HGTV’s Tarek El Moussa Shares Fears After ‘Very Scary’ Back Injury: “It Feels Like It’s a Bad Dream”

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Sad news for “Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa!

Tarek first suffered a serious back injury after battling thyroid and testicular cancer for three years, leaving him debilitated both physically and emotionally. In fact, he attributes his use of pain meds and steroids from his cancer treatments and his back injury as one of the main causes of his divorce from his ex, Christina El Moussa.

Tarek has been very open about his struggle as he’s been reaching towards getting back to peak physical and emotional health, but he recently had a bit of a setback. “Awful news…life has been going so well and I’ve been so happy and healthy! Unfortunately….I injured my back again….it’s very scary,” he said in an Instagram post.

He shared that he lost 50 pounds the last time he injured his back.

“Last time I lost 50 pounds and was taking large amounts of pain meds to try and help the pain. Truthfully those meds really affected my mental and physical state and changed who I was. Last time I hurt my back it took me a year and a half to recover,” he said. “As of today, I can barely walk…I honestly can’t even believe this is happening, I feel like it’s a bad dream that I will wake up from.”

He shared that he’s feeling “down,” but that he’s going to work to get healthy again.

“I will be truthful and say I’m very down because of this. It is going to take a lot of positivity and strength to go through this a second time,” Tarek said. “I will stay positive and I will fight to get healthy again. I appreciate all the support.”

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Awful news…life has been going so well and I've been so happy and healthy! Unfortunately….I injured my back again….it's very scary. Last time I lost 50 pounds and was taking large amounts of pain meds to try and help the pain. Truthfully those meds really affected my mental and physical state and changed who I was. Last time I hurt my back it took me a year and a half to recover. As of today I can barely walk…I honestly can't even believe this is happening, I feel like it's a bad dream that I will wake up from. I will be truthful and say I'm very down because of this. It is going to take a lot of positivity and strength to go through this a second time. I will stay positive and I will fight to get healthy again. I appreciate all the support. T

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Tarek and his ex-wife, Christina, are currently filming a new season of their HGTV show “Flip or Flop.”