Lady Gaga didn't announce that she had fibromyalgia until late September of 2017.
She documented her experience with fibromyalgia in her documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, which was only featured on Netflix, to raise awareness and connect with others who have the disease. In February, 2018, she cancelled the remaining leg of her European tour.
She wrote and shared on twitter: "I'm so devastated I don't know how to describe it. All I know is that if I don't do this, I am not standing by the words or meaning of my music. My medical team is supporting the decision for me to recover at home. We're canceling the last 10 shows of my Joanne World Tour. I love this show more than anything, and I love you, but this is beyond my control ... I need to put myself and my well-being first."
Fibromyalgia is the most common pain condition in the United States, and estimates claim that more than five million people suffer from this condition. This high number of people affected by fibromyalgia also includes those with celebrity status.
Fibromyalgia does not care whether or not a person is a celebrity or just someone trying to live and maintain a healthy life. Fibromyalgia is a disorder with symptoms of widespread musculoskeletal pain with the additional signs of fatigue, sleep problems, mood and memory issues. Studies have shown that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations, so even a small touch on the skin can be painful.
The medical community considers fibromyalgia as a rheumatic disease like arthritis. It impairs joints and the soft fibrous tissues in your body like ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Fibromyalgia, however, is not a real form of arthritis. It doesn’t cause damage to muscles and joints, just intense pain.
Read on to learn more about the other celebrities who suffer from fibromyalgia.
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