Matt Baker from Countryfile opens up about his debilitating health condition and discloses his reliance on injections for pain management

Matt Baker from Countryfile opens up about his debilitating health condition and discloses his reliance on injections for pain management

Former Blue Peter and Countryfile presenter Matt Baker has spoken out on a debilitating health condition which is affecting his life.

The television host, 46, is no longer ‘able to bend forward’ after a back injury which he sustained during his pantomime run.

Matt spoke to Gabby Logan on the Mid Point podcast about he health problem that has been bothering him.

He said he sustained a painful ‘slipped disc’ which rehearsing for his pantomime.

When Gabby asked Matt – who was once a gymnast – if he was srill able to do backflips, he said: ‘No, I can’t now. I’ve injured my back. 

Matt Baker from Countryfile opens up about his debilitating health condition and discloses his reliance on injections for pain management

Former Blue Peter and Countryfile presenter Matt Baker has spoken out on a debilitating health condition which is affecting his life

The television host, 46, is no longer 'able to bend forward' after a back injury which he sustained during his pantomime run

The television host, 46, is no longer ‘able to bend forward’ after a back injury which he sustained during his pantomime run

‘I can’t tell you how upsetting it is as an ex-gymnast, not to be able to bend forward.’

He went on to explain how the injury came about, saying he had a mishap during rehearsals. 

Matt explained: ‘I did my back in. I was doing a panto. I was doing Goldilocks and the Three Bears and we were practising with the stunt chairs, and the chair wasn’t set correctly and bang! 

‘I went down on my coccyx and it turns out I slipped a disc in my back.’

Matt attempted to recover through training and rehab but now has injections to manage the pain.

Referring to his wife Nicola Baker, Gabby pointed out that he lives with a physiotherapist.

He responded: ‘I know, exactly – so we tried all that. Went for the nerve block [injection]..’

Last year, Matt shared his heartbreak after his beloved dog died.

Matt spoke to Gabby Logan on the Mid Point podcast about he health problem that has been bothering him

Matt spoke to Gabby Logan on the Mid Point podcast about he health problem that has been bothering him

The TV presenter took to Instagram on to share that his ‘sweet natured’ pooch Isla had devastatingly passed away.

He shared an array of snaps of his beloved dog as he gushed over how much he would miss her in an accompanying caption. 

The emotional tribute was shared to his Farm On The Hill Instagram page, which is based on the Channel 4 series documenting his family’s farming life.

Announcing Isla’s death, he wrote: ‘So sad, we’ve said Goodbye to Isla, our oldest & smallest cairn at 13yrs.

‘She was sweet natured, kind, tough, fast as lightning, and a patient gentle Mum.

‘She was the one with the voice to let us know when they all wanted to be in or be out.. We’ll miss her.’ 

Commenting on the post, Matt poignantly added: ‘The reason we love dogs so much is the only time they break our hearts is when they leave us.’

His friends and fans were quick to take to the comments section to share their support for Matt at the difficult time.

Matt shared his heartbreak last year after his beloved dog died, with fans flocking around him to share their support

Matt shared his heartbreak last year after his beloved dog died, with fans flocking around him to share their support

The TV presenter took to Instagram to share that his 'sweet natured' pooch Isla had devastatingly passed away

 The TV presenter took to Instagram to share that his ‘sweet natured’ pooch Isla had devastatingly passed away

He shared an array of snaps of his beloved dog as he gushed over how much he would miss her in an accompanying caption

He shared an array of snaps of his beloved dog as he gushed over how much he would miss her in an accompanying caption

Steps star Ian ‘H’ Watkins wrote: ‘Big hugs [broken heart emojis].’

One fan commented: ‘Sending sincere sympathy to you and family on the loss of little Isla. She sounded a special lady & she’ll always be lovingly remembered by you all.’

Another wrote: ‘So sad to read this, run free little Isla, but come back and visit often, always will be with you.’

And a third added: ‘So sorry, it’s heartbreaking, losing our dogs & they do leave pawprints on our hearts. Thinking of you.’

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