Danielle Lloyd supported her mum Jackie as she broke down in tears on TV this morning.
The reality star’s mum was on the Lorraine show to discuss the devastating news that she has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
And as the mum and daughter explained to the TV host what her conditions involves, Jackie Lloyd broke down and wept.
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Describing how she is in “constant pain”, Jackie told presenter Lorraine Kelly that when symptoms first started six years ago she thought it was down to the menopause.
“I was getting aches and pains and hot flushes and I thought it was the menopause,” she explained.
“Then four years ago it was gradually getting worse – where I was getting so tired I couldn’t get out of bed… the pain was horrendous. And I thought, ‘Something’s happening to me and I don’t know what it is’.
“I’ve had every tablet under the sun… nothing takes that pain away,” Jackie added, sobbing.
“I haven’t got any control of my life anymore, the pain controls my life.”
Jackie revealed she had been given anti-depressants to help her cope with the pain but it was only when she visited a Rheumatologist that she was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Danielle – who is heavily pregnant with her fourth son – admitted that she had always relied on her mum and it was “sad to see her like this”.
But the 33-year-old also vowed that she would always be there to look after her mum, not matter what.
She and Jackie are hoping to raise awareness of fibromyalgia.
“There are so many people who suffer with it, in silence,” said Jackie. “It’s an invisible illness because no one can see it.”
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Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition which causes pain all over the body, but is very difficult to diagnose. It’s believed to affect up to 1 in 25 people, with women seven times more likely than men to be affected, and its exact causes are unknown.
Other symptoms can include sleep disturbance, muscle stiffness, headaches, and problems with concentration and memory.