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Megadeth Frontman Dave MustaineDiagnosed With Arthritis

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MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has issued the following update:

"I am writing this while sitting in my studio, and Justis and his friend from school, Ryan (a drummer) are in the lounge room blasting KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and now RUSH for songs for their band, and I have some rare "extra time", so I wanted to make a post about last week and what we are doing next week.

"I had a barbecue at my house in Fallbrook after service on Sunday and met some of Pam's new friends, and got ready for something that I never thought I would do in my life. That is my adult life. But first comes Monday - a dreadful day for me.

"I have been struggling with my back for some time, and have been doing yoga, stretching, acupuncture, faith healing, "laying" on of hands, injections, chiropractic, and everything else you can imagine. Two years ago, almost, I went out to my friend in Ohio and went to the OSU Medical center and had MRI's done on my neck and spine for 1 3/4 hours.

"The next day the Doctor (and I say that reluctantly) said that I had stenosis, and acted like it was just indigestion and went on talking to someone else. Needless to say I was pissed by his cavalier attitude and when he told me that there was nothing I could do except take two Aleve and get used to it I felt doomed.

"After two more years of destroying my neck and back on tour and ruining my liver from the medication I finally went to the Kieran Jobe Clinic in Anaheim and my Dr. Orr Limpisvasti did more x-rays, and requested I get another series of MRI's done. I was also to be fitted with a brace, and a traction unit, and Physical Therapy. AGAIN WITH THE FUCKING PT! This time it’s for six months. I went there on Thursday to find out the results of the MRI. This was the day that I find out if I go under the knife or not.

"Now, back to Electra getting the acting bug, and this is even with her brother started acting before her. You see when I was a kid my mom used to take us to the Costa Mesa Repertory Theater to see plays and acting. I know this is where Electra got her bug from, and consequently ended up with her as the co-host with her friend Wanda Goldberg from their show "Faithful Friends", which is a show about animals that is aired on the Animal Planet channel on cable TV for its second season this year.

"Anyway, I went out to Las Vegas on Tuesday with Pam to see the play "Mamma Mia". I thought it was going to totally suck when we went to see the movie and I actually liked it, so I easily agreed to the invitation to come see the play in L.V. and again I had fun. Except for the obese troglodyte woman that kept kicking the back of my chair, it was very enjoyable; not as good as the movie, but good just the same.

"I flew home on Wednesday and got back to work in the studio.

"Thursday was the day I found out the damage. And oddly enough, ever since I went to the dude Todd Bentley that everyone is saying is a healer; my back has been feeling better. It could be psychosomatic, but I digress. The Doctor came in the room and turned on the lightbox (what they use to view x-rays) and gave me the news.

"I have been diagnosed with degenerative disk disease and arthritis in my neck and that is what's causing all of the problems in my back.

"But don't despair, because I am in a great place and am very happy.

"I get to listen to my little boy just shred! in the other room and I am so glad that he isn't going to inherit my reputation and that he is going to be better than me.

"Friday and the work week is through, but not before I made another trip up to LA to film a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for VH-1's Rock Autism, and I also filmed a segment for the greatest 100 Hard Rock songs of all time and we were on it. I just hope that we stay on it!

"Lastly, I got to play the video game "Rock band" and was filmed playing against someone online, and this will all be aired in the near future, so we will text you a notice if you are signed up for TheLiveLine for me, and if not we will just post it here.

"I came back to the studio and stayed here until 12:30 AM with the Storekeeper and we went over all kinds of great stuff and we are going to be listing a DV-8 soon. This is one of my last ESP's and definitely a great guitar.

"Now, as I finish this post, I can't help but laugh about James Lomenzo coming over here this morning and setting off the silent alarm, and how Brooklyn it is of him to be gone when the Sheriffs all swooped, which was right when I pulled up

"I am finishing up the day here and getting the studio ready for our album and the private clients that come in here, which will be screened so that it is Droogies First :-)

"The rest of the weekend is going to be spent in Nashville with Justis, playing golf in a tournament, and although I asked good buddy Shawn Drover if he could make the drive up and it is just too much right now, so I wont see him for a few weeks still, but I may see some of you at the tournament, or at the airport coming and going Sunday and Monday with my son.

"Lastly, please say tuned for more developments from our official site here and our MySpace.com/megadeth page and the official Gigantour site and MySpace.com/gigantour page for details. We are going to be uploading a lot of films, podcasts, news, pictures and delivering out the fanclub packages.

"A big thank you goes out to Dave McRobb for his tireless efforts here at the Official site, and now he will also be running our MySpace pages. So, there should be a hell of a lot of stuff popping up all over soon."

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well, yeah he's got arthritis. He's 73 years old!

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 12:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Southern writes:

I HATE Mustaine, it's just another reason why is guitar playing has been sucking a big one lately.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 12:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. assholes writes:

and MEGADETH sucks a$$ too

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 12:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Red writes:

Boo f***ing hoo !!

