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Lady Gaga Cancels Tour Due to Fibromyalgia Pain

By: CSCS

In September of 2017 Lady Gaga announced on Twitter that she suffers from fibromyalgia, which causes her chronic pain. This week she announced that she must now cancel the remainder of her world tour due to the recent severity of her pain and struggles with pain management. Fibromyalgia is a disorder that we see in a number of our clients. The Mayo Clinic defines fibromyalgia as a “disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues.” It is also believed that the disorder amplifies pain by affecting the way our brains process pain signals. Fibromyalgia can be triggered by traumatic injuries, such as those often experienced in serious car crashes, or it can slowly present over time without a triggering event.

This disorder is often misdiagnosed at first or can even be overlooked for years. It is commonly referred to as an invisible disease because there are no objective symptoms, such as the way we can see a broken bone on an x-ray or tonsillitis through swollen tonsils. Fibromyalgia produces no objective symptoms, and it can only be understood through the descriptions of the patient.

In some of our cases where clients have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia as a result of traumatic injuries, defense attorneys may try to cast doubt on this diagnosis in hopes that the lack of test results, scans, or blood work may make this disorder appear fake. However, when your brain receives the signal that you are in pain, regardless of the lack of or misunderstanding of the stimuli, you feel pain because that is exactly what your brain is telling you. Patients who struggle with this disorder often face a lifetime of medication with unpleasant side-effects or worse steroid of nerve block injections, which can be painful to undergo. In these personal injury cases, the client’s treating doctor often helps to explain the science behind the disorder and can illuminate for the jury the chronic struggles the client may face on a day-to-day basis.

Lady Gaga is helping to shine light on this disorder to bring a greater understanding of its chronic nature, symptoms, and potential severity. Watch her documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which is available on Netflix, to learn more, and please contact our firm if you have any questions if you think you may have a personal injury case and have questions regarding a potential fibromyalgia issue.