Woman Shares Photos Of How She Struggled To Deal With IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a long-term digestive condition that can have a variety of symptoms, from abdominal pain and constipation to diarrhea and bloating as well. It can be thought of as a minor health concern but unfortunately for some people, it can have really strong effects on their lives. It may also be difficult to openly speak on the subject, with many choosing to keep their own struggle with it to themselves. However, often times knowing that there are people out there experiencing the same thing as you, is comforting.

Australian model Alyce Crawford is trying to be as open about her struggle with it as she can. She recently took to Instagram to speak on how she deals with IBS. Crawford has now spoken on what her day-to-day life with it is like, after three years dealing with IBS.

 

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In her Instagram post she wrote:

For the last 3 years, I have suffered with IBS. The symptom I suffer with specifically is severe bloating. It began literally overnight while I was living in America. I woke up one morning, my stomach was extremely bloated & I was experiencing sharp stabbing pains. From that day on, my life was never the same.

It involved nausea and lethargy, and even after having various appointments with doctors, she still struggled to find the right treatment for her. She posted two photos, one which shows the bloating she had to get through with, in the last three years.  While the other shows what her stomach looks like now after she has found a way to make her feel better.

 

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Alyce found some relief from her symptoms. She had a consultation with her friend’s dietician. She now eats from very strict eating plan, which she has to follow. Even though it wasn’t easy, she says it was all worth it after seeing the results. The condition had an impact even on her day-to-day mental health. She said:

Yes, missing out at times was hard BUT healing my stomach was so important to me. I knew the longer I did the right thing for my health, the faster my stomach would heal and I would therefore be able to enjoy in the long run. The repercussions of feeling this way not only effected my mental and physical health, but affected relationships and my work as a model. For those of you reading who suffer from IBS or a similar condition (or know someone suffering) will understand and know exactly what I am talking about.

 

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It’s always good to spread awareness on certain issues, no matter how hard it may be. You might be helping many others.

 

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Source: VT