Why Lady Gaga Cancelled Tour with Concern for Health

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Published: Feb 14th, 2018
Lady Gaga Cancelled Tour with Concern for Health
Article Updated:October 18th, 2019

Lady GaGa has returned to performing following the cancelation of part of a concert tour due to her health issues. She said she was "overjoyed" to have her own residency at MGM’s Park Theater.

Media reports indicated she fell from the stage with a fan who she was dancing with and the two fell about three feet breaking a chair on ground level. She returned to the stage, with the fan, and continued the show. 

It Takes Two to Tango

A Tweet from Lady GaGa Facts said, "Gaga urged the fan who accidentally dropped her off stage not to blame himself as he was crying after the incident, she then proceeded to perform the next song with him asking for people on the internet to be kind and not bully him: "It takes two to tango".

Questions about her health linger following the cancellation of her tour in September of 2017. She has been public with her issues with fibromyalgia.

Superstar singer/pop star Lady Gaga went to social media to tell the world in 2017 that she has long struggled with fibromyalgia.

Focus on Fibromyalgia

The news has put the painful and poorly understood illness center stage.

The singer, song-writer announced on Twitter that she's postponed the European leg of her 2017 "Joanne" concert tour due to what she described as fibromyalgia-related "trauma and chronic pain."

Live Nation said in a statement at that time, "Unfortunately, Lady Gaga is suffering from severe pain that has materially impacted her ability to perform live. As a result, Live Nation and Lady Gaga are announcing the cancellation of the final 10 dates of the European leg of her Joanne World Tour. Last night, with strong support from her medical team, Lady Gaga made the tough decision to immediately come off the road."

Fibromyalgia, or fibromyalgia syndrome, is a condition that causes aches and pain all over the body. People with fibromyalgia often experience other symptoms, such as extreme tiredness or sleeping, mood, or memory problems. Fibromyalgia affects more women than men. The pain, extreme tiredness, and lack of sleep that fibromyalgia causes can affect your ability to work or do daily activities. Treatment can help relieve pain and help prevent flare-ups of symptoms. It’s also one of the most misunderstood health and pain issues. The most common myth, doctors say, is that fibromyalgia is “all in your head.”

“Many of those with fibromyalgia are afraid that the culture does not believe that fibromyalgia is a real disease. And they are afraid people will label them as ‘lazy’,” says rheumatologist Carmen Gota, MD of the Cleveland Clinic. “There’s an issue of credibility that can cause a lot of stress for them.”

It’s easy for people to understand that recovering from surgery or a broken bone is painful. But it’s harder to grasp the generalized pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia.

“Even if people don’t see the cause of the pain, that doesn’t mean it isn’t real,” Dr. Gota says.

To help with this, she suggests that fibromyalgia patients arm themselves with the facts about their condition and share it with others.

But Cleveland Clinic psychologist Sara Davin, PsyD cautions against expending too much energy trying to convince others. “Realize that their response might vary from what you want, but that you can’t control that. You can control how you let it affect you,” she says.

Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform 74 concerts at MGM's Park Theater. 

Women Impacted More Than Men 

The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) indicates that the illness affects up to 4 percent of the world's population, and anywhere from 5 million to 10 million Americans. It is much more common among women, who account for 80 percent of patients. Although it can affect children, it is most often diagnosed during middle age.

The disorder is characterized by persistent, widespread pain, fatigue, un-refreshing sleep, memory loss, poor concentration and other symptoms and can often lead to Long-Term Care as a person gets older.

Many people can deal with their condition and lead a normal life. Others have increased pain and complications. Advance planning for long-term care is key before your health changes, or if you have a condition like fibromyalgia that it is stable and well controlled when you apply for coverage.

Higher Risk of Long-Term Care

Often people forget that health changes as we age. The costs and burdens resulting from longevity and aging and health issues impact more than just your savings. Often, Long-Term Care Insurance cannot only safeguard your retirement accounts from ease the tremendous burdens placed on loved ones once these issues impact your ability to perform normal living activities or your memory.

Experts suggest planning before you retire and seek the help of a Long-Term Care specialist who is well versed on underwriting and policy design.

Editor's Note

Some health issues will make planning for the financial costs and burdens of aging more difficult. This is why it is so important to safeguard your savings and income from the expenses that come with long-term care.

UnderwritingCriteria and Premiums Vary  

There are several types of plans which are available. No matter which type of plan you purchase, Long-Term Care Insurance is easy, affordable and rate stable income and asset protection. These policies are custom designed. Be careful, however, since premiums can vary over 100% between companies for the exact same coverage. Plus, underwriting criteria is different with every insurance company. This is why you should seek the help of a qualified Long-Term Care Insurance specialist. Find a specialist by clicking here.

Items to Discuss with a Long-Term Care Specialist:

  • Partnership – Most states offer special policies that provide dollar-for-dollar asset protection. The Long-Term Care Insurance Partnership Program might be one of the best-kept secrets in retirement planning. Make sure the specialist explains this program and how it might help you.
  • Tax incentives – There are federal tax incentives available for some people. If you own your own business be sure to ask.
  • Health Savings Accounts – If you have an HSA you can use the pre-tax money in your account to pay for the premium.
  • Asset-Based or Hybrid policies – These are life insurance or annuities with a rider for long-term care. Careful, only a handful are actually a long-term care benefit. However, one of these policies can provide you with the flexibility of both a long-term care benefit or a death benefit. They are expensive but can be paid with a single premium.
  • Health and Family History - Make sure the specialist asks you detailed questions about your health, family history, and retirement plans. Underwritingcriteria varies with each insurance company. If they are not asking you detailed questions then find another specialist.

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Take a moment and find the current and future costs of long-term care in the area you live in. This will help you decide the amount of coverage is appropriate for you in your situation. For example, if you have a defined pension when you retire the amount of benefits you would need for long-term care would be less than an individual who will fund their future retirement with earnings off investments. In that case, protecting the principal is essential since that will produce your future income.

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It is always best to start planning before you retire. Once you have your plan in place you will enjoy peace-of-mind and your family will thank you decades from now.

LTC News Contributor James Kelly
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