Going Gaga for Chronic Pain Awareness
In the News
When a massive artist is forced to cancel a show – let alone a tour, you might expect fans to flood social media to voice their frustration and anger. However, with the announcement of Lady Gaga’s European tour being canceled, Little Monsters, as her fans are affectionately called, everywhere are rallying in support of the pop star sensation.
Lady Gaga took to Twitter just after midnight September 16th to announce the cancellation of her tour. The press release stated, “She plans to spend the next seven weeks proactively working with her doctors to heal from this and past traumas that still affect her daily life, and result in severe pain in her body”.
Coincidentally, Gaga had been working on project for Netflix that highlights her battle with chronic pain titled 5 Foot 2. The film takes a behind the scene look on her life, and highlights what it is like for her to live with an invisible illness, in her case, fibromyalgia. The publicity of her chronic condition may have come as a surprise to casual fans, especially considering her on-stage acrobatics and high energy performances. Regardless, the combined publicity has prompted a well overdue national conversation regarding chronic pain and chronic illness.
Although fibromyalgia affects over 5 million Americans, it has yet to attain the widespread recognition or understanding of diseases like diabetes and arthritis. The root causes of fibromyalgia are still being researched, but can be linked to traumatic events, repetitive injuries, and certain illnesses. People living with fibromyalgia often experience muscle and joint pain, overall tenderness, headaches, and tingling of the hands and feet. Additionally, the condition is known to induce “fibro-fog”, a term commonly used to describe the cognitive difficulties experienced by someone living with fibromyalgia. 
Fibromyalgia is one of many invisible illnesses, others include Lupus, Lyme disease, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Although an individual may lack physical signs of their condition, they feel the very real symptoms and limitations of their disease each and every day. It is for this reason it can be especially difficult to live with a chronic condition. To friends and family, a person may be perceived as if they are being tired or lazy, while on the inside they are truly suffering in pain and all they can do is rest.
This is yet another reason to celebrate Gaga’s efforts in publicizing her condition through the raw medium of a documentary. It will not only raise awareness and understanding of chronic conditions, but also promote empathy and understanding among friends and family whose loved one is suffering.
Impacting the Whole Person
As mentioned above, these diseases can be especially complex. Many of the root causes are still unknown, and in many cases there are no cures. To make matters worse, these are not conditions that are physically apparent; you can’t lift a band aid or check an x-ray to see recovery progress. This makes living with a chronic condition difficult and impacts individuals not only physically, but emotionally, socially and spiritually. Learn more about A Healing Place – The Estates’ Whole Person Approach here.
Here at A Healing Place – The Estates, we understand the importance of managing chronic pain on each of these levels. We feature customized treatment plans that integrate traditional (biological) interventional pain management approaches with evidence based non-pharmacological and holistic methodologies. We address the psychological and emotional symptoms associated with chronic pain conditions, while providing social, cultural and spiritual growth. Patients are given transformational tools to establish effective chronic pain management strategies – resulting in hope, health and freedom from suffering.
To see how A Healing Place – The Estates can help you or a loved one achieve freedom from suffering, call our compassionate staff at 844-388-4100. We will work with you every step of the way.