Kim Kardashian West “physically couldn’t” use her hands due to psoriatic arthritis.
The 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' star was diagnosed with the form of arthritis - which is caused by autoimmune disease psoriasis, which Kim also suffers from - after experiencing severe pain in her hands, and has now described the scary moment she realised she couldn’t pick up her phone because her hands “hurt so badly”.
Explaining her battle with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis on her sister Kourtney Kardashian’s lifestyle website Poosh, she said: “One night, I woke up to use the restroom and I physically couldn’t pick up my phone. I thought it was strange but maybe I just slept on my hands weird and I was so tired, I didn’t need to be checking my phone at that hour anyway. I fell right back asleep.
“I woke up that morning and I still couldn’t pick up my phone. I was freaking out - I couldn’t even pick up a toothbrush, my hands hurt so badly. I had worked out the day before and we did an arm day, so I thought maybe one of the exercises strained my hand. It didn’t cross my mind that it could be anything serious. As the day went on, I got a bit more movement in my hands, but they really hurt from the inside - I felt it in my bones. Everyone assumed it was just my workout, but I knew this felt different.”
Kim, 38, went to the doctor and was tested for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, and was subject to an intense health scare when her test results came back positive, before her doctor discovered the positive results were actually false.