People Share Stories About the Worst Pain They’ve Ever Felt

The older I get, the more I really, really hope I don’t suffer any major injuries.

It’s one thing to get hurt when you’re a kid because you know you’ll bounce right back but when you start getting up there in years, it can get pretty dicey and recovery takes much longer.

I think the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life was when I broke my hand when I was 12…and I hope it stays that way…

What’s the worst pain you’ve ever felt?

Here’s what folks had to say on AskReddit.

1. Ugh.

“I rolled my foot in a hole (like it made a loud snap) in my driveway and tore my Achilles.

I did a front flip tumble onto the ground, and couldn’t get up. 10/10 worst pain.”

2. It’s not you, it’s me.

“A cluster headache I had once after s*x, like right after.

Put a real dampener on the whole thing and it’s hard to convince a person that the reason you’re up out of bed straight after, groaning in pain and vomiting into the sink, isn’t some kind of personal judgement on them.”

3. Yeah, those hurt.

“I’ve broken a fair amount of bones, including my jaw.

But a kidney stone is the worst pain I’ve ever felt.”

4. Ouch!

“I dislocated my elbow when I was 16 and I wasn’t allowed to have any water or painkillers before they put me under to re set it.

Unfortunately for me, the had to do x rays before hand. This meant moving the dislocated joint into multiple positions for different x rays, none of which were natural.”

5. Those are bad.

“Dry socket after wisdom teeth removal.

Painkillers didn’t help, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat.

Absolutely agonizing.

Hurt worse than breaking my kneecap (which definitely comes in second).”

6. Like a knife.

“Pinched nerves from a broken back

. The best description I can come up with is it was like having a white hot knife blade pulled straight from the forge and plunged into my back.

Pain meds did absolutely nothing to stop it.”

7. Rough stuff.

“UTIs are so awful.

From the first twinge, you know you’re in for hours and hours of pain. Primarily a constant, burning need to urinate. Instead, when you go, it actually going doesn’t bring relief and instead feels like you’re trying to pass razor blades.

I also get very sweaty and tend to vomit.”

8. Painful.

“An abdominal infection from a surgery complications

Had a narcissist stepdad who refused to take me to the doctor. Said I wasn’t taking enough pain medication even though I was bedridden for nearly 8 days and I was supposed to be more or less better by the 3rd. It wasn’t until it was just in unimaginable pain and a high grade fever. So I decided to just start howling and crying so he’d have to take me to the ER.

I had to have a second surgery and a drainage bulb put in because the infection had created a wicked abscess.”

9. Treatment.

“Cancer treatment.

I’ve had needles shoved into my spinal column that made my balls feel like they were in a vice, I’ve had severe vomiting, I’ve had severe mouth rot from mucositis caused by methotrexate that was so painful I couldn’t swallow anything even when taking maximum recommended dosage of oxycodone to the point I hadn’t drank water in 2 days.

I’ve had a fissure in my intestines that made me pass out from the pain while using the bathroom, I had such severe chemo brain I couldn’t comprehend the news, so I had to watch kids cartoons, I forgot how to walk properly for a month.

I had forceful intubation that damaged my vocal chords so severely I wasn’t able to talk for 2 months, and I still have coughing fits from some scar tissue moving around, which is hella inconvenient when you’re out in public and have to explain you ain’t sick, your throat’s just f*cked up.”

10. No way!

“One time I was running my hand along a rough wooden railing on a bridge and turned it at just the wrong angle to catch a massive splinter under my fingernail.

It broke off so the entire thing was lodged underneath all the way back to the nail bed, and there was no part sticking out to grab with tweezers.

I ended up going to the ER and getting surgery to cut my nail open and remove it.”

11. Needles.

“Having blood taken from a vein in my foot

Worse than childbirth.”

12. Ear problems.

“Very severe ear infection.

Felt like my head was gonna explode! My ear had swelled up so bad I couldn’t hear, and the medicine drops wouldn’t go down, had to get the fluid sucked out of my ear and a wick put in. Instantly felt better after.

I’ve been prone since a child to get ear infections but interestingly enough I haven’t had an ear infection since that really bad one.”

13. Sounds absolutely awful.

“Shoulder surgery.

The nerve block they gave me lasted nearly 12 hours after surgery was done. I woke up in the middle of the night drenched in my own tears and felt the most intense, stabbing pain where the anaesthetic had worn off.

Felt like there was a fire in my shoulder.”

14. Terrible.

“Randomly assaulted 8 years ago, got kicked and stomped in the head 6-7 times (rest of the body got worked on as well), massive concussion, three damaged vertebrae (two in the neck one in the back), pinched/jammed nerves and blood vessels all over the back/spine region.

Busted teeth, eyes knocked out, off synch, left arm down to approximately 40% functionality. Lots of stitches.

Took me two years to just be able to sit and have dinner with my parents and not feel like keeling over from nausea due to pain and discomfort.

I’d say I’m 85-90% or so recovered now, concussion is still active, I wouldn’t wish that long never ending pain on anyone.”

How about you?

What’s the worst pain you’ve ever felt in your life?

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