Eamonn Holmes suffering from three slipped discs that will take year to heal as Ruth Langsford feels ‘helpless’

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Eamonn Holmes has announced his chronic pain has been diagnosed as three slipped discs that will take a year to recover from.

The 61 year old, who is feeling good for the first time in weeks as the steroid injections "kicked in", appeared on Loose Women alongside his wife Ruth Langsford, where they were joined by Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash.

Joe, 39, started the show off by asking the TV presenter how he's been getting on amid his ongoing chronic pain battle.

"I'm not one to complain. I don't like talking about myself, I don't like complaining. But Joe, it's three slipped discs," Eamonn explained as Stacey, 31, sighed in shock.

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Joe then said: "Me and Stacey have been thinking about you. There's nothing worse than seeing you in pain, because you're such a jolly fella."

Eamonn went on to explain that he's on the mend and can sleep again, but was humbled by the number of people who reached out to him about suffering from the same issue.

He said: "I've actually have to come over here with a crutch. What I want to say to people, I've had steroid injections and hopefully I'll be on the mend. But what this has envisioned to me is to see how many of you suffer from chronic pain…

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"How I found out how many people suffer from chronic pain is that I couldn't sleep at night. Trying to sleep is awful."

He continued: "I've gotten the injections, which have taken away the acute pain and I can sleep now, which is a blessing. Absolutely great. But the physicality of not being able to walk straight…

"You know, I'm going to embark on a whole rehabilitation programme – I'll get fit, I'll get strong but it will take a while."

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Eamonn went on to explain that the programme will take a year to complete as he said: "The doctor said to me, 'When you get this, your nerve endings die off, but they grow at a centimetre a month,' and I thought well that's good.

"And he said, 'No but it's got to go from your hip to your toes.' So that's going to be about a year."

His wife Ruth, 61, chimed in to say: "Well there's Eamonn. He's alright, he's here. It's going to be a very long road ahead of him and it's very difficult seeing him in so much pain.

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"You feel a bit helpless actually…"

Eamonn later added: "My slipped discs are apparently my fault. I don't know how they're my fault, I don't even know how they happened.

"But I would say this, I think it's the fault of the people who designed chairs, who designed cars and there's so many things… Beds too!"

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