Kirsty Young is considering having to step down from broadcasting because of her chronic pain

Kirsty Young recalled how having to be away from broadcasting for a few years due to her chronic pain condition caused her to question her identity, saying “You’ve lost your sense of self”.

The 54-year-old hosted nearly 500 discs of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island between 2006 and 2018 before he had to leave the show to undergo treatment for fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.

Appearing on a special edition of Castaway that aired on Christmas Day, Kirsty told Lauren Laverne, who took on her presenting role, that she was now feeling ‘much better’ and reflected on the experience of returning to broadcast after her break.

Difficult: Kirsty Young recalled how she had to take a few years off broadcasting due to her chronic pain condition which led her to question her identity.

Kirsty explains that she originally spent a year seeing different specialists trying to figure out what her condition was until she found a brilliant rheumatology professor who diagnosed her.

She said he also warned her that she had to take her condition seriously and reduce stress in her life along with medical treatment if she wanted to get better.

It was very nicely said but it was just a moment of sheer reality and clarity, I remember pulling up my car and I had a good old, to use a good old Scots word, a good old salutation (shout) and I thought ‘Right, well those are the facts and you really have to think about this’, She said.

Health: The 54-year-old hosted nearly 500 discs of BBC Radio 4's Desert Island between 2006 and 2018 before he had to leave the show to undergo treatment for fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis

Health: The 54-year-old hosted nearly 500 discs of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island between 2006 and 2018 before he had to leave the show to undergo treatment for fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis

I’m very aware when speaking of this, people sit across from doctors and get diagnoses that are much more serious than the one I had, but it’s so painful and I’ve been in pain, and this long-term chronic pain condition is an absolute pain, both literally and figuratively, to deal with.

It drives you away, you lose your personality, you lose your sense of humor, you lose your sense of self. There are all kinds of things that go with it. terrible. So I had to take it seriously if I was going to get better. So I did.’

Kirsty admitted she felt “very shaken” at having to quit her radio job, which she “absolutely loved” and had intended to do until they made her leave.

She added: I thought if I wasn’t like that, what should I do? What is Kirsty? I felt it.

Exit: Kirsty admitted that she felt

Exit: Kirsty admitted she felt “very shaken” about having to quit her radio job, which she “absolutely loved” and had intended to do until they made her leave

That was silly, obviously, because using that well-worn phrase, “the cracks are where the light enters,” and all sorts of other things happened and they were good things.

In that moment, you kind of lose yourself. And when you’re in chronic pain, you kind of lose yourself anyway, so there’s a lot going on.

Fibromyalgia, also known as fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain throughout the body, according to the NHS.

Rheumatoid arthritis is described as a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling, and joint stiffness.

Journey: Appearing on a special edition of The Castaway that airs on Christmas Day, Kirsty told Lauren Laverne, who took on her presenting role, that she now feels

Journey: Appearing on a special edition of The Castaway that airs on Christmas Day, Kirsty told Lauren Laverne, who took on her presenting role, that she was now feeling “much better” and reflected on the experience of returning to broadcast after her break.

After taking a number of years off, Kirsty was able to return to presenting the BBC’s coverage of the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this year as well as the closing moments of the late monarch’s funeral at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

The presenter said she wanted to find the right words to end the program and sum up the magnitude of the historic day but admitted: ‘I really had a good time. It was emotional.

The special also marked the end of the 80th year of Desert Island Discs, with Young interviewing 496 castaways during her time on the show.

‘I once described it as having a sort of hammock-like quality,’ she said, reflecting on the programme’s appeal, ‘just to fit in with the person in there.

LOVE: Reflecting on the show's appeal, she said, 'She once described it as having a sort of hammock-like quality, just to fit in with the person in there' (pictured with David Beckham on the show)

LOVE: Reflecting on the show’s appeal, she said, ‘She once described it as having a kind of hammock-like quality, just to fit in with the person in there’ (pictured with David Beckham on the show)

So, if it’s kind of a Premier League footballer or if it’s an astrophysicist, their music and the amount of time you spend talking to them, and then also the ways out of the museum, it’s kind of beautifully soft and relaxing.

So, people come into the studio kind of surrounded by their own pieces of furniture, the music, so they have the comfort of that familiarity, and whatever they choose gives each program a unique flavor.

The full interview with Kirsty Young will be broadcast on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds on Christmas Day at 11.15am.

What is fibrous inflammation?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that is defined by the prevalence of pain and fatigue.

Studies show that it affects up to 2.7 percent of people worldwide, with three women suffering for every man.

Fibromyalgia is often caused by trauma, such as a car accident or childbirth, as well as infection. Why this happens is not clear.

The discomfort tends to be aching and burning from head to toe.

The fatigue ranges from feeling sleepy to exhaustion from the flu.

People who suffer most are often unable to work or socialize.

The pain can be worse at some times than at others and may change its location, such as becoming sharper in the parts of the body that are used the most.

Other symptoms can include headaches. IBS; Diarrhea or constipation. poor concentration; Dizziness; Allergies and allergy triggers, such as light or heat.

Studies show that the average patient waits five years to be diagnosed, which is thought to be the result of X-rays and other medical tests not picking up on the condition.

It is generally defined as pain that lasts more than three months and affects 11 or more of the 18 tender points when pressed.

Treatment aims to relieve pain and help sleep.

Source: Fibromyalgia Action UK

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