Lady Gaga Reveals She Has Fibromyalgia
Singer and performer Lady Gaga lives with a painful, chronic condition called fibromyalgia, and she announced earlier this week that she’ll talk about it in an upcoming Netflix documentary called “Gaga: Five Foot Two.” She hopes to raise awareness and connect with other people who have fibromyalgia.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), fibromyalgia causes pain at tender points throughout the body – the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs, for example – when these areas are touched or when pressure is applied. The condition affects about 5 million U.S. adults – 80 to 90 percent of whom are women. The American College of Rheumatology says that fibromyalgia pain can affect the muscles, joints, or skin.
Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose and treat, and there is no cure. Medication and lifestyle measures like low-impact exercise, yoga, tai chi, and mindfulness-based therapies may help. The cause is unknown.