Kate Ward
April 28, 2010 AT 08:27 PM EDT

People reports Bret Michaels is conscious and speaking slowly, five days after a brain hemorrhage landed him in the hospital. Though the rocker suffered a side-effect called hyponatremia, one doctor told People it’s not a setback, as previously reported. “It’s relatively common [in these cases],” Dr. Melvin Field, the director of the Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute said. “I don’t think it’s going to cause permanent problems. It’s almost like a small road-bump — like having a fever.”

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