Vicki Gunvalson’s Daughter Briana Culberson Diagnosed With Lupus


We’ve witnessed Vicki Gunvalson’s daughter Briana Culberson struggle with her health for years now on the Real Housewives of Orange County and on the season finale this week it was revealed that she was diagnosed with Lupus.

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.

In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”) and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

Lupus is also a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better).

Briana moved back to the OC to be closer to her mother this year after she underwent leg surgery in Oklahoma as we saw this season. She also underwent several other surgeries over the years (including surgery on thyroid and removal of her enlarged lymph nodes). A biopsy in November 2015 ruled out cancer, and was followed by a trip to the Mayo Clinic for further diagnosis, according to the Daily Dish.

Vicki previously told Entertainment Tonight that Briana was misdiagnosed at first, and that was the reason it was taking the family so long to get answers. “Two things: you don’t mess with my family, you don’t mess with my money. My family is my everything, and I’m gonna find this doctor. He was going to kill my daughter. So, when I do find him, I’ll probably pull him up against a wall and tell him what I think of him,” she said. ” I want to go on a witch hunt for him.”

We wish Briana the best moving forward.

Photo Credit: Bravo



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  • Bon Vivant

    MS, Lyme, Lupus, Parkinsons, my empathy lies with all sufferers of these auto-immune diseases. Thankfully she is at least diagnosed now and her family can help her manage the ordeal knowing exactly what they are up against.

    • Just a thought

      Hashimotos sucks too. Especially since the thyroid regulates everything in our bodies. It is also an autoimmune disease the flares up.

      • Daisy

        Just a thought , my hubby has that so I know exactly what you’re saying

  • Suze☕️

    I have only ever known one person with lupus and she often just had to sleep, she used to get so tired she couldn’t keep her eyes open and was often exhausted. I can’t imagine how Brianna copes with two very young children.

  • Rain

    Poor Brianna. That’s so sad and she’s so young and has those lovely kids.
    I don’t know what her doctor did or didn’t do by my MS was not diagnosed immediately either . It took months of visits, brush offs, telling me I’m just depressed and exhausted etc etc . Looking back now. I think how could they have missed it , it was so obvious but some symptoms are similar for many other conditions so they don’t automatically jump to the ultimate conclusion . The irony is by the time I got diagnosed , my neurologist said oh I wish we would’ve caught this a bit earlier, treatment would’ve been more effective!!!

    I wish her well ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Suze☕️


    • Daisy

      Rain I’m so sorry but also so proud of you for keeping on until they found what was wrong . Some people unfortunately listen to the Dr when they are told it’s depression . When in fact a lot of times the depression is a symptom of the problem and not the problem it’s self

      • Rain

        You’re so sweet Daisy. Others have it worse ❤️❤️❤️

        • Daisy

          Rain you’re the sweet one . A lady that I cleaned for years back has ms. So I understand a little bit what you go through most days .

          • Rain

            Thank you Daisy ! There is more and more treatments now so fingers crossed

    • missrox

      I understand well 7 years of hell with doctors that finally told me I have MS I seem to do better without meds 12 years no brain change hope you are doing well I have many days that seem to drag on for moths feeling like crap but with 2 children I have to hang in there

      • Rain

        Oh missrox I’m sorry to hear that sweetie ❤️❤️❤️❤️Yes I know what you mean ! I have days where I feel GREAT followed by weeks of utter shit. I feel your pain sister. And like you, most of the new meds on the market
        just haven’t worked for you , or given me severe liver damage. Hang in there xoxoxxoo

  • Daisy

    A friend of mine has lupus . It’s nothing nice to deal with . My heart goes out to B


    Poor thing. That’s not a good disease to have to live with… I highly doubt stress helps things.

  • Oh shut up Vicki, making it all about her and going after this doctor. I know a friend who’s Lupus was misdiagnosed many years ago as well. Auto immune diseases are very tricky and I’m sorry to hear this about Brianna. I wish her the best with her health.

  • Aunt Bee

    Good luck Brianna. Prayers.

  • Rich Old Goat

    Poor thing…as if having Vicky for a mother wasn’t enough

  • missrox

    Many Blessings to Brianna for her children and husband
    still can not stand her lying cheating mother who cheated on Donn with brooks before they divorced or rumored on stoopidhousewives which shut down

  • Sasha

    I also have lupus and wondered many times if perhaps this was the culprit of Brianna’s health problems.
    Many women ( like me) get diagnosed in their late 20’s. Also childbirth can trigger flare ups ( which is also what happened to me). I imagine Brianna having two children in a short span of time is what likely woke up this monster.

    Lupus is not easy to live with. I have constant, chronic fatigue and flare ups usually land me in the hospital, last year I was in ICU. I have learned that diet greatly effects it and hopefully Brianna will do some research on that as well.

  • There are all degrees of lupus, some can be managed easily, $ is a big factor along wth good doctors. Most of what I hav read, in regard 2 lupus is it actually begins In yur gut so eating has much to do wth it. My sister has it & needs 2 b managed on long acting pain medications that r extremely costly when they only cost a few bucks to make. Big pharm America is responsible for the cost, imagine that. Toni Braxton has a very serious form of lupus which has affected her organs & therefore her ability to perform @ times. I see Brianna being able to go back to work but possibly in an office setting where she isn’t exposed to everythg, but her mom will take care of her where many ppl do not hav that convenience. She will be fine