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Bret Michaels, front man for the rock band Poison, star of reality show Rock of Love, and a contestant on this season's Celebrity Apprentice, was rushed to the hospital late Thursday night with a severe headache. It turned out that Michaels had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Bret Michaels is 47 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes when he was a child.

According to the Health and Beauty News blog,
a subarachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding in the subarachnoid space. The subarachnoid space lies between the pia matter of the brain and the arachnoid membrane. It is often seen following a head injury or when there is a cerebral aneurysm. Subarachnoid Hemorrhages may also occur spontaneously.


Symptoms of a subarachnoid hemorrhage include severe headaches, confusion or decreased sense of alertness, difficulty moving, and loss of feeling, becoming extremely irritable or having sudden mood swings, stiff neck, and trouble with vision, vomiting, and seizures. The headaches may come on quickly and intensely and are described as excruciatingly painful. Sometimes there is a sudden pop or snap that is felt before the onset of the headache.
An update was posted on his web site and Facebook pages today (Sunday, April 25) stating that doctors are still looking for the source of the bleeding, and Michaels remains in intensive care. The update went on to say, "As we all know Bret is a fighter and we are hopeful that once all is complete the slurred speech, blurred vision and dizziness, etc. will be eliminated and all functions will return to normal." We'll try to post an update on this as more information is released.

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