Paddy McGuinness diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis



Image source: Paddy McGuiness Instagram  

TV presenter Paddy McGuiness, most commonly known for his show ‘Take Me Out’ was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 44.  

McGuiness shared his diagnosis on social media after having an ultrasound steroid injection in his shoulder. He posted an image with a caption that introduced his disease to his 1.3 million followers with the hashtags ‘#Knackered’ and ‘#shoulderfrigged’.  

This image almost went viral as people began to comment things like ‘join the club’ and ‘I have the same condition’. It created an online frenzy as many people, young and old, who suffer with RA felt as if they now had a voice.   

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can affect people of all ages and genders. It causes extreme joint pain and damage throughout your body and usually happens on both sides of the body.  

So, if a joint is affected in one of your arms or legs, the same joint in the other arm or leg will most likely be affected too. This is one way that doctors distinguish RA from other forms of arthritis such as osteoarthritis.