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Wendy Williams reveals health woe that made her quit her show: full details

Poor Wendy!

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Melanie Macleod
Wellness Editor
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Wendy Williams took time off from her talk show in September 2021 due to "ongoing health issues," but until now, fans have been in the dark about what is wrong with the star.

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In a new podcast with TMZ, which was also filmed, the TV star revealed she is struggling with lymphedema. Wendy lifted up her lower leg to the camera, showing that her ankle and lower calf are extremely swollen and painful looking, to explain what the condition is.

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"I can only feel five percent of my feet. Normally I'd be in a wheelchair," she said.

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Lymphedema is caused by swelling of the body's tissues as a result of the body's drainage system not working as it should.

As well as swelling, lymphedema sufferers might notice an aching, heavy feeling, difficulty moving, repeated skin conditions and as Wendy appears to have, hard, tight skin.

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Wendy Williams showed the effects of lymphedema

Lymphedema is often seen in people suffering with breast cancer, vulval cancer and penile cancer.

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Unfortunately for Wendy, there is no cure for lymphedema, but it can be treated by wearing compression garments, exercising regularly and by having sports massages.

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Wendy's lower legs looked visibly swollen on TV

While Wendy's condition is undoubtedly uncomfortable, it may come as a relief to fans who were speculating that the star might have early-onset dementia.

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Wendy has long had health complications. In September Wendy caught Covid, despite being vaccinated and was experiencing "serious complications" because she also suffers from Graves' Disease and a thyroid condition.

A statement from The Wendy Williams Show read: "Wendy continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis. She is making progress but is experiencing serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ Disease and her thyroid condition.

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