Sunday 28 May 2017

'It plays havoc with your system' - Martine McCutcheon diagnosed with Lyme disease

Martine McCutcheon was diagnosed with Lyme disease Photo: Instagram
Martine McCutcheon was diagnosed with Lyme disease Photo: Instagram
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

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.

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.

Martine McCutcheon pictured with her son Rafferty (2) Photo: Instagram
Martine McCutcheon pictured with her son Rafferty (2) Photo: Instagram

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.

Hanging out with Hubby 😍❤️

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"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.

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