A make-up artist is terrified that a mystery illness that caused her to double in size in just six months will soon leave her unable to move.
Laura Pell, 34, weighed 9st (57kg) last summer and kept herself in shape by going to gym three times a week and eating a sensible diet.
But after being struck down with a mystery illness which has baffled doctors, she began to retain fluid which has caused her body to swell in size.
She piled on more than a stone in just 24 hours and now weighs 17 stone.
On average, she is gaining an average of one-a-half-stone every month and has gone from a slender size 10 to size 22.
Miss Pell, Laura, who lives with boyfriend Mark Appleby, 30, in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, has also been forced to buy a completely new set of clothes.
She has also been forced to give up her job as a wedding make-up artist because she struggles to walk and fears she she will soon be unable to walk if a cure is not found.
She said: 'I am in absolute agony and I am struggling to move. The last six months have been hell, and I just have no quality of life.