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Justin Bieber recently revealed to his followers that he has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.
In a touching video posted on his social networks, the Canadian singer noted that this ailment forced him to cancel his upcoming shows.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome occurs when an outbreak of shingles affects the facial nerve near the ears, causing a couple-analysis in parts of the face.
Nicoya Rescorla, a young British woman from Cornwall in the south west of the United Kingdom, suffers from the same condition as Bieber, something that she says has “robbed her of her independence.”
“The pain is excruciating, debilitating,” he told BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat programme.
For Rescorla, 28, the syndrome began to manifest in October 2020. He says it started with pain in the back neckbefore the paralysis appeared.
Then he started experiencing a host of other symptoms.
“The dizziness and balance They really knocked me down,” he adds.
“Physically and mentally isolated”
Ramsay Hunt syndrome cannot be passed from person to person, but it is a complication of a communicable disease called shingles.
Shingles is related to the virus chicken-pox that many people can contract in childhood.
According to the non-profit organization Facial Palsy UK, the body can become vulnerable to a reactivation of the chickenpox virus if the immune system is weakened and less able to fight infection.
The organization notes that the tension it is often a trigger, as it can weaken the immune system, and people who are stressed are more likely to get infections.
Rescorla says the problem affected his mental health.
“It has isolated me a lot physically and mentally because I can’t just go out whenever I want, I depend on my husband and my mother.”
“Mentally it hit me very hard. I am a completely different person than I was 20 months ago.”
Although it’s been two years since he first developed Ramsay Hunt syndrome, Rescorla says he still feels pain every daydespite the medication.
“My face hasn’t fully recovered yet, and probably won’t now.”
But she hopes her balance will improve.
Justin Bieber described his situation as “pretty serious.”
Rescorla says talking about having the condition is very important to other people who also have it.
“It’s a powerful thing for people like me and others who suffer from Ramsay Hunt syndrome.”
“I mean, I never thought I’d hear this on TV.”
She also believes it is essential to raise awareness, as there have been many disinformation circulating around this condition.
For example, on social networks there are posts linking Ramsay Hunt syndrome to the covid-19 vaccine.
Despite these speculations, there is no evidence of a connection between the two.
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