Brian May – star of the popular band Queen – today revealed he was taken to hospital after being in “agony” for a week. The rock legend claimed using his guitar strap for over 50 years may have been the reason behind his heart attack.
In view of his 2.4 million followers, Brian wrote: “My medical adventures!
“Hmm … Sheer Heart Attack eh ? Well, I think I always worried a little bit about that album title. I wondered if it might upset some people who had actually had heart attacks.
“I’m actually quite relieved now that I’m in that club – and I don’t find it upsetting at all ! Take. care folks.”
He continued: “And … why did those discs in my spine get so squished? Well I think 50 years of running around with a guitar strap over my left shoulder holding a heavy guitar might have something to do with it ! But it probably WAS all worth it!” (sic)
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Queen’s Brian May suffers heart attack after agonising pain
Queen legend Brian May revealed he suffered a small heart attack
The Queen legend accompanied the post with a video where he explained the status of his current health.
Brian began: “Hey folks. I thought I would tell my story here because it is a tiny bit more intimate.
“I think it needs telling because people are kind of making up stories out there. Thought I’d tell you the truth about what happened.
“I told you that I had a ripped muscle, that was the way I was diagnosed, we thought it was a bizarre gardening accident.
Brian May explained he was taken to hospital after being in pain
“I didn’t realise that was amusing really. I kind of forgot that anything to do with the bum people find amusing. I got kind of got p***ed off with all these, ‘Brian May gets a pain in the bum’ kind of stuff.”
Brian continued: “It turned out to be not really the case. I had an MRI and I did have a rip in my gluteus maximus.
“A week later I was still in agony, I mean real agony, I wanted to jump at some points. I could not believe the pain.
“Eventually I had another MRI, this time of the lower spine, and sure enough I had a compressed sciatic nerve. Quite severely compressed.
Brian May assured fans he is doing well following his hospital admission
“That’s why I had this feeling that someone was putting a screwdriver in my back. It was excruciating.”
Brian admitted that was only part of the story and he had suffered a heart attack.
“So that’s one side of the story. I’m a lot better now, I’m free of that terrible pain,” the rockstar commented.
“It actually destroys your mind. I can’t believe what it does to your brain. I feel like I’m in the pain. It’s been appalling.”
Brian said: “I was shocked, I thought I was a healthy guy. In the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside, I had a small heart attack.
“It was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest, the arms, sweating. My wonderful doctor drove me to the hospital himself.”
The guitarist explained he had an angiogram – an X-ray used to examine blood vessels – where medical staff discovered that three of his arteries were blocked and he may have to undergo open heart surgery.
However, Brian admitted he went for the alternative which was to have three stents put inside his heart and is currently recovering at home.