This Morning: Ruth Langsford calls Eamonn Holmes a 'tapper'
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This Morning star Eamonn Holmes, 61, has taken the opportunity to show his gratitude to his one million Twitter followers for their kind messages after he opened up about suffering from chronic pain. The presenter, who is married to Ruth Langsford, 61, took to social media in the early hours of the morning to reveal he had only managed to get 90 minutes of sleep last night “before the pain woke him up”.
Eamonn went on to say that although Twitter “can be rightly criticised” due to the presence of online trolls and abusive messages, he credited his fans for using the platform to “give each other support”.
He penned: “Don’t know about u but I got 90 mins tonight before the pain woke me up.
“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.(sic)
“Let’s keep talking Tweeters.”
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Fans took to the comments section of Eamonn’s post to share their own experiences of the health battle.
One person wrote: “Most mornings I fall asleep around 6am, thats after having a sleeping tablet early the night before. I’ve had 33yrs of pain and it’s got so bad the past 16 months. I’ve spent most of that time laid up on the sofa. Thank goodness for my friends on line.”(sic)
Another added: “You probably know this already but make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D, magnesium is also imperative when taking vitamin D for absorption & also helps with pain. I feel for you it’s debilitating having chronic pain.”
“Thanks for the tip x,” Eamonn replied.
A third fan commented: “I’ve suffered with fibromyalgia for the last 11 years so I know what #ChronicPain definitely is. It’s debilitating & has slowly taken the enjoyment out of life. I feel your pain Eamon, it’s exhausting when you can’t get a decent night’s sleep.”
A fourth person penned: “Oh although it’s not nice to hear your in pain, it’s nice to know im not the only one, I hope your able to get back to sleep.”(sic)
It comes after the journalist shared a selfie while he rested on the physio table on Twitter, as he gave fans an update on his health battle earlier this week.
Eamonn said: “Starting the day by tackling the pain from the night before ….. On the Physio table.
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“Chronic pain . Just can’t get it to go away [crying face emoji].”
He added: “Sadly so many of you know the feeling. Thanks for sharing your stories. I’m determined to beat this …however much it hurts.”
The ITV host underwent a double hip operation in 2016, after battling debilitating pain for 25 years.
After the successful operation, the presenter recalled waking up thinking his wife, Ruth, was an angel.
“Ruth’s face was the first thing I saw,” he told Now magazine.
“I said if this is Heaven, you’re the angel that I want.”
Chronic or persistent pain is pain that continues for longer than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment.
According to the NHS, long-term pain has many causes, such as arthritis, back problems, an old injury, illness or nerve damage.
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