A 21-year-old student feels searing pain if she is even lightly touched.

Mia Allen, of Lancaster, regularly has to tell her friends and family not to touch her because it causes her such an intense burning pain.

She also dislocates her joints dozens of times per day due to her rare and chronic illnesses.

The Lancaster University Film Studies student suffers with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and fibromyalgia and relies on the help of a wheelchair, reports Lancs Live.

Already living with two rare and debilitating conditions, Mia has also started experiencing life-threatening seizures which have left doctors scratching their heads.

Mia's symptoms were first dismissed as a running joke for years before she was diagnosed aged 17.

Regularly labelled as 'clumsy' by her friends and family, Mia would continually dislocate her ankle and says she was on crutches at least every two years.

Mia suffers from constantly dislocating joints and relies on a wheelchair

Mia said: "I used to walk everywhere but that changed when I went for an open day with my dad to London.

"The day after I couldn't move out of bed. All my joints had shifted and popped out, I couldn't move for three weeks and even after that I couldn't use crutches because my shoulders would pop out.

"It almost happened overnight."

Mia was diagnosed with EDS in 2016 when she was 17 years old.

The rare disease means her joints are extremely loose and constantly dislocate or shift, leaving her mostly wheelchair bound and in constant pain.

She says it is like having shifting tectonic plates for bones and experiences dozens of dislocations per day including her knuckles, jaw and even ribs.

Mia's best friend Zoe is helping her fundraise for private medical treatment

"While at university I started to get other symptoms," said Mia.

"My skin would burn whenever someone touched me, I couldn't have contact with anyone or wear tight fitting clothes because it hurt too much."

In 2017, during her first year at Lancaster, Mia's pain was attributed to fibromyalgia, a nerve condition which causes severe pain across the body.

During flare ups Mia has to ask her family to refrain from touching her as even brushing her skin can cause her to writhe in agony.

She said: "It's like an electrical burn, it's not just like the sensation of fire its like a specific, concentrated burning that doesn't go away.

"Once it starts it does subside, but that takes forever."

Fibromyalgia also causes intense fatigue which only exacerbated the exhaustion Mia felt with her joint conditon.

She began experiencing seizures and passing out when she got stressed or excited in March this year.

Doctors are still unsure as to what is causing these symptoms but for Mia they have represented the loss of the remaining parts of her independence.

"I stop breathing when I have my seizures and the flailing about puts all my joints out," said the aspiring director.

"They're basically life threatening, I wake up from everyone feeling scared, they are extremely traumatic, the first time I experienced one I thought I was going to die.

"I can't even go out by myself because of them. If I had seizure and fell I could bang my head or just stop breathing and die.

"I would quite like to get my life back. I'm 21 and it's so frustrating for me to not be independent."

Though Mia respects the great work of the NHS she believes they don't have the means to help combat her chronic diseases.

She is on a mission to privately fund treatment for her conditions and to finally find a diagnosis for her seizures.

"I don't want to not work, I want to be productive, I'm a competitive person," Mia said.

"I want to get back to where I was and to manage the pain, quash the seizures and to try and get back to being employable.

Mia has aspirations of working as a film producer and director,

She said: "I haven't been employable since 2016 because of my disabilities, but I want to get back to a position where I could have a conventional job.

"I would love to just start working but its just a case that I'm not well enough yet and I need answers to my current conditions.

"I'm a headstrong person and I hate receiving any kind of help. I want to regain a level of independence that makes me feel like an adult again."

Her best friends, and film studies course mates, Zoe Crombie and Adam Ross are fundraising to finance her reatment.

The faithful friends will be undertaking a 24 hour movie marathon of the worst rated films on IMBD to support Mia.

Zoe said: "We've been talking about doing something for Mia for a while now because she's been having a really hard time.

"I actually have ME myself (chronic fatigue syndrome) so I couldn't exactly climb a mountain or run a marathon but I thought Mia would appreciate how gruelling it would be to watch the worst films of all time

"We are just going to see as many as we can, by our calculations we can get through 15 to 20."

Zoe and Adam are hoping to get through such box office flops as Birdemic, Son of the Mask, Going Overboard, The Hottie and the Nottiee, and Battlefield Earth.

To sponsor Adam and Zoe's fundraiser for Mia, visit their GoFundMe campaign page here.