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Important update from Christofer from Therion
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    Important update from Christofer from Therion

    by cowboy71 » Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:50 pm

    Thought I would share this from Christofer's Facebook.

    Huge respect to the guy for not cancelling!

    Christofer Johnsson wrote:POSSIBLY MY FINAL LIVE PERFORMANCE EVER ON 70.000 TONS METAL
    Over 2 weeks ago I started to get HUGE pains in my arm, shoulder and back. It hurted worse if I lay down and got worse by the day. In the end I could not even sleep in bed anymore and had to sit up sleeping in the sofa every night.
    Medicare in Sweden don't work anymore. Equipment is great and the doctors are competent and do their best, but due to the massive population increase, the capacity and medical infrastructure has lacked behind each year and just seem to get worse and worse. After I got in contact with the emergency, it took me eight (8) days before I got to see a physiotherapist and he could not make a proper diagnosis without a MRI scan of the neck. It would have taken up to a month before I would get a MRI done and then it can take another month before I get the results.
    At this point I slept l worse and less each night and when I tried to play guitar, I would only play half a song before the pain made me stop + my motorics got so bad that I was even physically unable to play most songs.
    In order to not have to cancel 70.000 Tons of Metal and in order to faster get a diagnosis and get it cured, I (upon recommendation) decided to fly to Moscow and have it done there. They are at the same technical and competence level like in Sweden, but have capacity to treat patients immediately. So I got an appointment straight away, flew there and got a fantastic care with not only MRI, but also got to see a neurologist, physiotherapists and specialists. So I got a diagnosis the same day and it seems I have two spinal disc herniations in my neck, one really bad and one small that could get worse. In plain english this means that two of my discs in the neck are worn out (from headbanging and sitting too much in front of computer in the office and the studio) and have cracked so that fluid runs out from it. The fluid put pressure on the nerves in the spinal chord and create pain in shoulder/arm/back and distort mobility in the right arm.
    In order to stabilise the neck, I have to wear a support collar for 2 weeks (even on stage) and they gave me cortisone injections to block parts of the pain temporary. So now I can at least (after 2 weeks of sleeping sitting in the sofa) sleep in my bed and with some pain and efforts I can play a festival set of simplest possible songs. So at least we don't have to cancel.
    After the cruise I will go back to Russia to meet a world class neuro surgeon who will determine wither it's better to do surgery or to treat this without knives. The advantage with surgery is that if successful, I would recover much quicker. But surgery in the neck is always a risk and if worse come to worse, a failed surgery there could end up with me never being able to play on stage again.
    To treat without surgery will be very painful and normally take 4-5 months before fully recovered (if unlucky longer), but this is what I am hoping for and the specialists that gave me the diagnosis were quite sure it would be treatable that way. But we will know for sure what the deal is after I've met the neuro surgeon afther the cruise.
    So what does all this mean? It means that I will be playing at 70.000 TOM with great difficulties and using a support collar. It also means that the Rock Opera will get some month or two delayed, as I can't sit in the studio at the computer (I will have to use a studio assistant) and not for as long sessions as usual.
    It also means that if I end up having to do surgery, there is always a small risk that the cruise will end up being my final stage performance (which is a good reason for choosing the best surgeon Russia has to offer as soon as possible before the odds get worse - rather than taking my chances being assigned one randomly in Sweden and maybe have to wait many months before they have time to do it).
    Finally I would like to give a special THANK YOU to the following:
    Russian Embassy of Stockholm and the IFS Visa Centre in Stockholm. You people did much more than obligated by your duties and thanx to your extra efforts, I could get visa done in time for the hastily booked trip.
    Leila Namazova-Baranova and all the amazing medical specialists and staff at the hospital in Moscow, who offered me the most professional medical care treatment I have every experienced. Thanx to you people I have a diagnose now (instead of in 2 months from now), I can sleep in my bed at night and I can now even play guitar enough that we don't have to cancel the cruise.
    Alexander Osipov and Jane Odintsova from Imperial Age who suggested me to fly to Moscow instead and who also arranged everything for me there. If it wasn't for you guys I would have canceled the cruise by now.
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    Re: Important update from Christofer from Therion

    by deathmetalpat » Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:03 pm

    Wow ,I might be seeing the last Therion show ever and in 2012 they where the main reason I went.I am floored by this news and hope he can get some proper medical help.
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    Re: Important update from Christofer from Therion

    by Phoenix » Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:07 pm

    Fuck. Good on him for not cancelling, that's some scary shit.
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    Re: Important update from Christofer from Therion

    by mooyagi » Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:12 pm

    That's really unfortunate. Glad that he didn't have to cancel. Hopefully he can make it through the trip.
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    Re: Important update from Christofer from Therion

    by deathmetalpat » Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:29 pm

    The plane trip is going to be the worst part,if they make it to Florida they will play.Someone might even step in and play guitar for him if it comes to that.Before Progpower ,the last time I saw them in USA ,Christian Vidal fell off the stage practicing in the morning.They played that night after Chris waiting for Christian to get waited on in the hospital.I had a chat with him (Chris)about The Atlanta hospita a little later ,he said they where like Sweden in the 1970s (bad).That was a little over 5 years ago ,boy have things changed since then.
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    Re: Important update from Christofer from Therion

    by sara » Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:41 pm

    That really is something serious! Just from reading this, he sounds like the sort of guy who will definitely go at lengths for something once he has decided on it, not too surprising other than he is even willing to do that to play for the ship. He definitely didn't have to, and I think most people wouldn't.

    The thing with his discs in his neck... My uncle has this, it was found after a botched surgery on some discs in his back. The stuff in his back was actually black market material, there was a big lawsuit about the doctor, but anyway for him it really spelled permanent disability. Of course he has other problems with his weight and things and relies on veteran care, but I immediately thought of this and really feel badly that Christoffer has such a bad neck problem. Hopefully he is able to get fixed up, but I doubt his neck will ever be 100 percent. Huge bummer.
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    Re: Important update from Christofer from Therion

    by AceHugger » Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:58 pm

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    Re: Important update from Christofer from Therion

    by Pellaz » Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:32 pm

    Holy crap, what a trooper.

    deathmetalpat wrote:The plane trip is going to be the worst part,if they make it to Florida they will play.Someone might even step in and play guitar for him if it comes to that.Before Progpower ,the last time I saw them in USA ,Christian Vidal fell off the stage practicing in the morning.They played that night after Chris waiting for Christian to get waited on in the hospital.I had a chat with him (Chris)about The Atlanta hospita a little later ,he said they where like Sweden in the 1970s (bad).That was a little over 5 years ago ,boy have things changed since then.


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    Re: Important update from Christofer from Therion

    by captaingabbeh » Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:09 pm

    Fuck. I'm amazed he didn't cancel.

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    Re: Important update from Christofer from Therion

    by bodomdragon » Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:28 am

    All the best for Christofer, it's actually amazing that he's not cancelling the shows. Thank you for that Chris!!
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    Re: Important update from Christofer from Therion

    by Zed3 » Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:36 am

    Hope he'll get well soon and that 70k won't be his last live performance !
    Takes a lot of dedication to music (and fans) not to cancel in such conditions, we should be really grateful ! :headbanger:
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    Re: Important update from Christofer from Therion

    by PacNW » Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:44 am

    I have tremendous admiration and respect for Christofer for working so hard to honor his commitments. I would not in the least think ill of him if he had cancelled, or if he decides he's not fit to play when they are onbroad. I've experienced some minor back pain and it's not something I'd wish on anyone.
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