5 YouTube Creators That Struggle With Chronic Pain

Little Miss Crista
Little Miss Crista in "Living with Chronic Pain: My Story + Top Tips"

Chronic pain can affect anyone. In another post, I highlighted a number of musicians that suffer from a range of conditions. In this post, I will be focusing on famous YouTubers with chronic pain conditions.

An online content creator with chronic pain is bittersweet. While I would never wish chronic pain on anyone, I am thankful that these creators are able to use their platform to raise awareness.

Akilah Obviously

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Akilah Hughes from Steven Bannon Makeup Tutorial
Lyme Disease

Akilah Obviously (Akilah Hughes) is an American YouTuber, writer and comedian from New York. Her videos are fun, creative and provide a social commentary on what’s going on in the world.

Back in 2016, Akilah revealed in a video that she was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. What started as a few ‘harmless’ symptoms, quickly turned into a full body rash, severe exhaustion and joint pain.

Currently, Akilah no longer tests positive for Lyme Disease but still actively raises awareness for the condition which is “mocked in the media.”


Hank Green

Hank Green Speaking at Vidcon 2014
Hank Green, VidCon 2014. Taken by Gage Skidmore. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
Ulcerative Colitis

Hank Green is an American YouTuber, producer and entrepreneur. He runs the successful channel, Vlogbrothers with his brother John Green. He also created Crash Course and the SciShow which both educate viewers on a variety of topics.

In 2006, Hank was diagnosed with moderate Ulcerative Colitis, a disease that affects rectum and colon. Using his large following, he raises awareness for chronic illnesses in some of his videos.


John Green

John Green at Vidcon 2014
John Green, Vidcon 2014. Photo taken by Gage Skidmore. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
Chronic Facial Pain

John Green is an American YouTuber and author. If you didn’t already guess, he is the brother of Hank Green. You may know him better for writing The Fault In Their Stars and Papertowns, which both became popular films.

John suffered facial fractures when a bike messenger ran into him. Doctors misdiagnosed the fractures, which led to an infection. Countless operations and appointments later and John is still in pain. Like his brother, he occasionally makes videos to educate people about pain.

Channon Rose

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Channon Rose from “I Got Scammed By…”

Channon is an American vlogger and author. She creates videos about her her younger years, her career in adult films and mental health.

Channon suffers from chronic back pain after breaking her back in a car accident. Using her platform of over a million subscribers she gives an insight as to how the condition affects her life.


Little Miss Crista

Little Miss Crista
Little Miss Crista in “Living with Chronic Pain: My Story + Top Tips”
Chronic Back Pain

After an undiagnosed slipped disk led to nerve damage, Canadian YouTuber Crista deals with crippling back pain.

Although she may not have a subscriber count as large as those mentioned, I love her approach to addressing chronic pain. Rather than just talk and give tips, she takes her viewers with her when experiencing a flare up.