Celine Dion cancels tour ahead of diagnosis of rare neurological condition

Canadian singer Celine Dion posted on her Instagram to announce that she is postponing the rest of her world tour. Because she was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease. She revealed in the post that a condition known as scleroderma (SPS) or Moersch-Woltman disease It was the reason why she was suffering from muscle spasms.

In an IG post, the 54-year-old singer shared what she suffers from and how this neurological condition is affecting her.

Celine Dion Shares Her Experience With Stiff Man Syndrome

“I have been dealing with health issues for a long time. And it’s very difficult for me to face these challenges… Now we know what caused all the seizures I ever had,” she said in an Instagram post.
She went on to say that the spasm she was experiencing affected every aspect of her day-to-day life, sometimes making it difficult for her to walk and sing.

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She also thanked her family and the medical team for helping her overcome the condition and giving her hope during this difficult time. As a result of the disease, Dion has changed her tour schedule to be able to focus on her health for the time being.

“I am hopeful that I am on my path to recovery. This is my focus. And I am doing everything I can to recover.”

What is Stiff Person Syndrome?

Stiff-person syndrome is a rare neurological condition. This causes muscle stiffness (rigidity) and repeated severe muscle twitching. Muscle stiffness often coincides with muscle spasms. And it gets worse before it gets better. Spasms can occur spontaneously or be caused by a variety of situations, such as a sudden loud noise. or light physical contact, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

The disease does not show any pronounced symptoms. And the severity of neurological symptoms can vary from person to person. If left untreated, SPS can worsen and lead to difficulty walking. makes it difficult for the patient to perform daily activities

According to the NIH, the condition affects more women than men. It often affects people with autoimmune diseases. These include thyroiditis, vitiligo, type 1 diabetes, and anemia.

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Signs and Symptoms of Stiff Person Syndrome

This rare and progressive neurological condition does not cause any prominent symptoms. But there are some signs you should watch out for:

  • muscle stiffness
  • stiffness of the arms and legs
  • noise sensitivity
  • emotional stress
  • spasm
  • hunchback
  • inability to walk or move

How is SPS diagnosed?

Because it’s a rare disease. It is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease or mental illness. or anxiety or phobias. Stiff-person syndrome, however, is diagnosed by blood tests.

Is there a treatment for SPS?

Many medical sources suggest that symptoms can be controlled with antidepressants or muscle relaxants. Although these drugs can alleviate symptoms. But there is no cure for the disease.

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