differ from person to person. In the United States alone, about 1.5 million people have rheumatoid arthritis, per the Arthritis Foundation. "I feel like they all love each other". Blood tests, urine tests, and biopsies can help your doctor diagnose lupus, per the Lupus Foundation of America; while blood tests, imaging tests, and physical examinations can help doctors diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, per the Arthritis Foundation.

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In 2010, Lady Gaga tested borderline positive for the disease.

Kim Kardashian live-tweeted during the episode, telling fans that thinking about the pain in her hands and what it could be is really scary, and she was anxious to just figure out what was wrong.

In general, "antibodies are proteins our bodies form in response to something perceived as foreign", says Dr. Tedeschi.

But again, merely testing positive for those antibodies doesn't necessarily indicate disease.

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Kim looked sensational in a silk ensemble which cinched in her famously tiny waist while also featuring a perilously low-cut front. Or at least that's what her medical tests suggest.

Khloé Kardashian accompanied her sister to the doctor's office, where Kardashian was told by her doctor, "The worst-case scenario is that this is the start of a systemic process, rheumatoid arthritis".

The doctor chose to order ultrasound scans on Kim's hands and joints to get more information about what she is truly facing, however they did not reveal his diagnosis during the premiere.

Kim's hair was in stark contrast to her usual styles, which often comprise of tumbling lengths however her penchant for wigs means her choppy locks may be temporary.

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