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Lady Gaga has always been very open about her struggles. With millions of devoted fans world-wide, they know a lot about her and she seems to be comfortable with that. She’s noted that if talking (and singing) about what she’s been through encourages her fans to find strength in any way, she’s doing her job. In her new Netflix documentary, Gaga takes that a step further. Fans will not only hear the singer talk about her struggles, but they’ll have the most intimate view imaginable.

There’s very little being held back in Gaga: Five Foot Two. It covers every aspect of her life and since the Lady wasn’t in on any of the editing, she didn’t even know what the director, Chris Moukarbel, had included or even filmed until she saw it. Some of the most revealing scenes are the ones where Gaga is seen coping with and being treated for her chronic pain from fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia‘s most common symptoms are intense muscle/soft tissue pain and exhaustion–not ideally suited to a life of performance (or any life really). Naturally, complications arise from being in pain all the time and fibromyalgia can also cause sleep disorders, IBS and chronic headaches. Though it only affects two to five per cent of the population, Gaga is trying to raise awareness for the condition.

This isn’t the first time she’s talked about her chronic pain either. Last year Gaga posted an inspiring message on Instagram about the love and support she felt from the people around her while she is dealing with more intense symptoms. After an overwhelmingly positive response from fans (many who also deal with chronic pain) she also shared some of her tricks for dealing with it on a daily basis.

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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After the hectic schedule Gaga has had of late, she also announced at the Toronto Film Festival that she will be ‘taking a rest’ from music for a little while to recouperate from the stress she’s been putting herself under.

‘It doesn’t mean I won’t be creating. It doesn’t mean I don’t have some things up my sleeve,’ she said, ‘[I need to] slow down for a moment, for some healing. Because that’s important.’

Even the trailer shows a Gaga we’ve never seen before. Not owning a stage in six-inch heels, but being treated for pain.

Gaga: Five Foot Two will be available on Netflix on September 22.

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