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 12:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. coldiem writes:

Good luck with any similar problems you get as your age rises, I don't suppose you'd be looking for any support from anyone though? Nah, obviously not, since you seem that's worthy of belittlement.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 1:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Southern_Bastard writes:

HAhahaaaaa

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 1:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Red writes:

Well Coldiem I have a major digestive problem and believe me in makes life very very hard for me but nobody hears me complain, or cry or blog about it because I have it, it's there, it sucks but complaining or trying to gain pity will not fix it.
One of the owners of my workplace has had severe arthritis since his early 30's, and I mean severe as too not move at all. Then they helped him with medication and he still has it but started doing sports again and the likes. did he blog about it ? did he went public to make himself a victim ? no, he said I have this disease, it blows but I will prevail...and he did it without asking for pity.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 1:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. That_One_Guy writes:

Mamma Mia?? BAH! Boo, Dave Mustaine. Boo.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Red writes:

Watch out Coldiem will go preachy on you !!!

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 1:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. That_One_Guy writes:

Why's that?

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 1:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. coldiem writes:

How is what you just wrote any different than Dave Mustaine blogging about his issues? Like it or not, he is a celebrity, and his fans do care. He is merely keeping them informed. No need to demean him over it. It's not like he said "Oh! It hurts so much, please shower me with your sympathy!"

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 1:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. coldiem writes:

I'm not going all preachy, I just happen to have at least a little shred of common courtesy. Something which is very rare around these parts.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 1:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. That_One_Guy writes:

It's not that I don't have decency, I just think that Mamma Mia blows. I just can't stand the music, for starters. Other than that, maybe it's good. I don't know. I probably never will. But anyway, I wasn't demeaning Dave Mustaine for his arthritis issues, I was merely commenting on Mamma Mia.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 1:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. coldiem writes:

No worries That_One_Guy, I share your distaste for Mamma Mia. That wasn't what I was commenting on :p

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 1:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. travlow1 writes:

GOOD F U CK ING PIECE OF sh** YOU ARE. gOD I HATE HIM AND HIS ATTITUDE AND HIS SH I TTY MUSIC. i HOPE HIS DISEASE CRIPPLES HIM!!!!!!

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 1:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. That_One_Guy writes:

Don't type in all caps, travlow1, it makes you look like a douche.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 1:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. KinG_KoOPa writes:

Just goes to show that all those years of headbanging catch up with you.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 2:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Red writes:

LOL, now that was (post 15) the complete lack of courtesy....

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 2:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. RIFF-MASTER writes:

I hope this doesn't affect the band's future touring plans.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 3:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

I still haven't heard their newest album. How does it sound?

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 5:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. haha writes:

that sucks. Megadeth f***ing rules.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 5:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. DeathInEye writes:

What's wrong with discussing one's health issues Red. I'm writing a whole book of poetry about living with Muscular Dystrophy because 1) I seem to have a knack for poetry and 2) I think people should understand how it sucks, not that it sucks. I get the no pity thing, but informing people isn't asking for pity.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 5:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Red writes:

Well nothings wrong about it but I mean c'mon, Arthritis ? I hurts as f*** but compare to muscular dystrophy I would be happy to have arthritis. He had back and neck pains, that sucks but hew makes a big deal out of it...didn't Kurt Angle win a gold medal with a broken neck ? Never heard him complain...

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 6:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Vinny the Metalhead writes:

Get well soon, Dave.

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# Aug 25, 2008 @ 6:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. ZT, I be writes:

I was wondering where all the a$$holes went. Hey guys! What's up? *sarcasm*

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 6:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. DeathInEye writes:

Lol was Kurt Angle actually an Olympic athlete? He was always such a dumbass on the show I never bothered checking. I see your point more clearly now Red. But Arthritis to a guitarist does seem pretty sh!tty, in his defense.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 6:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Red writes:

BB King has arthritis and had it for many many yet he plays on and doesn't complain. And yes Kurt Angle was an Olympic athlete and gold medallist. Tommy Iommy has lost the tip of some fingers, yet he found a way to make it didn't he ? The drummer from def leppard misses an arm but plays on, jeff healey was blind but he played...and the list goes on and on.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 7:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. DeathInEye writes:

Great examples! but on the blind guy I was taught that a musician should be able to play blind folded. Granted blind is not blind folded and falling offstage can be hazardous! No, seriously, I see your point, I'm just trying to see all angles, even if they prove to bad angles.

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 7:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Jenny writes:

Honestly, Dave may have arthritis but some people here obviously have brain damage: Megadeth is a great band. The reason why this is news is because it hurts I suppose. As a guitar player, it would suck if you had arthritis so I hope Dave can still play. :)

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 7:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Red writes:

Heck yes he will be able to still play, there is medication for that, he just has to suck it up and get his balls out and play

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 7:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Kalis_wrath writes:

Speaking as someone with a bad back I sympathize with Dave, but damn! He sounds whiney about it! Go smoke a bowl man and get over it!

