Sia reveals she suffers from rare neurological disease, says she's 'taking time off'

Though she’s relatively inactive on social media, Sia, the world-renowned Australian pop singer, took to Twitter over the weekend to share some of the things she’s been dealing with.

On Friday, the Chandelier singer revealed that she had been recently diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called neuralgia, as well as Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (EDS) — a genetic disorder.

The 43-year-old went on to clarify her illnesses, speaking about them in greater detail with her supporters and fans on Sunday evening.

She wrote: “Those of you suffering from pain, whether physical or emotional, I love you, keep going. Life is f–king hard. Pain is demoralizing, and you’re not alone.”

Sia claimed that the neuralgia was brought on by a “routine surgery” she underwent around three years ago.

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Neuralgia, according to the NHS, is a neurological disorder that affects the nerves. It can cause short attacks of chronic pain throughout the body, but most commonly occurs in the face and jaw.

There are reportedly 13 different types of EDS — each of which is extremely rare. Common symptoms of the disease include joint hypermobility, dizziness, or weak and stretchy skin.

British actress Jameela Jamil was also diagnosed with EDS when she was young. The 33-year-old reached out to Sia in wake of the tweets offering her support.

Actress Jameela Jamil visits Build Series to discuss the TV show 'The Good Place' at Build Studio on Oct. 2, 2018, in New York City.

Actress Jameela Jamil visits Build Series to discuss the TV show 'The Good Place' at Build Studio on Oct. 2, 2018, in New York City.

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She tweeted: “Hey. I was diagnosed with EDS 24 years ago and have a LOT of information… if you ever need any advice. Together we can raise a s–t-tonne of awareness.”

“Thanks so much,” replied Sia with a heart emoji.

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In her continued thread of tweets, Sia admitted she was “severely hypothyroid,” too, and suffered from “complex PTSD,” adding that she would be “taking time off” and taking “intensive therapy” to get the correct treatment.

“Turns out my Bipolar 2 diagnosis was wrong,” she continued, suggesting she had also previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

To lighten the emotional weight of her tweets, the star joked: “No STDs, which frankly, is miraculous given my twenties.”

She concluded: “Plenty of people suffering more than me. At least I have resources. I really feel for those struggling w/ the healthcare system. KEEP GOING!”

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It’s currently unclear how long Sia will be “taking time off.” However, last year, she said she would be releasing an album and a musical in 2019.

When asked about the status of the musical, Sia said it would be released in October in the form of a film.

Though fans of the Cheap Thrills singer did not get to see a glimpse of the forthcoming musical, Sia has already released a new record with British DJ Labrinth and American record producer Diplo by her side.

The new supergroup goes under the moniker LSD and released the full Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… LSD album in April.

Additional updates and information can be found through the official Sia website.

adam.wallis@globalnews.ca

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