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PremierLeague-News.Com - Stacey Dickens suffers from Stage 3 lipoedema, an illness which causes abnormal fat cells to build up across her body and leaves her in agonising pain.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A woman says she has 'starved' herself for years and 'hides from people' in the street after a rare condition led to her gaining seven stone. Stacey Dickens suffers from Stage 3 lipoedema, an illness which causes abnormal fat cells to build up across her body and leaves her in agonising pain. Due her health condition, the 32-year-old only eats one meal a day to try and prevent putting on more weight. However, Stacey says others think she is 'just fat' and admits to avoiding being seen in public out of embarrassment. She also says that she will never get married or have children because of the illness, the Liverpool Echo reports. Read More Related Articles Higher liver cancer risk linked to 'forever chemical' found in cookware to makeup Read More Related Articles Long Covid advice for men as condition may impact sex life and hair loss Stacey, from Northwich, said: “I have tried to hide myself for so long. I have been pretending I am someone else. It has got to the point where I hide from people. If I want to go to the supermarket, I go 20 minutes before it closes so I don’t have to see anyone - so I can hobble across the car park in peace." The condition, which has seen Stacey steadily gain weight on her limbs for years despite intense diet and exercise plans, has left her in pain with bruising and pinched nerves when she sits a certain way for too long. The self-employed nail technician said she made the decision to leave employment when she was forced to take so many sick days due to the pain in her legs as they became "rock hard". The condition has caused Stacey to steadily gain weight on her limbs for years despite intense diet and exercise plans. (Image: Handout) She added: “People think I’m ‘just fat’ or ‘just overweight’. I have lived off one meal a day for years trying not to put on weight but every time I weigh myself I am heavier. “It doesn’t affect my hands and feet so my wrists are normal but then my arms aren’t. I get bruises just from wearing leggings - even when they aren’t tight. “I have starved myself over the years to the point where I now need my gallbladder out. I don’t eat like a normal person. The thought of having three meals a day - I couldn’t do it. Whatever I do, whatever I eat just makes it worse. Read More Related Articles Polio vaccine: What parents should know as children to be offered jab Read More Related Articles Cancer expert lists 13 red flag symptoms to 'immediately' get checked out by doctor “I’m like a little old lady. I can’t kneel on the floor because of the bruising so I know I won’t be able to have kids because I can’t be on the floor or roll around and play with them. “I don’t want to get married or have kids because it’s going to make it worse. The thought of me in a wedding dress.” Stacey said that the condition, which is often triggered by hormones, started when she had a coil fitted in her 20s. Despite realising quickly the hormonal shift was affecting the condition of her legs and having the contraceptive device removed, she said the ‘damage was already done’. She said: “It tends to run in families and my nana had it. She didn’t walk for the last 35 years of her life.
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. I just don’t go out anymore. I can’t live like this anymore.” Acknowledging that she was putting on "two to three pounds a week" in her 20s, Stacey quickly went on a shake diet, consuming only three milkshakes a day for three years.
Stacey four years ago, before her diagnosis. (Image: Handout) In her desperation, she visited doctors but was told on numerous occasions that she just needed better diet and exercise. Stacey took her mum to the GP with her, who took note of Stacey’s deteriorating wellbeing and agreed to look through her MyFitnessPal notes to see if there was anything she could be improving. Stacey added: “She said I couldn’t be doing any more to help myself. It got to the point before the heatwave where I could get in the bath and there would be space around me. But I would get so swollen I couldn’t get out. I had to get my boyfriend to get me out, it was humiliating.” After receiving her diagnosis, Stacey was referred to a surgeon who explained that the treatment she needed was not available on the NHS. Now in a race against time, Stacey is trying to self-fund operations which she will need to travel to Madrid for, before the condition spreads to her lymphatic system. If this happens, she will no longer be able to safely have the damaged cells removed and the condition will worsen until she is no longer able to get around normally. She said she is already unable to bend her legs as they ‘"look and feel like they will burst". She said: “I am not ready to admit defeat yet. Literally everyday life is a struggle currently, even getting around the house. “The thought of being in a wheelchair before I’m 40 isn’t how I thought I’d spend my life. Without surgery, this is the way it’s heading. I feel like I have got someone else’s body now, it has completely taken over my life. I don’t want to live like this anymore.”
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Ofcom clears Frankie Boyle's Boris jibe The operations alone are set to cost Stacey around £25,000 and she also hopes to buy a machine which will help to drain her lymphatic system, to keep on top of the condition once the surgery is over. She said: “The fat can’t be metabolised. It’s just there and the only way to have it sorted is to have it removed.” Stacey said she "can’t hide anymore" and has bravely spoken about her condition on social media. She said she has faced "cruel" comments in the past about her weight, but isn’t willing to stay quiet anymore. To donate to Stacey’s fundraiser click here. Don't miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond - sign up to our daily newsletter here . READ NEXT: Mum-of-eight with rare condition dies aged 47 after spending last years of life indoors to avoid people's stares Experts explain why you should wear sun cream all year round - even when indoors Schoolgirl told she had constipation diagnosed with watermelon-sized tumour
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