Eamonn Holmes returned to host This Morning on Monday alongside his wife, Ruth Langsford, after chronic back pain left him needing an MRI scan last week.
The 61-year-old had an early morning physiotherapy session before the show, but said his pain was getting worse as he desperately tries to find a cure.
He said: “Those of you who follow me on social media will know, about a month ago I did something to my back, I don’t know how I did it, getting into the car, getting out of a car, getting out of bed, whatever.
“I’ve got an MRI scan, but the trouble is, everything closes for Easter, I haven’t got it analysed yet, but what I do know is, I can’t sleep at night.
“The pain is absolutely worse at night, the humbling thing is when you go on social media and you talk to people who suffer from this, age isn’t a barrier, where you live isn’t a barrier, how much you earn isn’t a barrier.”
“A lot of people are struggling,” said Ruth.
Eamonn said: “So many of you have this chronic pain situation, from all different sources. So let’s talk about this, let’s talk to each other, let’s talk to a doctor, we are talking to a pain expert.”
He added: “Don’t think you’re alone in this one.”
Eamonn continued: “I’ve had this a month, I hope I won’t have this much longer, but there are people who have lived with chronic pain their whole lives.
Ruth chipped in: “It’s awful, and the fact you are tweeting on social media at three-o-clock in the morning because you can’t sleep because of the pain, and there are hundreds of thousands of people who are the same.
“It is a really serious problem, millions of people are affected.”
Eamonn could not resist making a brutal dig at Ruth, claiming she barely looks after him but adding that he would take great care of her if their roles were reversed.
“I am really glad the intense pain I’m in during the evening, two-o-clock, three-o-clock, four-o-clock in the morning, never affects you, darling.”
“That’s because I spend all day looking after you!” Ruth replied.
“Not once do you say, ‘Are you okay, darling? Where are you going to? Why are you getting out of bed?’ Nothing affects your sleep.
‘It’s a gift you have, to be able to sleep unconcerned,” he joked.
“Do you think I should hire a nurse, someone kind and caring?” he teased.
* This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10am