Ozzy Osbourne Says, "I'm In A Lot Of Pain"
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In a recent update on his health journey, the iconic Black Sabbath frontman, Ozzy Osbourne, revealed that he will undergo a fourth surgery and receive an epidural injection. This news comes after a series of medical procedures stemming from injuries sustained in a fall at his home in 2019, which aggravated previous injuries from a near-fatal quad bike crash in 2003. Let’s delve into the details of Ozzy’s ongoing health challenges and his optimistic outlook.
The Osbournes’ Podcast Revelation
Ozzy Osbourne shared this significant health update during the first episode of the revamped “The Osbournes” podcast. The 74-year-old rock legend explained that while the surgery on his neck had been successful, a new issue had emerged concerning his lower back. He elaborated, “Below the neck there’s two vertebrae where the bike hit me and disintegrated, there’s nothing left of ’em.”
Ozzy’s son, Jack, inquired if the medical procedure involved fusing discs, to which Ozzy candidly replied, “I don’t know what the f*** they’re doing.” Even Ozzy’s wife and manager, Sharon, was unsure about the technical terminology.
The rock icon expressed his current state of discomfort and pain, making it clear that this upcoming surgery would be his fourth since the incident. Despite the uncertainty, Ozzy maintained an optimistic perspective, citing stories of people with replaced discs who developed stronger bone structures. However, Sharon clarified that the doctors couldn’t guarantee the success of the procedure.
The Impact on Ozzy’s Posture
Ozzy Osbourne’s health struggles have not only affected him internally but have also influenced his posture. He explained that due to the separation of the two discs and the strain on the muscles in his shoulders, he tends to lean forward. Ozzy’s unique gait, with his head leading his body, is a direct result of these physical challenges.
A History of Health Setbacks
Ozzy’s health woes have significantly impacted his career and live performances. In July, he had to cancel his appearance at the Power Trip festival due to ongoing health issues. These setbacks include contracting COVID-19 a year and a half ago, which forced him to cancel previously scheduled tours. Despite these challenges, the resilient musician has expressed his willingness to return to the stage if his condition improves.
Signs of Progress
In April, there was a glimmer of hope as Ozzy was spotted walking without his cane in Los Angeles. Though the 74-year-old singer appeared unsteady and was accompanied by a caregiver, this small but significant improvement offered fans a ray of hope.
Tour Cancellations and Recent Performances
Ozzy Osbourne’s health struggles led to the cancellation of his European tour, originally slated for 2019 and rescheduled multiple times. The tour, which would have featured special guests Judas Priest, was officially called off in early February. Fans around the world were disappointed by the news.
Despite these tour cancellations, Ozzy managed to make a few memorable appearances in recent months. He performed at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August 2022 and also took the stage during the NFL halftime show at the season opener between the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills in September 2022.
As Ozzy Osbourne continues to navigate the challenges of his health journey, fans everywhere are sending their well wishes and hoping for a full recovery. His resilience and determination serve as an inspiration to us all, reminding us that the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll endures, no matter the obstacles in its path. We eagerly await further updates on his progress and look forward to the day when Ozzy can return to what he does best – rocking the stage and captivating audiences around the world.