Model Louise in pain for a year from mystery illness
Top model Louise O'Reilly has encouraged women to get themselves checked out after she was admitted to hospital for a severe condition.
The Dublin beauty posted a picture of her hand with an IV drip inserted into it to her Instagram account yesterday and revealed that she had been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
She said: "The last two days have been kind of bitter sweet, over a year in daily chronic pain that I tried to keep a secret, 4-5 various specialists - some helpful, some not, and some telling me the 'pain was in my head' even when I would collapse with it.
"Yesterday they finally discovered I have severe Polycystic Ovary Syndrome along with parts of my bladder, pelvis & other organs stuck together by adhesions. It's closure to finally know what it is."
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the most common hormonal glandular disorders among women and affects approximately 5pc to 10pc of women of reproductive age (approximately 12 to 45 years old).
The condition is thought to be a genetic disorder although the exact gene has not been identified.
Since getting answers to the chronic pain that she has suffered with for over a year, Louise is encouraging other women to get checked by a doctor and to trust their instincts and get a second opinion if unsure.
"I wanted to share this to say that whatever situation you might be going through... please listen to your instincts.
"If you feel like there's something wrong with your body, don't be afraid go for a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th opinion.
"It's your body, you know it best...it will be worth it the end," she wrote on the blog recently.
Louise runs the award-winning style blog, Style Me Curvy. The blog has been awarded 'Best International Fashion Blog' by Cosmopolitan UK and Independent Fashion Bloggers in 2013.
She is a strong believer that women can be stylish no matter what their dress size and has previously spoken out against unrealistic standards in the fashion and beauty industries both in Ireland and abroad.