Lady Gaga Opens Up About Her Struggle With Chronic Pain
Lady Gaga is well known for her unconventional approach to singing, fashion and just about everything else.
So it’s not altogether surprising that the 30-year old entertainer has some unusual remedies for chronic pain — including infrared saunas, ice baths, emergency blankets and frozen peas.
Lady Gaga recently shared on Instagram details about her “frustrating” battle with chronic pain, along with two photos of herself getting treatment.
The first photo, posted Thursday, shows a hand apparently massaging Lady Gaga’s shoulder, along with a caption.
“Having a frustrating day with chronic pain, but I find myself feeling so blessed to have such strong intelligent female doctors. I think about Joanne too and her strength and the day gets a little easier,” she wrote.
“Joanne” is Lady Gaga’s aunt – who died from lupus at the age of 19 before the singer was even born. Although they never met, Lady Gaga has always felt a connection to her late aunt, who was the inspiration for her newest album.
After an outpouring of support from her Instagram followers, Lady Gaga posted another photo of herself on Friday, showing the singer sitting in a sauna wrapped in an emergency blanket. It’s a remedy she uses to relieve pain and inflammation.
“I was so overwhelmed by the empathy, confessions & personal stories of chronic pain in response to my previous post I thought what the hell. Maybe I should just share some of my personal remedies I’ve acquired over the past five years. Everyone’s body and condition is different U should consult w ure Dr. but what the heck here we go!” she wrote.
“When my body goes into a spasm one thing I find really helps is infrared sauna. I’ve invested in one. They come in a large box form as well as a low coffin-like form and even some like electric blankets! You can also look around your community for a infrared sauna parlor or homeopathic center that has one.
“I combine this treatment with marley silver emergency blankets (seen in the photo) that trap in the heat and are very cheap, reusable and effective for detox as well as weight loss!”
Lady Gaga likes to alternate between hot and cold therapy.
“In order to not overheat my system and cause more inflammation i follow this with either a VERY cold bath, ice bath (if u can stand it, it’s worth it) or the most environmentally savvy way is to keep many reusable cold packs in the freezer ( or frozen peas’ n carrots’!) and pack them around the body in all areas of pain,” she wrote.
Lady Gaga reportedly suffers from synovitis, a painful inflammation of the joints, that apparently stems from a hip injury she suffered during a concert. The pain grew was so bad she was unable to walk at times.
After years of hiding her chronic pain from fans and even her own staff, Lady Gaga had surgery in 2013 to repair the injured hip and missed several concerts as a result.
She’s now one of the few celebrities to speak openly about her experience with chronic pain.
“Hope this helps some of you, it helps me to keep doing my passion, job and the things I love even on days when I feel like I can’t get out of bed. Love you and thank you for all your positive messages,” she wrote on Instagram.