Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia: Celebrities who Suffer with the Silent Illness

Celebrities with Fibromyalgia

When a person states that they have fibromyalgia, most people do not think about the everyday pain in which the person is dealing with. Fibromyalgia can often lead to bouts of depression, as the person feels as though their life is over.

The pain and tiredness that they feel may make them believe that they can no longer do those things that they once did. However, that is not true and we can see this in everyday life! Consider this fact: around one in every 20 people that you meet has fibromyalgia!

There are several celebrities who suffer with fibromyalgia, and they are not letting this stop them from having the career and the life that they want.

This can give normal people some form of hope. They are going to find that they can also have a normal life.  A life that is full of physical activity, or whatever it is that they want out of life!

Morgan Freeman fibromyalgia

Morgan Freeman: Speaks Out About the Disease

Morgan Freeman known for his voice over jobs, along with numerous acting roles, is one celebrity that suffers with fibromyalgia. Mr. Freeman was in a car accident several years ago that was very severe.

However, this seemed to be the catapult for his development of fibromyalgia. When being interviewed by a magazine, the writer noticed that Freeman would often grab his shoulder and wince in pain.

However, this was not a light pain, as the author noted that he would stumble and seemed to be in excruciating pain. The amazing thing: Morgan Freeman never gave into the pain. He simply said that it was the fibromyalgia acting up with the pain shooting up and down his left arm.

Freeman did go on to state that the pain has made it difficult to do some of the things that he once did. For example, he does not feel comfortable in taking his boat out on his own anymore, as he never knows when the pain may start to flare up.

However, for the most part, Freeman does not seem to be letting this stop him as he is still performing and doing what he loves as a career.

Janeane Garofalo fibromyalgia

Janeane Garoflao: Still Laughing

Known for her earlier years on Saturday Night Life, Garoflao is known as a stand-up comedienne who is also known for her social activism and creativity.

She is also one of those celebrities who is progressive in her line of thinking and has been outspoken on the wars in Iraq, and is often considered a feminist.

She announced that she has struggled with fibromyalgia, along with the mental issues associated with this issue such as depression and anxiety. Most of those who have fibromyalgia, know that these two illnesses go hand in hand with fibromyalgia.

Despite having to deal with fibromyalgia on a daily basis, Garoflao is still speaking out about what is important to her and still making people laugh. Another prime example showcasing that fibromyalgia does not have to be the ruler of your life!

Michael James Hastings fibromyalgia

Michael James Hastings: Retirement then Acting

Do you live the TV series “The West Wing”? If so, you are not alone! But, did you know that “Captain Mike” on the series, played by Michael James Hastings, has fibromyalgia?

Hastings started his career as a school teacher, but had to give this up due to his fibromyalgia! He started to work as an extra in the Hollywood in order to make some money, and was then cast as Captain Mike.

Once Hastings left the series, he started to become a fibromyalgia advocate to help raise awareness of this disease and find a cure, or at least find a way for people to deal more easily with this within their daily lives!

Sinead O’Conor: A Realist

Dealing with pain for several years of her life, once she realized and was confirmed to suffer from fibromyalgia, she took a break from her work.

However, once she had become accustomed to what this illness brings with it, she returned to the stage.

Sinead is of the belief that fibromyalgia may not have a cure, but it can be managed with success via various different techniques.

Her realistic attitude towards fibromyalgia, is what makes her a champion of this illness.

Rosie Hamlin fibromyalgia

Rosie Hamlin: Outspoken on the Illness

Rosie Hamlin had a very promising musical career. However, once she realized that fibromyalgia was the cause of her pain and suffering, she took a step back from the spotlight.

However, this did not stop her from using her career as a way to bring this illness to light. She has become an important spokesperson for this illness and finding a cure, along with ways to manage this illness.

While her singing career may be out of the question, she found her artistic outlet in painting.

