Then, as a result of the assault, Gaga experienced post-traumatic stress disorder. However, she would later use the platform of celebrity to address this in an attempt to end the stigma around the condition. “The kindness that’s shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, it’s really saved my life,” she told Today in December 2016. “My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.”
And in 2017, just as her “Joanne” tour was getting into gear, Gaga disclosed that she had another long-term health problem. This was the chronic condition fibromyalgia, which causes deep-tissue muscle and joint pain in sufferers. “I wish to help raise awareness [and] connect people who have it,” Gaga said on Twitter on September 12, 2017.
Fibromyalgia is thought to affect 2 percent to 8 percent of individuals worldwide, with women being more likely to suffer from it than men. However, despite the serious and debilitating pain fibromyalgia causes, it is largely an “invisible” problem. In order to raise awareness, then, Gaga released a documentary on Netflix in September 2017, and Gaga: Five Foot Two chronicles her journey as she fights against the condition.