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Lady Gaga’s struggle with Fibromyalgia and PTSD

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Lady Gaga is tired of people thinking the chronic pain she experiences isn’t real. She is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and businesswoman. She is known for reinventing herself throughout her career and for her versatility in numerous areas of the entertainment industry.

A statement released via Twitter on Sept. 14, 2017, proclaimed that Lady Gaga was “suffering from severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform.” Shortly thereafter, Gaga tweeted that she was suffering from Fibromyalgia, an illness that I have been studying for 40 years. Around the same time, Netflix released the documentary film Gaga: Five Foot Two and reviews of the film mentioned that Gaga opens up about her “overwhelming pain”.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ETIENNE LAURENT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (10118808ed) Lady Gaga arrives for the 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, 24 February 2019. The Oscars are presented for outstanding individual or collective efforts in 24 categories in filmmaking. Arrivals – 91st Academy Awards, Los Angeles, USA – 24 Feb 2019

“I get so irritated with people who don’t believe fibromyalgia is real. For me, and I think for many others, it’s really a cyclone of anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, and panic disorder, all of which sends the nervous system into overdrive, and then you have nerve pain as a result,” Gaga mentioned.

She believes her fibromyalgia was triggered by being sexually assaulted when she was 19 and worsened by the physical and emotional pressures of fame and touring. Gaga said that her health is currently on an upswing. “It’s getting better every day, because now I have fantastic doctors who take care of me and are getting me show-ready,” she said.

The A Star Is Born actor said Vogue that the post-traumatic stress disorder she’s experienced since the sexual assault is ongoing. “It took years” for her to talk about first the assault, and then the PTSD.

The singer continued, explaining, “For me, with my mental health issues, half of the battle in the beginning was, I felt like I was lying to the world because I was feeling so much pain but nobody knew. So that’s why I came out and said that I have PTSD, because I don’t want to hide — any more than I already have to.”

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