Lady Gaga Discusses Fibromyalgia in Vogue Cover Story

Lady Gaga appears on the cover of the latest edition of Vogue Magazine and gives an interview about her upcoming film A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper. In the film, she plays a singer-songwriter discovered by Coopers booze-and-pill-addled country music star. It’s her first starring role in a feature film and it’s generating huge Oscar buzz.

But what interests us is her discussion of fibromyalgia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and anxiety. She went public with her diagnosis when she was forced to cancel part of her tour in February. She also shows herself going through a flare-up in her Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two.

In the Vogue piece she addresses the invisible nature of fibromyalgia directly:

“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. People need to be more compassionate. Chronic pain is no joke. And it’s every day waking up not knowing how you’re going to feel.”

Some more highlights:

  • Lady Gaga discusses her experience as a survivor of sexual assault, saying, “No one else knew. It was almost like I tried to erase it from my brain. And when it finally came out, it was like a big, ugly monster. And you have to face the monster to heal.”
  • She discusses the PTSD she suffered as a result of the assault, and her belief that it partially triggered her fibromyalgia.
  • “It’s getting better every day,” she says, “because now I have fantastic doctors who take care of me and are getting me show-ready.”

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  • Liz

    I’ve had it for 25 years – since it struck me at 41. It took 18 months to get a diagnosis from a consultant physician who was interested in Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia.
    This hideous illness has changed my personality as well as causing daily pain and fatigue. I have put on so much weight and had to resort to taking Xanax for the anxiety I’d never had before. I had four kids to care for. I had to cope somehow. I will be an addict for life – tried for a year to get off it with psychiatric guidance but in the end I just couldn’t stand the withdrawal any longer.
    As I get older I am more tired and need to lie on the bed and have naps more.
    The worst part is knowing that as things stand, this will be with me for life. I sometimes wish my life was over.

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