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‘I get migraines from hell!’ Martine McCutcheon speaks out about Lyme disease battle

‘I feel like I’ve been hit on the head by a mallet!’ Martine McCutcheon reveals she has had a Lyme disease flare-up which has caused ‘migraines from hell’


Martine McCutcheon has spoken out about her battle with Lyme disease as she revealed on Instagram on Wednesday she has had a bad flare-up. 

The actress, 45, who announced her diagnosis in April 2017, said she had been suffering with ‘migraines from hell’ but had managed to go outside from some fresh air.  

Martine shared a snap in the car and penned: ‘Sunshine! Hurrah! We are having a little drive as I’ve been having a flare up of the fibro and lyme today and I feel like I’ve been hit on the head by a mallet!’

‘I feel like I’ve been hit on the head by a mallet!’Martine McCutcheon has spoken out about her battle with Lyme disease as she revealed on Instagram on Wednesday she has had a bad flare-up

‘I get migraines from hell! I’ve managed to rest a bit and I wanted some fresh air & a little trip out – but the Sat Nav says one way & Waze says another!

‘I never know which one to follow… Eyes down and concentrate! I b****y hate traffic! Sometimes Willy Waze isn’t as on the ball as I’d like… Anyone else find that?

‘And as Sat Nav Steve… He’s on his own planet! Have a lovely evening everyone! X,’ she concluded.

Only three minutes after the post went live, the Love Actually star took to the comments section to give her fans a further tip to help with the condition. 

Heartfelt: The actress took to Instagram on Monday to share a candid post about her ongoing struggle with the bacterial infection

Heartfelt: The actress took to Instagram on Monday to share a candid post about her ongoing struggle with the bacterial infection

Top tip: The actress quickly took to the comments section to add that a cold shower helps with flare-ups

Top tip: The actress quickly took to the comments section to add that a cold shower helps with flare-ups

Beauty: The condition causes Martine to lose weight slower than the average person

Beauty: The condition causes Martine to lose weight slower than the average person

‘Aaaah yes I use ice – it’s really effective isn’t it?’ she added.

‘I have a cold shower everyday too and that’s not easy but it’s been a game changer along with my @pureiscbd it’s so great when you find things that help but I will check out the gua sha – thank you! X❤️’

Alongside the personal message, the Hackney-born star uploaded a beautiful selfie where she donned a black-and-white spaghetti-strapped top. 

Brave: In April 2017, the NTA winner announced her diagnosis for the very first time

Brave: In April 2017, the NTA winner announced her diagnosis for the very first time

Keeping her makeup to a minimum, Martine had styled her luscious brown tresses into a sharply-cut fringe.

She accessorised her look with a pair of circular gold earrings and looked towards the ground.  

Martine gave an interview to Hello Magazine last year about her battle with Lyme disease, which saw her pose alongside her husband Jack McManus, 37, and their six-year-old son Rafferty.

Happy family: Martine shares six-year-old son Rafferty with musician husband Jack McManus, 37

Happy family: Martine shares six-year-old son Rafferty with musician husband Jack McManus, 37

Speaking to the publication about living with her condition during the COVID-19 pandemic, she said: ‘If you have any underlying illness you can’t take risks.

‘As with any chronic condition you can have flare-ups. When I go outside I always have my mask and my gloves and take it very seriously.

‘I have been really good emotionally for a long time and I have felt a lot calmer. It has been good to realise it is okay to do things at your own pace.’

WHAT IS LYME DISEASE?

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks.

The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash called erythema migrans.

The disease can typically be treated by several weeks of oral antibiotics.

But if left untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart and nervous symptoms and be deadly.  

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE INFECTED?

During the first three to 30 days of infection, these symptoms may occur:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Erythema migrans (EM) rash 

The rash occurs in approximately 80 per cent of infected people.

It can expand to up to 12 inches (30 cm), eventually clearing and giving off the appearance of a target or a ‘bull’s-eye’.

Later symptoms of Lyme disease include:

  • Severe headaches and neck stiffness
  • Additional rashes
  • Arthritis with joint pain and swelling
  • Facial or Bell’s palsy
  • Heart palpitations
  • Problems with short-term memory
  • Nerve pain 

Source: CDC

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