Fibromyalgia, also known as ‘fibro fog,’ is a disorder that magnifies the pain sensations in the patient’s body by affecting how the brain and spinal cord respond to pain and painless signals.
The condition is accompanied by mood and memory issues, fatigue, and altered sleep. According to researchers, Fibromyalgia in most cases affect women more than men.
The symptoms are mostly triggered by surgery, psychological stress, physical trauma, or infection.
In some cases, the symptoms will accumulate over time, and they do not need to be triggered by any event.
Since this condition can affect anyone, celebrities are no exception. Even with their money and resources for expensive and comprehensive treatments, they cannot do anything for themselves other than manage it like everyone else.
Different celebrities have come out and spoken about their Fibromyalgia condition.
Being a chronic and incurable disease with alterations in the functioning of the nervous system and the way the victim’s body process pain signals, you can agree with me that it is not very easy to speak out about it. It takes boldness and courage to come out.
Below is a comprehensive and detailed list of these celebrities who have dared to speak out openly about their Fibromyalgia condition.
With all her energy and steam on stage during her performances, no one could tell that she had this rheumatic condition.
Recently Gaga shocked her fans and many other people when she revealed in her documentary Gaga:
Five Foot Two that she had Fibromyalgia. I mean, with all that strength, who could ever think that. I have found it so hard to believe, and I know that I am not alone.
The primary symptoms of this disease are widespread pain, fatigue, sleep, and cognitive issues. She also wrote that she is living with so much pain on her Twitter handle, which she later identified as Fibromyalgia.
At one point, she wrote on her Instagram post that she is having a very bad day with chronic pain, but her female doctors give her strength.
Stefanie Germanotta’s’ Lady Gaga’ also wrote that she hopes to raise awareness and connect those struggling with the same condition. Through her honest posts on her social media platforms, you can witness that she is doing exactly that.
Watch her Netflix documentary released on 22nd September 2017. In this documentary, she revealed her condition but at the same time encouraged others who have the condition to be positive about it.
In the documentary, she said that her pain does no good unless she transforms it into something good.
She also wanted all those watching and struggling with the chronic disorder to feel encouraged and know that they are not alone.
This documentary is very relevant, especially to people struggling with this condition, as she encourages them and raises awareness.
The 80-year-old famous actor was in 2008 involved in a car crash which left him with several injuries, including shoulder damage, broken arm, and elbow.
In an interview with Esquire in 2012, he revealed that he still experiences unbearable pain, now lives with Fibromyalgia.
Due to the nerve damage, he has been spotted wearing on his left hand a compression glove to aid in blood flow as he cannot move the hand.
According to Healthline, Marijuana should be legalized across the world. You may be wondering what marijuana has to do with Fibromyalgia.
In an interview in 2015 with the Daily Beast, Morgan revealed that he uses marijuana to treat unbearable pain, and it has always worked for him.
That is why people should be allowed to use marijuana and, more especially, those who suffer from the same condition.
In 2007, the 78-year-old actress asked for a medical leave from The Bold and the Beautiful. This leave was because she suffered from the same stabbing pain as Morgan Freeman and Lady Gaga called Fibromyalgia.
Sinead O’ Connor
This Irish songwriter and singer left the industry in 2003 because she was battling this rheumatic condition called Fibromyalgia.
In an interview with Hotpress in 2005, she said that even though the disease is not curable, it is manageable, and with care and proper health practices, one can live a normal life.
In this interview, O’ Connor creates awareness and encourages others who are suffering from the same condition. Her high threshold to pain helps her a lot, but her major battle is with fatigue.
According to Sinead O’ Connor, knowing your limits and patterns will go a long way in managing the condition. She also advised that keeping life quiet and peaceful can help patients with Fibromyalgia deal with the stress.
In 2005 she returned to music and said she would continue doing what she loves but avoid stress and anything that can trigger the symptoms. Her life is an encouragement to all people struggling with this chronic disease.
Michael James Hastings
This is the second man we are encountering with Fibromyalgia, reminding us that the condition is more common in women than in men.
Hastings played the role of Captain Mike on the “The West Wing” and is well known for this. At the age of 35, he retired from being a school teacher after being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.
The excruciating pain led him to look for a part-time job, and that is when he relocated to Los Angeles and started acting.
Hastings said that he uses natural methods to treat the Fibro symptoms such as exercises, supplements, visiting the Chiropractor, acupuncture, and massage therapies.
In an interview with the Back Pain Relief website, he also said that he has also learned to accept that he can not always meet up with all his schedules or other people because maybe he has to rest.
Hastings’s story is also touching, and it is evident that he is also creating awareness and encouraging those with the condition.
