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Official Update: Bret Michaels Experienced A 'Minor Setback' In His Recovery Today

Tue, April 27, 2010 5:55pm EDT by Chloe Melas 3 Comments


A side effect from his initial brain hemorrhage has slowed his recovery process, but doctors are still optimistic!

Still under 24/7 doctor surveillance, Bret Michaels, 47, recently underwent a test that showed he is suffering from hyponatremia — a lack of sodium that can cause seizures. It was a side effect from the brain hemorrhage Bret suffered Apr. 23, and in a statement on Bret’s official Web site posted Apr. 27, his spokeswoman said it has caused a “setback in Bret’s condition.”

“Michaels’ medical workup demonstrated findings of a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a type of stroke that causes bleeding in the fluid-filled spaces around the base of the brain,” the statement confirmed. “It presents itself suddenly as the sound of a loud gunshot or thunderclap at the back of the head causing severe cranial pain and muscle spasms.”

The exact cause of his hemorrhage is still unknown, though Bret’s spokeswoman does mention that many people are speculating it was caused by the injury Bret sustained at the 2009 Tony Awards in June. ( spoke with several top neurologists who refuted that theory.)

Doctors are continuing to explore their theory that it the hemorrhage is somehow connected to Bret’s type 1 diabetes.

Bret “has undergone a continuous series of tests while in the ICU including angiograms, CT scans, MRIs and transcranial dopplers (TCD’s),” the statement reads. “Doctors state Michaels is very lucky as his condition could have been fatal. With further testing and rehabilitation, they are hopeful that Bret will gradually improve as the blood surrounding the brain dissolves and is reabsorbed into his system, which can be a very painful recovery and take several weeks to months. Michaels remains under 24-hour observation in the ICU and is in positive spirits. He is responding well to tests and treatments.”

More information will be released next Monday, May 3.

Poor Bret! Even though it sounded like things were getting better — his dad, Wally Sychak, told Extra on Apr. 27 that his son “sounded a little slow, but fine” — it seems like not much has improved with the rocker’s condition. “He was talking, not as cheerful as he usually is,” Wally said. “But I guess he is under sedation. But he understood what he was saying and he knew me.”

Still, Wally is looking at the situation optimistically. “The fact that he was talking to me, and giving information, I thought that was great,” he said of his son’s current condition. “I understood that this was a terrible ordeal that he was going through.”