Ruth Langsford discusses Eamonn Holmes' struggles with pain
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Eamonn Holmes, 61, has revealed his recent health struggles have prevented him from doing much for himself at home. The This Morning presenter admitted he relies on his wife Ruth Langsford, 61, to do all the chores, including cooking and cleaning, as he is unable to do so due to his chronic pain battle.
Eamonn explained that if he lived on his own, his backache would leave him with no choice but to stay in a filthy house.
The star said: “My fight with chronic pain, brought on by three discs out of place, has been not only a battle for me, but it’s made me less judgemental.
“I’ve always been a cleanliness snob. Don’t ask me why, but I now realise that’s the totally shameful way I was likely to judge you as a person.
“Crippling pain gives a person – this person – a chance to realise what’s really important… and that’s health.
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“Not being able to bend down, reach, pick up things when I drop them, put things in the right place, and keep a sense of order has been frustrating, shameful and humbling.”
Eamonn then candidly added: “Without help, without Ruth, I wouldn’t be able to cook or clean up after myself.
“Dishes would be in the sink for days, because I just wouldn’t have the strength or motivation to keep the house as close to a ‘show house’ as I could.”
Eamonn added to the Daily Star that the pain he is suffering from currently is “more than I have ever known”.
As a result, the star said his focus is on getting better instead of housework.
Eamonn explained: “What now really matters to me is to get healthy again – and stay that way.
“I’ve learned there are reasons why some people can’t keep impossible standards with bodies that don’t work the way they should – cleaning is a tough job.”
Eamonn recently informed his Twitter followers that after a round of steroid injections to help his chronic pain, he was beginning to feel better.
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The journalist has been attending lengthy physio appointments and having cold showers to try and remedy his condition, previously noting “all this will either kill me or cure me.”
Last night, he penned in view of his one million followers: “My Physio has just left, and you know what?”
“For the first time in 5 weeks I feel good! Can’t believe I’m saying that but steroid injections from last week must be kicking in too.”
He added: “The comeback starts here… I hope.”
Eamonn previously shared what initially prompted his long battle with chronic pain, explaining his symptoms were sparked when he “mysteriously” dislocated his pelvis, causing back problems.
Having gone for an MRI scan, he gave fans more of an insight into his health issues, saying: “I mysteriously dislocated my pelvis and I don’t know how — it’s not as erotic as it sounds.
“My back is now out of alignment as a result.”
He added to The Irish Independent: “Nobody knows what it’s like unless they live with someone who has it.
“I’m in huge pain and nobody knows how to stop it.”
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