Bret Michaels: Headache That Sent Him to Hospital Felt Like Being Hit “Like a Baseball Bat Over and Over Again”

Mon, April 26, 2010 7:21am EDT by 19 Comments

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Rep says Bret is experiencing “slurred speech, blurred vision and dizziness.”

UPDATE #3 (Monday, Apr. 26): Bret Michaels’ rep posted the following statement on his Facebook page: “Once again we can’t thank everyone enough for all the well wishes and prayers being sent Bret’s way! As of now Bret remains in ICU under 24 hour surveillance. Further testing this week will help locate the source of the bleeding. Look for an official medical report from doctors this week at BretMichaels.com. Please remember Bret is, and always has been, a fighter and survivor and is under the best medical care possible. Thank you for your support, thoughts & concern!”

A source close to Bret tells People that the headache that drove Michaels to seek medical attention felt like “[getting] hit in the head with a baseball bat over and over again.” This could be indicative of what doctors call a “thunderclap headache,” a tell-tale symptom of the brain hemorrhage that Bret suffered. 88

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UPDATE #2 (Apr. 25): Bret Michaels’ rep posted the following statement on Bret’s official website Apr. 25: “At this point Bret remains in ICU in critical condition. He is under 24 hour doctors care and supervision. We are hopeful that further tests will locate the source of the bleeding, which has still not been located. As we all know Bret is a fighter and we are hopeful that once all is complete the slurred speech, blurred vision and dizziness, etc. will be eliminated and all functions will return to normal.”

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UPDATE (Apr. 24): Despite Bret’s father, Wally Sychak speaking out about his son’s improvement, his rep tells HollywoodLife.com that “Bret remains in critical condition at an undisclosed location. Further tests are being ran and information will be updated in the coming days.” Bret, 47, was hospitalized April 22 after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

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Original Story:

What a relief! Bret Michaels‘ condition is greatly improving after the rocker, 47, was hospitalized April 22 for a brain hemorrhage. “I talked to him this morning,” Bret’s dad Wally Sychak tells RadarOnline.com. “He sounded upbeat and positive, but they had him sedated. But he’s doing good. He sounded like my son.”

Wally says that doctors are still unsure of the exact cause of the hemorrhage, but they believe it relates to his type 1 diabetes. Bret’s daughters, tour manager and ex-girlfriend, Kristi Lynn Gibson, are all with Bret at the hospital, according to Wally. “We’re all keeping our fingers crossed and saying our prayers, he adds. “He just needs to be quiet now and get rested.”

Bret addressed his fans April 23 in a blog post for Fancast.com, in which he said the hemorrhage was an eye-opening experience. “Because of that feeling of maybe being slightly intoxicated, you don’t know if you’re having low blood sugar or if you’re just drunk,” he wrote. “Am I just feeling tipsy or am I having low sugar? And, it’s a double whammy because here’s what happens with alcohol: when you’re hung-over then you don’t eat right, you don’t take your insulin right. So it’s best to stay away. … Without a doubt, everything that happens happens for a reason. And, this was a wake-up call to be a little bit more diligent on keeping control of my health.”

HollywoodLife.com consulted Dr. Dexter Sun, a neurologist at New York Presbyterian Cornell-Weill Medical College, to learn more about Bret’s condition. “If he’s alert and talkative, that’s a good sign,” says Dr. Sun, who has not treated Bret. “If he’s talkative, the outcome is usually good.”

Our prayers are with you too, Bret! Get all the rest you need so…

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global regulatory specialists

Posted at 1:21 PM on April 1, 2012  

Normally I don’t read post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to check out and do so! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thanks, very nice article.

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Hmmm

Posted at 5:37 AM on April 26, 2010  

Blurred vision and slurred speech? That’s just his normal behavior. Give him a mike and he’s ready to do another crappy power ballad.

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taz

Posted at 2:02 AM on April 26, 2010  

a good old round with a gamma knife would say bye bye to the bleeder instead of poking and prodding him worse than an alien doing a probe. don’t sit there and watch docs. slip him under a gamma knife and zap away.

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Karen

Posted at 5:46 PM on April 25, 2010  

I have been a fan for years now and am very saddened to hear about your sudden illness. I am including you in my daily prayers for a speedy recovery and back before you know it. Please, Bret, get well for all your fans and your children. They need their dad!!!
God Bless..

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Robin

Posted at 5:31 PM on April 25, 2010  

Brett, my family and I are pulling for you and will continue to pray for a quick and complete recovery!!! You are our absolute favorite on Apprentice. You are such a warm and compassionate person. We wish you well!!!

God Bless!!

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Louis

Posted at 5:05 PM on April 25, 2010  

When a fellow human being is facing a life threatening tragedy, as we all will at some point in our journey in life, can’t we muster up enough empathy to wish them well, as we would like others to do for ourselves and our families, without publicly belittling them and making judgments about their character or life style?

When I read certain comments on these blogs, I can’t help wonder what the blogger is lacking–a heart? a brain? a conscience? all 3? These individuals apparently have no clue what their comments tell the other bloggers about their character. I doubt that they would utter such despicable sentiments if they were not hiding behind their computers with their identity unknown.

