Lady Gaga Reveals Chronic Pain Struggle
Lady Gaga might be a bonafide multi-millionaire and celebrity, but she’s no different from the millions of Americans struggling with chronic pain.
The 30-year-old singer recently took to Instagram to reveal her ongoing battle with chronic pain. She posted a photo of someone touching her shoulder with a rubber-gloved hand and wrote, “Having a frustrating day with chronic pain, but I find myself feeling so blessed to have such strong, intelligent female doctors.”
After receiving an outpouring of messages and support from her fans, many of whom shared their own struggles with chronic pain, she created another Instagram post listing some of her favorite alternative remedies for minimizing her pain symptoms. While medical experts applauded her for creating a conversation, they also noted most of her preferred remedies are experimental at best (including silver emergency blankets and an infrared sauna) and that visiting a doctor is essential. Gaga also echoed that sentiment in her post.
“An assessment or evaluation is so important,” said David N. Maine, M.D., director of The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Hospital in Baltimore, to SELF. “We have medications, therapies, surgical approaches…typically it’s a multi-modal approach that creates the best care plan for a patient.”
Gaga was forced to cancel her Born This Way Ball tour in 2013 and underwent hip surgery that February, but admitted turning to marijuana in a bid to reduce her symptoms. At the height of her addiction, she smoked 20 joints per day. The singer credited Elton John telling her she needed to change her behavior with dramatically reducing her pot use.
“He got me on the straight and narrow. He was telling me: ‘Gaga, you’re smoking too much.’ He saved me,” she said to radio station Z100 in November 2014. “I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely, and looking back, I do see now that some of it had to do with my hip pain…I didn’t know where the pain was coming from so I was just in a lot of pain and very depressed all the time and not really sure why.”