Useful Links

Click on the links below to take you to various SPS Facebook group pages and relevant worldwide websites. If you have more links, please contact us at:

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Stiff Person Syndrome UK and Ireland Support Group and Charity official Facebook page and hosts of this website. Established in 2011, It is a private group with the primary aim of: "Support of those suffering from Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), also known as Stiff Man Syndrome. Family and friends of sufferers are also welcome to the same support."

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Set up in 2011, the private group SPS - Moersch & Woltman - Stiffman has the mission statement: "Support for the condition Stiff Person Syndrome." In addition, it is a group that will: " bring people living with Stiff Person Syndrome together in new ways."

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A USA-based Facebook site called Stiff Person Syndrome Support Group set up in 2012, re-named Stiff Person Syndrome - SPS in 2019. It is an open public group set up to: "Raise awareness for a rare neurological disease called Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS). ALL posts are visible to all Facebook users regardless if you are a member of this group."

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Stiff Person Syndrome Action Network is a private Facebook page established in 2014. It is: "A group of people with SPS united in taking the actions necessary to spread the word about this rare disease to the world. The purpose is to get the acknowledgment this disease deserves & to offer assistance to all sufferers who need it ... it's time for the silent suffering to end."

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Stiff Person Syndrome Brasil is a private Facebook group set up in 2014 for South America's largest country. The condition's  Portuguese name is Síndrome da Pessoa Rígida.

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SPSA, the Stiff Person Syndrome Association, is a private group established in 2015 with the aim of: "Drama-free Stiff Person Syndrome support," and the message: "Be kind to each other, support each other and educate each other."

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SPS Warriors SPS is BS (Beyond Suffering) is a private Facebook page based in the USA. Founded in 2015, it is: "Dedicated to helping others, aiding with resources, furthering our non profit organization so that we may also provide financial help to others with Stiff Person Syndrome in horrendous situations. We want to help others experience joy, support, financial help and stability during their time with this disease."

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Sindrome della persona rigida o di stiff-man (Italia) is one of the earliest Facebook groups. It's a public group and was set up in Italy in 2012.

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Stiff Person Syndrome Association (USA) is a private Facebook group created in 2011. It changed name to its current title in 2016. Its mantra is: "Support and education without drama or junk posts."

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Stiff Person Syndrome Association (Jerking Stiff Person Syndrome) (USA) is a public Facebook group created in 2018 specifically for sufferers of one of the five main sub-divisions of SPS. Motto: "Together we can educate people AND doctors together!"

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Living Our Best With SPS was originally set up in 2015 as SPSers/MWD`s Fighting On Through Exercise. Name changed March 2019. It is a USA-based private Facebook group. Mantra: "Our aim is to provide a noncompetitive positive motivating environment for people living with SPS.Providing inspiration and hope by fighting back through exercise."

SPS Plus PERM Syndrome. UK Support Group is a private Facebook group set up in the UK by Leigh Knowles in 2017. The name changed in 2021. Says Leigh: "I needed to

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raise awareness and try to meet other people who have this horrible condition ... so I created this page in the hope it would help myself and others."

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Struggles is a private USA Facebook group set up by Joy Dansby Charrier in 2014. Her goal and mission is: "... to help, whoever I can from a Christian perspective ... to share our triumphs and defeats, our happy times, our sad times, and share helpful, knowledgeable, information about this disease."

Stiff Person Syndrom Norge is a private group created in 2015 in Norway to "help each

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other with good advice and help to understand this diagnosis. We have different experiences and may learn from each other."

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Stiff Person Syndrome Support Group is a private Facebook group created in 2019 by Heather Brown.

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Ashley's Fight With Stiff Person Syndrome Support Group is a private Facebook group created in 2017 by Ashley Moore Swanson.

Support for Adolescents and Young Adults

Support for Adolescent or Young Adults with Stiff Person Syndrome is a private Facebook group set up in 2020 in the USA by Meghan Bayer because "So many teens and young adults struggle with understanding and eventually accepting that life just goes on."

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Jäykkyysoireyhtymä (Stiff Person Syndrome) is a Finnish private Facebook group set up in 2016 by Mari E Kiuru

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SPS Sisters is an American private Facebook group for women only. It was set up in 2017 with the mantra: "Strives to empower, educate and encompass an encouraging community".

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SPS & Rare Disease Warriors is an American private Facebook group set up in 2020 by Christine Marquez, a motivational speaker who works to spread awareness of SPS and other rare diseases.

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Sindrome de la Persona Rigida o Stiff Person (SPS-SPR) is an Argentinian private Facebook group set up in 2017 by Gabriela Suarez based in Buenos Aires.

Various Helpful and Informative Worldwide Websites

NORD, the National Organisation for Rare Disorders based in the USA. The link (left) goes direct to their comprehensive and detailed section about SPS in all its main forms

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The Tin Man is an extensive website dedicated to Stiff Person Syndrome, covering everything from a detailted description of the condition, through to links for professionals, diagnoses, treatments, patient stories and videos, plus social media

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SPS is a USA-based website. The purpose of this website is to provide support for people with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS). Medical Director is Dr. Duarte G. Machado, Co-Director of Hartford Healthcare Movement Disorders Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, Yale University School of Medicine

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The Mighty is a digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challenges and disabilities. It has more than two million registered users. This link is direct to the section on SPS where sufferers post about their lives and experiencess

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Selbsthilfegruppe Stiff-Person-Syndrom German-based website set up by Birgit Daiminger, similar in concept to the UK and Ireland SPS website, offering news, information and links for SPS sufferers in Deutschland

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MedicineNet's is an online, healthcare media publishing company, founded in the USA in 1996. This link is to a description of SPS and includes a variety of subscriber/sufferer responses

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Stiff Baby Syndrome: MedicineNet's brief description of this even rarer version of SPS that affects babies. "A genetic disorder also known as hyperexplexia in which babies have an exaggerated startle reflex"

Easy-to-use platform where rare disease patients, families and patient organisations can develop global online communities and conversations across continents and languages. RareConnect partners with the world's leading rare disease patient groups, allowing people to connect around issues that affect them while living with a rare disease. Click this link HERE to go to the SPS community forum


The voice of rare disease patients in Europe, Eurordis represents 812 rare disease patient organisations in 70 countries and 30 million people affected by rare diseases. The purpose of the website is to provide information for rare disease patient organisations, patients, their families, carers and any other organisations or individuals concerned with rare diseases. You have to register to access the site. Available in eight languages

Established in France in 1997, this portal for rare diseases and orphan drugs provides high quality information on rare diseases and ensures equal access to knowledge for all stakeholders. Orphanet represents a consortium of 40 countries across the globe

Launched in May 1995, Medscape provides access to medical information for clinicians. It also also provides continuing education for physicians and health professionals and references medical journal articles

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NICE is the UK's National Health Service (NHS) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. This link takes you direct to NICE's website.


USA government site, usagov, that brings together SPS and SPS-related records and websites. This link (icon left) takes you directly to the site section about Stiff Person Syndrome and, in the first 30 pages, 600 links (but not all SPS). Many links are the same detailed on our website, but it is also searchable for specific conditions/treatments by typing in requests

The Stiff Person Syndrome Research Found

The Stiff Person Syndrome Research Foundation is a dedicated US website aimed at fundraising to promote research into the condition.The mission statement is: "To support research to develop better treatments and to make a cure possible for Stiff Person Syndrome for each and every patient."

Wikipedia: Extensive information about SPS ranging from showing signs, symptoms, causes and diagnosis to treatment, prognosis, epidemiology and history

Click on the links below to take you to various SPS internet pages not in English. If you have more links, please contact us at: