Here’s Why Lady Gaga Is in the Hospital in ‘Severe Physical Pain’

Lady Gaga has canceled a performance that was scheduled to take place at the Rock in Rio music festival in Brazil on Friday, as she has been hospitalized and is in severe pain.

“Brazil, I’m devastated that I’m not well enough 2 come to Rock In Rio,” she wrote on Twitter today. “I would do anything 4 u but I have to take care of my body right now. I ask for your grace and understanding, and promise that I will come back and perform for you soon.”

In another tweet, Gaga said that she was taken to the hospital and is in “good hands w/ the very best doctors.” On Instagram, she posted a picture of herself in a hospital bed.

Gaga recently revealed that she suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition that is characterized by chronic pain and fatigue. There’s a lot about the condition that remains unknown, but according to Mayo Clinic, researchers believe that it affects the way a person’s brain processes pain signals, therefore making the pain more intense.

There is no cure for fibromyalgia, though medications can be prescribed. Those with fibromyalgia have a normal life expectancy, and the condition does not actually damage tissue. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, about five million Americans have fibromyalgia; between 80 and 90 percent of them are women.

Last year, Lady Gaga opened up about what life with chronic pain is like on Instagram, saying that she makes use of an infrared sauna when her body is going into a spasm. She also said that she wraps herself in an emergency blanket and follows this with a very cold ice bath. After first putting up an Instagram post saying that she was having a frustrating day with chronic pain, she said that she was “so overwhelmed by the empathy, confessions & personal stories of chronic pain in response to my previous post.”

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! 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! 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. 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.

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Gaga says that her upcoming Netflix documentary Five Foot Two will show what it’s like to live with fibromyalgia.

“In our documentary the #chronicillness #chronicpain I deal w/ is #Fibromyalgia I wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it,” she said on Twitter.

Gaga also revealed last year that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I suffer from a mental illness — I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone that before, so here we are,” she said on Today. “But the kindness that’s been shown to me by doctors — as well as my family and my friends — it’s really saved my life. I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.”