Chanelle Hayes has opened up on her Osteoarthritis battle after being diagnosed with the condition at 35.
The former Big Brother star appeared on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Wednesday where she detailed the agony of the debilitating joint condition.
Speaking on how she was first diagnosed, she said: ‘It took ages and ages because you can’t it’s not something you can diagnose through blood tests.
‘I’ve actually been having pain in my left hip and in my left knee for a long, long time, so it’s probably started when I was pregnant with my second son in 2017.
‘It’s not really improved since then. I then got diagnosed with chronic pain, fatigue and with ME as well, which was managed with certain medications and other treatments like cognitive behavioural therapy.
Awful: Chanelle Hayes has opened up on her Osteoarthritis battle after being diagnosed with the condition at 35
‘But the pain was still so severe, it was waking me up in the night, I can’t sit like this for too long, when I drive it flares up, it’s just horrific.’
Chanelle continued: ‘So I got referred to another physio who then said it might be bursitis let’s just get you for a pelvic X ray to make sure and it came back and I’ve got it in both hips, but I don’t really feel it in my right hip, just my left one, but as Shakira said, “my hips don’t lie”.’
Asked by host Steph McGovern about how it had impacted her mental health Chanelle replied: ‘It really has and that’s why we were discussing earlier how the CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is really helping, when you treat a person now, you’re a whole person and even though it’s my hip that’s in pain, it affects my state of mind.
‘Rather than take so many medications it is really important to try and manage how you deal with the pain mentally as well. Once you’ve got it, you’ve got it, it’s not going anywhere, it’s not really got any better.’
Staying positive, she added: ‘I’m quite glad now that I know what it is. I feel like knowledge is power. So now I can figure out l different remedies, I can eat like more anti-inflammatory type foods to lessen the chance of inflammation.’
Chanelle also talked about how her fluctuating weight may have been the cause of her condition.
She explained: ‘I’ve been up and down with my weight over the years and while I was happier being bigger, I don’t think I actually fully understood the implications – I didn’t think at 35 I would have arthritis.
‘I didn’t put being overweight with arthritis, you normally think I might get diabetes, I might get a heart issue, not the correlation between being overweight and obese and then having stress and impact on your joints.
‘I wish I’d have kind of taken note of it sooner and being a bit more aware of it, which is why I wanted to come on today.
Candid: The former Big Brother star appeared on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Wednesday where she detailed the agony of the debilitating joint condition
‘It’s not body shaming, be whatever size you want to be, but if you’ve got the knowledge and you understand the correlation between the two, you then make your own decision and it’s trying to raise awareness.
‘I’m on lots of different medications which I’m not really mad about. I’m doing a lot of holistic things. I’m seeing an acupuncturist. I’m doing less medical and more holistic type treatments, and they’re talking about steroid injections.’
She candidly admitted: ‘I’m fed up with everything. You’ve caught me on a good day today!’
Chanelle also talked about how she is currently training to be a nurse, saying: ‘It’s going really well.
‘I’m really, really enjoying it but I do think it’s really helps me come to terms with and understand my different health issues whereas before, I probably would have been more of a ‘sweep under the rug’ type of person.’
Chanelle looked effortlessly stylish in a figure-hugging beige ribbed dress which boasted gold buttons down the leg.
She added inches to her frame in a pair of coordinated knee high boots and accessorised with simple stud earrings.
Chanelle styled her dark tresses in a neat ponytail and added a silver clip to her side fringe as she arrived at the Channel 4 TV studios.
The star lost nine stone after undergoing a gastric sleeve operation in August 2020, which saw her drop from a size 18 to a size 10.
In an interview with OK! Magazine, Chanelle said: ‘I’m 8st now and a dress size 6-8. Last summer, I was around 9st 5lb and before having the sleeve fitted, I was a size 22 and 17st 4lb.’
‘I’ve actually been really stressed with university deadlines and the children’s schedules with schools and their dads and I think that’s caused the weight loss.
‘It means I’ve got more loose skin, so while I still feel a million times better than I did when I was unhealthy, I’m now thinking, ‘Maybe I want to do something about this,’ so I’m considering a tummy tuck.
The reality TV started added: ‘I feel like it’s ageing me a bit,’ before admitting she is also considering a boob lift as she believes her breasts are ‘disfigured’ after her surgery.
Chanelle underwent her gastric operation in 2020, and explained at the time that the operation was a ‘last resort’ after battling with her weight for years.
Weight loss: Chanelle also talked about how her fluctuating weight may have been the cause of her condition
Health woes: She candidly admitted: ‘I’m fed up with everything. You’ve caught me on a good day today!’
Following the operation, she explained the reasons for going under the knife, writing on social media: ‘It was an accumulation of things: medical issues related to obesity, mental health deterioration, I hardly left the house. I needed a second chance at my health.’
Chanelle was asked if she felt she had any options, to which she wrote: ‘Yes definitely.
‘I would have continued eating myself into an early grave had I not tried surgery. It isn’t for everyone and I researched it extensively and it changed my life.’
Steph’s Packed Lunch airs Monday to Friday at 12:30pm on Channel 4 and All 4.