The rock icon has been struggling to recover from knee surgery in August (13), and he has also been suffering agonising pain in his buttock muscles since a performance at a Las Vegas music festival in September (13) that left him struggling to walk.
After having a magnetic resonance imaging (Mri) scan on his back, May has now discovered he is suffering from a painful spinal injury.
In a post on his Twitter.com account on Wednesday (18Dec13), the guitarist wrote, "My Mri says I have two torn discs, pressing on a nerve. Well, at least I know I wasn't imagining the pain now ! Bri thanks for yr (your) concern."