Eamonn Holmes missing from This Morning as he's unable to make it back from the loo in time because of his back

EAMONN Holmes was missing from This Morning after chronic pain in his back delayed him in the advert break.

The presenter – who bravely returned to the ITV daytime show today despite his health battle – was unable to make it back from the loo in time.

He returned moments later with a walking stick to do a phone-in about chronic pain sufferers.

Explaining his brief absence to viewers, Ruth said: "Hello, welcome to This Morning.

"Now, many of you who follow Eamonn on social media will know he has been talking a lot about chronic pain.

"It's ironic that he's not here because he had to nip to the loo. It takes him so long walking, so he's just on his way back. It takes him longer to walk now."

Earlier in the show, Eamonn opened up about how he's been unable to sleep because of the pain he's in.

He is awaiting results from an MRI scan after going into hospital on Thursday.

Eamonn told viewers: "About a month ago I did something to my back, I don't know what.

"It could have been getting into a car, getting out of bed, whatever.

"I've got an MRI scan but the problem is everything closes down at Easter so I haven't got it analysed yet.

"What I do know is I can't sleep at night, the pain is worse at night.

"The humbling thing about this is when you go on social media you talk to people about who suffers from this you realise age isn't a barrier, where you live isn't a barrier, how much you earn isn't a barrier… so many of you have this chronic pain from all sorts of different sources."

Eamonn has told how sleep is his "only escape" from the agony he has suffered over the past four weeks.

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