Eamonn Holmes was back on ITV’s This Morning on Easter Monday alongside his wife Ruth, 61. The TV presenter has been vocal about his chronic back pain in recent days, revealing on Thursday that he had gone to hospital to try to find out what was causing “pain like I’ve never experienced in my life”. On ITV’s This Morning on Monday, he gave an update on his back pain. Eamonn revealed he has lost a inch and a half in height as he struggles with ongoing back pain.
He told his fans: “At hospital, pain like I’ve never experienced in my life. Need to find out what’s causing this. Wish me well.”
Ahead of his appearance on ITV’s This Morning on Eater Monday, he tweeted: “Will have clearer picture of what’s causing my pain tomorrow but just to say folks like so many of you I’ve lived with variations of Chronic pain for years.
“Don’t allow it to stop me working & next week I’d like to be a voice for many of u & discuss the subject on @thismorning.” (sic).
He continued: “In the meantime I am proud that my experience has given you a voice and I’m humbled by your various and different experiences & your kindness to me.
“If between us we can get more solutions more understanding and more resources directed towards CP then that would be a result.”
How to treat back pain
Back pain is very common and usually improves within a few weeks or months.
However, if the back pain persists, there are interventions you can make to improve your condition.
According to the NHS, staying as active as possible and trying to continue your daily activities is one of the much important things you can do.
“This is one of the most important things you can do, as resting for long periods is likely to make the pain worse,” explains the health body.
Other activities such as walking, swimming, yoga and pilates may also be helpful.
Other key tips include:
- Take anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen – remember to check the medicine is safe for you to take and ask a pharmacist if you’re not sure
- Use hot or cold compression packs for short-term relief – you can buy these from a pharmacy, or a hot water bottle or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth or towel will work just as well.
“Although it can be difficult, it helps if you stay optimistic and recognise that your pain should get better,” adds the NHS.