We seem to be losing our humanity, and if people like this are raising children, God help those kids and the rest of society!

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Jessica

Posted at 3:48 PM on April 25, 2010  

Praying for you & quick recoveryPerhaps this is a wake up call ? God Bless

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anonymous

Posted at 3:30 PM on April 25, 2010  

LEAVE IT UP TO BONNIE FULLER’S SITE TO BRING UP SOME OCCASIONAL PARTYING BRET HAS DONE. THE TRUTH IS THIS WHOLE THING PROBABLY HAPPENED FROM THE INCIDENT AT THE TONY’S WHEN BRET WAS HIT BY A PROP..AND FELL BACK ONTO THE BACK OF HIS HEAD (BRAIN STEM). BONNIE , THE EDITOR IN CHIEF, ALWAYS BRINGS BACK OLD BLOGS, TO KICK PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE DOWN. NOT ONE OTHER SITE ON THE INTERNET, HAS BROUGHT UP THAT STATEMENT BRET HAS MADE, BUT TYPICAL OF HER, THE MAN HATER, SHE HAS. CONSIDER THE SOURCE.
WITHOUT FINDING THE SOURCE OF THE BLEED, AND WITH THE DOUBLE VISION, AND SLURRED SPEECH AND DIZZINESS NOW, AFTER 3 DAYS OF HEMORRHAGING, THINGS ARE GOING DOWN BADLY, IN TERMS OF BRAIN DAMAGE. IT IS SHOCKING THAT THESE GREAT DRS. HAVENT FOUND THIS IN 3 DAYS.
IF BONNIE FULLER HAS ANYTHING OTHER THAN POSITIVE SUPPORTIVE QUOTES OR STATEMENTS TO MAKE, THEN SHE SHOULDNT SAY THEM. NO ONE SHOULD…RIGHT NOW, ONLY POSITIVE SUPPORTIVE TO BRET MICHAELS WOULD BE THE BEST, UNLESS A PERSON IS COLD HEARTED.

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Roxanne Robbins

Posted at 1:55 PM on April 25, 2010  

I have been a large lover of Bret Michaels andI hate to hear he’s ill–seriously ill. I work in a hospital and I know how serious a brain hemorrhage can bde–I wish him the very best and a quick recovery

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mom24

Posted at 12:11 PM on April 25, 2010  

Poor Brett: He has had a rough year. I was never really a big fan (didn’t hate him or anything) his music just isn’t the kind I listen to but watching him on CelAppretice has showed a side of him I never imagined. He is my favorite on the show and I am rooting for him to win ( I know it is already taped). He is one hard worker who does what he needs to do to get the job done. Most importantly he has brought a lot of attention to diabetes. From a new fan Brett hope you have a full and speedy recovery I know you have the drive and determination that is going to be needed.

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Cleta

Posted at 11:31 AM on April 25, 2010  

Get better soon Bret! You were one of my idols in the ’80s..my first hair metal song was Talk Dirty To Me!
Love ya lots still,
Cleta

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mary

Posted at 8:11 PM on April 24, 2010  

our prayers are with you Bret. Our Aunt suffered from a massive brain hemmorage last year at the age of 72 she had brain surgery and was in a coma sufferd a stroke and a mild heart attack while in the coma and has come out of it amazingly. It has been less then a year ago and she is almost back to normal. you can do this to Bret Prayers to you and your family

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Leeee

Posted at 7:53 PM on April 24, 2010  

Bret.. this is a wake up call… QUIT DRINKING!!!!

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anonymous

Posted at 3:36 PM on April 25, 2010  

this is NOT a time for you to tell bret what he needs to do…..who are you to tell the poor guy how to live his life. this probably happened with his accident at the tony’s. he needs loving support, and if he does have his computer and reads blogs and comments, loving, positive support is all he needs. not people telling him how to live. he is confronting life and death right now. trust him to know, if he makes it, and is whole again, he will choose how to live his life. back off.

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Lori

Posted at 3:49 PM on April 24, 2010  

Our prayers are with you Bret. Here’s for a speedy recovery.

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pamela

Posted at 3:29 PM on April 24, 2010  

you are in our prayers brett!!

love pam

in virginia

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Vivian

Posted at 12:04 PM on April 24, 2010  

Your in our prayers BRET!!!!

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Breakfree

Posted at 10:59 AM on April 24, 2010  

Hopefully he will go on from here to try alternative treatments because he is going downhill at this point with his disease. Many with diabetes (both types) get healthier with alternative (naturopathic) treatment when traditional medicine fails and the patients condition steadily deteriorates which this brain hemorrhage indicates. Brett should definitely check out a Naturopathic Physician to get the disease under control instead of the disease doing the controlling. Best wishes to you Brett, that you will do the right thing for yourself, family, friends and many fans.

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Grandma B

Posted at 12:21 AM on April 26, 2010  

I’m a 67 year old grandma. I never watched Bret until he was on Celebrity Apprentice. He seems very ethical and very thoughtful. He also loves his children. He seems spiritual, but I’m not sure it Christian spiritual. I hope he has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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