Paul “H.R.” Hudson, frontman of legendary DC punks Bad Brains, disclosed early last year that his brains really are bad. He has been diagnosed with a rare neurobiological disorder called SUNCT, nicknamed the “Suicide Syndrome,” which causes him to experience severe cluster headaches. The singer has now revealed that he will undergo brain surgery later this month in hopes of relieving his pain.
H.R. told Loudwire that the surgery is scheduled for February 21st. “[My wife] took me to the hospital so I would learn about what was going on in my head, because I was experiencing bad headaches at the time,” he said. “And the doctor came to me and he said we’re going to have a surgery.”
In March 2016, H.R.’s wife and caregiver, Lori, launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for the singer’s medical expenses. “The headaches come randomly, with no warning, at all hours of the day and night,” Lori explained in the fundraiser’s description, “but for him, they are much worse at night. The intensity of the nighttime headaches is so great that he yells, cries out, groans, and sobs—repeatedly, every few minutes, for most of the night. He can’t work. He has no quality of life.”
Up until now, he’d been treating his condition with a “cocktail of pharmaceuticals” alongside more holistic approaches. “I’ve been dealing with spiralina, wheatgrass, goldenseal and Vitamin A, D and C,” H.R. said. “I did experience some improvement with these.”
The legendary frontman appears to be facing the prospect of the knife with little fear, however. His doctor has reportedly performed the same surgery over 200 times, so fans can be assured he’s in good hands. The GoFundMe page is still accepting donations; head here to contribute.
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