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8 February 2019, 10:50 | Updated: 8 February 2019, 12:53
The Money Saving Expert has been forced to pull out of his live television appearances after being diagnosed with a throat ulcer.
Martin Lewis has been forced to pull out of his live television appearances after being diagnosed with a throat ulcer.
Taking to his Twitter to confirm the news that he'd have to pull out of shows - including GMB and This Morning, Martin, 46, wrote: "Throatgate day 4. Thanks for all the well wishes.
"I wanted to give you an honest update as so many of you have been asking and been so kind.
"Sadly, I'm no better - you'll have seen I couldn't do Good Morning Britain today - live TV is impossible.
"Last night I saw a specialist who confirmed I've a large, vicious ulcer in my throat (I won't post a picture of it) - not a cold/flu.
"Unfortunately eating and speaking are truly agonising, causing the left of my face and neck to go into spasm - leaving me close (or sometimes in) tears.
"There is no treatment but to wait, though I'm finding that tough as there's no sign of improvement and sleeping is hard."
However, Martin later told his followers that he'd managed to shoot a prerecord of The Martin Lewis Money Show thanks to an anaesthetic spray.
He wrote: "Yesss! Just back from filming. I managed to make it through - not that sparky (you'll see on monday) but enough. The anaesthetic spray worked wonders.
"Now need to steel myself for stopping the spray and the pain coming back. Feel much better again having been productive tho."
He also added the the teams behind the TV shows he backed out of have been very considerate of his decision.
Throatgate day 4 - an honest update... pic.twitter.com/02fy8LuQJ0— Martin Lewis (@MartinSLewis) February 7, 2019
Martin wrote: "The team are very considerate - I won't be able to do retakes - and will have to rest 20 minutes before each take," he said.
"I must admit to literally shaking with nerves about leaving the house to do it, but I'm doing it as I want to, as sitting in the house in pain has made me rather low."