One day after the new was announced, has revealed he suffered another serious back injury, after which he says he can "barely walk."
The HGTV host and father of two with his ex-wife and co-star d the "awful news" on Instagram, expressing his reluctancy to go back on pain meds.
"Life has been going so well and I've been so happy and healthy!" he captioned a photo of himself in the hospital getting an MRI. "Unfortunately....I injured my back again....it's very scary."
"As of today I can barely walk," he continued. "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."
As Tarek implied, this isn't his first time hurting his back. Just after his treatment for both thyroid and testicular cancer, Tarek was immobilized by a debilitating back injury, reported last year.
"I lost 50 pounds and was taking large amounts of pain meds to try and help the pain," Tarek, pictured above post-weight loss, explained. "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."
All of these health issues ultimately took a toll on his marriage, contributing to their , according to People. Still, the couple decided to , filming the new season of Flip or Flop, which returns Thursday, May 31, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, as exes.
"It's all new territory," Christina said in a press release, calling it She continued: "When our marriage fell apart it was more public than we could have imagined. But we're picking up the pieces and we’ll still work together to support our kids."