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 EST 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 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


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.”


UPDATE (Apr. 24): Despite Bret’s father, Wally Sychak speaking out about his son’s improvement, his rep tells 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.


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 “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, 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.” 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.”

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