Most of us can answer this question without a second thought – childbirth, kidney stones, physical trauma – the worst pain of your life can flood back with a memory like you wouldn’t believe.
That said, until you read these 15 people’s stories, you probably thought your worst was pretty bad…but that might not be the case.
15. I would still like the drugs, please.
I split my toe open to the bone and the doc said it would take longer for the anesthetic to take effect than it would to stitch the toe up.
So, lots of screeching from me.
14. Sounds like a nightmare.
I broke my femur in a car accident, all I felt was pure adrenaline like I had never felt before and no pain. They got me to the hospital fairly quickly and hit me with 2 shots of morphine ASAP.
Next thing I know they were drilling a hole through my calf with a power drill so they could set the leg with a pin and I was wide awake with no pain due to the drugs. It was the other drivers 6th DUI offense
13. This person is a WRITER.
I missed a step one morning and I folded my foot over so much that my big toe touched my heel.
I made a noise I had never made before.
It was like a dying rabbit who was into Finnish death metal.
12. How do you get through it?
Trigeminal neuralgia (also called the suicide disease).
I’m one of the lucky ones though, that it improved with treatment so I only had it for about a year.
Basically felt like someone was slamming an ice pick into my ear, jaw, and face.
Even brushing my teeth hurt.
11. How does this happen?
A 5 foot section of my small intestine became strangulated and died.
20 times more painful than an 8mm kidney stone.
10. At least it’s easily remedied.
I slipped on steps one winter fell on my back had my wind knocked out, cracked 2 ribs and dislocated shoulder.
And worst part is that it was like 3 steps…
9. This made me actually cringe.
I was ice skating and going through a major growth spurt when I was 13. The skates were too tight. I hit a crack in the ice and did a maneuver to stop from falling on my face. Well CRACK! SNAP! I shattered my tibia from just bellow the knee all the way down to the ankle, in a spiral fracture.
Because the skates were so tight in fact that when I hobbled and limped off of the ice and had them removed my leg did not immediately swell up. I knew my bone was broken. I could feel and hear the various shards of shin bone grinding up against one another and the muscles. Yet, people assumed at most I maybe bruised my bone.
I went home. Limping and in the worst physical pain. My father said I was ok. But after about 12 hours and the pain just getting worse I finally was taken to the ER – where I learned I fractured my leg in 8 different spots on the tibia.
I had to get metal pins put in, and was in various casts for 4 straight months and a boot for two.
8. I did not need to read this.
My appendix exploded like a water balloon while inside me.
7. Another one of these and no thanks.
Trigeminal neuralgia. It’s called “the suicide disease” for a very good reason. It felt like my jaw was being crushed in a vice. The pain is beyond description, an episode would last for 8-10 hours, and no painkiller touched it. I would hit my head on things trying to knock myself out.
For comparison, I was getting an x-ray for a “bad backache”, and when I gave the urine sample you have to give first, the tech saw that I had stones in it. Kidney stones. My “bad backache” was fucking kidney stones. TN really recalibrates your pain meter. Nothing goes past a six anymore.
I had brain surgery nine years ago to fix it and it’s the best damn decision I ever made. I’m nervous because it’s often not a permanent fix, and I’m afraid it will come back, but I’m so thankful to be pain-free for now.
6. You’ve gotta keep up with those pain meds.
This is the worst pain I’ve ever seen someone feel. My sister had open heart surgery at 23 to repair a murmur. Several days later when she first got home the nerve block in her side started to wear off.
She managed to fall asleep at the beginning but she woke up screaming like a banshee. I’ll never forget it. I got her to stand up but she looked at me and went white as a sheet and passed out.
5. That’s gotta hurt.
Probably the time I jumped onto the seat of my bike, and actually just sat on my testicle.
4. Were his doctors into pain??
I shot a 3.5″ spiral nail into my finger
The doctor pulled it out with pliers, no freezing or pain killers. I had 3 nurses holding me down.
I’ve broken many bones and it doesn’t even come close to comparing
3. This kind of back pain is the worst.
I sat up to leave after a meeting at work and my entire back seized up. It was all I could do to make it home. I had to lay on the couch in a weird position just to experience no pain. The slightest movement (even lifting a fork) and my back would seize up again.
I finally forced myself that night to go to the ER because my mind was racing with what it could be. X-rays showed nothing so I don’t know to this day what happened. It was about a week before I could fully move. Worst pain I’ve ever felt!
2. A miserable description.
Gout. The foot swelled up massively, it was bright red and hot to the touch.
Touch was the LAST thing I wanted, just having enough air movement to shift the hairs on my foot was excruciating.
Unbelievable pain that I couldn’t escape from.
I swelled so much that when it finally went back to normal, the skin sloughed off like I had had a massive sunburn.
I could feel EVERY heartbeat, painfully, in my foot.
1. I’m glad this is never a thing that will happen to me.
Epididimitis, inflammation of the testicle cord, described as a feeling akin to testicular torsion
At one point it hurt so bad I couldn’t sit up straight in class, took a whole week to get a doctors appointment and at least 2 more days for the meds to really make the pain die down
That was 6 years ago and even to this day that cord is so sensitive that it hurts if I sit wrong and occasionally has mini inflammation episodes
Icing on the cake, pretty sure I was told it could lead to impotence at a younger age than most men
I honestly cannot even (and do not want to) imagine most of these!
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