‘Living in a waking nightmare!’ Eamonn Holmes, 61, says his chronic pain won’t allow him to sleep… as he tweets into the early-hours of Easter comparing himself to JESUS
- The TV presenter, 61, found himself unable to sleep due to his pain in the early hours of Easter Sunday
- He took to Twitter to strike up conversations with fans to occupy himself, noting that his chronic pain is not as bad as Jesus’
- He had been in hospital, but has now returned home, previously explaining to his followers that he won’t know what’s wrong until next week
- The broadcaster had tweeted a snap of his mask-clad face sat in a waiting room after vowing to find the cause of his pain, writing at the time: ‘At hospital… pain like I’ve never experienced in my life. Need to find out what’s causing this’
- Chronic or persistent pain is when pain continues for more than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment to try and alleviate suffering
Eamonn Holmes ‘checked in’ with his followers on social media again on Saturday night, amid his ongoing struggles with chronic pain.
The TV presenter, 61, who has now returned home after a stint in hospital, told his fans in the early hours of Easter Sunday that he was ‘living in a waking nightmare’ as he was unable to sleep through his discomfort – before he began comparing his pain to that of Jesus Christ.
‘Well time to check in again. Who’s not having a good night?’ he penned on Twitter. ‘Who has pain that’s stopping them being in a beautiful dream? Who is living a waking nightmare through #ChronicPain?
Eamonn Holmes ‘checked in’ with his followers on social media again on Saturday night, amid his ongoing struggles with chronic pain
‘Just trying to get us all speaking to each other and offering comfort and support!’
Clearly desperate to share war stories with others, Eamonn went on to explain that he had indeed managed to doze off, but was wide awake once again.
‘Ok so body decided I was enjoying those 2 hours of sleep too much! Pain at its worst lying down. So anyone know how to sleep standing up? Just asking for a friend…’ he went on.
Holy day! The TV presenter, 61, who has now returned home after a stint in hospital, told his fans in the early hours of Easter Sunday that he was ‘living in a waking nightmare’ as he was unable to sleep through his discomfort – before he began comparing his pain to that of Jesus Christ
Midnight ramblings: He tweeted his way through insomnia, potentially a little delirious from sleep-deprivation
He then tweeted, potentially a little delirious from sleep-deprivation: ‘All this talk of pain – nothing compared to the pain Jesus went through for us before rising. Part of the message of #EasterSunday… which let’s not forget is today.’
Eamonn previously tweeted about his situation 24 hours earlier, explaining that he is still waiting for a diagnosis from doctors on what is actually wrong with him.
Eamonn said the experts who are looking into his condition have ‘understandably’ gone on their Easter break, as he told followers: ‘My pain hasn’t gone away!’
Waiting game: Eamonn told how he is still waiting for a diagnosis from doctors after being admitted to hospital with chronic pain (pictured in 2020)
He continued: ‘Understandably and unluckily for me the professionals who analyse and diagnose are on an Easter break. So to everyone, Twitter community, family and friends who are asking: ‘What’s wrong?’
‘Unfortunately I won’t know until middle of next week.’
Eamonn has been interacting with his followers, some of whom also suffer from chronic pain, while trying to get to bottom of his ailments.
‘Honestly folks, talking to you guys helps me forget the pain for 20 minutes. I hope you are talking to each other as well.
Hospital visit: He has now returned home, and explained to his followers in the early hours of Saturday that he won’t know what’s wrong until next week (pictured this week)
‘I’ve felt all of you suffering from chronic pain & learned a lot. This is not about whose pain is the worst. This is about finding out how big the problem is.
‘I’ve felt for you all, promise to promote this cause, been sad on your behalf and even found time for a chuckle where I didn’t think there could be one…
‘Meaning all offers of pain relief cannot be accepted however sincerely meant.’
‘Another thing which is a bit taboo in mainstream media is prayer. It goes by many more acceptable names these days mindfulness or meditation…
Explanation: Eamonn said the experts who are looking into his condition have ‘understandably’ gone on their Easter break, as he told followers: ‘My pain hasn’t gone away’
Support: Eamonn has been interacting with his followers, some of whom also suffer from chronic pain, while trying to get to bottom of his ailments
‘But if you do it, however you do it & whoever you do it too… May it help you. Nice talking to you all and may today be an OK one.’
Eamonn returned home from having tests in hospital after struggling with chronic ‘pain he’s never experienced in his life’ on Friday.
The presenter has said he ‘needs to find out what’s causing’ him pain all over his body and has revealed he has no diagnosis as of yet.
He had tweeted a snap of his mask-clad face sat in a waiting room on and vowed to find the cause of his agony, after revealing on Saturday he was ‘living with chronic pain.’
Eamonn wrote: ‘At Hospital… pain like I’ve never experienced in my life. Need to find out what’s causing this. Wish me well.’
GMB presenter Charlotte Hawkins, 45, revealed she was texting the presenter on Thursday evening as she sent her well wishes to her ITV co-star.
Candid: The presenter tweeted a snap from the waiting room and vowed to find the cause of his agony, after revealing on Saturday he was ‘living with chronic pain’ (pictured in October)
The host said on Friday’s show: ‘I was messaging Eamonn last night and I saw the picture he had put up. He said: ”Don’t worry about visiting me as I’m not in hospital.” He was at hospital for tests, sending all our love, get well soon.’
Lorraine Kelly also confirmed he’ll be stepping in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield with his wife Ruth Langsford on This Morning from Monday over the Easter holidays.
