She can’t stop the truth from coming out …
(ADRIENNE GAFFNEY, BILLBOARD) It’s been an incredibly tough month for Lady Gaga, who has very recently opened up about the battle she’s facing 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 explaining that she was unable to continue touring due to agonizing and severe physical pain.
And while Gaga’s Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, was supposed to look at her battle with pain, the actual reveal of her chronic illness came Monday (Sep. 18) on Instagram.
The news brings back into the spotlight a disease that has been often misunderstood by the public, one that is characterized by chronic pain and excessive fatigue with no known cause.
Billboard spoke with the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Arya Mohabbat about what people should know.
What is fibromyalgia? What does it entail and what causes it?
Dr. Mohabbat: Fibromyalgia is a chronic centralized pain sensitivity syndrome. Basically what that means is people are going to have long-lasting, head to toe pain that they feel in their muscles and joints, and this pain lasts for long periods of time but is in the absence of any inflammation.
What are some of the symptoms?
AM: Beyond pain complains, many patients complain of fatigue, abdominal, bowel and bladder issues. Patients will have headache issues, and they’re going to have sleep issues.
Whether they sleep a lot or a little, it’s what we call a restless sleep. They get a lot of numbness and tingling throughout their body. They get a lot of hypersensitivities. Foods can bother them. Medications can bother them. SEE THE FULL STORY AT BILLBOARD.COM.