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Whoa! The Queen of Quirk, world-wide boundary breaking entertainment phenomenon known as Lady Gaga has been tested for lupus, reported Glamour UK on Thursday.
The Bad Romance star has collapsed while performing on stage, and has also suffered blackouts during her Monster Ball world tour. She has not revealed the prognosis of her testing.
Her aunt died of lupus. Gaga told her fans that the disease is a deeply personal matter, as she was very close to her aunt Joanne.
The kooky singing sensation revealed she recently had to call for emergency personnel while touring in Japan. “I was having trouble breathing. I had a little oxygen, then I went on stage,” she says. “I was OK. But like I say, I don’t want anyone to worry.”
This is interesting.
Another famous star who suffered from Lupus was Michael Jackson, and many speculate that it was truly the disease that killed him, rather than an overdose. Or rather, that the drugs he was taking were for the treatment of his affliction, and confusion over the dosage and directions killed him. An indirect death through lupus, though the illness has killed many of those who suffer from it.
Glamour UK described lupus as a “disease affects the immune system, and symptoms could include causes heart palpitations, shortness of breath, joint pain, anemia and extreme fatigue.”
I have lupus. And, while I haven’t experienced anemia, I have often had bouts of back spasms, issues with my joints swelling and creaking, sending searing pain up and down my body. I have arthritis from it. I also get sick more easily than other people. Lupus sufferers often experience mouth ulcers (canker sores), eczema (contagious, itchy skin rash), and an embarrassing, tell-tale bruise-like “butterfly rash” splayed across the face. There have been times where I woke up crying in pain, and could not turn my head, lift my arms, use my shoulders, or even walk. Lupus flares can last a few mere hours, or can last for days.
My last bad flare had me in bed rest for two and a half days.
The Wikipedia entry defines lupus as such:
a chronic autoimmune connective tissue disease that can affect any part of the body. As occurs in other autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage.
Wiki Goes on to say:
Lupus most often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nervous system. The course of the disease is unpredictable, with periods of illness (called flares) alternating with remissions. The disease occurs nine times more often in women than in men, especially between the ages of 15 and 50, and is more common in those of non-European descent [meaning, non-whites].”
Currently, lupus is treatable by treating the myriad symptoms, but the disease itself is still incurable. It can be life-threatening, and even fatal. But advances in modern medicine have drastically reduced the rate of deaths. The survival rate of “lupus survivors” over the age of 20 years is 78%.