Eric Clapton struggling to play guitar because of nerve system damage

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Nerve damage and age are robbing Eric Clapton's ability to play the guitar.

The 71-year-old revealed his condition in an interview with Classic Guitar magazine, saying that he's "been in a lot of pain the last year."

Clapton went on to further describe his condition:

"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."

According to the Mayo Clinic, peripheral neuropathy may be inherited or caused by injury, infection and exposure to toxins.

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ENGLAND - 1964: Rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton poses for a portrait during his time with the band 'The Yardbirds' in 1964 in England. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Chris DREJA and Keith RELF and Eric CLAPTON and Jim McCARTY and Paul SAMWELL SMITH and YARDBIRDS; L to R: Keith Relf, Chris Dreja, Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty, Eric Clapton - posed group portrait (Photo by CA/Redferns)
LONDON - 1966: Rock band the 'Bluesbreakers' pose for a portrait in 1966 in London, England. L-R: John Mayall, Hughie Flint, Eric Clapton, John McVie. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images )
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of CREAM and Eric CLAPTON; while in Cream, posed (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
NEW YORK - APRIL 1967: Rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton of the rock band 'Cream' recording the song 'Strange Brew' at Atlantic Studios in April 1967 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Eric CLAPTON; performing live onstage, playing 'Blackie' Fender Stratocaster guitar, wearing dungarees, c.1974 (Photo by Robert Knight Archive/Redferns)
Eric Clapton during Eric Clapton File Photos at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
13th January 1973: British blues-rock singer and guitarist, Eric Clapton, in concert at the Rainbow Rooms. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)
ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Eric Clapton performs live on stage at Ahoy, Rotterdam on November 30 1974 during his 461 Ocean Boulevard European Tour (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
CIRCA 1975: Rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton performs onstage with his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar in circa 1975. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images )
CIRCA 1975: Rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton performs onstage with his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar in circa 1975. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images )
CIRCA 1975: Rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton performs onstage in circa 1975. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Patti BOYD and Eric CLAPTON; with Patti Boyd, posed (Photo by Graham Wiltshire/Redferns)
British guitarist Eric Clapton performing on stage during his US tour in 1975. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
English singer-songwriter and guitarist Eric Clapton, circa 1975. (Photo by Christopher Simon Sykes/Getty Images)
British guitarist Eric Clapton and his band in the mid 1970's. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
British guitarist and songwriter Eric Clapton in the shrubbery at his Surrey home, 3rd January 1975. (Photo by Graham Wiltshire/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 03: Photo of Eric CLAPTON; posed, at home in Ewhurst, Surrey (Photo by Graham Wiltshire/Redferns)
CIRCA 1977: Rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton performs onstage with his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar in circa 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LEIDEN, HOLLAND - JUNE 11: Eric Clapton performs live on stage at Groenoordhallen in Leiden, Holland on Jun 11 1977 during his Slowhand tour (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
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Despite these setbacks, the rocker remains prolific, recently releasing "I Still Do," his 23rd solo album. He even expressed surprise at his own longevity.

"Because I'm in recovery from alcoholism and addiction to substances, I consider it a great thing to be alive at all," Clapton said. "By rights I should have kicked the bucket a long time ago. For some reason I was plucked from the jaws of hell and given another chance."

Clapton has had a life filled with tragedy. In 1991, his 4-year-old son fell out of open window on the 53rd floor of his New York City apartment and died. One year earlier, Clapton's agent, bodyguard and tour manager perished in a helicopter crash that also took the life of fellow rocker Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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