Published by Pain News Network

Recently a documentary was released on Netflix about Lady Gaga. A part of her story is that she has fibromyalgia.

I have not seen the film, but understand she devotes a little time to detailing and showing how she deals with chronic pain, both physicially and emotionally. Articles and posts abound in chronic pain social media about the film and Lady Gaga’s pain.

The odd thing is many of the writers start by complaining that people don’t understand their pain, why they have to take drugs, and why they can’t do many things that seem so easy to everyone else.
Then, strangely, they do exactly what they complain happens to them. They express doubts about Lady Gaga’s diagnosis, wonder if she is malingering, and say she can’t really have fibro because her level of suffering and disability is not the same as theirs.

It seems we in the chronic pain community want to have our cake and eat it, too. We want to have the discussion about chronic pain made public. We want awareness. But the awareness has to be exactly the way we want it or we don’t want it at all.