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Long considered a women’s disease, rheumatologists once estimated fibromyalgia to affect nine times as many women than men; however, the CDC recently updated the figure to say twice as many women have the disorder. As a result, men living with fibromyalgia have reported difficulty in getting a diagnosis, as physicians may be less likely to interpret their pain symptoms as a chronic disease.

But that’s slowly changing as more and more men are coming out about living with the disorder, and celebrities speaking out is encouraging men to be more honest and open about speaking about their experiences and asking for help. Male celebrities such as The West Wing star Michael James Hastings and Morgan Freeman have helped spread awareness by going public with their symptoms (Freeman contracted the disorder due to nerve damage from a 2008 car accident), but general awareness for men with fibromyalgia is still relatively low. Online support groups such as MenWithFibro.com help men connect with each other to talk about the disorder, but anonymous posts pulled from its forum show men who whose requests for treatment and empathy often go unheard, even though living with untreated chronic pain could take years off their lives.

On Twitter, men have come forward to thank Lady Gaga for spreading awareness about their shared experience with fibromyalgia, which may help the next generation get the diagnoses and treatment they need.

— pinkzohot (@pinkzohot) September 12, 2017

— MenWithFibromyalgia (@ChampionSuccess) September 12, 2017

— MenWithFibromyalgia (@ChampionSuccess) September 12, 2017

— Wizard of Debauchery (@Reverand_Cletus) September 13, 2017

Source: http://www.menshealth.com/health/lady-gaga-fibromyalgia-chronic-pain