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A famous singer’s diagnosis of stiff-person syndrome made the public aware of a rare neurological condition

By 12/21/2022 3:57 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Early in December 2022, famous singer, Celine Dion shocked the globe by revealing she has the stiff-person syndrome, a rare neurological condition.

This news sparked an outpouring of sympathy for the French Canadian icon.

Most people undoubtedly had never heard of the condition before Dion’s discovery. Only around 1 in a million persons worldwide suffer from the stiff-person syndrome, with most cases occurring in people between the ages of 20 and 50 and twice as many women as males.

The classic and most prevalent form of the stiff-person syndrome, which was first described in 1956, is characterized by painful and varying stiffness, primarily in the muscles of the trunk, including the back, abdomen, and upper legs.

Patients may feel excruciating muscle spasms brought on by touch or sound.

The disorder often manifests gradually, and those who have it may notice a worsening of their symptoms over time.

Each person’s experience with the stiff-person syndrome is unique since it depends on how severe their symptoms are and how well they respond to treatment.

In the end, the stiff-person syndrome can impair walking, increasing the risk of falling and necessitating using a cane, walker, or wheelchair.

We are professional neurologists who care for people with neurological and movement issues.

Due to the rarity of the stiff-person syndrome, patients frequently undergo rigorous testing by several specialists before being diagnosed.

In our experience, it is usual for people to seek us out as their third or fourth doctor.

 

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