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What is the most painful thing you’ve endured?

Me: Emergency appendectomy - my life was a living hell for 3 days before that, pain was worst ever, nothing would stay down, couldn't sleep or walk. I wished for a quick death.

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Stillbirth. I know what a broken heart feels like.

SweetHarp Level 6 Mar 24, 2018

I am so sorry this happened to you.

very sad

Agreed. Worst.


Needing a root canal on Sunday evening. I've done that twice, first time in 1985, second in 2017. In 1985 I went to an Army hospital ER which was 25 minutes from the base we lived in (USForces Germany), but they couldn't do anything for me except to get a dentist out of bed to open up his clinic at the base I lived on. I got an emergency root canal. In 2017 I had oil of cloves on hand, it works! I was able to fall asleep and call the dentist when they opened to get a root canal.


bowel obstruction with necrotic intestinal tissue that had to be resectioned. it hurt so bad I was guiding the gastric nasal tube down my throat myself to get relief.


Hmm, physically, it would have to have been when I was involved in a bicycle accident as a child. I went ass over teakettle, got a nasty shiner (but no concussion) and lots of scrapes and bruises from it. I remember having to remain awake for a certain amount of time (late into the evening) out of concern over a concussion and watching The Incredible Mr. Limpett on TV. LOL!

Emotionally, two things. The first was having to watch how my daughter looked coming out of what was considered to be fairly serious surgery for someone her age (5). I don't think she was every in any real danger. The surgery was for removal of her tonsils and adenoids, and also widening of her sinus cavities (and I can only imagine how that was actually done). When she came out of the surgery she looked like she had been hit by a bus. Her face looked badly bruised. It just broke my heart to see her like that. Again, it was just my reaction to her shocking appearance. I hate seeing children suffer and seeing her like that, well. The other emotional pain has to do with heartbreak and I can't share it in detail here, but I feel emotional pain from it to this day.

IAMGROOT Level 7 Mar 24, 2018

I had a sinus infetion which formed a block and put pressure on the trigeminal nerve (a cranial nerve). The pain was intense and put me into a fetal position elmost every evening for about 2 weeks. Pain-killers did not help. It took an unpleasant procedure called a sinus wash to relieve the pressure and pain.

I understand that people with persisting trigeminal neuralgia often commit suicide to escape the pain.

wordywalt Level 8 Mar 24, 2018

I've had sinus infections pretty regularly in my life, I understand this pain.


I had a very complicated, nearly natural childbirth, but I don't really remember the pain. Sciatica, though? Damn. When it's bad, its unbearable.

Assuming heartbreak doesn't count, that is.

@Nottheonlyone Funny, we can all experience many levels of physical pain, but heartbreak remains common amongst every human being.


I dislocated and cracked my kneecap. It was so painful I was screaming and, apparently, turning rather alarming colours.


Hiking at night alone, I jumped down a frozen waterfall and broke my leg at the ankle, 2 miles from home and crawled back, but that wasn't the painfull part.
After I got home, ate, laid down and carefully removed my boots and other clothes, my cat came in to investigate, saw something wrong with my ankle, put his paw on the busted bone fragment under the skin, and shoved it back into place without warning. I nearly jumped through the ceiling it hurt so much. In retrospect, he probably saved me a surgery.

Go Kitty.

@Rugglesby that is Dr. Kitty!

@HippieChick58 Rightfully so.


I'm with you @Redcupcoffee. I had to have an emergency colon surgery, then another non-emergency one 6 mos. later. Hurt like hell.

While the surgeon was in there he removed my appendix. He said it looked a little iffy and didn't want me to have to come back to get it removed.

Paul628 Level 8 Mar 24, 2018

Yea, my appendix was dead inside me releasing toxins....felt like death.

@Redcupcoffee Not good at all. smile003.gif

@Paul628 I'm just glad I only had one and not two or didn't grow back. LOL


I've had four, natural, pain medication free childbirths.
The worst pain that I've ever felt was none of those.
It was having a gallbladder attack at 8 months pregnant. I had to have emergency surgery and the surgeon was Jewish. It was during a holiday and he forgot to write a script for pain medication. I came out of surgey with several incisions and a large baby kicking them from the inside. My doctor was in temple and could not be reached. It was agony.

The second worst pain was still not a labor. It was a dry socket from a pulled tooth. I wanted to shoot my head off.

Your world shrinks when you're in pain.

That is so true, "your world shrinks when you're in pain"....perfectly said.


