The Stiff Person Syndrome, commonly known as Moersch-Woltman disorder is a degenerative neurological condition that affects one to two people in a million. The condition causes stiffness of muscles and frequently painful muscle spasms.
In an emotional video posted via her Instagram account, Dion said, “Recently I’ve been diagnosed with a rare neurological condition known as the stiff-person syndrome. It is a condition that affects one in one million. Although we’re still discovering the details of this rare condition, we know that it’s the reason behind the various spasms I’ve experienced. The problem is that these spasms impact every aspect of my life, sometimes causing problems in walking, and also making it difficult for me to use my vocal cords as I’m used to.”
The Canadian singer claimed she was left with no other choice but to delay the start of her “Courage” tour scheduled to start in February of next year.
According to Associated Press (AP), The concert dates for 2023’s spring season were moved to 2024, and her summer shows next year have been put off.
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Stiff person syndrome
The Stiff Person Syndrome, which is also known as Moersch-Woltman Syndrome is a degenerative neurological disorder that affects one to two million people as per Johns Hopkins Medicine.
The condition can cause stiffness, rigidity, or muscle stiffness and often painful muscle spasms.
“Muscular rigidity is often fluctuating (i.e. increases, gets more severe, and then becomes better) and is usually associated with muscle spasms” states National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD).
The spasms could occur in a random manner or be triggered by abrupt sound, physical contact, or emotional stress.
“Most typically it affects the muscles skeletal system in which people suffer an enormous amount of spasms and pain that could impact any muscle in our body.” Dr. Scott Newsome neurologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine explained to CTV News Channel.
In severity, illness is different from one person to the next.
According to Newsome, the disorder affects more women than men, CTV News Channel.
While it typically occurs between the ages of 30 to 60 However, it has been reported in children as well as older adults, according to NORD.