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Justin Bieber suffers temporary facial paralysis and announces hiatus from performance

International pop sensation Justin Bieber has gone viral, but not in a good way. The singer took to his Instagram on Friday and uploaded a three-minute video announcing that he currently suffers from a rare (and usually reversible) condition known as Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

Captioned “IMPORTANT PLEASE WATCH. I love you and keep me in your prayers,” Bieber, who looked understandably gloomy, explained that he had contracted a virus that affected the nerves in his ear and face, causing some paralysis. He showed that his right eye does not blink, he cannot smile on the right side of his face and he cannot move his right nostril.

He has apologized for canceling his upcoming shows, but explained that he is not physically able at the moment. “This is pretty serious, as you can see,” he added. “I wish this wasn’t the case, but my body is clearly telling me to slow down. I hope you understand.”

He said he would use the time to “rest and relax and become 100 percent so I can do what I was born to do.” He added: “I need to get my rest so I can get my face back where it’s supposed to be.”

He concluded that he would get better, but it will take time, and this was “all for a reason”, even if he wasn’t sure at the moment what that reason was.

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According to CBS News, Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a rare neurological disorder, caused by the same virus that causes shingles and chickenpox. It is estimated that only five people per 100,000 will develop the syndrome in any given year. It causes a rash in the ear that can spread to facial paralysis. Depending on the severity of the nerve damage, complete recovery usually occurs after a few weeks of drug treatment. However, there are cases where the syndrome can cause permanent hearing and vision loss.

The Mayo Clinic website notes that the syndrome affects people who have had chickenpox earlier in life, and warns that the condition can lead to a prolonged and painful bout of neuralgia (nerve pain) that can linger after other symptoms of the condition are gone. faded. It is most common in people over the age of 60.

Earlier this week, Bieber announced the cancellation of three upcoming shows, including a performance in Toronto not far from his hometown of Stratford, Ontario. In late February, he canceled a performance in Las Vegas when he contracted COVID-19.

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