Celine Dion describes singing with stiff person syndrome as ‘like somebody’s strangling you,’ and more news

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A year and a half after publicly revealing her diagnosis of stiff person syndrome, Celine Dion is sharing how the neurological condition has affected her renowned singing voice.

In a Friday teaser clip for an upcoming NBC interview, Dion told Today host Hoda Kotb that she’s recently felt “like somebody’s strangling you” when she tries to sing.

“It’s like somebody’s pushing your larynx, pharynx, this way,” the five-time Grammy winner explained as she used her hand to push inward on her throat. After transitioning into a restrained, high-pitched tone, she added, “It’s like you’re talking like that, and you cannot go high or lower.”

Stiff person syndrome, or SPS, is defined by the National Institutes of Health as “a rare, progressive neurological disorder” that can lead to muscle spasms. The condition can be so debilitating that some patients are eventually unable to walk or move independently. Though symptoms can be controlled with treatment, there is no cure.

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