I am a chronic pain patient in recovery from addiction and I just launched my YouTube channel AMA
EDIT: I want to it to be very clear, that what works for me, may not work for you. I am NOT a doctor. If you think you could benefit from something I do - I encourage you to speak to your doctor about it before implementing or doing anything.
There is no malice against pain patients (Afterall, I'm a pain patient too) in this thread and as far as I'm concerned it's not meant to be judgemental, mean, or sound like I'm lecturing.
If it comes across that way, I sincerely apologize.
There's also been some accusations that all I care about is my YT channel. I just worked up the courage to post videos to my channel in the last week/two weeks, is it nice that 0.03% subscribed to my channel out of the 1,800 upvotes?
Yes, was it the goal of this, heck no. I make no money on YT - there's nothing in it for me. I'm not interested in clout, and the reason I started the channel, was simply to reach out to the community and let them know about the alternatives that worked for me.
Heck you could probably implement some of the things I've worked on in addition to your opioid prescription. This is not a one size fits all solution. We are all different all I'm saying is treat yourself with love and kindness because you deserve it.
Proof of my identity. (note: I was going to post this on the 20th, but decided to hold off till today)
The Goal of this AMA:
The goal of this AMA is to spread awareness that it is possible to live in chronic pain without the usage of opiates. I am by no means a doctor and I by no means am saying you you should not use opiates. I am simply saying it is possible.
Please note that this this is my story and how I cope/deal. I feel like there's things in my story that will be useful to someone and other things that aren't relevant.
I'm super nervous to do this AMA and to shout out my YouTube channel. My whole mantra this year has been, "doing things differently," so instead of hiding and wishing people would find my content, I'm speaking up about it and facing my fears straight on. I know there will always be trolls, but I hope this is well received and makes sense.
The History/Chronic Illnesses
Almost 10 years ago I was diagnosed with a rare pancreatic condition. Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction. It is a rare pancreatic/biliary disorder. I get pancreatitis from it a lot. In addition, I've had two surgeries on my neck due to spinal problems. I had a feeding tube from 2013-2016 and once I was started on opiate medication, it wasn't long before I started abusing the pills.
My younger brother died of a heroin overdose when he was 20 and my cousin died of one when she was 29. Despite both of these deaths I still fell into the grips of addiction. It started off innocently enough, pain pills for my chronic pain, but it was long before I started abusing my prescriptions.
Then, just like that here we are where I can say:
You name it, I've likely tried it and even have ventured into the streets to get my fix.
The Recovery/YouTube Channel
Over the past three years I've been working at staying off of opiates and only in the last 13 months have I been successful at managing my pain without narcotics. It's a miracle I've never been arrested and even more of a miracle that I'm still alive to tell my story.
A little over a year ago, I started recording video diaries about my recovery. I always had the idea of posting to YouTube in the back of my mind, but I never thought I'd get the courage to post. Yet, here we are. I've posted four videos so far that I'll link below.
I currently only have 6 subscribers on YouTube, but I don't care, I plan to keep on posting because I feel like if my videos help just one person then I've done what I wanted to do on the YouTube platform. Even if that one person is me.
I'm keeping details to a minimum, because I want to answer your questions about things. I may edit this post as the AMA goes on.
EDIT: Sorry If I'm slow to respond! Still leave a question down below, I want to answer as many people as possible!