Celine Dion revealed on Instagram on Thursday that she has stiff person syndrome, an exceedingly rare neurological illness.
Celine details her therapy for stiff person syndrome after noting that “one in a million people” suffer from the condition.
As Celine Dion pointed out, stiff person syndrome is a rather unusual neurological disorder.
One of the symptoms of stiff person syndrome is muscle rigidity in the body and arms, which is usually triggered by stimuli such as noise, contact, and emotional discomfort. Celine’s condition is marked by muscle cramps and tightness.
People with stiff person syndrome are more likely to fall because they lack the reflexes needed to defend themselves in the case of a fall.
People with this ailment typically have difficulty walking or moving around, and women are twice as likely as men to have it.
Because it is unknown what causes the problem, it is commonly misdiagnosed as other disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, psychosomatic illness, anxiety, and phobia.
Although anti-anxiety medications, muscle relaxants, and anti-convulsants can help, there is no known cure for the disorder. Painkillers might also contribute to an improvement in symptoms.
Celine stated that the spasms caused by stiff person syndrome affect every aspect of her daily life. “They often make it difficult for me to walk, and as a result, I can’t sing as well as I used to since I can’t use my vocal cords as effectively as I used to.”
“I have a brilliant team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better, and I’m working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to rebuild both my strength and my ability to perform again, but it’s been a struggle,” Celine continued.
Celine announced for the first time in October 2021 that she would be postponing her Las Vegas performances owing to her bad health, and she has not returned to the stage since.
The well-liked celebrity has been forced to cancel and postpone a number of tour dates, leaving her and her devoted fans distraught.