Worst pain you ever experienced?

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    Jun 07, 2013 11:50 PM GMT
    Was wondering... whats the worst pain you ever experienced? For me it was passing kidney stones, I've had a broken foot and not even that compares to how painful passing stones can be.

    Was also Reading na article about how a condition called "cluster headache" is probably the most painful thing ever, was wondering if anyone has ever experienced that? sounds awful,
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    Jun 08, 2013 3:21 AM GMT
    I had a spinal tap done to rule out meningitis. Two days later I had the worse headache ever and it was due to a leak from where they did the puncture. But I have to agree with you that kidney stones can be very painful when passing but the pain is worse when they're stuck in the ureters.
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    Jun 08, 2013 3:25 AM GMT
    I had shingles. That's painful too. Don't know how it compares, though.
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    Jun 08, 2013 3:40 AM GMT
    I witnesses my big bro and a coworker (who was a bachelor and I took care of him) experience kidney stones and I don't want that shit no way no how. You have my sympathies and respect.

    Me: 1) Bulging discs at L4/L5, L5/S1 putting pressure on the spinal cord and the leg nerve bundles that exit foramens at those discs. The slightest movement caused intense pain. After a lot of Phys. Therapy and a 9mm lift on my left shoe I am doing quite well. Leveled out my hips although I always will have a slight bit of scoliosis. Wish we figured this out way back in college when the structural problems started instead of my mid 40's.

    2) Migrane headaches. Can be absolutely incapacitating. I am back in a cycle where I get them waking up in the morning icon_sad.gif Happily I have found a couple triggers and respond to meds. now.

    3) Left lateral shift of the spine at L4/L5. Back muscles splint up the spine and move it away from an inflamed facet joint. More PT and got past it.

    Friends have had ACL reattachment and recovery that didnt look fun at all. Family and friends have had heart or bypass surgery where they split them open, pin your chest wide open and way back. Takes a year or more for your shoulders and ribs to heal and to recover. Major joint replacement too didn't look fun when my aunts and big sister had both hips done at the same time.

    It's amazing how tough and resilient humans can be.
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    Jun 08, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    The worst pain I've recently experienced has been two headaches where I felt as though the right side of my brain was going to burst through my skull. I hadn't heard of "cluster headaches," but the description fits.

    Other pains I've had that I would rate up there are the STD test for chlamydia (sticking a brush up one's urethra; it's so immediately painful that you become unable to scream), inflamed nerves, and non-consensual anal sex (which, in my case, felt like having a fist covered in thumb-tacks being shoved into my guts repeatedly). I've also had urinary blockage, which was frustratingly painful as pissing is a part of life.
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    Jun 08, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    The worst pain (for me) I ever experienced was when I was shot through my right arm and through my chest (into my right side and out my front) by a doped up burglar who was robbing our house - back when I was a teen. I had a friend with me who wasn't hit, and who used the phone to call for help. I hurt so much I actually would have welcomed death. I fully expected to die before the ambulance arrived. I'd never imagined anyone could lose that much blood and live. It was a miracle that I lived only a few minutes from the hospital. I was actually surprised the next day when I woke up that I was still alive. That pain was worsened by having a week in the hospital - and having them unwrap the wounds and probe around (cleaning them). They actually gave me a pillow to scream into while they reopened the wounds each day for about a week. Anyway - - - for me, that was the worst pain I ever faced.
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    Jun 08, 2013 4:03 AM GMT
    2nd degree burns.
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    Jun 08, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    I suffer from migraines.....and they suck! It feels like a hangover. The pain is so bad sometimes it feels like my head is going to explode.
  • calibro

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    Jun 08, 2013 4:58 AM GMT
    have my lower jaw broken off my skull and the neck reconstructive surgery
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    Jun 08, 2013 6:16 AM GMT
    Got my nipples pierced today. hurt. like. a. bitch. in. heat. icon_redface.gif
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    Jun 08, 2013 6:36 AM GMT
    When I broke my right shoulder in no less than four places!
  • hebrewman

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    Jun 08, 2013 9:00 AM GMT
    radiation burns. hands down, the worst pain i've ever experienced. it happened between week 3 and 4 of treatment for anorectal cancer. you can only imagine the 'treatment area'. from just below the navel, to bottom of the buttocks. since radiation builds upon each treatment, the results are very painful. it's as if someone took a fillet knife and slowly sliced off pieces of skin, exposing the slick layer just below the dermal layers. this 'slick' layer exposes billions of nerve endings. the skin turns dark brown at first, then peels off. indeed it did. in small sheets in the shower. some as big as and inch by an inch. the areas were the folds between the thighs, the area above the left lateral lymphnode in the groin, the folds of the skin between the buttocks and the legs, the area between the anal canal and the scrotum. the scrotum and penis, while not in the treatment area per se, were subjected to what is known as beam scatter. have you any idea what even the slightest amount of radiation does to the penis and testicles? painful does not even begin to describe it. add to this mess the radiation that attacked the anus and the sphincter and a whole host of internal digestive organs............... the pain cannot be described. beyond anything i have ever experienced. the pain meds were a joke. nothing touched it. as the skin tried to heal, the scabs broke apart when trying to walk. sometimes it would be so bad, my body actually shut itself down in a sort of coma like state just to get some sleep. now i know why burn victims are put in an induced coma. 9 months post treatment and i can still feel the pain. and i can still cry. it's forever imprinted in my mind.
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    Jun 08, 2013 9:13 AM GMT
    Haven't had many painful things happen to me. Never broken a bone (knock on wood); but, the worst pain I've ever experienced was having tonsillitis.