From him, we can learn that the most important thing is accepting yourself, including what you can and can not do, and learning to live with that.
We have also learned that exercises, supplements, and massage therapies can also help reduce the pain associated with the disorder.
The renowned actress and comedian have, through her career, been open about her struggles with Fibromyalgia.
She has also been open about her emotional and mental issues resulting from anxiety, stress, and depression.
She has used her platform of acting and comedy to cope with the ugly experiences and unbearable pain.
Her life is an encouragement to many people, especially those who have Fibromyalgia. Most people have learned to cope with their struggles.
Instead of resigning from work because of the condition, you can continue your career as it is one the best ways to avoid being idle and feeling pity for yourself.
She has also used her platform as a public figure to create awareness and encourage others.
As seen earlier, sometimes Fibromyalgia symptoms may be triggered by physical or psychological trauma, and this Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is a good example of this scenario.
Kyle Richards started being sick and experiencing some very excruciating pain when her mother became sick with cancer and finally passed on.
When she went to the hospital, the doctors would tell her that she is just depressed because of her mother’s death, but she did not believe that was all.
Yes, she knew she was depressed, but she also knew there was something else asides from the depression.
Because of the “crazy symptoms,” as she described them in an episode of TLC’s The Healer, she went to her friend, who advised her to test for Fibromyalgia.
Kyle went to specialists in the fibro field who confirmed that she had the disease. The star has sought alternative methods of relieving her pain, and for this reason, she has worked with multiple specialists and doctors.
The 56-year-old star and actor for The Homecoming and The Waltons series has been very open about her struggles with Fibromyalgia, Sjogren’s syndrome, and lupus which often overlap.
She developed this condition after having very bad reactions to breast implants. So we can say that an event triggered her symptoms.
She is currently creating awareness and encouraging those battling the same condition as a public speaker, workshop leader, and author.
All her work is aimed at encouraging young women with esteem issues and those facing stigma challenges. As a public figure, she has dedicated herself to use her platform to create awareness.
Despite being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at a teenage, she continued acting as the condition did not stop her from pursuing her career.
Although after acting in the film “Three Sister,” she took a break from the acting industry to put her health first and learn how best to manage the symptoms. To cope with the condition, she tried many therapies like yoga, surfing, and meditation.
Langer, in an episode with Dr. Paul Christo on Aches and Gains Podcast, stated that there are different stages of learning that a patient goes through with Fibromyalgia.
The first level is where you feel alone because probably no one understands your pain or what you are going through.
The other level is where an individual now feels universal, where you understand that everyone has their issues and that, after all, you are not alone.
Speaking out is very important as people who are ashamed of their condition will be encouraged to accept themselves and live a normal life.
She understands that her body has a very fragile ecosystem and that she has to tend to it.
This means that she has accepted her condition and does not look at it as a weakness but a strength and that even with the condition, she considers herself normal.
The BBC Radio 4 show broadcaster announced in 2018 that she had Fibromyalgia, and for this reason, she took a break from her position.
She announced that due to her battle with Fibromyalgia, she would take some time off from “Desert Islands Discs” but hope to return after some months.
The English model on a television interview in 2008 announced she had been battling a mysterious illness for over a year and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a few months later.
She talked about how difficult it has been for her to continue her performance well because of the condition.
As model a model, you expect her to wear sexy and short dresses, but with her condition, it is difficult because, according to her, it does not feel comfortable to dress in such clothes.
In the interview, she is seen to be bold and courageous as she says she will not give up even though the going is tough.
Carrie Ann Inaba
She is known as a judge on “Dancing with the Stars” and a co-host on ” The Talk.” The celebrity came out about her condition and revealed that she is battling multiple conditions, including Spinal stenosis, Sjogren syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Fibromyalgia.
As a choreographer and a dancer, it became very hard for her, and her health conditions made her move from being active to inactive.
She also heightened how shameful she feels about her unseen condition and that she knows she is not as healthy as the world perceives her.
She is shameful because people see what is not true about her, and she wants to be the exact person people see.
Although she feels ashamed of her condition, she knows she does not have to and uses her platform to encourage everyone living with the condition.
If you have been keen enough, you notice that Morgan Freeman and Michael James Hastings are the only men on this list because the condition is common to women than the men, even though it can affect anyone.
We hope that more celebrities will in the future come out and speak out about this order as their platform provides a rather good opportunity to raise awareness and even contribute towards research to better treatments in the hope that one beautiful day a potential cure will be found.
Through speaking out, celebrities go a long way to reduce stigma and better understand the disease because many people today struggle with the condition.