Susan Flannery fibromyalgia

Susan Flannery

Flannery has been an actress on The Bold and the Beautiful since 1987. She left the show in 2007 due to treatment for fibromyalgia, which made headlines everywhere.

However, she later returned to the show in order to take on her character Stephanie Forrester.

According to those who know the actress, she is simply taking her illness one day at a time, as most ordinary people in the world do.

A.J Langer fibromyalgia

A.J Langer

While many people may not realize who A.J Langer is, those who do know her as the BFF to Claire Danes in the 1990s TV series “My So-Called Life”.

But, those who know her may not realize that even during this series, Langer was suffering with the pain and tenderness associated with fibromyalgia on a daily basis!

In reality, it was this disease that made her go into acting instead of playing ball like she wanted, as the illness made it too hard to do anything physical.

What was interesting is that Langer thought the pain she was feeling was due to how hard she played sports and worked out on the field. However, it took years to get an accurate diagnosis of the issue.

Since then, Langer has married and is now considered British royalty. She has also found a health routine that is meant to lower the pain she feels as much as possible.

Jo Guest fibromyalgia

Jo Guest

Guest started in modeling in England, and has since been in numerous media in the country.

However, she went onto an early morning show in Britain and stated that she had been suffering with an illness for a little over four months in 2008.

It was a little over a year later that she confirmed that it was the help of the viewers that she got the fibromyalgia diagnoses. Nowadays, most people do not see much of Guest, as she seems to have stepped away from the spotlight.

Florence Nightingale fibromyalgia

Florence Nightingale

While Florence Nightingale may not be a celebrity in today’s time, her work throughout history has always been noted.

What is interesting is that the personal accounts of Nightingale show that she suffered with symptoms that we now know to be fibromyalgia.

However, during her time there was no diagnosis for what she was feeling. Thus, the treatment was non-existent for her, but she kept working and changing the route of the world for the better!

These are just a sampling of those celebrities that have come fourth and stated that they have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

There are several others that are suspected to have this illness, though they never have come and admitted this. It is important to note that many celebrities may often show signs of fibromyalgia, but this actually is one of the illness that is similar in nature to fibromyalgia.

For example, Paula Abdul, probably best known for her role on American reality shows, has often been accused of having this issue. However, she has a disease that is similar that affects her in much the same way as fibromyalgia.

What are Celebrities Doing for Treatment?

Even though these are celebrities, they are often using the same types of treatment that almost everyone is using. These treatments can include:

  1. Over the counter pain medications in order to help with the pain and tenderness that is associated with fibromyalgia.
  2. Physical therapy to help ensure that they retain mobility in their bodies, which is sometimes an issue for those who are dealing with fibromyalgia.
  3. Exercise is a must for almost every celebrity out there, as they often want to look their best when they are in the public eye. For those who have fibromyalgia, exercise is a must in order to ensure they remain strong and healthy and this illness is not taking over their entire life.
  4. The use of prescription medications such as antidepressants and the like are being used in order to help the celebrities to cope, just as they are used for common, everyday people as well. New prescriptions are being found on a daily basis and tested for its safety and ability to help those who take this!
  5. The use of hot and cold can be a great way to get the inflammation that is felt to go down, something that many fibromyalgia patients suffer with.
  6. Many of these celebrities are going to take regular appointments at spas or massage salons. Many benefits have been found when it comes to massage and spas in terms of relaxing the person and getting them to feel better overall.
  7. Many celebrities utilize specialized diets in order to help with their flare ups. For those who have studies diet and fibromyalgia, there are certain foods that can cause the fibromyalgia to be worse, and this is something that every sufferer needs to keep in mind. Many celebrities are on strict diets due to the nature of their career, however, the additional benefits for this illness is great.
  8. There are several herbal treatments that are out there that many celebrities and more common people are utilizing in order to treat their symptoms.
  9. Water activities are becoming highly popular for those who suffer with fibromyalgia, thus many celebrities are installing their own pools and heated pools to help them deal with the pain that they are suffering with.
  10. Meditation is becoming more mainstream in Hollywood for those who are dealing with fibromyalgia. It is thought that meditation can help to center the body and mentally get past the pain that the person is suffering with. Whether or not this works, truly depends on the person. However, it should be noted that meditation is something that you must work at and it may take a while to get total success.
  11. Relaxation is a common treatment for those who suffer with fibromyalgia. However, for those who have a job to get to every day, relaxation is often harder to find. For celebrities, they may take months away from their home and relax, which does help them to function with their illness more.

