- The Talk's Carrie Ann Inaba opened up about her lupus diagnosis on Thursday's episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan.
- Inaba told Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest that she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease several years ago, but just recently learned that she had lupus.
- The Talk host feels like she's gotten her life back since her diagnosis, though she's had to give up some of her favorite things as a result.
If we've learned anything from Netflix's Diagnosis documentary, it's that sometimes getting the right medical diagnosis to describe your symptoms can be a journey. In The Talk host Carrie Ann Inaba's case, it took six years.
On Thursday, Inaba appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan and opened up about her her most recent diagnosis of lupus. Apparently, she visited a doctor several years ago and presented her symptoms, but only recently learned that she has lupus.
"I was recently diagnosed with lupus, I was actually told," Inaba told Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. "It's so weird. I was diagnosed with [an] autoimmune [disease] 6 years ago, but my doctor didn't tell me I had lupus. I was having a colonoscopy and I saw my chart [read] lupus and I was like, 'This is not my chart,' and they were like, 'You have lupus.'"
She said that her doctor had actually forgotten to tell her, and she had no idea that she had the autoimmune disease.
As a result of her recent diagnosis, Inaba has had to make a few changes to her lifestyle. "I quit Diet Coke [and] stopped going in the sun because when you have lupus you're allergic to UV light, which I didn't know, so I was causing my own flare-ups," she said.
As a Hawaii native, this has been a difficult adjustment for The Talk host, but overall she feels relieved after getting to the bottom of her symptoms. "Once I was diagnosed, it's like I got my life back," Inaba told Ripa and Seacrest. "I am so grateful."
Lupus isn't the only medical diagnosis the television star has received. Inaba also deals with Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA), spinal stenosis, Sjögren's syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, and fibromyalgia.
While she sometimes feels guilty for having flare-ups that cause her to have to rest, she hopes to inspire others to embrace their conditions and feel empowered to take control of their health.
"There's a blessing in some of these health conditions because it gives you a greater awareness of your own health," she told Ripa and Seacrest. "It makes you take care of yourself and realize it's a very important component of a healthy lifestyle is to see the doctor regularly, make sure that you're keeping up all your checkups and getting the right tests."
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