Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s Richard Edwards Opens Up About C. Diff Diagnosis, Future Touring Plans

Richard Edwards, from the band's Facebook page.

Richard Edwards, from the band’s Facebook page.

Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s frontman Richard Edwards didn’t want to make the post.

“I’ve spent the past two weeks trying to convince myself I wasn’t going to have to write this, but over the past couple of days I’ve realized I have to,” he wrote on the band’s Facebook page last year, announcing they had to cancel the remainder of their tour due to a “debilitating stomach pain” that essentially left the musician bed-ridden and down 28 pounds in two weeks – a confusing and frustrating situation for the musician.

But now Edwards has some answers, according to another post he made late Monday night.

“I was (finally) diagnosed with C. Diff,” Edwards wrote, explaining that the band has their “best batch of songs to date” in the works. “After months and months of nuclear antibiotics and treatments I finally tested free and clear. Great news, and on a day to day basis I’m so much better than I was last year.”

C. Diff is a form of colitis in the large intestine caused by infection. Edwards was experiencing trouble breathing, intense nausea, abdominal pain, and extreme weight loss – some of these symptoms caused by the physical effort put forth when he sang.

But now, the musician and the Chicago-based band are hoping he’s over the hump, having recently tested free of the gastrointestinal infection. “I’ve never been more energized to make music,” Edwards wrote.

Edwards made it a point to thank MusiCares, a foundation started by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that helps musicians with medical and personal financial issues.

“[MusiCares] has seen to it that I see good doctors, without having to rob banks to do it,” Edwards said. “I never would have been diagnosed if not for them, and it’s very likely I would’ve kicked off, despite so many doctors’ suggestion that I ‘eat more yogurt.'”

Because of MusiCares, Edwards said, the musician is soon to receive further treatment from the Mayo Clinic and return to touring form.

As of right now, the band has no upcoming tour dates. But according to Edwards, things are looking up for Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s.

Find out more about Chron’s and Colitis diseases here via the CCFA. 

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