After admitting to ripping his butt muscles during gardening earlier this month, Brian May revealed more details about an incident that led to a small heart attack and the discovery of three blocked arteries that left the guitarist Queen “very close to death”.
In a series of posts on his Instagram account, the 72-year-old man said that a week after being sent home after suffering a gardening injury, he was still in such agony that he “wanted to jump to certain moments ”. He was readmitted to hospital for an MRI, which discovered a severely compressed sciatic nerve – the product, he concluded, of 50 years as a guitarist. “This is why I had the feeling that someone was putting a screwdriver on my back,” he said.
In “the whole back pain saga,” May said he experienced 40 minutes of chest pain and tightness that turned out to be a minor heart attack. He was readmitted to hospital for angiography, which found three blocked arteries. May said he had been pressured by some parties to have open heart surgery, but he took alternative advice to implant three stents.
May said he was shocked to find the blocked arteries, generally considering himself in good health. “Everyone says, ‘You have high blood pressure, a high heart rate’, I stay in good shape on my bike, good nutrition, not too much fat. He suggested that anyone over the age of 60 should have an angiogram. “We all have to really look at ourselves as the fall years approach,” he said. “What appears to be a healthy heart may not be. “
May said he had stopped taking painkillers for leg pain from sciatica, which was now “livable.” Taking medicine was a “horrible trip,” he said. “I don’t know what’s worse: pain or painkillers. “
He expressed his gratitude to his doctors and physiotherapist. “I am extremely grateful that I now have a life to lead again,” said May. “I was actually very close to death because of it, but the pain I felt was due to something completely different.”
Referring to the headlines about his bottom injury, May said, “I kind of forgot that everything about the buttocks is fun, so I got a little pissed off with all the kind of” Brian May assache “stuff. “
In another video posted to her Instagram account overnight, May said that he was “increasingly amazed by government antics about this pandemic. What a story, my God – what a catalog of disasters. “
May sparked criticism in April after suggesting that the coronavirus pandemic was the result of “people eating animals”, despite a lack of scientific consensus on the origin of the disease.