“I fought RA pain with my passion,” said Lady Gaga in the Spring 2017 issue of Arthritis magazine. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease with hallmark symptoms of inflammation and resulting pain. It is a disease process (like cancer or diabetes) where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own healthy joints. It is a relatively common disease-approximately 300,000 or 1 in 100 Canadians get it-and is often devastating to a person’s body if not treated properly. The disease process causes swelling and pain in and around joints and can affect the body’s organs, including the eyes, lungs, and heart. Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly affects the hands and feet. Other joints often affected include the elbows, shoulders, neck, jaw, ankles, knees, and hips. When moderate to severe, the disease reduces a person’s life span by as much as a dozen years. To learn more about the disease, please click here.
In 2013, Lady Gaga had to cancel part of the Born This Way Ball world tour to get surgery after suffering a massive joint tear and hip breakage. At the time, she thought the pain was the result of a labral tear and an inflammatory condition called synovitis. She told Women’s Wear Daily: “My injury was actually a lot worse than just a labral tear. I had broken my hip. Nobody knew, and I haven’t even told the fans yet.”
She further explained: “But when we got all the MRIs finished before I went to surgery, there were giant craters, a hole in my hip the size of a quarter, and the cartilage was just hanging out the other side of my hip. I had a tear on the inside of my joint and a huge breakage. The surgeon told me that if I had done another show, I might have needed a full hip replacement.”
Post-surgery, Gaga spent six-month recovering and worked on strengthening her mind and body, while working on her Fall 2013 album ARTPOP. True to her words “Hip pain can’t stop me!”, Lady Gaga jumped off the top of the arena and was propelled down to the main stage during this year’s Super Bowl Performance.
Thank you Lady Gaga for speaking out about your rheumatoid arthritis pain and inspiring others living with RA to follow their dreams!
The pop icon continues to live with chronic pain and keeps her fans updated via Instagram. Below are some posts on her Instagram chronicling her battle with chronic pain: