The ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Star Admitted She Didn’t Think She Was ‘Old Enough’ For It.
Jennie Garth recently revealed how she was taken aback by her early diagnosis of osteoarthritis and how she has been dealing with it on a daily basis.
The “Beverly Hills, 90210” actress, 45, discussed her new normal after receiving news that “shocked” her at the age of 45.
“I’m just used to being a go-getter and taking care of business all the time,” the actress explained to People. “I also had three daughters to raise, and I’ve always had dogs.” I’ve always been up and down on my knees, up and doing everything, getting in and out of the car a million times a day. And those little things began to hurt more than they used to. So it was just this creeping realization that something was wrong.”
Garth was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, after finally seeing a doctor. The condition can affect any joint, but it is most common in the hands, knees, hips, and spine – and the damage is irreversible.
“I was a little surprised to hear that news from my doctor after going in and complaining about some pain in my knees, hips, and other places around my body and wondering what was going on,” Garth admitted. “
“And I was surprised to hear him say the word arthritis. Because I associate arthritis with… I’m too young to have arthritis.”
Aside from using a topical remedy, the actress attributes her ability to manage her condition to staying busy and eating anti-inflammatory foods like berries and whole grains.
This is not the first time Garth has spoken openly about a sensitive subject in her life. In 2020, she reflected on the death of former costar and friend Luke Perry from a stroke at the age of 52.
“In a strange way, I still don’t accept it,” Garth admitted on an episode of the “90210MG” podcast.