Céline Dion disclosed that she had to postpone her planned European tour after learning she had stiff-person syndrome, a highly uncommon neurological condition, in an emotional and tearful statement on Thursday.
Since then, the debilitating condition has had an impact on both her singing and walking abilities.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, stiff-person syndrome, also known as Moersch-Woltman syndrome, is a “rare neurological illness having symptoms of an inflammatory disease.”
Body rigidity and increased sensitivity to touch, loudness, and mental distress are side effects of the illness. The organization claims that this heightened sensitivity can cause postures that are “hunched over and tensed” as well as muscle spasms.
The muscle spasms Dion claimed to have experienced “may be so powerful they can dislocate joints and even break bones,” according to the Stiff Person Syndrome Research Foundation.
The spasms, according to Dion, have had a significant influence on “all area” of her everyday life, making it difficult for her to walk and sing the way she normally does.
In addition to making many people unable to “walk or move,” the institute claims that the disorder affects twice as many women as men. It also claims that many people are “afraid to leave the house” because street noises like the sound of a horn can lead to spasms and falls.
The disorder cannot be cured, however treatment can lessen the symptoms.