Eamonn Holmes fears ending up in wheelchair if he loses battle against chronic pain

Eamonn Holmes (PA)
Eamonn Holmes has admitted he is scared of ending up in a wheelchair. (PA)

Eamonn Holmes has admitted he fears having to rely on a wheelchair if he does not rebuild strength in his back.

The 61-year-old This Morning presenter has been battling chronic pain since the start of the year, and admitted he is in "a race against time" to do physiotherapy before his steroid injections wear off.

Holmes told Metro.co.uk: "I have no idea why in such a short space of time you go from being healthy to being told your nerves are dead in your leg because of your back and it might take a year before there’s improvement, and you’ve no choice but to do the exercises otherwise you’ll be sitting in a wheelchair."

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He added: "For me, I’m in a race against time to strengthen my back before my steroid injections - which do ease the pain - run out."

And Holmes admitted he was struggling to stay positive as the pain was still so bad.

Eamonn Holmes hobbled back onto screen using a stick. (ITV)
Eamonn Holmes relying on a walking stick while filming This Morning earlier this year. (ITV)

He said: "It’s quite depressing because every day you get up and hope you’ve done better and you have treatment and it still hurts like hell!"

The TV presenter - who is married to This Morning and Loose Women presenter Ruth Langsford - began suffering chronic pain and subsequent insomnia in February 2020 after dislocating his pelvis.

Holmes struck a chord with many of his one million Twitter followers when he started opening up on social media in the early hours of the morning about his struggle to sleep while suffering from such intense pain.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28:  Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Eamonn Holmes is married to fellow TV presenter Ruth Langsford. (Getty Images)

The former GMTV presenter said his pelvis "mysteriously" dislocated earlier this year and put his back out a alignment as a result.

He said he now “can’t remember what life was like without the pain”.

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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.

He proudly announced in April that he is to become a grandfather for the first time.

Declan, 32, - the eldest of three children Holmes shares with his first wife Gabrielle Holmes - is expecting a baby with his partner Jenny.

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