Collapsed vertebrae pinching sciatic nerve, had to 'walk' taking small steps and dragging left leg behind me at an angle. I could only go about 50 ft before I had to sit down. 2 months like this where every movement caused a severe sharp pain in lower back, most times severe enough to make you collapse and/or suck in air. Even breathing hurt, literally.
Bi-level fusion a year ago (today is the anniversay date) of L3-L4-L5 fixed most of it. I've been told I had better results than most people, at least I can walk now!!
My burst appendix was close, it was more intense, but that pain only lasted a few hours.

MacTavish Level 7 Mar 24, 2018

The day I spent doing IT phone support...

that would be traumatic

Is it plugged in?

@MrLizard probably not

@btroje Okay... now my mind is going to places it shouldn't. Slap me.

@MrLizard not for a wandering mind

@btroje Does yours wander? In the same direction?

@MrLizard given the opportunity


Impacted wisdom tooth with an abscess.

I know that was probably incredibly painful but as a dental assistant, I enjoy working on complicated or involved procedures. These are some of my favorite appointments! I don't like seeing people in pain however I would have loved to have assisted with yours! : )



Diverticulitis attack was the worst pain, rolling around in bed and loudly moaning. Severe gout hurts like hell, and rivaled the diverticulitis pain. And of course abcess teeth. Sheesh, I've been through some pain, but not right now. All my best to the folks who are in intense pain right now.

zeuser Level 8 Mar 24, 2018

I had a nasty car accident were I was tee boned in my driver's side door. My right leg was severely sprained, my left leg was broken in two places, I had a mild concussion, and every rib on my left side was broken. Broken ribs hurt!

LEPeff Level 8 Mar 24, 2018

Mentally was losing a certain dog made me break down for days. physically breaking 3 toes and a bone in my foot


I don't do well with anaesthetic, it just doesn't work well with me, last year I had eye surgery and I could still feel it a bit, when I was 14 I had my sinuses scraped without any working anaesthetic.
I have been stung by irukandji jelly fish twice, bitten by red back spiders 3 times.
Nothing compares to walking on a stonefish. Seriously, nothing comes close. And sadly I was stung within about 100 meters of where I now live, so there is a chance it may happen again.

Rugglesby Level 8 Mar 24, 2018

Driving home after a root canal and the anesthetic wore off. Pushing up against the roof of the car in pain just trying to make it home. Dented the roof of the car. Laid in bed with an ice pack on my cheek for hours after.

kmdskit3 Level 8 Mar 24, 2018

I had a stroke 6 years ago and sometimes still forget that my left leg doesn't always do as it's told .
This resulted in me thinking , one morning that I Could spin round quite quickly . Obviously
I fell .... Onto the corner of my wooden bed . I broke my sternum ..absolute agony even breathing ....for weeks .


Childbirth. Both times.


Issues with teeth. When I was 18, the nerves in my three front teeth "died." I did not have such excruciating pain again until my early 60s when a broken tooth decided that it needed to be fixed NOW. The pain was so bad that although it lasted only a day before the pain meds kicked in, I sometimes find myself not chewing on that side.

I'm sorry, I will have to lecture you but only because I care : ) .. (dental assistant) If you are unable to eat or have tooth pain, please get to a dentist!! A tooth with a cavity is an active bacterial infection in your mouth which you are swallowing and spreading to your blood, brain and heart ... Also if you have swelling, the infection is very serious. It destroys the bone and ligament which are holding your tooth in and it can affect surrounding teeth. I have seen infection eat through the palate of a patients mouth .. Believe me, I know how much people hate going to the dentist but it only gets worse ... Find somewhere you are comfortable, where they listen to you, encourage you to ask questions and goes over all the pros and cons of each option .. I'm also aware of how shitty dental insurance is so look for a health care center ( I work at one) or a hospital with a dental clinic or a dental school .. These places will use a sliding fee scale to determine your cost ...

@JaciBea Thank you! The problem was actually taken care of years ago and I get my teeth cleaned every five months. You are very kind and I DO appreciate your advice.

@Gwendolyn2018 awesome so glad to hear that!


my brothers death no physical pain ca be worst

I am truly sorry for your loss


Divorce and the subsequent destruction of my family.


Emergency appendectomy as well! Yep...the pain before and after was the worst I ever scar reminds me to do all I can not to have any more surgeries...

thinktwice Level 8 July 18, 2018

That is a pain I truly wished for death


infected tooth even breathing was agony came on fri 7pm dentist saw me tues at 4pm

weeman Level 7 July 18, 2018
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