What is important to note is that celebrities are dealing with this in much the same way as those who may not be famous.

The difference is that they often give themselves more time to get over the flare ups when compared to a common person. However, the pain and inflammation they feel is still the same as anyone else out there.

Special Treatments that Celebrities Utilize

While celebrities are often tight lipped about what they are doing to deal with fibromyalgia, there are always rumors that are going around.

Celebrities often have unlimited funds when it comes to their health, thus they may have more access to treatment options than the common person.

One such treatment that many celebrities claims works is having a holistic healer reverse their Chi. This is very other worldly, in terms of health care.

However, many celebrities put a lot of stock into this type of healing. These healers are super expensive, managing that most common people cannot afford to use their services, whether they work or not.

Celebrities also have access to some herbal remedies that many people may not. For example, celebrities often travel the world, thus what is not found in one country, they can easily find in another country.

Their ability to have access to herbs that may not be legal to use in some countries has been proven helpful to their road to recovery and treatment.

Overall, celebrities often have more money to spend, along with time to invest into their treatment. The ability to use private trainers and professionals who have spent their adult life studying this issue is going to show.

Therefore, many celebrities often look as though they are not having as many issues with this illness.

It is not that they have no issues with this issue, they are simply able to afford and try those methods that common people are not privilege to.

Celebrates Speaking Out

Despite the fact that many celebrities want to ensure that they have the reputation as being fit and healthy, there are several who have owned up to suffering with fibromyalgia and who go out of their way in order to support this cause.

There are several organizations that were developed as a way to get the word out about this illness, along with encourage science to find new treatment methods and ultimately a cure.

While many celebrities are stating that a cure is not going to be found, they are huge proponents of the new methods and studies that are being utilized in order to treat this illness. So, what are these celebrities doing?

Many are helping to raise money to fund studies and tests to be performed in order to find something that is more effective for the average patient.

However, probably the best thing that celebrities are doing for this illness is opening up when they are sufferers themselves.

When more people recognize this illness for what it is, when they realize that this greatly changes the life of those who suffer from this, then there is going to be even more desire to find cures and ensure that this is something that can be managed.

Therefore, many common people are happy to see these celebrities showcasing that they have this and what they are doing in order to battle this.

Fibromyalgia is something that a person has to deal with on a daily basis. While celebrities often hide this better, it is still a painful illness for them.

It has led many of these celebrities to step out of the spotlight, to gain a reputation as being hard to work with since their illness may affect their ability to act or even sing on stage.

However, they should not be penalized for having an issue that is affecting their entire bodies in the way that this does.

If anything, these celebrities should be supported for their bravery in coming forth about this illness!

It is hoped that as more people come forth about this illness, more awareness is seen.

And ultimately, this illness is going to be considered more than something that is simply in the mind of those who suffer!

About the author

Heather Sallee

Heather Sallee

Heather Sallee is a freelancer content writer and social media manager who works from home, and has been in this field for the past 7 years. There are numerous subjects that she loves to write about including family, health, technology and marketing. With an AA in Communications and an AA in English, writing on a variety of subjects comes naturally. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, husband, and four dogs.

2 Comments

  • I find your articles informative. I’m learning everything I can about this debilitating disability I got diagnosed with a few month’s ago.

  • Lady Gaga recently shared that she also suffers from Fibromyalgia. She had to cancel several concerts. Hopefully it will get some additional attention.

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