I Prevail’s Brian Burkheiser Describes Experiences With Rare Eagle Syndrome Disease – 98KUPD – Arizona’s Real Rock

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After the news that he was missing I have the upper hand‘S upcoming tour dates following surgery for an undisclosed medical problem, singer Brian Burkheiser has revealed that he has been diagnosed with a rare disease called Eagle Syndrome.

“If I’m honest, this disease has broken me the last few years,” Burkheiser wrote in an Instagram post. “I knew something was wrong since 2018, and only recently did I officially discover the problem.”

He continues, “I pushed myself through multiple tour cycles trying my best to maintain a positive spirit, but as the days passed the negativity and pain increased.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, Eagle syndrome is “characterized by recurrent pain in the middle of the throat and face” and symptoms include difficulty swallowing, ringing in the ears and neck pain.

“Unfortunately, Eagle Syndrome is unknown to many, and it is a very silent killer,” Burkheiser writes. “Most I have spoken to with it are suicidal, feel like a burden to those around them and have difficulty doing the simplest of tasks. I have felt many of those feelings, but now I am on a mission to help spread awareness and be a voice for those who are suffering.”

As previously reported, Burkheiser will miss I Prevail’s upcoming shows in Milwaukee and St. Paul, Minnesota, scheduled for May 3 and 4, respectively, as well as their European tour, which kicks off in May. Guitarist and backing vocalist Dylan Bowman will join co-vocalist Eric Vanlerberghe when handling Burkheiser parts.

I Prevail will kick off a US tour with Halestorm in July. In his post, Burkheiser indicates he will be back for those shows, writing, “I’ll see you this summer.”

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