By Jenna Lemoncelli,
Lady Gaga gets candid in her new Netflix documentary, ‘Five Foot Two’, where she reveals her fibromyalgia diagnosis in painful scenes. Here’s everything to know about the chronic illness.
Lady Gaga, 31, is one of the many people who suffers from fibromyalgia. TheJoanne singer sheds light on her experience with the illness in her new documentary, Five Foot Two, which hits Netflix on Sept. 22. Her docu is the first time she admits the emotional diagnosis, where in some scenes, Gaga appears to be in severe pain during doctor visits. “Do I look pathetic?” she asks in one scene, putting her hands over her face, covering her tears. “I’m so embarrassed.” While we wait to receive the full backstory in Five Foot Two, here is everything to know about fibromyalgia.
- What is fibromyalgia? — In the short, fibromyalgia is widespread muscle pain and tenderness. In more technical terms, it is a disorder of widespread muscular pains throughout the body accompanied by fatigue, sleep memory and mood issues. To be considered “widespread pain” the pain must be on both sides of the body and above the waist. Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men. Many individuals who are diagnosed with the illness typically suffer from tension headaches, anxiety and/or depression.
- What causes the illness? — Doctors have been unable to pinpoint exactly what causes fibromyalgia. Nonetheless, there are numerous components that may be triggers, such as: genetics [fibromyalgia often runs in families], injections and physical [example: car accident] or emotional trauma.
- What are the symptoms? — Symptoms of fibromyalgia are similar, if not the same as the factors that accompany the illness — fatigue [lack of sleep; tiredness; restlessness] widespread pain, and cognitive difficulties, other wise known as “fibro fog” [the ability to focus and concentrate mentally].
- Is there a cure?— No. However, fibromyalgia can be treated.
- How is fibromyalgia treated? — While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are a variety of medication [which should be prescribed by your doctor] the can help to regulate or control symptoms. Exercise, rest and reducing stress can help with the illness.
Few days back Lady Gaga cancels her concert due to her Chronic Pain. Below study for your read.
Pop star wrote a heartfelt post on Twitter to her fans.
by Roisin O’Connor Music Correspondent,
Lady Gaga has postponed the European leg of her Joanne tour as she deals with the “severe physical pain” caused by fibromyalgia.
The pop star wrote a heartfelt post on Twitter to her fans where she explained that she needed time to deal with the illness, which she revealed she suffered from in her new Netflix documentary Gaga: Give Foot Two.
Posting a photo of herself holding rosary beads, she wrote: “I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles. Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out.”
I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles. Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out. As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference. I use the word “suffer” not for pity, or attention, and have been disappointed to see people online suggest that I’m being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring. If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m a fighter. I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life. They are also keeping me from what I love the most in the world: performing for my fans. I am looking forward to touring again soon, but I have to be with my doctors right now so I can be strong and perform for you all for the next 60 years or more. I love you so much.
She said she would go into more detail about her condition in time, and also addressed claims that her ill health was just an “excuse” to get out of touring.
“I use the word ‘suffer’ not for pity, or attention, and have been disappointed to see people online suggesting that I’m being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring. If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“I’m a fighter. I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life. They are also keeping me from what I love the most in the world: performing for my fans.
“I am looking forward to touring again soon, but I have to be with my doctors right now so I can be strong and perform for you all for the next 60 years or more. I love you so much.”
The announcement arrived shortly after Gaga revealed that she had been forced to pull out of a scheduled performance in Brazil.
Live Nation confirmed that the tour had been postponed. It was scheduled to begin on 21 September in Barcelona, Spain, and conclude on 28 October in Koln, Germany.
Gaga’s team has said they are currently working on a rescheduled tour in Europe, and that the second leg of her North American tour is scheduled to continue as planned.
Few days back Lady Gaga reveals about her chronic pain in n New Netflix Documentary.
By Erin Migdol,
In Lady Gaga’s upcoming Netflix documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” viewers will get a glimpse of Gaga’s life away from the spotlight — including her struggles with chronic pain. While promoting the documentary, Gaga opened up about why she included these difficult scenes in the film and the support she hopes her fellow pain warriors feel while watching it.
At a press conference with the film’s director, Chris Moukarbel, in Toronto ahead of the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival today, Gaga reportedly became teary-eyed as the conversation turned to why she chose to document her struggles with chronic pain. She said it’s “hard, but liberating,” and explained that she believes pain is a “microphone.”
“My pain does me no good unless I transform it into something that is. So I hope people watching it who do struggle with chronic pain know that they’re not alone. It’s freeing for me… and I want people that struggle with it to hear me,” Gaga said.
She also acknowledged the shame that is often associated with chronic pain, but that struggling with something doesn’t make her “weak.”
There is a degree of self-deprecation and shame with feeling in pain a lot. And I want people that watch it — that think there’s no way I live [with chronic pain] because they see me dance and sing and don’t think that could possibly be — to know I struggle with things like them. I work through it and it can be done. We have to stick together. I don’t have to hide it because I’m afraid it’s weak. It’s a part of me, and I’m grateful to Chris for caring. The compassion is overwhelming. That’s why it makes me emotional. It’s very touching.
Moukarbel said it was “incredibly hard” filming Gaga while she was in pain, but said she still wanted him to keep shooting. “I think she was very aware of other people who struggle with similar chronic pain. She is not even sure how to deal with it, and that’s a reality,” he said.
Last month, Gaga released a series of short clips from the documentary, including one that showed her at a doctor’s appointment discussing treatment options for an unnamed health condition.
Gaga has spoken about her health issues before — in 2010, she revealed she had tested “borderline positive” for lupus, the autoimmune condition that led to her Aunt Joanne’s death before Gaga was born.
Last year, Gaga posted on Instagram about her chronic pain and shared the methods she uses to treat it. “Having a frustrating day with chronic pain, but I find myself feeling so blessed to have such strong intelligent female doctors,” she wrote.
Earlier this year, Gaga appeared on the cover of Arthritis Magazine. She told the magazine that she had been dealing with chronic pain due to a broken hip and synovitis, an inflammatory joint condition.
“Gaga: Five Foot Two” will begin streaming on Netflix on September 22.
Source: Via The Mighty