'It plays havoc with your system' - Martine McCutcheon diagnosed with Lyme disease
Martine McCutcheon has said she has been diagnosed with Lyme disease, an infectious condition passed to humans through tick bites.
The Love Actually star (40) shared her diagnosis with her fans in an Instagram post on Wednesday, where she also spoke about her battle with Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
Heres my silly little head feeling all giddy and happy because I reached my 1 stone target today on the @cambridgeweightplan I'm SO thrilled. My loss was a tiny bit slower than the average person but to be honest I expected that as many diets/food plans didn't work for me at all as the lymes disease and m.e can really play havoc with how your system works - Plus my consultant Donna stressed that my health is the most important thing so I took things a little more slowly whilst feeling more energised and even with health issues I've still managed to do it! Only 5 and a half weeks and My BMI is in a much healthier range -and on my step of the plan I love that I can still have my green juices, porridge and real food. Give me too much choice and it's game over 🙈I've loved my choccie shakes and and mint chocolate bars and I whip them in my bag with my green juice and go! It's simplicity is brilliant. Here I am in @spacenk treating myself to new make up and body treatments etc!! #1stone #20inches #cwp #weightloss #inchloss #spon 👍🏼😁🎉
The actress was speaking about her recent effort to take control of her diet in order to improve her health when she mentioned she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Symptoms of the condition range from mild to severe, and can present months or years after a person is bitten by an infectious tick.
Taking to her Instagram McCutcheon said: "Here's my silly little head feeling all giddy and happy because I reached my one stone target today on the @cambridgeweightplan I'm so thrilled. My loss was a tiny bit slower than the average person but to be honest I expected that as many diets/food plans didn't work for me at all as the Lymes disease and ME can really play havoc with how your system works."
In 2016, McCutcheon opened up about her ME diagnosis on ITV's Loose Women and said she had to use a wheelchair because she felt so weak.
"You're pushed to your limits too much.
"You feel like you're really hungover, like you've been beaten up by Mike Tyson. I was getting lots of infections and my immune system was down.
"I’ve just had to pace myself and realise what matters.
"At one point for about a week I was in a wheelchair. I didn't trust myself."
The actress said her health has become a concern in her relationship, and she admitted that she asked her husband Jack McManus to "find someone else" because she worried she was a burden to him.
"I did say to him at one point, 'If you want to go on and meet someone else, go.
"I don't want you to lose out because of me.
"He was like, 'Don't be stupid, we'll get through this together'."
The pair have a son together, Rafferty (2), who was born in 2015.