Lady Gaga's Fibromyalgia Reveal: 5 Things To Know About The Chronic Pain

By James Dinh

September 18, 2017

Lady Gaga's struggle with a chronic pain condition known as fibromyalgia has taken a turn for the worst with her most recent "Joanne World Tour" cancellation. It's the latest hardship that Mother Monster has had to deal with regarding her health, which is one of the talking points in the pop titan's forthcoming Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two

With the revelation still abuzz, iHeartRadio wanted to go over some of the basics regarding the condition to give her followers a full scope of what Gaga is dealing with. Take a look below!

1. Fibromyalgia 101

The National Fibromyalgia Association describes the common condition as a "complex chronic pain disorder that affects people physically, mentally and socially." An estimated 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

2. Symptoms can be hypersensitive.

Fibromyalgia syndrome, which is also sometimes referred to as fibromyositis and fibrositis, come with plenty of symptoms, including chronic widespread pain, multiple tender points, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbances, fatigue and often psychological distress. Unfortunately, some individuals also overlap with conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, lupus and arthritis.

3. Causes for FB aren't entirely specific. 

Even though the NFA haven't been able to pin down an exact cause, it is believed to have something to do with the production of chemicals in between neurotransmitters. Additionally, pain can be amplified due to abnormal sensory processing in the central nervous system.

4. Even though there's no known cure, there are plenty of treatments that focus on relieving symptoms.

Both prescription medications and non-pharmacological therapies exist for those diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Back in 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Lyrica (pregabalin) as the first drug to treat fibromyalgia. Since then, there has been several medications to particularly reduce pain and improve sleep patterns. Alternatives include exercise, massages, and acupuncture.

5. Studies on FB continue to be published as time goes on.

Research on the condition keeps going strong. For example, back in 1990, there were approximately 900 research papers on FB. Fast forward to 2017 and there are more than 4,000 published reports on FB, as per the NFA.

For more information on fibromyalgia, head over to National Fibromyalgia Association for the latest on this 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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