Why does this keep happening to Lady Gaga?

What is fibromyalgia?

Symptoms of Lady Gaga’s condition and tips on how the severe pain can be treated

(George Harrison, The Sun) Here’s all you need to know about the chronic condition which forced Lady Gaga to postpone all her European tour dates in 2017 and some of the rescheduled shows

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition which causes pain all over the body.

As well as chronic pain, fibromyalgia can cause increased sensitivity to pain, fatigue and muscle stiffness.

Sufferers can also have difficulty sleeping, as well as memory loss, concentration problems, headaches and irritable bowel syndrome.

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but researchers believe it may be related to chemicals in the brain and could be affected by genes inherited from your parents.

Although anyone can develop fibromyalgia, it affects around seven times more women than it does men.

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How is fibromyalgia treated? Are there any tips for coping?

There is no cure for fibromyalgia, although the symptoms can be controlled to make it easier to live with.

Exercise has been found to help ease many painful symptoms, while others find relaxation techniques can help keep the condition under control.

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Tips for coping with the condition include;

  • Minimise stress – assess your work stress, learn to say no to things that may stress you out
  • Work to improve communication skills
  • Keep a daily diary – see if you can understand what may trigger an attack
  • Soak in a warm bath
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce caffeine
  • Use tools for relaxation of your mind and body
  • Ensure you have a good sleep routine

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Is there a test for fibromyalgia?

There’s no specific test for the condition, so diagnosing fibromyalgia can be difficult.

Usually, sufferers will have severe pain in three to six different areas of the body or milder pain in seven or more different areas.

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