Model Shares Photo That Shows Harsh Reality Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A model has taken to Instagram to reveal the harsh realities of living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition that causes uncomfortable and often painful stomach cramps, bloating and digestive issues.

Alyce Crawford, from Australia, told her followers: "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."

Uploading a picture of her usual slim abdomen alongside a picture of her stomach after it has bloated, Alyce explained that the photo on the right represented what she lived with 90 per cent of the time for three years.

She also detailed some other symptoms she suffered as a result of her IBS, including feeling sick, sore, nauseous, unmotivated and lethargic.

Thankfully, Alyce revealed she'd experienced from relief thanks to a friend's dietician, who gave her an eating plan to follow. While she admits they're pretty strict, Alyce says she's willing to stick to them to get relief from her symptoms.

"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," she wrote.

She ended her post on a positive note, telling her followers: "I do really want to reiterate that my struggles, my journey, finally finding a way to manage my health and my experiences are what have all lead me to where I am today so I can't be angry about my situation because of those positive outcomes alone!!!"

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/alycecrawford

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on

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