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Celine Dion does 'physical therapy every day' in hopes of returning to stage amid incurable stiff person syndrome: 'She's a fighter'

Celine Dion does 'physical therapy every day' in hopes of returning to stage amid incurable stiff person syndrome: 'She's a fighter'

By Alicia Stanford for Dailymail.Com

17:32 22 December 2023, updated 18:06 22 December 2023

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Celine Dion's battle to return to the stage will continue.

According to sources, the 55-year-old hitmaker, who lost control of her muscles due to Stiff Person Syndrome, is working hard to overcome her condition.

“Celine is a fighter,” one insider said. Us Weekly. “She doesn't have as much control over her muscles as she used to, but she's working with doctors and physical therapists to get better.”

“Celine has been taking time to focus on her health but plans to take the stage again once she gets the green light from her medical team,” the source claimed.

Celine Dion's battle to get back on stage will continue as she battles stiff person syndrome. “She doesn't have as much control over her muscles as she used to, but she's working with doctors and physical therapists to get better,” a source told US Weekly (pictured in Miami in January 2020).

Another knowledgeable person corroborates these assertions.

“She remains positive and optimistic and does her physical therapy every day,” the insider said.

Returning to the stage in some form is her lifelong dream, even if she can no longer sing; She just wants to see those bright faces.

Stiff person syndrome is “a rare autoimmune neurological disorder that mostly causes muscle stiffness and painful spasms that come and go and can get worse over time,” according to John Hopkins Medicine.

The Grammy winner was last seen at a hockey game in Las Vegas with her twins Eddie and Nelson, 13, and eldest son Charles Rene, 22, watching the Montreal Canadiens lose to the Golden Knights.

Celine shared her children with her late husband, René Angelil.

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“My kids and I had a great time visiting the Montreal Canadiens after their hockey game with the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas on Monday night,” the My Heart Will Go On singer posted on November 1.

They played very well, what a match!! Thanks for meeting us after the game, guys! That was unforgettable for all of us. Have a great season! – Celine xx…'

The Grammy winner was last seen at a hockey game in Las Vegas with her twins Eddie and Nelson, 13, and eldest son Charles Rene, 22, watching the Montreal Canadiens lose to the Golden Knights. This photo was posted to Instagram on November 1
Another source said the Grammy winner “stays positive and upbeat and does her physical therapy every day” (pictured in Los Angeles in February 1999).

Although she won't be releasing any new music in the near future, Celine and her team made sure to keep her fans informed about the 25th anniversary of her holiday album, These Are Special Times.

“In 1998, after releasing the critically acclaimed albums Falling Into You, Let's Talk About Love and S'il suffisait d'aimer, Celine gave us her precious gift for the holidays. These are special times,” her team wrote on social media.

“This beloved holiday album includes such classics as O Holy Night, Happy Xmas (The War Is Over), and The Pray, a beautiful duet with Andrea Bocelli.”

“And now, 25 years later, These Are Special Times remains one of the best-selling holiday albums of all time.”

About 12 million copies of the LP were sold.

The Power of Love artist announced last December that she had been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome and would be stepping away from performing.

The Power of Love artist announced last December that she had been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome and would be stepping away from performing.
Sources say Celine is struggling to overcome her health battle

Stiff person syndrome: An incurable neurological condition that shuts down the body

Stiff person syndrome is an extremely rare disorder that causes the muscles in the trunk and extremities to alternate between spasm and stiffness.

It is estimated to affect around 70 people in the UK and 330 people in the US and is still poorly understood. About twice as many men are exposed to it.

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The progressive disease causes patients to become more stiff over time and can result in them needing to use a wheelchair.

There tend to be three types of the syndrome:

  • Classic man syndrome: When there is stiffness and spasms around the back, abdomen, and sometimes the thighs and neck. It can cause a curvature of the back over time.
  • Stiff limb syndrome: Spasms particularly affect the legs and feet, sometimes causing them to lock in place. The hands can also be affected.
  • Stiff-person syndrome: The rarer and more aggressive form, which includes symptoms of both the other types, and also affects the head and eyes.

Experts do not know exactly what is the cause of this disease.

But they believe it may be caused by an autoimmune reaction, when the body attacks its nerve cells that control muscle movement.

About 40% of those affected also suffer from type 1 diabetes, another autoimmune disease. Type 1 diabetes is particularly associated with classic person syndrome.

It is also associated with other autoimmune diseases such as vitiligo, which causes white patches on the skin, and pernicious anemia.

It's also more common in people with breast, lung, kidney, thyroid or colon cancer, as well as lymphomas, but researchers don't yet know why.

In stiff person syndrome, the immune system attacks a protein that helps produce gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which regulates motor neurons — the nerves that control movement.

Low levels of GABA cause neurons to constantly stimulate when they're not supposed to, leading to spasms and stiffness.

What are its symptoms?

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The main symptoms caused by stiff person syndrome are cramps and stiffness in the trunk and extremities.

Convulsions can be caused by loud noises, and the condition also causes increased sensitivity to sound.

Touch and emotional distress may also be felt more intensely as a result of this condition.

Spasms can be so severe that they cause people to fall or lead to difficulty walking and other disabilities.

Stress and anxiety are usually higher in people with this condition, especially due to the unpredictability of spasms.

A lack of GABA – which regulates anxiety – in their system also affects mental health.

“I've been dealing with health issues for a long time and it's been very difficult for me to face these challenges and talk about everything I've been through,” she said in an emotional video.

Although she initially postponed her Courage World Tour until spring 2024, the Golden Globe winner made the decision to cancel it in May.

“Even though it breaks my heart, it's better that we cancel everything now until I'm truly ready to get back on stage again,” she told her loyal fans.

It seems that the determined artist has fulfilled her promise she made earlier this year to continue working on her health. “I want you all to know that I won't give up…and I can't wait to see you again!” she said at the time.