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Ozzy Osbourne Opens Up About 'Pain' & 'Discomfort' As Fourth Spinal Procedure Looms

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By Afouda Bamidele on September 14, 2023 at 9:00 PM EDT

Ozzy Osbourne has given fans a new update on his health.

Following the cancellation of several performances earlier this year, the Black Sabbath lead singer confirmed he will undergo a fourth surgery related to the structural damage he sustained after a 2019 fall. He had originally injured himself during a quad bike accident that occurred at his estate in 2003, resulting in multiple surgeries with the most recent one happening in July 2022. 

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Ozzy Osbourne's Upcoming Surgery Will Address The Pain In His Back

In the first episode of the relaunched "The Osbournes Podcast," Ozzy offered a deep dive into the health challenges he has been facing. Beginning the conversation by noting that the majority of his pain came from his back, the 74-year-old rocker disclosed:

"I'm going for an epidural soon because what they've discovered is the neck has been fixed. Below the neck there's two vertebrae where the bike hit me and disintegrated, there's nothing left of 'em. All I know is right now I'm in a lot of pain. I'm in a lot of discomfort."

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When his daughter, Kelly Osbourne, inquired whether he had sought a second opinion, her mother Sharon Osbourne interjected. According to her, their doctor was currently obtaining second and third opinions due to the unexpected outcome of the initial surgery.

"In my back, the two discs and the muscles on my shoulders have separated from my skeleton, and that's why I lean forward as it's like gravity is bringing my head forward. I was thinking, 'I've walked like that all my life,'" Ozzy shared further.

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The "No More Tears" singer had canceled his 'Power Trip Festival' performance in July, sharing with his fans that he originally planned to "return to the stage" next summer. As The Blast cited, the father-of-five, who currently relies on a cane for support, had updated fans via Instagram, noting:

"As painful as this is. I've had to make the decision to bow out of performing on Power Trip in October. My original plan was to return to the stage in the summer of 2024, & when the offer to do this show came in, I optimistically moved forward." 

The "Crazy Train" hitmaker then continued writing, "Unfortunately, my body is telling me that I'm just not ready yet and I am much too proud to have the first show that I do in nearly five years be half-a**ed."

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He then divulged that the "band that will be replacing" him on "Power Trip will be announced shortly," adding, "They are personal friends of mine and I can promise that you will not be disappointed."

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"Above all, I want to thank my fans, my band, and my crew for their unconditional loyalty and continual support. I love you all and I will see you soon," Ozzy wrapped up.

The Grammy Award Winner Seemingly Retired From Touring In February

Earlier this year, The Blast reported that the Teen Choice Awards winner gave up on his attempts to satisfy his fans with a live performance aftwr postponing his European tour, originally scheduled for 2019, three times. In an official statement shared with his 5.7 million followers, the musician officially canceled the event and any future tour dates. 

He began by apologizing for "disappointing" his fans, acknowledging that he "never would have imagined" his "touring days would have come to an end in this manner." Referring to the spinal surgery he underwent nearly a year ago to prevent paralysis, he expressed:

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"This is probably one of the hardest things I've ever had to share with my loyal fans. As you may all know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine. My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage. My singing voice is fine."

The 2011 Kerrang! Legend Award recipient then asserted, "However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak."

The post, which Ozzy concluded by expressing his gratitude to his family, band, friends, and fans, quickly garnered an outpouring of positive support from his followers.

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