LIVING with severe chronic pain for over a decade had left writer Hannah Shewan Stevans desperate for a moment’s relief.
After trying everything from medication to yoga, Hannah accidentally stumbled across a ‘cure’ for her condition while fooling around with an ex-partner.
Here she tells Fabulous Digital how daily orgasms have given her her life back.
After living with severe chronic pain every day for 12 years, I have discovered a nearly foolproof coping mechanism – orgasms.
This revolutionary pain management technique has revitalised me and weakened the chokehold pain had on my life.
My experience of chronic pain exploded out of nowhere at aged 14. While hanging out in my room, I felt a dull aching pain crawl up my spine and it has never really gone away.
Following its introduction as a mild irritation, the pain levelled up until it delivered daily bouts of searing stabs of pain and fierce aches that built to a paralysing crescendo, but orgasmic pain management is restoring balance.
Before discovering my nifty trick, I sought treatment with various medical specialists; however, I stopped all medical interventions completely 18 months ago.
In the beginning, I spent many hours in GP offices trying to get dismissive doctors to take the symptoms seriously, which felt like I was fighting a grumpy gatekeeper protecting the health system from potential time wasters.
One kindly GP eventually made a hospital referral but he also prescribed high strength opiates and they swiftly became the rocky foundation I relied upon for survival.
A CHRONIC PAIN CONDITION THAT CAUSES STIFFNESS AND FATIGUE
Also known as fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), fibromyalgia is a long-term condition which causes pain all over the body.
As well as chronic pain, fibromyalgia can cause increased sensitivity to pain, fatigue and muscle stiffness, according to the NHS.
Sufferers can also have difficulty sleeping, as well as memory loss, concentration problems, headaches and irritable bowel syndrome.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but researchers believe it may be related to chemicals in the brain and could be affected by genes inherited from your parents.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, although in many cases symptoms can be controlled to make it easier to live with.
Exercise has been found to help ease many painful symptoms, while others find relaxation techniques can help keep the condition under control.
Treatment could include a combination of lifestyle changes, painkilling medication and counselling or another form of therapy, like CBT.
While under the care of my local hospital, I was given several diagnoses that were later debunked by other specialists, including arthritis.
Some doctors thought it might all be in my head, others theorised blindly and one doctor insisted that I must be exaggerating the severity of the pain, so I spent several years avoiding further investigations and relied on opiates to get through each day.
When I started university, the pain gradually worsened until I was spending more time curled up in the foetal position than standing.
In my desperation, I visited A&E five times in three months. At the end of each visit, I was dismissed with a handful of painkillers and a vague promise of a follow-up.
As each doctor met my symptoms with confused looks and long awkward silences, their theories got scarier and scarier, with one even saying that I could have a spinal growth.
Eight years of poking and prodding later, I received a diagnosis of fibromyalgia just as I graduated from university at aged 21, which is a condition characterised by severe and widespread chronic pain.
Currently, between 1.5 and two million people in the UK live with the condition and there is no cure. On average it takes five years to receive a diagnosis - it took me seven.
Although the diagnosis was a relief, I still felt lost because painkillers were becoming less effective and I had not been offered any other reliable tools for survival.
My pleasurable expeditions have also revealed that I can achieve eight unique types of orgasm and I can even climax completely hands freeHannah Shewan Stevens
My consultants’ focus was on opiates ranging from gabapentin to tramadol or to simply try yoga and suck it up.
When the side effects of the medication became unbearable, I went cold turkey and decided to just white knuckle it through the pain.
Upon moving to London in 2015, this became untenable and I returned to pain management specialists to explore my options, which included lidocaine infusions and a treatment called the Alexandre technique focusing on precise posture to lessen pain.
When these treatments made little difference to the level of pain, I decided to try painkillers again but what came next put me off pain management units for life.
The consultant I saw, who was also in charge of the unit, dismissed my concerns immediately, threatened to put “drug-seeking behaviour” on my medical records and insisted that I should just quit my job if life was so hard.
The appointment was devastating and I still had no idea how to live with fibromyalgia. I shunned doctors and focused on mindfulness and meditation to manage.
Until last year I made an accidental discovery that transformed my life.
While fooling around with an ex partner, I had an explosive orgasm that extinguished the pain for the first time in five years.
Painlessness was such an alien feeling that it took several minutes to realise that was it was actually happening. That sensation of normalcy was better than any orgasm I’d ever had.
Following this miraculous discovery, I spent days exploring the possibilities of using pleasure to eradicate pain in a thrilling weekend of sexual adventures.
Unfortunately, it soon became clear that orgasms would not work as a cure, however, the revelation was not wasted.
I experimented further and realised that beginning and ending the day with an orgasm made my average pain levels for the day lower.
Also, every incredible climax was followed by a soothing period of calm absent of pain, sometimes only lasting a few minutes but occasionally stretching to half an hour of blissful peace.
Orgasms swiftly became my go-to pain management tool and on days where fibromyalgia leaves me bedridden, I spend the entire day repeatedly climaxing to douse the fires of pain.
Having used this technique consistently for nine months, I have the art of orgasm down to a fine science and I know my body better than ever.
My pleasurable expeditions have also revealed that I can achieve eight unique types of orgasm and I can even climax completely hands free.
Coupled with regular physiotherapy, structured exercise and mindfulness techniques, I can manage fibromyalgia more effectively and my mental health has improved significantly.
I also have the freedom to choose whether I rely on medical intervention so to avoid more invasive investigations and incredulous doctors, I have discharged myself from all pain management treatment programmes.
Utilising orgasms to manage fibromyalgia has reinvigorated my life and I feel more at home in my body than ever before.
Plus, now I’m single the coping mechanism is working better than ever because I can explore my body solo without being interrupted by a clumsy partner’s attempts to help.
It’s likely that chronic pain will always be there and some days are still an exhausting struggle, but now I can climax away the agony when the fire gets out of control.
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