    Horrible headache, swollen lymph nodes, extremely sore throat, earache and cold-sweats. After reading these comments, what I experienced wasn't much. I've gotten off easy. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 08, 2013 9:13 AM GMT
    Havingn three cracked ribs was the most painful thing for me. A broken nose comes in second place.
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    Jun 08, 2013 9:18 AM GMT
    Was playing baseball as a kid with my neighbor and was pitching too close to the plate. Ball was knocked directly into my lower row of front teeth. Hurt like hell, but considering some of the other posts here, I'm comparatively lucky if that's the worst kind of pain I've ever felt.
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    Jun 08, 2013 9:39 AM GMT
    cluster headache, about 5 years ago diagnosed with my first cycle, put on pure oxygen prescription at the time, 2 month cycle was mid summer, every day for 2-3 hrs at a time, at the same time of night, waking me up in the wee hrs

    ive done some reading, doctors think that an instant release of histamine or serotonin trigger a cluster headache, recently, been on another cycle this time during the day, I think due to early heat wave in the spring, mine is def brought on by heat, doctors also think something due to a persons circadian rhythms being out of whack

    since ive suffered from allergy and sinus infections all my life, and treatment for a cluster is usually a nasal spray like Imatrex, ive been experimenting with antihistamine OTC Claritin D and my usual Neti Pot nasal wash, seems to be working well as long as I take the med and nasal flush before the onset

    for those who haven't experienced a cluster, also known suicide headache, mine is not this severe, but you get the idea, these are not actors





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    Jun 08, 2013 9:52 AM GMT
    scruffLA saidcluster headache, about 5 years ago diagnosed with my first cycle, put on pure oxygen prescription at the time, 2 month cycle was mid summer, every day for 2-3 hrs at a time, at the same time of night, waking me up in the wee hrs

    ive done some reading, doctors think that an instant release of histamine or serotonin trigger a cluster headache, recently, been on another cycle this time during the day, I think due to early heat wave in the spring, mine is def brought on by heat, doctors also think something due to a persons circadian rhythms being out of whack

    since ive suffered from allergy and sinus infections all my life, and treatment for a cluster is usually a nasal spray like Imatrex, ive been experimenting with antihistamine OTC Claritin D and my usual Neti Pot nasal wash, seems to be working well as long as I take the med and nasal flush before the onset

    for those who haven't experienced a cluster, mine is not this severe, but you get the idea, these are not actors

    [Cluster Headache Vids and diagram]


    Those were SO painful to watch. Knowing that the headaches can last for up to 3 hours is horrifying. Sorry you had to go through that so frequently.
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    Jun 08, 2013 10:00 AM GMT
    Cardiac Catheterization through the groin (upper thigh). Doctors and nurses said I would be numb and dazed, that I wouldn't feel it. They were wrong. I felt it and I hollered loudly on the operation bed. Couldn't stand up for two days after. Left a complaint as well. The operation supposedly proved I have a healthy heart ruling that out, and my chest issue was related to something else I care not to mention. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 08, 2013 10:22 AM GMT
    Integrity11 saidCardiac Catheterization through the groin (upper thigh). Doctors and nurses said I would be numb and dazed, that I wouldn't feel it. They were wrong. I felt it and I hollered loudly on the operation bed. Couldn't stand up for two days after. Left a complaint as well. The operation supposedly proved I have a healthy heart ruling that out, and my chest issue was related to something else I care not to mention. icon_cool.gif


    oh yes, the classic angiogram, I have the arteries of an 18 year old, but a upper GI (knocked out with propofol) says its a sliding hiatal hernia which caused the one time chest pain, my health insurance paid a premium just to find this out, but its good to know, sorry to hear yours was painful
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    Jun 08, 2013 10:29 AM GMT
    Not pain, but when I had infected gall bladder removed they had drain inserted for the first week of recovery.
    When they came to remove it, as it came out I could feel it move its way through.......

    As said, not pain as such not don't think I will ever forget it.
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    Jun 08, 2013 11:23 AM GMT
    you know when you just wake up in bed and you do a big stretch, then all of a sudden you feel your leg cramps up?
    that lol.
    Yeah I'm pretty careful mostly.
    The closest potential worst pain would have been being hit head on by a car.
    Like literally it would've hit my skull first.
    Haha it would have happened from such a dumb thing too!!
  • FitGwynedd

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    Jun 08, 2013 11:36 AM GMT
    I once shot a cable staple through my hand

    I once fell off a tractor trailer
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    Jun 08, 2013 11:37 AM GMT
    E. Coli.
  • winwin

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    Jun 08, 2013 11:54 AM GMT
    Infected wisdom teeth and appendicitis, horrible experience and pain.
  • jessetriguy

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    Jun 08, 2013 12:24 PM GMT
    Spinal Tap Headache caused by a leak in the puncture. Feels like your brain collapses on to your neck...icon_cry.gif