As a rare
, stiff person syndrome can take years for a diagnosis to be made, and tailor-made treatment to be offered.
As she revealed in an Instagram video posted on Thursday, singer Celine Dion has been diagnosed with the illness and is cancelling some
Despite the fact that we are still learning about this rare condition, we are now certain that this is what is causing the spasms that I have been experiencing as of late,” said Dion.
: A stiff person syndrome is, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a condition characterized
heightened sensitivity to stimuli such as sound and light, and emotional distress that may trigger muscle spasms and rigidity.
Dr. Emile added that muscle spasms are frequently associated with this condition, which can result in falls, severe pain, and significant disability.
Falls from severe spasms are very common," says Sami Moukheiber of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Startle, severe emotions or cold weather can precipitate these spasms."
Botulinum toxin injections are also used at the Stiff Person Syndrome Center to treat this disease with pain relievers, anti-anxiety medication and muscle relaxers.
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