Lady Gaga, the queen of the Super Bowl and the conqueror of the Twitter trolls who have embarrassed the body, has been outspoken about her health issues in the past. In November, she Instagramed on Infrared Saunas, a pain relief method she swears by, but didn’t get too specific about exactly what was behind the chronic pain she was dealing with. A few years ago, she even shared that she had to stop due to a hip injury, according to an interview she did with Women’s Wear Daily .
Now, the star is revealing for the first time in an interview with Arthritis magazine that the source of her health problems is actually rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Although the full article doesn’t appear online, the cover quotes her as saying, “Hip pain can’t stop me!” and “I fought RA pain with my passion.” Inspiring, right?
I was so overwhelmed by empathy, confessions, and personal stories of chronic pain in response to my previous post, I thought what the hell. Maybe I should share some of my personal remedies that I have acquired in the last five years. Each person’s body and condition is different. You must consult with Dr., but what the hell are we going! When my body spasms, one thing I find really helpful is the infrared sauna. I have invested in one. They come in a big box shape as well as a low coffin shape and even some as electric blankets! You can also search your community for an infrared sauna room or a homeopathic center that has one. I combine this treatment with the marley silver emergency blankets (seen in the photo) that trap in the heat and are very cheap, Reusable and effective for detoxification and weight loss. In order not to overheat my system and cause more inflammation, I follow this with a VERY cold bath, an ice bath (if you can handle it, it’s worth it) or the most environmentally friendly way is to keep plenty of reusable cold packs in the freezer. (Or frozen ‘n carrots’ peas!) And wrap them around the body in all areas of pain. I hope this helps some of you, helps me continue to do my passion, my job, and the things I love even on the days when I feel like I can’t get out of bed. I love you and thank you for all your positive messages. I hope this helps some of you, helps me continue to do my passion, my job, and the things I love even on the days when I feel like I can’t get out of bed. I love you and thank you for all your positive messages. I hope this helps some of you, helps me keep doing my passion, my job, and the things I love even on the days when I feel like I can’t get out of bed. I love you and thank you for all your positive messages.
If you’re not familiar, RA disease causes your immune system to attack your own body’s tissue, according to the Mayo Clinic. As of now, it looks like genetics may play a role in some cases, but beyond that, the specific causes of RA are not known. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also notes that new cases of the disease are two to three times more prevalent in women than in men, making it especially important for women to be aware of the disease and its signs. (FYI, here’s why autoimmune diseases are on the rise.)
The symptoms of RA and other autoimmune diseases can be tough to spot, so it’s important to be informed. When they start to feel sick, “people think they ate something wrong or they have a virus or they’re exercising too hard,” rheumatologist Scott Baumgartner, MD, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Washington in Spokane, told us in The Symptoms You Should Never Ignore . For RA, the main thing to watch out for is stiffness and soreness in more than one joint, especially both hands and feet when you first wake up and at night.
Given that not many celebrities who have spoken about autoimmune diseases other than Selena Gomez, who spoke about his experience with lupus, fans of Gaga who are also dealing with this group of diseases are understandably excited that she is throwing light on this. One tweeted: “Thank you very much for telling your story. I have osteo and psoriatic arthritis. You are a true angel! ”
It seems like we can always count on Gaga to talk about the things that matter most to her, including her health, which is one of the many reasons we love her. (PS: Do you remember the time she closed Piers Morgan about the rape? Yes, that was pretty amazing, too.)