Queen's Brian May says he was 'in agony, very near death' after sudden heart attack amid recovery from back injury
Brian May, 72, has revealed that he was rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart attack. The guitarist for the rock band 'Queen' was recovering from a ripped muscle and trapped nerve which had happened due to a gardening injury when he suddenly suffered from a heart attack that came amid his recovery. May took to his Instagram handle to release a video on Monday, May 25, where he explained the shocking series of events and his tough battle with his physical wellbeing that eventually led to him being hospitalized. Click to see the video here.
May, who has now made a full recovery, started his video by saying, "I told you I had a ripped muscle and that was the way I was diagnosed and we thought it was like a bizarre gardening accident... I kind of forgot anything to do with the bum people find amusing... but anyway, it turned out to be not really the case."
He also shared that after being diagnosed with a rip in his gluteus maximus, he was confused as to why he was still in pain a week later. "I mean real agony. I wanted to jump at some points. I could not believe the pain. And people are saying 'that's not like a ripped muscle', so eventually I had another MRI," he shared. The results had revealed that May had a compressed sciatic nerve which he said "felt like someone had been putting a screwdriver in my back the entire time. It was excruciating...." In the middle of receiving treatment, May suffered from another medical emergency.
"So that's one side of the story, and I'm a lot better now. I'm free of that terrible pain that actually destroys your mind. But the rest of the story is a little more bizarre. I was shocked, I thought I was a healthy guy. Everyone says I've got a great blood pressure and I keep fit, I bike, good diet," May said.
"I had - in the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside - I had a small heart attack. I say small, it's not something that did me any harm. It was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness. It's that feeling in the arms and sweating," he continued. "And you kind of know, you've heard things and you think 'this is a heart attack.' To cut a long story short, my wonderful doctor drove me to the hospital himself and I had an angiogram [an X-ray used to examine blood vessels]," he added.
He revealed how doctors had suggested that he go through an open heart surgery but instead he opted to have three stents put inside his heart. After his surgery, May says that he is recovering well and is currently in no pain from the surgery. "I walked out with a heart that is very strong now. So I think I'm in good shape for some time to come.... And if I'm not then I'll have another angiogram," May said. "I'm very grateful that I now have a life to lead again. I was very near death because of this, but the pain that I had was from something very different. It's funny how these things work."
"But I'm good. I'm here. And I'm ready to rock. Please don't send me sympathies, because I'm good. God bless," he concluded.