Lady Gaga Reveals That She Is Battling Fibromyalgia

Lady Gagas Illness
Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.
 

Celebrities, they’re just like us except that they have millions of dollars in their bank accounts, private jets that take them wherever they want, big mansions and expensive cars. When you take away all those materialistic things, yes they are indeed like us.

They are ordinary people with many personal, business, and health problems. Health conditions don’t skip someone just because he/she is a superstar and Lady Gaga is a perfect example.

One of the most popular artists in the world made her struggle with fibromyalgia public and raised an awareness of this condition. What is fibromyalgia? Is there a cure*? Let’s see!

What Happened With Gaga?

Lady Gaga was never a shy person and not just about her appearance or outfits, but when it comes to her personal life as well. Poker Face singer promised to give her fans a personal insight into her everyday life in a documentary Five Foot Two.

This isn’t just some random documentary that pop stars release all the time, it’s a story about fame and pain. In her documentary, Gaga is open about the pain that makes her life incredibly difficult.

Indeed, the superstar was set to perform in Rio de Janeiro earlier this month but was forced to cancel the gig[1] after she was hospitalized with severe pain.

Just a few days later, on September 18, Lady Gaga made yet another shocking announcement – due to her illnesses the European leg of her Joanne tour will be postponed[2].

The Perfect Illusion singer is said to be devastated over the decision, but it was the only thing to do until she recovers and feels better.

Postponed concerts also include her gigs in London, Manchester, and Birmingham, England. According to the statement, she will perform at these concerts in early 2018.

Lady Gaga’s canceled concerts and her newly-released documentary on Netflix have a deeper meaning. This is not just about the star itself, but all people who suffer from chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia.

Lady Gaga’s struggle puts the disease in the spotlight, raises our awareness of this condition, and shows that dealing with fibromyalgia isn’t easy for anyone.

Fibromyalgia Invisible Info

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is defined as a condition which is indicated by a widespread musculoskeletal pain followed by fatigue, memory and mood issues, and sleep disturbances.
Pain associated with this health problem is usually unexplained i.e. a patient experiences pain without some particular reason.

It is believed painful sensations in fibromyalgia are a result of its impact on the processing of pain signals in the brain. The intensity of pain ranges from mild to severe, but it is not uncommon for fibromyalgia to affect a quality of life of affected patients.

Causes Of Fibromyalgia

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but scientists theorize it is the combination of different factors that contribute to the development of this health issue. Common causes of fibromyalgia include:

  • Infections
  • Genetics
  • Physical trauma e.g. car accident
  • Psychological stress

Am I At Risk Of Developing Fibromyalgia?
Everyone can develop fibromyalgia, but some factors[3] do increase* the risk of getting this condition. Risk factors include:

Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia

  • Difficulty to focus and pay attention
  • Memory problems
  • Fatigue that doesn’t go away even after a patient gets enough sleep
  • Sleep problems such as sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome
  • Widespread pain on the both sides of the body and above and below waist

Conclusion

Lady Gaga postponed her tour due to fibromyalgia. The star put this poorly understood health condition in the spotlight and helped public realize the true pain and suffering that patient with fibromyalgia experience on a daily basis.

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Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.