Lady Gaga Discusses Fibromyalgia in Vogue Cover Story


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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