Bret Michaels Suffers a 'Minor Setback'

04/27/2010 at 06:30 PM EDT

Bret Michaels Suffers a 'Minor Setback'
Bret Michaels
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As Bret Michaels begins what may be a slow and painful recovery from a brain hemorrhage, the rocker got another round of bad news at the intensive care unit: He was diagnosed with a side effect that leads to seizures, his reps tell PEOPLE.

"Michaels remains under 24-hour observation in the ICU and is in positive spirits. He is responding well to tests and treatments," the reps say in a statement. "Even though today was a minor setback, doctors remain hopeful for a full recovery."

Michaels, 47, is conscious and in critical but stable condition at the unidentified hospital after suffering a type of stroke called a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which causes bleeding in the fluid-filled spaces around the base of the brain.

Additional tests are planned to find the cause of the rupture, his reps say, adding, "Many people are speculating Michaels's head injury suffered from a prop striking the singer at the Tony Awards last June is the cause." But for many patients with this condition, no cause is often found.




Doctors Hopeful Despite Side Effect

Most recently, Michaels was found to have a side-effect called hyponatremia, which is a lack of sodium in the body that leads to seizures. The reps didn't say whether Michaels has actually suffered any seizures.

"Coupled with the fact that Michaels is a lifelong Type 1 diabetic and has recently undergone emergency appendectomy surgery while on tour in San Antonio, he will remain monitored closely by his medical team to make sure no complications occur from the diabetes," the reps say.

They add that doctors are "hopeful that Bret will gradually improve as the blood surrounding the brain dissolves and is reabsorbed into his system, which can be a very painful recovery and take several weeks to months."

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