Ulrika Jonsson opens up about 'horrendous' periods of arthritis

The star has opened up about dealing with arthritis. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)
The star has opened up about dealing with arthritis. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Ulrika Jonsson has told how she goes through "horrendous" periods with her arthritis.

The former Gladiators presenter, 54, was diagnosed with the condition several years ago, and said she believes she is now getting close to needing a hip replacement.

The star told the Daily Mail she really struggles if she sits down for long periods.

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"If I've spent two or three hours in a car getting into London it's pretty tough," Jonsson said.

"It's like your hips seize and you have flashes of moments when you think, 'I can't move'."

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  Ulrika Jonsson is evicted from the Big Brother house during the final of Ultimate Big Brother on September 10, 2010 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Ulrika Jonsson is a mum of four. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

The star, who has four children, can also have difficulties when she is in bed.

"Nobody likes to lose sleep it's so debilitating," she said. "I go through periods of time when it's pretty horrendous."

The Celebs Go Dating star now uses a special pillow that she puts between her knees to help her sleep.

"Maybe not the sexiest, but what can you do!" she quipped.

The TV presenter recently said she had suffered with the condition all of her life although she wasn't diagnosed until she was around 40.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND:  Wolf (Michael van Wijk) and host Ulrika Jonsson during the filming of Gladiators for Comic Relief at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, which was shown during the Red Nose Day telethon on March 14, 1997. The event raised over £27m for charitable causes. (Photo by George Bodnar/Comic Relief via Getty Images) (Photo by Comic Relief/Comic Relief via Getty Images)
Ulrika Jonsson found fame on Gladiators. (Comic Relief/Comic Relief via Getty Images)

"It can be miserable, but I have a high pain threshold, and because I have lived with it for so long, it’s so much part of what I am, you can’t fight against it,” she told the Express.

She also said that she has to work around the condition every day.

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The NHS describes arthritis as "a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint" which affected people of all ages, including children.

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