What Lady Gaga is Teaching Us About Chronic Pain

September 22, 2017 • Shai Gozani

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Lady Gaga

She’s sold millions of records, won Grammys and performed at the Super Bowl, but amidst all this success, Lady Gaga has been living with chronic pain – and is one of the millions of Americans suffering daily with complications from an “invisible illness.”

Today, her documentary, “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” started streaming on Netflix, and features the pop star’s struggles with fibromyalgia, which she was diagnosed with in 2013. She recently shared her hope that with the release of the documentary, she’ll raise greater awareness for the disease and help to connect the community of those living with fibromyalgia.

This pain has caused Lady Gaga to postpone the European leg of her world tour. Her fan base has been largely supportive of her decision – sharing messages of sympathy and encouragement with the singer on social media – but, as is the case for many living with chronic pain, she has also been met with skepticism.

Gaga’s documentary shines an important light on the struggle that those living with chronic pain, particularly fibromyalgia, face every day. Because a definitive diagnosis is difficult to reach, and the disease is challenging for others to understand, fibromyalgia is sometimes assumed to be psychosomatic. Having a public figure come forward to share their journey with pain — the fear, struggling, and emotional and physical toll that comes with it — is incredibly powerful for the chronic pain community. Her personal story validates what many do not understand about chronic pain conditions, and shows how important it is to take care of yourself and explore treatment options.

At NeuroMetrix, we are committed to helping those living with chronic pain find greater relief through technology, while also giving a voice to those who are unheard. Quell has helped thousands of those suffering with chronic pain find much-needed relief. Read #LivingQuell Stories to learn how Quell has helped with chronic pain here.


About The Author
Shai Gozani
Shai Gozani

Dr. Gozani currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors and President and Chief Executive Officer of NeuroMetrix, Inc. NeuroMetrix is a commercial stage, innovation driven healthcare company combining bioelectrical and digital medicine to address chronic health conditions including chronic pain, sleep disorders, and diabetes. The company’s lead product is Quell, an over-the-counter wearable therapeutic device for chronic pain. The company is located in Waltham, Massachusetts and was founded as a spinoff from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1996.


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