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Lady Gaga Cancels Tour Dates, Can’t Walk Due To Synovitis: But What Is It?

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Lady Gaga heads to the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles ahead of her concert

Yesterday, Lady Gaga announced that she's canceling and postponing some dates on her Born This Way Ball tour because she has a severe case of synovitis, making her unable to walk.

Gaga said, on her Facebook page:

I barely know what to say. I've been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for some time now, [and] over the past month it has worsened. I've been praying it would heal. I hid it from my staff. I didn't want to disappoint my amazing fans. However, after last night's performance I could not walk and still can't.

She continued:

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

Say what you will about Gaga (and we have, from her weird bottled water line to her sometimes problematic Twitter account), but it really seems like she's incredibly devoted to her fans. Her condition must be pretty serious for her to cancel/postpone some shows, especially after hiding an injury for awhile.

Gaga's Twitter account says she's suffering from a severe case of synovitis. Basically, that's the severe inflammation of joints; synovial fluid is the clear fluid which serves as a lubricant in the body's joints. When you crack your knuckles (or any other joint on your body), that cracking you hear is a bubble inside the synovial fluid, popping. With synovitis, the joint excretes the synovial fluid to heal an injury around a joint, but the synovial fluid is of a lower viscosity than normal. This causes swelling and pain.

Synovitis commonly happens after repeated movements (so, maybe dancing like the kind Gaga does in her shows) and it's often linked to arthritis. Gaga hasn't said which of her joints are swelling, but apparently “water on the knee” is a common form of synovitis for dancers.

It's treated in a number of ways, including anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, and rest of the affected area. Hopefully, Gaga will get some treatment and some rest and be back gyrating on motorcycles and giving birth to herself on stage in no time.

Photo: Cathy Gibson, PacificCoastNews.com