Love Island Australia’s Erin Barnett reveals her painful health condition as she shares a confronting X-ray of her twisted spine
Love Island Australia’s Erin Barnett has revealed her painful battle with scoliosis, sharing graphic X-rays of her back.
Erin took to Instagram to share the picture of her wayward spine, before explaining her complicated battle with the condition.
‘I remember when I use to complain of back pain when I was younger and I was told it was probably from carrying my backpack to and from school,’ she said.
Troubles: Love Island Australia’s Erin Barnett, 25, (pictured) has revealed her painful health condition as she shared confronting X-rays of her twisted spine to Instagram on Monday
Erin went on to explain she was has a bent spine and was diagnosed with scoliosis at just 17-years-old.
‘I saw a surgeon who told me I was too old for a back brace and the option to have surgery to straighten my spine is up to me,’ she said.
She continued: ‘The surgeon said he can’t guarantee I will be pain free after surgery, he even mentioned I could possibly be in more pain.’
Erin said she decided against it, due to the risks.
Battle: ‘I saw a surgeon who told me I was too old for a back brace and the option to have surgery to straighten my spine is up to me,’ Erin said, explaining the scoliosis
‘The risks for spine surgery are HUGEEEEEEEEE. I decided I wouldn’t go ahead with surgery because I was so afraid I may end up paralysed if something went wrong.’
The beauty went on to say she manages the treatment with a chiropractor along with a strong painkillers and hot baths.
‘What I find helps somewhat is seeing my chiropractor 2-3 times a week,’ she wrote.
Too many risks: ‘The risks for spine surgery are HUGEEEEEEEEE. I decided I wouldn’t go ahead with surgery because I was so afraid I may end up paralysed if something went wrong’
‘Sometimes strong painkillers and a hot bath helps too, my back pain is always at a decent 7/10 every day.’
Erin is known for her candid online persona, sharing her physical and mental struggles with cellulite last month.
Sharing two photos, Erin explained that she had taken both pictures five seconds apart, and the difference in her appearance was due to angles and posing.
Perspective: The 25-year-old explained her battle with cellulite last month, sharing a side-by-side of herself in underwear
While showing off her backside in black underwear, she wrote in the caption: ‘CELLULITE CELEBRATION.
‘I took these photos five seconds apart! In the LEFT photo, I’m pushing my hips backwards and slightly bending my knees. In the RIGHT photo, I’m pushing my hips forward and locking my knees. ITS ALL ABOUT DEM ANGLES GURLS!’
She continued: ‘I know I have a lot of young girls who follow me on here; so I thought I’d just show errrrbody my booty and remind the world that we ALL have cellulite SOMEWHERE. IT’S NORMAL.
Inspired: Erin shared an inspiring message about cellulite last month
‘Some may have none, some may have a little & some may have heaps. Either way, IT’S NORMAL!’
Erin explained that learning to love her body has been a long process for her, too.
Erin rose to fame on Love Island Australia in 2018.
Former flame: In 2018, Erin was coupled up with now ex-boyfriend Eden Dally (left) on Love Island and they made it to the grand finale together
She was coupled up with her now ex-boyfriend Eden Dally and they made it to the grand finale together.
But they missed out on winning the show and the $50,000 cash prize, which went to Grant Crapp and Tayla Damir instead.
Two years on after filming Love Island, Erin is in a long-term relationship with a man named Mick Russell – and is even a stepmother to his children.
New man: Two years on after filming Love Island, Erin is in a long-term relationship with a man named Mick Russell – and is even a stepmother to his children