Doctors Still Don’t Know What Caused Rocker’s Brain Hemorrhage

Good news for rock musician Bret Michaels who, as well publicized, was rushed to the hospital on April 22 with an excruciating headache that turned out to be a subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding at the base of the brain). Michaels, who has reinvented himself as a reality TV star on the current installment of The Celebrity Apprentice as well as other unscripted shows, was just released from a Phoenix hospital, and may be able to resume touring in several months if all goes well in his treatment regimen. He still is suffering headaches and back spasms. However, doctors still don’t know what actually caused his condition.

According to, “About 35% of people die when they have a subarachnoid hemorrhage due to an aneurysm because it results in extensive brain damage. Another 15% die within a few weeks because of bleeding from a second rupture.”

Michaels is no stranger to serious health issues. He is a Type-1 diabetic and also had  an emergency appendectomy on April 12. Michaels also fell off the stage while performing at the Tony Awards in June 2009, but there is no indication whether last week’s incident was related to what is sometimes called “second-impact syndrome.” Doctors apparently are discounting any connection between these previous episodes and Michaels’ latest health challenge.

A brain injury can happen in a number of different ways.  The most common cause of brain injury is a trauma in a slip-and-fall accident or an auto crash. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving a blow to the head, see your doctor immediately, and follow the medical advice given. If the condition was the result of an injury caused by the negligence of someone else, legal representation is also important. Contact the experienced brain injury lawyers at Young & Young in Indianapolis for a private, confidential, and free consultation.

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