‘Very near-death,’ said Queen’s guitarist Brian May
By Trent Sell
Brian May has had an eventful month filled with health scares. He tore his gluteus maximus in a gardening accident and later found himself back in the hospital suffering from a heart attack. In an IGTV video he told his fans about the scary and painful experience while clearing up some confusion.
This past Sunday, May 24, the guitarist told viewers about his health scares. He first cleared up the air surrounding his “gardening accident.” An initial MRI revealed a torn muscle in his gluteus maximus, but the excruciating pain continued. This story took up a life of its own.
“I didn’t realize that was amusing, really. I kind of forgot anything to do with the bum people find amusing… but anyway, it turned out to be not really the case,” said May.
Upon further tests, it was revealed that he had a compressed sciatic nerve that was causing the intensifying pain. “But this time I had one of the lower spine and, sure enough, what did we discover but I had a compressed sciatic nerve, quite severely compressed, and that’s why I had the feeling that someone was putting a screwdriver in my back the whole time. It was excruciating,” Brian explained.
‘Small heart attack’
Not long after the sciatic nerve injury, he was faced with chest pain and shortness of breath. Brian explained in his IGTV video, “It was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness. It’s that feeling in the arms and sweating. 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.”
The near-death experience required 3 stints in his heart to fix the artery blockages.