Fibromyalgia is one of many diseases that are not understood. Symptoms include general muscle pain, fatigue and problems with thinking and concentrating, as well as memory problems (also known as cognitive fog). About 5 million American adults suffer from fibromyalgia, according to scientific estimates. The Fibromyalgia is often accompanied by other diseases that cause chronic pain. The diagnosis is based on symptoms and is given after eliminating other diseases that have similar symptoms. Treatment usually involves medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes .
Of the millions of fibromyalgia patients , there are celebrities who have spoken publicly about their disease. These courageous celebrities shared their feelings about this disease – and it’s a daily struggle. Some of them even had to put their careers on hold because the symptoms were unsustainable.
Here are 5 celebrities who spoke publicly about their fibromyalgia :
Jo Guest is a former British model whose career has been affected by fibromyalgia. As is often the case, the doctors did not immediately find Jo’s problem. She said during an interview on This Morning’s set :
When you come out of the hospital and you’re told that everything is fine, you should be happy, but I do not want to be told that everything is fine – I just want to be told what’s wrong with me.
Jo’s symptoms were so important that she had to stop working. In 2008, the diagnosis was confirmed – the mysterious disease was actually fibromyalgia .
AJ Langer, known for her role as Rayanne Graff in the TV series “Angela, 15,” began to experience the symptoms during her childhood. The pain made him choose the cinema rather than the sport. Her mother was also diagnosed with the disease, but the doctors did not think that Allison was suffering from the same illness.
The actress told Lifescript :
The doctors thought I was inventing the pain. During a visit, I heard a doctor tell my mother that I was pretending. My symptoms got the better of me, and I lived a full year with pain, fevers and stomach problems. It was then that I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia .
In 2003, Sinead O’Connor took a break, partly because of her fibromyalgia. Two years later, she surprised all her fans with her comeback.
Sinead told HOTPRESS :
Fibromyalgia is not curable. But she is manageable. I have a high pain threshold, which helps me – but it’s the fatigue aspect that gives me the most pain. You get to know your limits, however, so you can work and plan your day. The condition is obviously worsened by stress. So you must try to lead a calm and peaceful life.
Morgan Freeman began to feel the symptoms of fibromyalgia after a car accident. Although he has had to give up some passions, such as boating and riding because of illness, he still has a positive outlook. He told Esquire :
I have to move on, to other conceptions of myself. I play golf. I am still working. And I’m satisfied just by walking on the ground.
Lady Gaga has been suffering from fibromyalgia for years and has decided to reveal it only recently :
In our documentary the #chronicillness #chronicpain I deal w/ is #FibromyalgiaI wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it.
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The singer is one of the celebrities who has had the courage to speak openly about this painful disease. We hope that their efforts will give voice to other people who suffer from the same disease and that it will allow people to have another look at fibromyalgia .