I was recently watching Lady Gaga’s ‘Five Foot Two’ Netflix documentary and was just blown away.
First of all, this woman truly is gifted as an artist, she’s not just theatrics (which was my first impression of her). Second of all, she has been living with and touring with a severely debilitating disease that causes acute physical pain. And despite this suffering, she continues to show up and perform for her fans.
In this article, we will discuss the causes and symptoms of fibromyalgia and how Lady Gaga reveals her story about the disease and how she aims to raise awareness in public.
Lady Gaga Reveals What It’s Like to Live with Fibromyalgia
In recent news, Lady Gaga shared that she is suffering from chronic body pains via fibromyalgia. The pop star has also been transparent by tweeting her experiences in an effort to bring awareness and hope to others.
Despite her illness, she shares her hope to live healthily and raise the awareness of fibromyalgia in other people.
It is also seen that people suffering from fibromyalgia have to suffer from pain and endure it for many years since the disease is not easy to be diagnosed.
There are no specially designed diagnostic tests for the disease and even on the scans at initial years of disease; there is nothing considerable in the evaluations. When everything else is ruled out it is frequently a last-minute identification.
As reported by Lady Gaga, exercise is the best thing in the long-term treatment of this condition at the same time people with intense pain cannot even perform their exercise and they have to take for long hours.
The documentary also shows that she has massage therapists that specialize in this kind of condition as well.
The Dark Side: She reports she has used hundreds of painkillers and gels.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome which is characterized by unknown pain in all parts of the body. The disease affects soft tissues and muscles of the body. Fibromyalgia can cause muscle fatigue and stiffness, sensitivity to pain and other body aches.
The disease is characterized by frequent mood swings, extreme fatigue, and stiffness of muscles and joints.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by pain in the body along with muscle stiffness.
The patients suffering from fibromyalgia often report difficulty in sleeping pattern, short-term memory loss, problems in concentration, disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome etc.
According to the latest research in the field of health and medicines, the disease results in changes in the chemical balance of the brain. It can also be inherited from affected parents.
There are certain conditions which trigger fibromyalgia such as stress, anxiety, acute depression or physical injury. People of all age groups are likely to get this disease but women are affected more as compared to men.
The disease is not easy to be diagnosed, in the initial years the disease keeps on intensifying unless the patients develop acute pains and muscle stiffness.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
The typical symptoms of fibromyalgia are mentioned below:
- Intense pain in body which may be generalized
- Stiffness of jaws and joints
- Pain in facial muscles and fibrous tissues
- Headaches and migraines
- Irregular pattern of sleep and difficulty in sleeping
- Menstrual cramps and painful menstruation
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Numbness and tingling sensation in hands and feet.
- Increased sensitivity to light and temperature fluctuations
- Body fatigue even on slight exertion.
- Vision-related problems such as blurred vision, hearing problems like ear tinnitus
- Nausea and dizziness
- Weight gain and problems in urination
- Skin rash and irritation of skin
- Anxiety and depression
- Problems in breathing, pain in ribs and chest
Causes of Fibromyalgia
There are a lot of factors which trigger fibromyalgia. Some of the key reasons for fibromyalgia include:
- When you are hurt emotionally or either physically, the brain is the first organ of the body to know it. From the problem spots, nerve signals travel on your body via central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). As the nerve signals reach the brain, pain is felt. The pain gets better with time as the process of healing takes place. In a condition like fibromyalgia, the pain stays even after a lot of time.
- The disease is often inherited from parents as it can affect genes.
- Emotional disturbances are among key causes of this disease.
- Diseases of joints particularly arthritis can trigger this disease
- People who have ever faced child abuse in their childhood are at increased risk of developing this disease. The abuse alters the chemical balance and changes the way brain deals with pain.
- People with accident or trauma can also develop this disease.
- The disease is more common in people who aren’t active physically. It is important to stay physically active as exercise reduces the likelihood of getting this disease.
Treatment of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia can be treated by finding some ways to relax body and mind. The more you keep your body and mind relaxed you can get over the symptoms fast. The options of treatment include changes in lifestyle, proper counseling and pain relieving medicines.
The disease is difficult to diagnose since there is no specific test for it. Patients with fibromyalgia suffer from pain in one or certain parts of the body. Contact your healthcare provider if you encounter two or more symptoms together as mentioned above.
Chris Alan is a freelance writer, experienced blogger, and a coach. Currently, he’s working with www.slimmingpillsinfo.co.uk which provides weight loss solutions.