Morgan Freeman And Other Celebrities With Fibromyalgia Speak Courageously About Their IllnessMalik Qasir
Fibromyalgia is one of the many diseases that remain misunderstood. Its symptoms include generalized muscle pain, fatigue and problems with thinking and concentrating, as well as memory problems (also called “cognitive fog”). About 5 million American adults suffer from fibromyalgia, according to scientific estimates. Fibromyalgia is often accompanied by other illnesses that cause chronic pain. The diagnosis is based on symptoms and is made after eliminating other diseases that have similar symptoms. Treatment usually involves medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes.
Among the millions of fibromyalgia patients are celebrities who have spoken publicly about their illness. These brave celebrities shared their feelings about this disease – and it is a daily struggle. Some of them even had to put their careers on hold because the symptoms were unbearable.
Here are 5 celebrities who have spoken publicly about their fibromyalgia:
Jo Guest is a former British model whose career has been affected by fibromyalgia. As is often the case, the doctors did not immediately find Jo’s problem. She said during an interview on the set of This Morning:
When you get out of the hospital and you are told that everything is fine, you should be happy, but I don’t want to be told that everything is fine – I just want to be told what’s wrong with me.
Jo’s symptoms were so severe that she had to stop working. In 2008, the diagnosis was confirmed – the mysterious disease was actually fibromyalgia.
AJ Langer, known for her role as Rayanne Graff in the TV series “Angela, 15,” began to experience symptoms during her childhood. The pain made him choose the cinema rather than the sport. Her mom also suffered, but the doctors didn’t think Allison had the same illness.
The actress told Lifescript :
The doctors thought I was making up the pain. During a visit, I heard a doctor tell my mother that I was pretending. My symptoms got the better of me, and I lived a full year with pain, fever, and stomach problems. That’s when we were finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
In 2003 Sinead O’Connor took a career break in part due to her fibromyalgia. Two years later, she surprised all her fans with her comeback.
Sinead told HOTPRESS :
Fibromyalgia is not curable. But it is manageable. I have a high pain threshold, which helps me – but it is the fatigue aspect that gives me the most pain. You get to know your limits, though, so you can work and plan your day accordingly. The state is obviously made worse by stress. So you should try to lead a calm and peaceful life.
Morgan Freeman started experiencing fibromyalgia symptoms after a car accident. Even if he had to give up certain passions, such as sailing and horse riding because of the illness, he still keeps a positive vision. He told Esquire:
I have to move on to other things, to other conceptions of myself. I play golf. Still working. Satisfied just by walking on the ground.
Iady Gaga has had fibromyalgia for years and only recently decided to reveal it:
The singer is one of the celebrities who has had the courage to speak out about this painful disease. We hope that their efforts will give voice to other people who suffer from the same disease and that this will allow people to have another look at fibromyalgia.