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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.

In our documentary the   I deal w/ is  I wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it.

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.

Nobody truly understands the pain that others are dealing with unless they suffer themselves! I am happy to hear new ideas to help us heal!

I have  and  for 10 years. Thanks for speaking out. Much love to you 

@ladygaga my mom has fibromyalgia, for the longest time she didn’t know what to do, she couldn’t work or get out of bed; you inspire her.

In our documentary the   I deal w/ is  I wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it.

How are you able to have the stamina to do what you do? I have Fibromyalgia also. There is noway I could handle . Tell me what helps you?

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.”

Source: themighty.com

2 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Stepjanie…
    ( sry… but the whole ” lady Gaga” thing seems to separate you from Us. I know what you are dealing with. I have been there for nearly 15 yrs…… and others just don’t get it. They think that because I can make it to the grocery store once a week….. or because I can ( probably ONE day a week ) make my house into a ” livable” condition… that I must be fine. I have been accused of faking it ( because I am just lazy)… or that I am simply whining to get attention. I can swear to you that neither of these things are true. Unless you are “there”… you cannot even BEGIN to understand. I have yet to view your own testimony…. but am a fan of you… and trust that you will do this with blatant honesty and compassion. I hope that maybe… just freakin’ MAYBE… that others will get a glimpse into what it is like to survive with chronic pain that knocks us on out butts on a continual basis. That even showering is an accomplishment on some days… and that we are NOT lying when we say ” I just CAN’T today” God bless you….. and put the word out there. Maybe SOMEONE will understand.

  2. I have had this dreaded disease for 20 plus years now . It is horrible and I wish it on NO one. I have been a nurses since 1980 . I never understood how someone could say I hurt all the time. Now I understand. I would like to think I always was a compassionate person/nurse, but since this constant pain has become my norm my compassion for others has grown TEN fold. This is a relentless life robbing illness and the kicker most of the time you don’t look sick. The brain fog can reduce you to having to need someone to check your math on your checkbook . Days you need to make to do lists or you would not remember and beat yourself up about it.

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