Ozzy Osbourne is in “unbelievable pain 24/7″ after tripping and injuring his neck in a fall at his home early last year.
The 71-year-old rocker was going to the toilet in the middle of the night when he stumbled and landed awkwardly – aggravating his neck injury from a quad biking accident in 2003.
Since then, Ozzy has been laid up at his Los Angeles home, and admitted he’s struggling without the strong painkillers he’s not allowed to take as a recovering drug addict.
“I remember it like it was yesterday. I was lying there as clearly and as calmly as anything, thinking, ‘Well Ozzy, you’ve f**king done it now’,” he told Britain’s The Sun newspaper. “I’m in unbelievable pain 24/7. I have to take all these painkillers but I’m dying for all the opiate stuff I can’t have. The nurse keeps my medication so I don’t take anything apart from what they give me.
“I have to be helped to change, to have a bath… it’s just f**king awkward, you know?”
In addition to his neck injury, Ozzy has also been battling a form of Parkinson’s Disease. But in the chat with The Sun, the Black Sabbath star added he’d choose Parkinson’s every time if he had a choice between that and the neck injury which is “driving me nuts”.
“The recovery has been so goddam slow. I’ve never been this laid up in my life and, believe me, I’ve done some stupid things,” he sighed. “I’ve recovered from alcoholism, drug addiction, all of the above. Then I tripped over, and that’s it.”
Ozzy’s health issues have forced him to cancel the U.S. leg of his world tour, which was due to start in Atlanta, Georgia, at the end of May.