Former Of Mice & Men vocalist Austin Carlile is, unfortunately, back in the hospital for complications from Marfan Syndrome. In a new Instagram post, Carlile shared that spinal fluid has been leaking into his head, forcing doctors to find and drain the fluid.

In late 2016, Marfan Syndrome caused Carlile to give up his place in Of Mice & Men, as tears in his spine left him unable to scream. Performing live risked further tears and “irrevocable damage to the spinal cord and nervous system.” Last month, the singer confirmed his return to music, adding it would be “different music” from a “different scene,” and that he’d be back “in the next few months.”

Taking to Instagram earlier today (Aug. 16) Carille wrote in detail about his latest struggle:

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak (have had multiple of them in the past) collecting in my head this time around. Pouches of the fluid are accumulating between my skull & skin leading to swelling in different areas each day. Discover, drain, patch, assessment, repeat. Where, what, why? Infection of said spinal fluid? Intro: intravenous wide spectrum antibiotics administered daily. Observe. More blood cultures, observe. Currently on day five of this, two hospitals, MRI's, CT scans, X-rays, EKG's, ultra sounds, blood work, etc. I'm at Stanford University Hospital with my specialists once again for further observation & testing. Was just here Friday for sleep/pain study but had to return when another hospital team couldn't help my unique case/situation. Another step. Another hurdle Marfan Syndrome throws in my way. Another day I get to kick it in the face & remind it that it doesn't own me, nor can it keep me down for good.


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