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Kristen Johnston Diagnosed with Rare Autoimmune Disorder

Brent Harrison/WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kristen Johnston has shared with fans that she has been diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder.

In a lengthy Facebook post, the Emmy-winning actress, who currently stars in the TV Land comedy The Exes, says she has been "really, really sick" since early September, experiencing what she describes as full-body muscle weakness that’s required her to wear a neck brace to hold her head up.

She continues, "Lying down I'm fine, which is great for writing or killing time on social media (thank you all!!), but it's kind of disasterous [sic] when you're in a sitcom that requires tons of physical comedy."

Johnston, 46, reveals she spent two weeks in November "partying at The Mayo Clinic," and that after a total of four months and 17 doctors, she was diagnosed with a disorder that caused her immune system to "go rogue and & attack my muscles." She says she's now receiving treatment.

She writes, "I didn't mention it because I didn't want people overreacting (on twitter & FB?? NOO!!)...I know many of you have experienced similar issues or know people who have, but please try to refrain from diagnosing me. (I do it too!!)"

Johnston says she missed the taping of two episodes of The Exes due to her condition. She adds that Leah Remini guest stars in those episodes to help make up for her absence.

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