Morgan Freeman's Battle With His Condition: "It's The Fibromyalgia. Up And Down The Arm. That's Where It Gets So Bad. Excruciating."

Date May 23, 2018

Celebrities are also human beings, and they may suffer from the same diseases regular people do. And often, even having loads of money cannot cure them. One of the greatest African-American actors of all time, Morgan Freeman, has fibromyalgia, a condition that causes widespread agonizing pain in muscles and joints.


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What is fibromyalgia?

Unfortunately, fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed due to its misleading range of symptoms, which can indicate all sorts of issues. The most common symptoms of the disease include:

  • chronic muscle pain;
  • tender points;
  • chronic fatigue;
  • sleep disorder;
  • memory and concentration issues (“fibro fog”);
  • depression, anxiety, panic attacks;
  • irritable bowel syndrome;
  • painful menstrual cramps;
  • headaches.

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Doctors do not know what causes fibromyalgia and there’s no treatment for the disease. The only option is to manage the symptoms with the help of medications and lifestyle changes.

Morgan Freeman’s story

Although Morgan Freeman doesn’t like to show it, his left arm is in the constant agonizing state of pain. Sometimes, the actor just can’t help but show the evidence of it – a world-ending grimace. In 2008, Morgan Freeman nearly died in a car crash. Reportedly, despite the attempts of the surgeons to neutralize the nerve damage, the man got left with a relatively useless arm. He has to wear a compression glove to stimulate the blood flow in the hand.


In addition to his limb’s malfunction, Morgan experiences constant pain as a reminder of the tragedy due to fibromyalgia. The actor describes his condition:

It's the fibromyalgia. Up and down the arm. That's where it gets so bad. Excruciating.

He also added:

I only get one life, and I will not let fibromyalgia take the joy from living it.

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The battle against fibromyalgia

As there’s no cure for the disease, anyone who has fibromyalgia should know and understand how to manage its symptoms. Constant pain, fatigue, and brain fog should not put your life on a pause.

1. You should stay on your meds. It is important to regularly relief symptoms in order to avoid any complications, especially in the mental health. Acupuncture or massage could also lessen the pain.

2. Regular exercises are as important as medication. It is highly recommended to keep your muscles active.

3. Try to maintain a scheduled sleep. Going to bed and waking up at the same time can significantly improve the quality of sleep and help you with fatigue.

4. Stress relief also plays an important part in dealing with fibromyalgia. Yoga is one of the best mind-body activities that contribute to your energy, relieves stress and pain.


Overall, a healthy lifestyle isn’t a panacea, but it totally can reduce the manifestation of the symptoms. It also boosts your health in general and decreases the risk of getting thousands of other diseases.

                                                                                                                  Source: Web MD, Esquire, HealingFibro

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