The TV star, also 61, said on her eponymous show on Friday: ‘He’s in chronic pain, but he’ll definitely be on This Morning next week. We wish him a speedy recovery.’
He had taken to Twitter to update fans after his hospital visit, sharing: ‘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.
‘Get well soon’: Charlotte Hawkins, 45, revealed she was texting the presenter, 61, as she sent her well wishes to her ITV co-star (pictured on Friday’s GMB with Alex Beresford)
‘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.’
Earlier in the week, Eamonn had revealed that his chronic pain had left him wide awake after just 90 minutes of sleep, and vowed to keep speaking about the struggles to provide support to those going through the same thing.
In a tweet he wrote: ‘Don’t know about u but I got 90 mins tonight before the pain woke me up.
‘In the meantime I am proud that my experience has given you a voice’: Eamonn had taken to Twitter to update fans after his hospital visit
‘I just want to say Twitter can rightly be criticised …. yet here through sharing the common but not talked about experience of #ChronicPain we r giving each other support. Let’s keep talking Tweeters.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Eamonn Holmes for further comment.
It comes after Eamonn revealed he has been suffering from ‘chronic pain’ which has caused insomnia in a series of late night tweets on Friday.
He shared his woes with fans during the night as he posted to Twitter at around 2.30am while struggling to sleep.
He wrote: ‘In that Twilight Zone between Night time and Morning. Anyone else find these hours the worst…. particularly if you suffer chronic pain?’
Tough: Just a day earlier Eamonn had revealed that his chronic pain had left him wide awake after just 90 minutes of sleep
Eamonn admitted that the ‘night is worse’ and he feels there is ‘no escape’ from the pain he is suffering.
Replying to one fan, Eamonn added: ‘I just want people who suffer to know there are others and maybe they can talk to each other and swap advice on here?’
The media personality chatted to several of his followers on the social media platform who were also struggling to sleep in the early hours.
Eamonn has been candid about his health in the past and openly discussed his double hip operation in 2016, even revealing he feared he would die during surgery.
Candid: Eamonn opened the conversation to his followers, with many replying saying they too were struggling to get to sleep
Response: He replied to one fan saying he ‘wants people who suffer to know there are others’ so they can share tips and advice
‘Night is worse’: In another response, Eamonn said the twilight hours are the toughest
Struggle: Eamonn agreed with another follower saying there’s ‘no escape’
Speaking in 2017, he told the Daily Star Sunday: ‘It was a very depressing week when I had it done. I remember Sky News rang me and said, ‘Have you heard about Terry Wogan?’
‘And I was going under the knife that week. It was very foreboding. I was not very optimistic about the whole thing.
‘Ruth [Langsford, his wife] said to me, ‘Do you have to have both of them done?’ She was worried about losing me.’
Eamonn finally went under the knife after enduring 25 years of pain in his hips, back and legs. He even discussed how the pain had affected his career, with the TV host turning down some work if it meant he’d have to stand up for long periods of time.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic or persistent pain is when pain continues for more than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment to try and alleviate suffering.
People who suffer from diabetes, arthritis, irritable bowl or fibromyalgia are among those who can also experience chronic pain.
Ways to help manage pain include pacing yourself, finding ways to relax or reduce stress, taking medication and exercising regularly.
Physical therapy is also another treatment option. This can include manipulation, stretching exercises and pain-relief exercises.
The NHS also recommends trying to go to work despite feeling pain as this activity might distract from pain.
Charities Pain Concern and Action On Pain can also give more information and advice.
Sources: NHS and NHS Inform
The presenter took back to the airwaves just 10 weeks after having his double hip operation.
And after recovering from the procedure, which he’d been avoiding since he was 36-years-old, Eamonn admitted he’d got a ‘new lease of life’
Eamonn has also spoken in the past about the panic attacks he suffered after the sudden death of his father.
The presenter’s father Leonard died suddenly of a heart attack when he was 64, which left Eamonn plagued with guilt that they didn’t say goodbye.
Speaking on This Morning in 2018, Eamonn said he once suffered a panic attack live on air while presenting breakfast TV, which he struggled to cover up, and even had to be hospitalised twice.
Open: Eamonn has been candid about his health in the past and openly discussed his double hip operation in 2016, even revealing he feared he would die during surgery (pictured in February)
Eamonn hasn’t had a panic attack in 27 years, which he says is a result of him telling himself he was going to be fine.
He explained: ‘I’ve had a number of panic attacks, thank goodness it was 27 years or so ago… I thought I was going to die, my coping strategy was to realise I’m not going to die, but I would never have associated it with a mental problem.’
Eamonn has realised in retrospect that he may have been suffering them because of his father’s untimely death.
He continued: ‘I think looking back on it, it was a result of the sudden death of my father and not being able to say goodbye to him. I associated being away from home with bad things.’
According to The Mirror, Eamonn has also been chatting about potential new career plans of late, admitting he’d love to present Homes Under The Hammer after doing some decorating in lockdown.
Eamonn also explained how he’s more picking out the finishing touches on rooms, such as choosing cushions and colours, than wife Ruth.
While appearing on Vicky Pattison’s podcast he talked about deciding which handles to use for their brown wood kitchen, saying he went for copper which ‘traditional’ Ruth might not approve off.
He told the former Geordie Shore star: ‘That’s how I’m spending lockdown, looking for handles for cupboards.’
Couple: Eamonn and wife Ruth Langsford married in 2010 after meeting in 1997. They have one son together, Jack (pictured on This Morning)
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