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Bethenny Frankel Opens Up About Her Health Struggles After Fans Question Her Recent Appearance

The Real Housewives of New York City alum revealed that she’s struggling with an autoimmune disorder that has been “drastically exacerbated.” 

By Jenny Berg
Bethenny Frankel Goes Through Her Past RHONY Looks

Bethenny Frankel never holds back on her opinion — and her recent makeup tutorials testify to that. The Real Housewives of New York City alum has been peppering her Instagram feed with videos that reveal her thoughts on kabuki brushes, lip glosses, and more. But in her February 23 post, Bethenny addressed a topic that’s not just skin-deep. 

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“Many of you are asking why my face looks different in my makeup videos and it’s because I am messed up,” she said while on vacation in Aspen. “I am not doing that great. I’m so dehydrated and riddled with aches and pains. I have had liters of Pedialyte and water and kombucha and coconut water. It just goes right through me and I’ve gained like four pounds while being here because my body’s trying to hold on to any water it can.”

Bethenny continued: “This is, like, very intense and it’s gotten really bad in the last few years since this autoimmune thing I’m dealing with. I wake up like every two hours in such pain and dying of thirst. So it’s like my body won’t hold on to it. It’s crazy.”

In her caption, the philanthropist elaborated on her current health struggles. “A while back I shared what has been a serious battle with POTS [postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome]. This is an autoimmune disorder that seems to have been drastically exacerbated since COVID,” she wrote. “I know there are many of you out there, so thanks for all of the information. It’s certainly a condition to manage.”

Bethenny continued: “I suffer from chronic severe dehydration. I have always experienced extremely low blood pressure and dehydration, but it’s gotten exponentially worse. I make a tremendous effort to stay hydrated, get IV’s, and I haven’t had liquor for [six] months. I’m basically on the case.”

Bethenny also acknowledged that her stay in Colorado has contributed to her discomfort. “Altitude and a dry climate (in my favorite place in the world to do my favorite sport) present additional challenges,” she said. 


She ended her caption with an important PSA. “When you comment on someone’s physical appearance, you may not know exactly what they’re enduring personally, physically and emotionally,” she wrote. Check out the full post and Bethenny’s straight-shooting video below: 

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