Bhavna Limbachia health latest: Symptoms of Coronation Street star’s medical condition
Bhavna Limbachia, 34, joined the cast of ITV’s Coronation Street back in February 2016 to play character Rana Habeeb. Alongside this TV achievement, the actress has a career spanning almost seven years, with appearances in the BBC’s Doctors, Casualty and Pramface. But Limbachia’s road to soap star success hasn’t always been easy. Around seven years ago, she discovered she had hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid.
“Around five years ago I noticed I was waking up feeling exhausted every day, as if I’d just run a marathon, despite having had eight or nine hours of sleep a night,” Limbachia told Mirror online back in 2017.
She added: “I’m an active person and my life as an actress is pretty busy.
“At the time I was filming Citizen Khan so initially I thought I was just run down from that.
“I tried to rest a bit more, but then my joints started aching and if I watched television for an hour or two my knees would lock.”
Initially, the actress thought her symptoms were related to age.
But after explaining all the symptoms to her doctor – that her hair was getting brittle and she was sensitive to the cold – she was sent for blood tests.
Limbachia said: “They originally tested me for an over-active thyroid because I’ve always been underweight, but it turned out to be the opposite – I had an under-active thyroid.
“The doctors explained there was nothing I could have done to avoid it and that it can be hereditary – in my case it came from my father’s side.
“They said there was no cure and I would need medication for ever.”
While this news was overwhelming at first for the cobbles star, she soon realised it wasn’t too uncommon, with Oprah Winfrey and Dannii Minogue having also revealed they have it.
Now, the actress does what she can to raise awareness for the condition.
She said: “It’s important for people to know that it isn’t the end of the world.”
Underachieve thyroid symptoms, according to the NHS, include:
- Being sensitive to cold
- Weight gain
- Slow movement and thoughts
- Muscles aches and weakness
- Muscle cramps
- Dry and scaly skin
- Brittle hair and nails
- Loss of libido (sec drive)
- Pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Irregular periods or heavy periods
The health body further advises: “It’s very important that an underachieve thyroid (hypothyroidism) is diagnosed as soon as possible.
“Low levels of thyroid-producing hormones, such as triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), can change the way the body processes fat.
“This can cause high cholesterol and atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries), which can potentially lead to serious heart-related problems, such as angina and a heart attack.
“Therefore, you should see your GP and ask for a blood test if you repeatedly have symptoms of an underactive thyroid.”
TV doctor Dr Chris Steele took to ITV’s This Morning last year to make viewers aware of three surprising symptoms of an underactive thyroid.