Lady Gaga suffering from synovitis—singer unable to walk

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Lady Gaga suffering from synovitis

Lady Gaga has delayed her world tour due to a diagnosis of synovitis, which has left her unable to walk. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)

Lady Gaga was able to perform for her Canadian fans Monday evening, but on Tuesday she announced the next several shows of her world tour were postponed. The reason for the delay, reports CNN, is a show injury which has left the singer unable to walk.

“I’ve been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for some time now, over the past month it has worsened,” Lady Gaga tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve been praying it would heal.”

Lady Gaga said she was concerned about disappointing her fans; however, doctors have diagnosed the star with a condition known as synovitis and have advised her against more performances until she has fully recovered.

“It will hopefully heal as soon as possible, I hate this. I hate this so much. I love you and Im sorry,” she tweeted. “To the fans in Chicago Detroit & Hamilton I hope you can forgive me, as it is nearly impossible for me to forgive myself. Im devasted & sad.”

What is Lady Gaga’s synovitis about?

Synovitis, a severe inflammation of the lining of the joints known as the synovium, is most commonly seen in people with arthritis but can also be the result of an injury. About.com notes synovitis is considered an active inflammatory lesion, and while it can be helped with anti-inflammatory medications and steroid injections, some individuals need surgery to completely resolve the issue.

The cause of Lady Gaga’s synovitis remains undisclosed, although she suggested it comes from an injury during her performances.

Health Scout indicates there are a number of causes for synovitis, aside from injury which include:

  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Tuberculosis
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Psoriatic arthritis

Symptoms of synovitis generally consist of a visibly swollen joint which is often painful and warm to the touch.

Treatment for Lady Gaga’s condition will depend on the severity of her condition, but like other cases of soft tissue inflammation, rest and relaxation is a significant part of the recovery process. It is not yet known if the singer will be cleared to perform after a week of respite from the current tour schedule.

This is not the first time Lady Gaga has suffered a show injury in the last few months, getting a concussion in the summer of 2012 when she was hit on the head by one of her backup dancers.

A news release, reported by the Associated Press, says Lady Gaga’s performances set for Feb. 13-14 in Chicago, Feb. 16 in Detroit and Feb. 17 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, have been postponed, and new dates will be announced eventually. Her “Born This Way Ball” tour is expected to continue on schedule on Feb. 19  in Philadelphia.

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