Television presenter Fern Britton ‘in pain all the time’ over condition that affects millions

As Fern Britton smiles on her latest episode of My Cornwall, the TV presenter has to contend with a painful condition. In a candid interview, Fern revealed that she suffers from a “very bad” knee and shoulder. “I’m waiting for the list for the surgeon to sort out,” she told Woman and Home magazine in 2022.

Fern explained, “I have arthritis all over the place. My knee is very bad, as is my shoulder.

“It’s very boring when your body starts to hurt all the time.”

Leading charity Versus Arthritis notes that millions of Britons suffer from arthritis.

“The word ‘arthritis’ is used to describe pain, swelling and stiffness in a joint or joints,” explains the charity.

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“Arthritis is not one disease, there are several different types.”

Joint pain can affect anyone of any age; The main types of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout and calcium crystal diseases
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis.


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and begins with hardening of the cartilage.

Versus Arthritis elaborates: “If this happens, the body may start a ‘repair’ process to try and compensate for the loss of this important substance.”

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Therefore, extra bones called osteophytes can grow at the ends of the bone inside the joint.

Inside the joint, the amount of thick fluid may increase, the joint capsule may stretch and lose its shape.

“If your osteoarthritis becomes severe, especially in your knees and hips, your doctor may discuss the possibility of surgery with you,” adds the charity.

This consideration is usually only made after all other treatment options have proven ineffective.

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Treatment options could include pain medication, weight loss, and staying active.


Another form of arthritis is gout, which can cause painful swelling, such as in the big toe joint.

“Joints affected by gout can become red and hot. The skin may also look shiny and flaky,” says Versus Arthritis.

“This is caused by having too much urate, also known as uric acid, in the body.”

Having a small amount of urate in the body is completely natural, but an unhealthy diet can lead to a buildup of urate, which causes problems.

High levels of urate can turn into crystals that remain in and around the joint.

Versus Arthritis adds: “A blow to a part of the body or a fever can cause crystals to fall into the soft part of the joint. This will cause pain and swelling.”

Medications may be prescribed to help reduce the amount of urate in the body.

The second episode of My Cornwall with Fern Britton will air on Channel 5 on Wednesday 11 January at 8pm; The first episode of the second season is already available on

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