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Lady Gaga and life with fibromyalgia

Mari A. Schaefer, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Women

The one thing that can really irritate Lady Gaga is people not believing that the pain from her fibromyalgia is real.

"People need to be more compassionate," she told Vogue in an interview.

With a hit movie and soundtrack for "A Star Is Born" and the recent premiere of a two-year Las Vegas show, Enigma, it is hard to imagine that less than 18 months ago, Lady Gaga stepped away from a world tour to concentrate on her recovery from the chronic pain disorder.

The music star opened up about her condition in September 2017 just before the release of her documentary "Gaga: Five Foot Two."

"In our documentary the #chronicillness #chronicpain I deal w/ is #Fibromyalgia I wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it," she tweeted to fans.

The star attributes her illness to both physical and emotional issues including post-traumatic stress from a sexual assault at age 19 and breaking her hip in 2013.

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Fibromyalgia has existed for centuries, according to the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association. But, it has often been misunderstood by both patients and medical-care workers.

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association.

About 10 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 3 to 6 percent of the world's population suffer from the condition. While it can affect any age or race, about 75 to 90 percent of those with fibromyalgia are women, MedPageToday reported.

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