Lady Gaga Confirms She Has Fibromyalgia


Lady Gaga has been open about her struggle with chronic pain, though she hasn’t always been clear about the exact causes of her pain. But today, she finally revealed her diagnosis: fibromyalgia.

Gaga posted a tweet confirming that fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes widespread pain, fatigue and brain fog, is the source of her chronic pain. Her struggle with the condition will be shown in her new Netflix documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” which begins streaming on September 22.

“I wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it,” Gaga wrote.

Others with fibromyalgia expressed their reactions on Twitter, with many thanking Gaga for opening up a conversation and others asking how she deals with the pain while still remaining physically active.

Previously, Gaga has said she tested “borderline positive” for lupus and that she dealt with chronic pain after breaking her hip.

At a press conference before the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, Gaga explained that it was “hard, but liberating” to document her chronic pain, and said 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 “self-deprecation and shame” involved with pain, and that people may not believe she is really struggling.

“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,” Gaga said. 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.”

Photo courtesy of Lady Gaga’s Facebook page

TOPICS
,
JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Related to Fibromyalgia

woman sitting on the couch looking worried

The Self-Doubt That Creeps In With Fibromyalgia

One thing that continuously surprises me about fibromyalgia is self-doubt. We’ve all heard about fibromyalgia patients dealing with medical professionals who don’t believe their pain is real or who face disbelief from their friends and family around the validity of their diagnosis. But I didn’t expect to have to continually battle doubt within my own [...]
An older woman with a tired, sad expression.

When Chronic Pain Made Me Unable to Sit

All sorts of things can go wrong with these bodies of ours. But still I feel somewhat embarrassed that I can’t sit down. It’s not easy to explain to others, especially since neither I nor the doctors know the exact cause of the problem. I have had fibromyalgia for 24 years, and I fractured a [...]
woman reading with a cat curled up on her lap

How I Approach Self-Care as Someone With a Chronic Illness

Before I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, whenever I saw articles telling me how to take care of myself and to practice self-care, I would roll my eyes and move on without reading the advice. Since my diagnosis, I’ve been more open to understanding how I can make my life easier and more enjoyable, but I [...]
A map in the background with a suitcase, hat, camera, and other travel gear on top.

Why Vacations Can Be Exhausting for People With Chronic Illnesses

Something misunderstood by people free from a chronic illness, such as fibromyalgia, is that going away on holiday can be exhausting. My husband loves traveling and doing all the tourist things, and when I developed my condition, our daughter was only 12 years old. As a result, I was determined to keep up our pattern of [...]