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Celine Dion revealed in an emotional video posted to Instagram on Thursday (December 8) that she is battling a rare neurological disorder called “Stiff Person Syndrome.”



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“As you know, I have always been an open book. And I wasn’t ready to say anything before,” Dion said in the short, solemn clip. “But now I’m ready… ‘I’ve been dealing with health issues for a long time and it’s been really hard for me to face these challenges and talk about everything I’ve been going through.’

Due to severe muscle spasms that Dion says are “affecting every aspect of my daily life,” he will not be able to restart his European tour in February as planned. All of their spring 2023 dates will be moved to 2024 and 8 of their summer 2023 shows have been cancelled.

Following Dion’s announcement, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the lesser-known disorder.

What is stiff person syndrome?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Stiff Person Syndrome, or SPS, is a very rare neurological disorder that has features of an autoimmune disease. “SPS is characterized by fluctuating muscle stiffness in the trunk and extremities and increased sensitivity to stimuli such as noise, touch, and emotional distress, which can trigger muscle spasms,” according to NINDS, which also notes that the disorder affects twice as many people women like men and science still doesn’t understand what causes it. The disorder is also often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, or anxiety.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, SPS only affects one or two out of every million people.

What are the symptoms of stiff person syndrome?

“Abnormal postures, often hunched over and rigid, are hallmarks of the disorder,” according to NINDS. People with SPS may also be unable to walk or move or may twitch or fall due to loud noises.

Are there treatments for stiff person syndrome?

Current treatment is a regimen of anticonvulsants and valium and intravenous treatments aimed at reducing stiffness and decreasing sensitivity to touch, noise and stress. Preferred treatments can improve symptoms, but a cure is not yet known and patients are often subject to frequent falls due to a lack of the usual defensive reflexes.

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