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Céline Dion Diagnosed With Stiff-Person Syndrome, See Tearful Video Message

Canadian singer Céline Dion has revealed that she was diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome and that is why she has been postponing her stage performances.

“I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time, and it’s been really difficult for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through…It hurts me to tell you that I won’t be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February,” she wrote in her Instagram video post.


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She shared the post in both English and French, considering that majority of her fans speak either of the languages. As NPR noted in its report, Dion had been on a concert tour in 2020 before the pandemic forced her to stop and it was scheduled to restart in February until her shocking news.

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What is Stiff-Person Syndrome?

According to Yale Medicine website, stiff-person syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes rigidity and spasms in the trunk and limbs. Its symptoms include stiffening in the torso and limbs, along with episodes of severe muscle spasms, which could lead a sufferer to fall. Episodes of spasms can be triggered by loud noise, cold temperatures or sudden movement.

It is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s natural defense system can’t tell the difference between your own cells and foreign cells, causing the body to mistakenly attack normal cells.

The treatment for stiff-person syndrome include medications and immunotherapy, also, medical professionals could prescribe aqua, occupational, and physical therapy. However, it is one disorder that is not curable.

In her statement, Céline Dion added that she has been undergoing sports medicine therapy. She has already built a legacy that we may not see another vocalist replicate in her lifetime and she is set to appear in a romantic comedy titled Love Again, alongside Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

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