After teasing fans with story lines including Scott Disick possibly going to prison, more Tristan Thompson and Jordyn Woods drama, and some footage of Kourtney Kardashian’s 40th birthday, Keeping Up With the Kardashians finally premiered last night. Amid all the Kanye West and Tristan drama that aired, there was also an intense moment where Kim Kardashian had a health scare.
In a clip from last night’s episode, after Khloé Kardashian opened up about how she didn’t actually want Tristan to go to True Thompson’s birthday party, Kim said she woke up with swollen hands. She said, “I’ve been feeling so tired, so nauseous, and my hands are really getting swollen. I feel like I literally am falling apart. My hands are numb.”
Kim originally thought it might be anxiety since she was expecting her fourth child, Psalm West, but she ultimately decided to go see a doctor. “I have to go to the doctor and see what’s going on because I can’t live like this,” she said.
When she went to the doctor, they had her do blood tests, and as Kim waited for the results, she was understandably “freaking out” and called it “torturous.” She opened up about how frustrated and scared she was and said, “I have a baby on the way, I have law school. It just can really scare you when you start thinking about how much this is going to change my life.”
At the end of the episode, her doctor called and said she tested positive for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus antibodies. The doctor explained that in addition to having joint swelling, she could have fevers, rashes, mouth sores, and fatigue. (Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus don’t have cures, but there are treatments and medications that can help reduce the symptoms.)
That said, her doctor noted that this could be a false positive and that she’ll need to schedule more appointments to get to the bottom of it. When Kim heard that she’d have to wait longer until she really knows what’s going on, she started crying, and Kris Jenner tried to help her stay positive. Kim said, “You know, you really do get in your head and think about the worst possible things that can happen. So for the next few days, it’s going to really be hell…wondering what I have, what’s going on, and how to fix this.”
The next episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians debuts at 9 p.m. Sunday.
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