Sadie Frost has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

The 52-year-old actress - who was marred to Jude Law from 1997 until 2003 - has revealed she was diagnosed with the condition, which causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints, during a trip to the Himalayas.

She wrote on Instagram: ''Every time i visit India i discover something new.. i love the culture, philosophies & the faith! It reminds me what is important for me ... And being healthy is at the top of my list ... I recently been diagnosed with early RA which can be quite painful! Its silly because i blame myself but its mainly a genetic disorder and just happens when things degenerate then inflame. (sic)''

Sadie has recently been staying at a wellness retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas.

And the London-born star - who is also known for her close friendship with model Kate Moss - has thanked the retreat for looking after her following her recent diagnosis.

Sadie wrote on the photo-sharing website: ''i would love to thank @anandainthehimalayas its been so blissful - thankful for their wisdom, care , Dr's & tips to ease the inflammation. listed below- if it helps one other person then thats good- i want to prevent taking hardcore medicine - so the below is for me with an Ayurvedic diet and remedies ... Up your omega 3, calcium, Vit C&D (sic)

''Drink warm water Turmeric, black-pepper, cider vinegar, rub sesame oil into the painful areas ... Don't stress . Moderate exercise. (sic)''

Sadie previously admitted to suffering with anxiety when she was a child.

The British star revealed she would often endure panic attacks when she was thrown into certain social situations, which would leave her feeling emotionally crippled.

Speaking in 2017, she said: ''I suffered from anxiety from a child and having panic attacks as a kid, and when you grow up through that, certain situations become crippling.''