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Meat Loaf's 'hellish' back pain

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Meat Loaf's 'hellish' back pain

Meat Loaf can't stand up for longer than five minutes.

The 'Bat out of Hell' hitmaker has an extremely painful back injury after pinching a nerve which means he has to spend most of the time sat down, and he has also been struck down with a swollen tongue so has to talk shower than usual.

He said: "I don't do drugs. I don't drink. I have a pinched nerve in my back and it feels like when I stand up to walk, that Norman Bates from Psycho is stabbing me in the back. And it hurts like hell."

When asked if he is on medication, he replied: "No, if you get on medication then you can't speak. And my assistant said 'don't talk about this'. But I went to a doctor the other night and he told me my tongue was swollen. And I have no idea why. It's causing me to talk slower than normal.

"Because when I saw myself on TV I freaked out. I looked like I was drunk.

"I'm OK, it's just a pinched nerve. I can't stand up for longer than five minutes."

In June, the star collapsed on stage at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Canada, while belting out his classic song 'I Will Do Anything For Love', but insisted that was nothing to do with his back problems.

Speaking on 'Loose Women' on Friday, he added: "My back wasn't hurting then. The back thing came out of nowhere; I just woke up one morning and fell down.

"Getting old is not for wussies. But the thing then was that I had the flu a few days before and I was dehydrated."