It Feels Like Being Strangled, Says Celine Dion On Rare Illness

Celine Dion, the renowned Canadian singer, has discussed the difficulties of living with a rare neurological illness.

In December 2022, Celine was diagnosed with stiff person syndrome (SPS), a rare neurological condition that causes excessive muscle tension.

Claudette Dion, the singer’s elder sister, confirmed that she lost control of her muscles in December 2023.

In April, the 56-year-old revealed that she was learning to live with the ailment as she had not overcome it.

There is presently no cure for SPS.

In a recent interview with NBC, Dion described the condition as “somebody strangling me.”

She stated that when it becomes too extreme, she experiences broken ribs and cramps.

“It is like somebody is strangling you. It is like somebody is pushing your larynx/pharynx. It was like talking like that, and you cannot go high or lower,” she said.

“It feels like, if I point my feet, they will stay in that position. Or, if I cook, because I love to cook, my fingers, my hands, will get in position.

“It is cramping but it is like in a position where you cannot unlock them. I have broken ribs at one point because sometimes when it is very severe, it can break.”

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