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Celine Dion’s Stiff Person Syndrome: What you need to know about the rare disease

December 9, 2022

Rumors about Celine Dion’s health have been circulating ever since the music icon surprisingly lost some weight. Now the queen of contemporary music has finally broken her silence and revealed that she has a rare condition called Stiff Person Syndrome.

In an Instagram video on Thursday, December 8, Dion announced her health diagnosis. Sadly, this comes with the sad news of the cancellation of their Courage World Tour 2023 tour dates.

The 54-year-old apologized to everyone for taking so long to get in touch. She then said that she missed her fans and couldn’t wait to get back on stage to speak to them in person.

She started talking about her health and reminded everyone that she was an open book. However, she wasn’t ready to share the news about it at this point.

But now I’m ready, Dion continued. The My Heart Will Go On hitmaker admitted that she has struggled with a number of health issues for a long time. It was difficult for her to face the challenges and talk about everything she went through.

In response, the Canadian singer said she has been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called stiff person syndrome, which affects just one in a million people.

Dion went on to say that the illness left her with convulsions that interfered with her daily life, like walking and using her vocal cords. Unfortunately, this would also affect her concert tour, making her unwilling to continue her concert series in Europe, which was scheduled to take place in February 2023.

Luckily she has a great team of doctors working hard to get her better. Of course, she also has her children by her side, who always support her and give her hope.

In preparation for her return, Dion is working hard with her sports medicine doctors to rebuild her strength and capability.

meanwhile has NBC News discovered that stiff person syndrome often causes stiffness in the trunk and limbs and severe muscle spasms. The spasms can occur at any time or be triggered by stimuli such as loud noises, touch, and emotional distress.

In stiff person syndrome, the normal pathways of communication between the brain and muscles are disrupted. dr Richard Nowak, an assistant professor of neurology at the Yale School of Medicine, has found that the condition can range from severe to very mild and manageable.