What is Stiff Person Syndrome?
Stiff Person Syndrome is a rare neurological condition believed to affect just one to two in every one million people.
It affects the brain and spinal cord and is defined by muscle stiffness, rigidity and body spasms which can be brought on through a heightened sensitivity to stimuli such as sudden noise or light.
What causes Stiff Person Syndrome?
The cause of Stiff Person Syndrome is unknown. Research shows it may be due to an abnormal autoimmune response in the brain and spinal cord. It is also associated with other autoimmune diseases such as vitiligo.
It is thought symptoms may be brought on by a heightened sensitivity to stimuli such as sudden noise or light.
What are the symptoms of Stiff Person Syndrome?
The symptoms of Stiff Person Syndrome include:
- Stiff and rigid muscles
- Muscle and body spasms
- Slouched posture
- Weight loss