The only thing that can really irritate Lady Gaga is that people do not believe that the pain of their fibromyalgia is real.
“People need to be more compassionate,” he told Vogue in an interview.
With a successful film and soundtrack for “A Star Is Born” and the recent premiere of a two-year Las Vegas show, “Enigma,” it’s hard to imagine that less than 18 months ago, Lady Gaga walked away from a tour to focus on your recovery from chronic pain disorder.
The music star spoke about his condition in September 2017, just before the release of his documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two”.
“In our documentary the #chronicillness #chronicpain that I deal with / is #Fibromyalgia, I want to help raise awareness and connect people who have it,” he wrote on Twitter to fans.
The star attributes her illness to both physical and emotional problems, including post-traumatic stress caused by sexual assault at age 19 and hip rupture in 2013.
Fibromyalgia has existed for centuries, according to the National Association of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain. But, often, both patients and health care workers have misinterpreted it.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common conditions of chronic pain, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association.
Nearly 10 million people in the US UU And 3 to 6 percent of the world population suffer from this disease. While it can affect any age or race, about 75 to 90 percent of people with fibromyalgia are women, MedPageToday reported.
The disease is considered a rheumatic condition, such as arthritis, and can affect the joints and / or soft tissues and cause chronic pain and fatigue. But unlike arthritis, it does not cause damage or cause inflammation.
Most patients with fibromyalgia report pain and fatigue as the primary symptoms.
• Concentration or memory problems, often called the “fibro fog”
• Sleep disorders
• Morning stiffness, impaired coordination.
• Headaches or migraines.
• Symptoms of irritable bowel or bladder, painful menstrual periods
• Sensitivity to temperatures, loud noises or bright lights.
• Numbness or tingling in the extremities, restless legs syndrome, Raynaud’s syndrome
• Anxiety Depression.
• Sensitivities and rashes, dry eyes and mouth.
There is not a single known cause of the disease, although there may be a genetic component. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia can be the result of injury, emotional distress or viruses that change the way the brain perceives pain.
People with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and spinal arthritis may be more likely to have the condition, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
A multi-specialty approach may be needed to treat the condition, which includes exercises, massages, movement therapies such as Pilates, chiropractic treatments, diet changes, and acupuncture.
There are three medications, duloxetine (Cymbalta), milnacipran (Savella) and pregabalin (Lyrica), which are approved by the FDA for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Lady Gaga has used warmth, an electric blanket, infrared sauna and Epsom baths to help her with her fibromyalgia.
“It’s getting better every day,” he told Vogue. “Because now I have fantastic doctors who take care of me and are preparing me for the presentation.”