More than a year ago, however, Celine Dion disappeared from the stage and stopped performing in public. Her illness forced her to make this decision. Now there is new information about the singer’s health. Unfortunately, they are not very optimistic.
In December 2022, Céline Dion confessed that she suffers from generalized rigidity syndrome. This rare and insidious condition is also known as Moersch-Woltmann syndrome or stiff man syndrome. It affects women more often than men. It usually appears between the ages of 20 and 50. It is an autoimmune neurological disease. Its main symptoms are attacks of muscle stiffness and painful cramps. Initially, they occur sporadically, but over time they become more and more frequent. As a result, the sick person stops functioning normally. He cannot move freely. She becomes hypersensitive to various types of stimuli. Noise, stress, and even subtle touch can trigger symptoms that resemble seizures and nervous tics. The patient requires constant assistance from third parties.
How does Celine Dion feel?
In the latest interview, Claudette Dion, the singer’s older sister, revealed that Céline is not feeling well and her health has deteriorated.
There are those who have lost hope (for Celin Dion’s recovery – editor’s note) because it is an unknown disease. (…) People tell us they love her and pray for her. He receives so many messages, gifts, blessed crucifixes. Céline works hard but has no control over her muscles. It hurts me because she has always been disciplined. She always worked hard. Her mother always told her, “You’ll do it right, you’ll do it right.” Céline dreams of returning to the stage. What condition will it be in? I don’t know. The vocal cords are muscles, just like the heart.
Claudette Dion admitted that little is still known about this disease. It happens very rarely. Therefore, specialists have not yet conducted tests that would allow us to better understand this disease and predict its course.
How is generalized stiffness syndrome treated?
So far, no effective cure for generalized stiffness syndrome has been discovered. Therapy is symptomatic. The patient is given painkillers and muscle relaxants to reduce the frequency of attacks and weaken muscle spasms. In this case, it is important to limit stress and excessive emotions, which could trigger an attack and exacerbate the disease.