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Lady Gaga has confirmed for the first time that she suffers from fibromyalgia, a muscular condition that has left her in chronic pain.
In her new Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, the pop star is filmed receiving injections to treat severe muscle pain and on a tweet on Tuesday she said she was attempting to raise awareness of the debilitating condition.
This is the first time Gaga has publicly acknowledged the diagnosis, which can also cause fatigue and memory and mood issues, after previously only referring to her battle with “chronic pain”.
Last year, she shared a photo of her shoulder being treated by a doctor, just days before she was due to take to the stage at the American Music Awards.
“Having a frustrating day with chronic pain,” she captioned the image, “but I find myself feeling so blessed to have such strong intelligent female doctors.”
She later thanked fans for their outpouring of support, and shared a few of her personal remedies for the ailment on Instagram, explaining she uses an infrared sauna while wearing a thermal silver blanket, followed by a very cold ice bath whenever her body goes into spasm.
Gaga’s fibromyalgia revelation emerges four years after she had to cancel dates on her 2013 world tour. At the time, she was diagnosed with the condition synovitis, an inflammation of the joints, and a labral tear.
She subsequently revealed she had actually broken her hip and was facing a complete hip replacement if she didn’t heed doctors’ advice to axe her shows and undergo surgery.
The singer premiered Gaga: Five Foot Two at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, when she also performed, just days after having to cancel a concert in Montreal, Canada due to illness.
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