Eamonn Holmes determined to win battle with chronic pain and insomnia

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·3-min read
Eamonn Holmes wants to stay relevant after being on TV for over 30 years. (Getty Images)
Eamonn Holmes admits chronic pain keeps him awake at night. (Getty Images)

Eamonn Holmes has said he is "determined to beat" his chronic pain that keeps him awake at night.

The 61-year-old TV presenter – whose wife is Loose Women host Ruth Langsford – has recently been engaging in late night chats on Twitter with fans about his agonising pain and subsequent insomnia.

Holmes has now shared an image of himself having physiotherapy as he told his 1m followers: "Starting the day by tackling the pain from the night before ..... On the Physio table. Chronic pain. Just can't get it to go away.

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"Sadly so many of you know the feeling. Thanks for sharing your stories. I'm determined to beat this ...however much it hurts."

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A spokesman for Holmes told Yahoo! UK: "A month ago his pelvis went out of line so he needs physio most days as the pain is intense."

Holmes underwent a double hip replacement in 2016. The surgery was carried out in a bid to tackle excruciating hip, leg and back pain he had secretly suffered for more than 20 years.

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning (ITV)
Eamonn Holmes sat on an inflatable disc while hosting TV before his hip surgery. (ITV)

Last week Holmes tweeted at 2.30am: "In that Twilight Zone between Night time and Morning. Anyone else find these Hours the worst.... particularly if you suffer Chronic pain ?"

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He then engaged in a chat with fans suffering similar problems.

Holmes told one follower suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic pain: "Poor you Sandra..... no one really understands do they ? Sending you the most positive of wishes x"

And he admitted: "Night is Worse .... why is that ?"

The former This Morning and GMTV host then suggested that he and his fellow chronic pain sufferers form an online community and try to help each other.

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He wrote: "Now that we've all started talking about this maybe more of us should talk to each other sharing experiences, tips & advice regarding Chronic pain? Because Tweeters there r a lot of us living with this as if we just have to suck it up & get on with things the way we always have."

Journalist and broadcaster, Eamonn Holmes, (R), with his wife Ruth Langsford, poses with his medal after he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to broadcasting, by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on June 1, 2018. (Photo by John Stillwell / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP via Getty Images)
Eamonn Holmes married wife Ruth Langsford in 2010. (Getty Images)

Holmes was on crutches for 10 weeks after his hip surgery in 2016 and underwent a lengthy physiotherapy regime.

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He confessed he put off the operation for years because he believed hip replacements were "associated with being old and decrepit".

Holmes previously revealed he had secretly sat on an inflatable disc for years while hosting breakfast TV in a bid to ease his pain.

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