A mum has told of her teenage daughter’s struggle with a mystery condition.

Samantha Devine, 44, spoke of her agony over stricken 18-year-old Emily Charlton who is often bed-ridden with stomach pains.

Emily, who lives in Moldgreen, first complained of stomach pains when she was about seven but she was 15 and heading towards her GCSEs when her health deteriorated.

Emily Charlton, 18, of Moldgreen, who has suffered a mystery illness for the last three years.

A student at Shelley College, Emily’s GCSE results weren’t as good as expected and she was forced to drop out of her A levels because of her health problems after just a few weeks.

Emily is now taking a distance learning course and rarely leaves home. She barely eats and is losing weight.

In a desperate bid for answers Samantha set up a crowdfunding page to raise £1,000 for a private hospital consultation.

“It’s hard to see your daughter fading away when she should be out enjoying life,” said Samantha.

“All her friends are going off to university but she has missed a year of her education and is still doing her A levels.

“Emily is an incredibly bright girl who wanted to go into the media or journalism. She has now been so ill for so long she has lost the idea that it might ever happen for her.”

Emily Charlton, 18, of Moldgreen, who has suffered a mystery illness for the last three years.

Samantha said Emily, who has a brother and two sisters, had always been a “finicky” eater and often complained of stomach ache.

She was referred to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where she was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Despite changing her diet her problems got worse and her education was disrupted.

In June she turned 18 but there was not much of a celebration. The family went to Leeds for a meal but Samantha said: “Afterwards Emily was crippled up in the back of the car in a lot of pain.

“She could hardly move and admitted she had had a rough few weeks and was feeling terribly unwell.”

Emily was put on a low FODMAP diet to cut out the sugars which may have been causing her stomach problems. Despite the diet, Emily says she continued to have stomach pain.

In recent weeks Emily has been to her GP three times and seen the out-of-hours doctor four times.

Emily Charlton, 18, of Moldgreen, who has suffered a mystery illness for the last three years.

She has also been to A&E, passing out once while she was there.

“We have been to A&E three times. At A&E they say all her vital signs are okay so she doesn’t need emergency treatment.”

Because the only diagnosis Emily has had is IBS her mum set up a Just Giving page to pay for private treatment and a second opinion.

Family and friends raised £1,000 inside three days and Emily saw a consultant privately at an Elland hospital.

But the family was advised to wait for the result of tests for Crohn’s disease – an inflammatory disease of the intestines – which had been done at HRI and they have just shown that Emily does not have this condition.

The next step is a full abdomen ultrasound at HRI on September 15.

Samantha said: “If the eventual diagnosis does turn out to be IBS then we will have to find ways to live with it – I just never knew IBS could be so bad. Emily has been so utterly ill.

“We don’t know what damage may have been caused to her insides that means she can no longer eat. It’s been such a distressing time and we just want to get her well again.”