Martin Lewis reveals he couldn't eat for a week due to throat ulcer

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Martin Lewis (Credit: ITV)
Martin Lewis (Credit: ITV)

TV money guru Martin Lewis has said that he couldn’t eat for a week while suffering from an ‘agonising’ throat ulcer which resulted in him having to cancel his TV appearances.

The founder of MoneySavingExpert had to pull out of his scheduled appearances with the ulcer, which he said brought him ‘to tears’.

However, he was back on Good Morning Britain yesterday, telling hosts Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway: “Yes today is my first day of being able to eat properly again. Throat ulcers are a particularly horrible thing.”

Lewis had informed fans of the pain he’d been in due to the ulcer, which knocked him for six last week.

On February 7, he tweeted: “Thanks for all the well wishes. I wanted to give you an honest update as so many of you have been asking and been so kind.

“Sadly, I’m no better – you’ll have seen I couldn’t do Good Morning Britain today – live TV is impossible. Last night I saw a specialist who confirmed I’ve a large, vicious ulcer in my throat (I won’t post a picture of it) – not a cold/flu.

“Unfortunately eating and speaking are truly agonising, causing the left of my face and neck to go into spasm – leaving me close (or sometimes in) tears.

“There is no treatment but to wait, though I’m finding that tough as there’s no sign of improvement and sleeping is hard. ‘I’m going to go and try and film the links for my Monday show today. I’ve been given a special local anaesthetic to get me through it (I’ve been told doing it won’t make things worse).

“The team are very considerate – I won’t be able to do retakes – and will have to rest 20 minutes before each take.

“I must admit to literally shaking with nerves about leaving the house to do it, but I’m doing it as I want to, as sitting in the house in pain has made me rather low.”

Lewis recently hit headlines after he dropped a lawsuit against Facebook, after it failed to prevent pictures of him appearing alongside online scam adverts.

The company agreed to donate £3 million to an anti-scam project set up with Citizen’s Advice.

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