Have you ever wondered what are the worst pains a human can experience? Pain is the sensory response your body sends to your brain to let it know when and where something has gone wrong.
Here are some of the worst pains humans can experience.
Basically an acute and intense onset of arthritis, gout is not to be messed with. Once known as the “rich man’s disease” because a wealthy diet was one of the causes, gout is now known to be a result of too much uric acid in the blood, which can form microscopic crystals that collect in the body’s extremities. Symptoms include severe pain, as well as swollen, red, and tender joints, most often concentrated in the hands and feet.
2. Abscess Tooth
Although abscesses can occur anywhere in the body, tooth abscesses are typically the most painful due to their proximity to such a huge amount of nerves. The infection starts with tooth decay and gets worse and more painful as bacteria multiplies and decays the tooth further, it can even spread to the rest of the face, cause terrible fevers, and, in some cases, death.
3. Torn Achilles
It is the strongest and largest tendon in the body, so when it breaks…it hurts. People even say it feels like being shot in the back of the foot.
4. Road Rash
Similar to burning, road rash often takes off the top layer of skin and exposes the nerves to the elements, which is never fun and always
5. Stonefish Sting
These fish, commonly found in the coastal regions of the Indo-Pacific are one of the most venomous fish known to man. Blending in almost perfectly stones and coral below the surface of the water, they’re quite easy to miss, resulting in unaware humans accidentally stepping on them and receiving a nasty sting that will cause excruciating pain, nausea, convulsions, vomiting, and, unless treated very quickly, death.
7. Bear Attack
With the largest species, the polar bear, weighing up to nearly a thousand pounds, these incredible animals could easily maul a human in only a matter of seconds. That said, only about 3 humans in the U.S. and Canada die from bear attacks each year, compared to the roughly 40 to 50 lightning strike related fatalities per year in the U.S. alone.
8. Broken Femur
The femur, or thigh bone, is the largest bone in the human body and, as such, breaking one is no laughing matter. Typically sustained in high impact trauma such car accidents due to the amount of force necessary to break the bone, a femoral fracture is definitively the most painful fracture a person can experience. Even the healing process is arduous, often taking four to five months and leaving lasting repercussions that can affect somebody for years after the break.
9. Drawn and Quartered
Before the days of lethal injection, methods of execution were much more cruel and inhumane. One such method from medieval Europe involved prisoners dragged through the street behind a horse, hanged almost until death, disemboweled, beheaded, and then brutally cut into four pieces.
10. Insect Sting
We’re not talking about the your run of the mill honeybee sting; some insects, such as the bullet ant of Central and South America, contain a venom that can put a human in excruciating pain for days with only a single sting.
11. Trigeminal Neuralgia
The Trigeminal nerve is responsible for supplying sensations to the face and head, so when it becomes disrupted the results are definitely not good. Described by sufferers as “being stuck in the head by lightning,” Trigeminal Neuralgia attacks can be triggered by simple actions such as brushing teeth or putting on makeup.
Also known as “death by a thousand cuts,” this form of execution was used in China and Vietnam up until the 1900’s. Basically, the victim’s body was slowly cut into pieces, with the intention to keep them alive for as long as possible to increase the pain.
Tetanus is a serious bacterial infection that is often contracted via cuts or punctures from rusted metal, where the bacteria is common. The infection is also known as “lockjaw” due to its tendency to cause severe muscle contractions in the face and neck which can restrict airways and even lead to death. Luckily, a vaccine is widely available, so a majority of tetanus cases nowadays are due to poor access to vaccines or medical treatment.
Described by some as feeling like your organs are being ripped out, there is no doubt that whatever magic allows us to bring new life into the world comes at a great cost to the mothers doing the delivering. It’s also worth noting that, statistically, nearly half of the human population is likely to go through it at some point in their lives, making it one of the most common items in this list.
An extremely painful method of execution, crucifixions were used as early as 479 BCE, however, it wasn’t till later when it was perfected by the Romans that it saw widespread use. Specifically engineered to keep the victim alive and in pain for as long as possible, it’s no stretch of the imagination to see how this form of torture gave us the word “excruciating.”
Peritoneum is a thin lining that covers much of the inside of your abdomen, and when it gets inflamed…get ready for pain. Usually caused by a leakage of the intestines, Peritonitis causes extreme pain and, if left untreated, is almost always fatal.
17. Irukandji Syndrome
This is a condition induced by the sting of the Irukandji jellyfish, found off the coast of Australia. Besides being incredibly painful, an unusual effect of the jellyfish’s venom is an intense feeling of impending doom. It’s so profound, in fact, that some patients even beg their doctor to just kill them and get it over with. The symptoms can often take several weeks to recede, even with proper medical attention.
18. Gonadal Torsion
Occurring in either the testes or the ovaries, torsion typically involves twisting of the gonads (reproductive organs) that cuts of their blood supply. It’s just as painful as it sounds and often requires surgery to repair.
19. Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals that can become lodged inside of a person’s kidneys, often resulting in fever symptoms, vomiting, and bloody urine. The only way to remove them short of surgery is to pass them through your urinary tract, which sounds bad before realizing that stones can range anywhere from a few millimeters to several inches in size.
20. Second Degree Burns
Despite being ultimately less harmful than third or fourth degree burns, second degree burns are often the most painful type of burn. This is because third and fourth degree burns often damage nerve endings, cutting off the brain’s ability to sense feeling in the burned area… Second degree burns, on the other hand, only burn away only the top layer of skin, making for a truly excruciating experience.
21. Penile Fracture
Every guy knows what this is, and it hurts just as much as you think it does. That’s about all we have to say about that.