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 8:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. psythe writes:

I agree with posts 11 and 17, and seem to have missed the part where Mustaine said "I have arthritis, therefore I'm quitting music." I'm sure all those people you guys used as examples came out and said to the public, "Hey guys, I lost my arm" or whichever variation. Please think before you criticise people. The fact that you KNOW that BB King has arthritis suggests that he at some point did EXACTLY what Mustaine has done here. I'll add to your examples. Daniel Johns has arthritis, still plays in Silverchair, everyone knows he's got it, and thus this example is irrelevent to your arguments against Mustaine here.

Red: "he just has to suck it up and get his balls out and play" - Sorry mate, but your whole point is, well, pointless. Mustaine never made a single suggestion to the contrary.

Oh, and by the way, arthritis is no small thing, it can actually be literally CRIPPLING. Of course, the case varies for every person, much like many diseases and ailments. One of my mates has a form of arthritis, the docs have been saying he'll be in a wheelchair by the time he's 30.

I don't even much like Mustaine - or Megadeth - but please, people, THINK before you criticise!

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 8:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. BoltThrower writes:

Umm, Dave, Ben Gay? Or should that be, Been Gay?

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 10:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. DeathInEye writes:

You have a point as far as arthritis goes in telling people does not equate asking for pity or complaining (although Dave has had more than enough hissy-fits, but I think he addresses that when he says his son won't inherit his reputation) but anyway, if you're missing an arm, I think people tend to notice major body parts missing without being told. =P

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 10:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. DeathInEye writes:

^ to psythe =D

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 10:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. psythe writes:

lol, you may have a point about the arm :)

# Aug 25, 2008 @ 11:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Kalis_wrath writes:

Psythe, where the Hell do you get your compassion from?

# Aug 26, 2008 @ 12:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Cynic writes:

Red, I don't get how this blog was in any way asking for pity or complaining. If a friend of yours came up to you and told you this story, would your reply be "Boo f***ing hoo, grow some balls and suck it up"? Dave undoubtedly sees his fans as friends.

# Aug 26, 2008 @ 12:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. psythe writes:

lol, not Wal-Mart, that's for sure! (shrugs) I'm an idealist, and I love to argue lol.

The above post says what I was trying to say, without all the rambling I do hahah.

# Aug 26, 2008 @ 1:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. psythe writes:

Oh, and to DeathInEye, that's really cool about the poetry book, hey! It's great when people can use some debilitation to their advantage in some way, make something positive out of it. I'm something of an amateur poet, but only because I enjoy messing around with words and ideas, so I just write stuff for myself.

# Aug 26, 2008 @ 1:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. bbristowe writes:

eh, I have never been a huge fan of dave but I respect him as a well established guitarist (1st 4 megadeth albums anyone?) and for defining an entire genre of music. Other than that he is a prick and deserves anything he gets. f***in bible beater.

# Aug 26, 2008 @ 4:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. ATHENA writes:

^^^ur a pud beater-the'owner's manual is an anvil that has withstood many hammers-and as for #15's comments-WAIT 'till your generation gets old-the generation before you will have you made into FISH FOOD-Remember,Soylent Green is PEOPLE!I too,have 'rhuematism' in about 8 places,and I work 2 jobs(had 3);it tends to be an inherited condition,but human beings have been dealing with it for tens of thousands of years(Neanderthal Man had it)I sympathize,Dave-

# Aug 26, 2008 @ 6:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Red writes:

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! The whole staff is destroying me...LOL

# Aug 26, 2008 @ 8:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. psythe writes:

^lol, nothing personal, you understand :)

# Aug 26, 2008 @ 8:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Red writes:

Yep I do that's why I am laughing about it, I'm meeeeeeeeeeeeltiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnng, meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllltttttttttiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnng....hehehehehe

# Aug 26, 2008 @ 9:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. Dee writes:

That's sh**ty. Get well soon Dave :)!!!

# Aug 26, 2008 @ 10:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. DeathInEye writes:

I'm firstly writing the book for myself Psythe. Writing is very therapeutic for me. But if I can enlighten someone on a subject, I think as a human being and an artist I'm obligated to do so...But that could also just be years of english professors spouting off on how important literature is.... Who knows, but I like it, so I do it. Also, I don't just write about my disease. It was just an obvious topic.

# Aug 26, 2008 @ 1:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. psythe writes:

^Without language, the Human race would be indivisable from the animal kingdom. So yes, literature IS important. It fuels our growth. So, good job, hahah :)

# Aug 26, 2008 @ 8:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. wilco writes:

well yaheh
what to say for a guy who feels sorry for him self
afther all this years he stiil whines thought he had that sh** a couple of years ago
than they canceld a show in holland a few hours before
me waiting i n the f***ing rain to go to the mega deth thing
or is he still depressed abouthat metallica thing so he blams iton a old people thing
well the dude is olld
well nobody felt sorry for me when my fridge was epmty and no more beer

# Aug 29, 2008 @ 11:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. That_One_Guy writes:

About earlier... Yes, Kurt Angle was a gold medal wrestler, and doesn't B.B. King also have diabetes? I thought I saw him on a commercial for diabetes or something like that a while ago..

# Aug 30, 2008 @ 11:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. psythe writes:

post 49 - "well nobody felt sorry for me when my fridge was empty and no more beer" hahahahah!! Love it.

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