He wrote along with new Instagram video: “My medical adventures!
“Hmm … Sheer Heart Attack eh ? Well, I think I always worried a little bit about that album title. I wondered if it might upset some people who had actually had heart attacks.
“I’m actually quite relieved now that I’m in that club – and I don’t find it upsetting at all ! Take. care folks.”
“And … why did those discs in my spine get so squished? Well I think 50 years of running around with a guitar strap over my left shoulder holding a heavy guitar might have something to do with it!”, he added. “But it probably WAS all worth it!”
“I told you that I had a ripped muscle, as that’s what I was diagnosed, and we thought it was like a bizarre gardening accident,” Brian said in a video.
“I didn’t realise that was amusing really and I kind of forgot that anything to do with the bum people find amusing, so I got a bit p****d off with all the ‘Brian May gets a pain in the bum’ kind of stuff.
“But anyway, it turned out to be not really the case,” 72-year-old guitarist continued. “I did an MRI and yes I did have a rip in my gluteus maximus, and it’s so easy to make a connection, rip there that must be the cause of the pain.”
“No other tests were done. Now a week later I’m still in agony, real agony, I could not believe the pain, and people were saying ‘That’s not like a ripped muscle, you wouldn’t have that amount of pain’.
“So I had another MRI, this time in the lower spine and sure enough, it was discovered that I had a compressed sciatic nerve, quite severely compressed, and that’s why I had this feeling like someone was putting a screwdriver in my back all the time, it was excruciating.
“So finally we started treating the thing for what it was, I’d been putting the ice packs in the wrong place for about 10 days or whatever.”
“But in the middle of it, the rest of the story is a little more bizarre, a bit more shocking, well I was shocked because I thought I was a pretty healthy guy and everyone says ‘You’ve got great blood pressure, you’ve got a great heart rate.’
“I keep fit with biking, I’ve got a good diet and everything, but anyway, 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 and that feeling in the arms and sweating.
“To cut a long story short, my wonderful doctor drove me to the hospital himself and I went straight into what they call the ‘CAT room’ I think and I had an angiogram, and that’s when they stick something in your wrist and it goes all the way up to your heart and into arteries in your heart, and it can find out in a way that nothing else can.
“I was very lucky to be treated as an emergency case,” he added. “But I think it kind of was an emergency. It was a lot of pressure, because I actually turned out to have three arteries that were congested and in danger of blocking the supply of blood to my heart.”
Watch his full video below.