Lady Gaga discusses fibromyalgia pain
The one thing that can really irritate Lady Gaga is people not believing that the pain from her fibromyalgia is real.
“People need to be more compassionate,” she told Vogue in an interview.
With a hit movie and soundtrack for “A Star Is Born” and the recent premiere of a two-year Las Vegas show, Enigma, it is hard to imagine that less than 18 months ago, Lady Gaga stepped away from a world tour to concentrate on her recovery from the chronic pain disorder.
The music star opened up about her condition in September 2017 just before the release of her documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two.”
“In our documentary the #chronicillness #chronicpain I deal w/ is #Fibromyalgia I wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it,” she tweeted to fans.
WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association.
About 10 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 3 to 6 percent of the world’s population suffer from the condition. While it can affect any age or race, about 75 to 90 percent of those with fibromyalgia are women, MedPageToday reported.
The disease is considered a rheumatic condition, like arthritis, can impair the joints and/or soft tissues, and causes chronic pain and fatigue. But unlike arthritis, it does not cause damage or lead to inflammation.
WHAT CAUSES THE DISEASE?
There is no single known cause of the disease, although there may be a genetic component. Researchers believe fibromyalgia may be the result of an injury, emotional distress, or viruses that change the way the brain perceives pain.
WHAT TREATMENTS ARE THERE?
A multispecialty approach may be needed to treat the condition, including exercise, massage, movement therapies such as Pilates, chiropractic treatments, dietary changes, and acupuncture.
There are three medications, duloxetine (Cymbalta), milnacipran (Savella), and pregabalin (Lyrica) that are approved by the FDA for the treatment of fibromyalgia.