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Lady Gaga Leaves European Tour Due To Her Chronic Pain Condition – Fibromyalgia

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31-year-old Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is officially the queen of eccentric but awesome outfits. The singer and songwriter has had a lot on her back lately, and her struggles have finally been explained. Her long-term condition of chronic pain has been explained on her Instagram account and she decided to leave her tour.

Lady Gaga performed during her latest European tour, but something stopped her from performing.

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On Monday, September 18, it was announced that she has cancelled her European tour on her Instagram account. This happened because of “severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform”.  She actually has fibromyalgia, and has made a Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, to raise awareness about this condition.

It’s been an incredibly tough month for Lady Gaga, who has very recently opened up about her battle with a chronic pain condition known as fibromyalgia. On Friday (Sep. 15) the singer began posting a series of photos from a hospital in Rio, Brazil. And while her Netflix documentary was supposed to look at her battle with pain, the actual reveal of her chronic illness came on Monday on Instagram.

“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 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. 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. I love you so much,” Lady Gaga explained in the post.

Billboard spoke with the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Arya Mohabbat and Connie A. Luedtke, R.N. The latter is the nursing supervisor of the hospital’s Fibromyalgia Clinic, and this was done so that people could have a further explanation about the condition.

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.

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Dr. Mohabbat explains that Fibromyalgia is “a chronic centralized pain sensitivity syndrome”. In the absence of inflammation, people still feel pain in their muscles and joints and it’s long-term.  Some of the symptoms include: fatigue, abdominal, bowel and bladder issues, apart from pain. Basically hypersensitivity to food, medications is the most common.

People with FMS often notice that a simple injury hurts more intensely and for longer than it should. Also, people might sleep a lot, but still wake up feeling groggy, stiff and achy. Mental processes also feel sluggish, and it’s hard for these people to concentrate.

FMS is typically diagnosed in people just like Lady Gaga: female and aged 30-50 (she is 31). Currently, there is no cure for the conditon, but people who live with pain and multiple unexplained symptoms over many years often find that being told they have FMS is helpful.

Dr. Mohabbat  goes on: “Medications seem to be helpful for a good percentage of the patients, but again, these are the same individuals that have hypersensitivities and intolerances to medications, so for some people, they just cause too many side effects. But I think it warrants a good conversation between a patient and their provider: these medications have been approved because they help to counteract the chemical changes from a neurotransmitter level”.

There is another side of treatment, which includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture therapy. Also, yoga, tai chi, pilates, meditation, guided imagery can help. Exercise is very important, but hard to achieve for these people. Leading a balanced life will surely help, just like with any other condition.

We have yet to see about Lady Gaga’s personal struggle, as the new documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, launches globally on Netflix on 22 September.

Source: billboard

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