Famed blues guitarist Eric Clapton has revealed that he is struggling from damage to his nervous system that has left him questioning whether retirement is an option or not.
‘I’ve had quite a lot of pain over the last year. It started with lower back pain, and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy – which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg. ‘And I’ve had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old.’ Clapton said recently. Read more.
Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body. Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes mellitus. (source The Mayo Clinic)
The jury is still out on whether there legend will put down the guitar for good or not. If this were to happen, the fans would be devastated. This subject him to a virtual blackout of new material for no one know how long. Until we hear the final word from the master himself, we will continue to support him in his decisions and, keep jamming out to the music he has painfully worked on for our benefit.
Clapton in Austin playing “I Shot the Sheriff” solo– at the Frank Erwin Center in 2013.