Filming her documentary, Lady Gaga is sharing much about her personal life from personal struggles to professional triumphs. Among her most poignant moments in Gaga: Five Foot Two, the singer admits that the rumor of her fibromyalgia is true and that she’s one of the millions afflicted by this oftentimes debilitating disease.
Lady Gaga Draws Attention To Fibromyalgia
The confession wasn’t just a personal moment meant to make Lady Gaga seem more human and relatable to her fans. The pop star wanted to open up about her experience with the illness, because she hopes to draw attention to it and eliminate the stigma surrounding a disease that isn’t easily observable in others.
“In our documentary the #chronicillness #chronicpain I deal w/ is #Fibromyalgia I wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it,” Gaga tweeted in support of the documentary’s scene.
As the millions experiencing fibromyalgia can attest, this illness is marked by widespread muscle pain and discomfort. In addition to muscle tenderness, fibromyalgia patients also experience sleep issues, memory loss, and mood swings.
Lady Gaga Previously Hinted At Her Struggles With Fibromyalgia
The Gaga: Five Foot Two documentary is the first time that the pop singer names her condition, but it’s not the first time she has shared her struggles with chronic pain. Earlier this month, Lady Gaga (born as Stefani Germanotta) shared a picture of herself being treated for her pain. The picture shows her laying on a hospital gurney with gloved hands working on her shoulder.
“Having a frustrating day with chronic pain, but I find myself feeling so blessed to have such strong intelligent female doctors,” Lady Gaga captioned the image.
Following the hospital visit, the singer returned to her social media accounts to thank her fans for the overwhelming support they offered, during the episode. Attempting to draw something positive from her chronic pain experiences, Lady Gaga has even shared some of her most helpful home remedies.
A few years earlier, in 2013, the singer canceled tour dates to have surgery on her hip. Gaga: Five Foot Two also sheds new light on that injury.
Now that Gaga has shared her fibromyalgia diagnosis, past such episodes begin to make more sense to fans who have been concerned by the singer’s behavior. The documentary covers several incidents in which Lady Gaga is seen getting treatment for her chronic pain, which spreads throughout the entire right side of her body. At one point, the singer is compelled to stop performing. Taking a break, she has several people massaging her and applying ice packs.
“Do I look pathetic?” asks the singer in her Gaga: Five Foot Two documentary, as she cries. “I’m so embarrassed.”