EastEnders’ Martine McCutcheon opens up on health battle as symptoms ‘get worse’

Martine McCutcheon has opened up about her recent health battle in her latest social media post.

Taking to Instagram yesterday (April 21), Martine, who is best known for her roles in EastEnders and the Christmas classic Love Actually, revealed in the raw and honest post that she think she's "peri menopausal" and that her symptoms are only "getting worse."

The actress, 45, gave her 510k followers a detailed update and penned: "Todays vibe. I've had the worst stomach bug and I just can’t get my shizz together the last week or so… On top of the Lyme and Fibro etc I definitely think I’m peri menopausal too…"

Underneath the wide-eyed selfie, the 45-year-old added: "Oh Joy! I’m having symptoms for 2 weeks of the month and it’s getting worse!

Fans and followers of the EastEnders star flocked to the comments to share their sympathies with the actress and their appreciation over her raising awareness.

One user wrote: "Being a woman is flippin hard work!! Keep going Martine. You've got this."

A second penned: "Let us know how you get on. We all need to be more open about menopause!!! Take care lovely lady."

Another commented: "I do love your honesty. Stay strong, it's a battle but you've got this."

In 2011, Martine was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome which causes long-term fatigue after carrying out small mental or physical tasks.

In 2017, the actress was then diagnosed with Lyme disease – a condition that can causes rashes, fever, headaches and tiredness.

Earlier this year, the actress expressed her surprise regarding her family's history with raised cholesterol and how it caused her grandmother to have surgery as a result.

Speaking about her family's history with their health, the mum-of-one said: "I was really shocked when I found out that we had a family history of raised cholesterol because I didn’t think something like that would affect us.

"My nan needed an operation on her heart because of the complications it caused, which has caused me to be aware."

The actress said that she commits to regularly getting her cholesterol levels tested, and stressed the importance of doing so.

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