Lady Gaga shares her struggles with chronic pain in a new documentary

Carla Harmon
September 19, 2017

Backstage looks at celebrities are fraught with peril - especially one as aware of the image she creates and projects as Lady Gaga. But for a public figure, little is known about the Italian girl from New York City. That's why a feature-length Netflix documentary devoted to a year in her life, "Gaga: Five Foot Two", never quite feels as spontaneous or illuminating as the access would suggest, unless you're totally gaga about Gaga.

Gaga was basically making short films with her epic-length music videos, but she has slowly transitioned into the film and television world over the years.

Gaga's struggle with fibromyalgia has garnered attention in recent weeks as she postponed stops on her Joanne world tour on doctor's orders.

I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles. On September 18, the Grammy victor had to cancel the European leg of her tour because of severe pain caused by fibromyalgia. If you knew me, you would know this couldn't be further from the truth.

Lady Gaga needs all the thoughts and prayers from fans that she can get these days. "I love you so much". "She remains under the care of expert medical professionals who recommended the postponement". "It is complicated and hard to explain, and we are trying to figure it out".

"Brazil, I'm devastated that I'm not well enough to come to Rock In Rio", Gaga wrote in the caption of an Instagram photo showing an IV needle in her arm.

"Gaga: Five Foot Two" will be available on Netflix this coming Friday (September 22).

Her promoters Live Nation said the agony she was experiencing had "impacted her ability to perform".

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