Lady Gaga is suffering from a disease called fibromyalgia, which makes her have to cancel a number of shows and tours. She claimed to have fought for the last five years to recover. What exactly is fibromyalgia?
Patients with this disease will experience prolonged pain in some parts or the whole body. In addition to pain, other symptoms are increased patient sensitivity to pain.
Reported by the NHS page, fibromyalgia patients generally also experience fatigue more than usual, some have stiff muscles, as well as headaches and insomnia.
Other symptoms are irritable bowel syndrome, difficulty remembering and concentrating. The condition of the pain they experience, the level is much more severe than in normal people.
“The pain and problems in fibromyalgia are generally worse than other chronic pain conditions,” said professor from the University of Michigan, Dr. Daniel Clauw, quoted by WebMD.
This condition obviously makes it difficult for patients to undergo a variety of their daily activities, because the body will weaken and limited in doing activities.
Fibromyalgia certainly becomes a barrier to work and live a normal life, said Director of the Center for Integrative Pain Neuroimaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Marco Loggia.
Although the number of people with this disease is not much, the number of sufferers is about four percent of the world’s population and mostly experienced by women, but must be addressed seriously.
Moreover, the cause until now still not known, some experts mention that there are trigger factors such as traumatic and exposure to injuries that repeatedly occur.
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases even claimed that this disease could not be totally cured. Treatment therapies that can be done such as therapy with pain relievers and antidepressant drugs, counseling therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, changing lifestyle and doing light exercise.