10 Medical Conditions More Painful Than Childbirth

10 Medical Conditions More Painful Than Childbirth 10. Trigeminal neuralgia So let’s get this one out there – pain is
subjective, though childbirth is commonly considered the worst one could experience.
But Trigeminal Neuralgia might just give it a run for its money. This chronic disorder affects the Trigeminal
nerve that runs across the cheek and jaw, and is characterized by unbearable shooting
pains in the side of the face that can last from just seconds to minutes at a time. The
pain can be so intolerable that it’s dubbed ‘the suicide disease’ after Harvey Cushing’s
original early 1900s studies. That was the case for Janette Warburton, who
jumped from a multi-story car park in 2014 as a result of the affliction, which she had
said was more painful than giving birth to 3 children. While there’s no specific cause, Trigeminal
neuralgia can be the result of anything from dental problems to tumors. But at the very
least, the chronic syndrome affects just 1 in 20,000 people worldwide. 9. Sickle Cell Anemia Rather than the other localized ailments on
this list, this genetic condition can cause intense pain nearly anywhere. That’s because
it affects the body on a cellular level. Sickle Cell Disease causes blood cells to
become crescent moon shaped rather than circular. That means they have trouble carrying oxygen
and can even get stuck inside blood vessels mid-transit. That triggers what’s known as a sickle cell
crisis, where sufferers can feel excruciating pain in the affected area – often the arms,
ribs or spine – sometimes for weeks at a time. The most severe pain episodes have even been
known to trigger multiple organ failure. And it’s surprisingly common in certain
groups for such an unusual condition. 1 in 500 people of African descent suffer from
the disease, and 1 in 12 carry the causal gene. 8. Hidradenitis Suppurativa There’s a good chance you suffered from
at least a touch of Acne as a teenager. But you should probably spare a thought for Hidradenitis
Suppurativa sufferers. The chronically relapsing skin disorder causes
boil-like lesions that can sometimes grow out of control, often on the most sensitive
parts of the body. According to Detroit dermatologist Iltefat
Hamzavi, it’s the “worst quality of life-impacting disease in dermatology” on account of the
intense, recurring pain involved. Many patients rate it at the worst possible level on the
usual 10-point pain assessment scale. It’s fairly common, affecting 1-4% of people,
but it’s under-diagnosed and as-yet incurable, so sufferers will be affected for their entire
lives. Long term, depression is common and only serves to emphasize the physical symptoms. 7. Shingles Essentially the adult equivalent of the Chickenpox
virus, called varicella-zoster, those unfortunate to break out in shingles develop itchy, oozing
rashes that can last weeks, even months at a time. That’s in addition to the searing headaches
and flu-like symptoms which accompany the rash, all of which combined have been described
life ruining. Not to mention the pain that goes along with
Shingles. One Texas patient claimed that having 5 children was nothing compared to her month-long
experience of the disease. You’re probably itching just at the thought
of catching this one, and rightly so, because almost anyone is at risk of it. That’s because
varicella-zoster lays permanently dormant in the nervous system of those affected, which
is 95% of North Americans. 6. Endometriosis Affecting between 6 and 10 percent of women,
Endometriosis causes the cells found lining the womb, called the Endometrium, to appear
elsewhere in the body. That tends to manifest as almost unimaginable period pains, but the
feeling can be constant. While symptoms of course vary, many women
online describe their experiences as comparable and sometimes even more excruciating than
childbirth. But despite the frequency of the condition,
even garnering awareness marches, many women are left hanging for treatment thanks to widespread
misdiagnosis. A British Parliamentary report found that nearly half of sufferers had to
visit their doctor ten times before referrals for diagnosis. 5. Gout Gout is an often overlooked ailment, but one
that can cause incredible pain in its sufferers. As the most intense form of Rheumatoid Arthritis,
it’s caused by a formation of urate crystals around the joints – normally in the big toe.
It causes a sudden, intense pain in the affected region, often to the point where even the
contact of a bedsheet is agony. It’s often mocked as “the rich man’s
disease” on account of being made more likely by gluttonous, high-fat diets. British King
Henry VIII famously felt the effects, and Hollywood star Jared Leto described having
to use a wheelchair due to gout pain after gaining 60 pounds for the movie Chapter 27. But that’s no reason to dismiss the pain
Gout causes – in fact, 37% of surveyed sufferers claimed they would trade a winning lottery
ticket for an assurance that they would never have another episode. 4. Penile fracture Now I know what you’re thinking, how do
you fracture something without any bones? Well contrary to popular opinion, penises
can be broken, and it’s normally during intercourse. Sorry fellas. For some context – male genitals operate by
expanding the muscle lining called the corpora cavernosa, which fills with blood as the man
becomes aroused. With that in mind, penile fractures, which
is actually a misnomer for tears [as in tearing a piece of paper], are commonly caused by
blunt trauma against an erect penis rupturing that muscle lining – usually accompanied by
a loud cracking sound. Without near-immediate surgery, this cringe-inducing
condition can cause a bent member and erectile dysfunction. And as you would expect, it leads
to supposedly ‘immeasurable pain’. But luckily at least, only around 16 people
per year worldwide have the misfortune of such an experience. 3. Tooth Abscess Toothache isn’t all that rare, and there’s
a good chance you know how much that hurts – in fact, a 2008 CDC study showed that around
25% of Americans between the ages of 16-64 suffer from it.
But that’s nothing compared to an abscess – a build-up of pus and dead cells inside
the tooth, normally brought on by another dental problem. In the very worst cases the
infection can spread to both the heart and brain and can be fatal. Patients often describe abscesses as a 10
on the pain scale to doctors – in other words the most painful thing they’ve ever experienced. If that wasn’t enough, they are suspected
to be a possible root cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia and we all know what that can mean. 2. Kidney Stones Kidney Stones are the most famously compared
ailment to childbirth. After all, both involve passing an unreasonably large object in some
fashion. TV show Friends even made a direct comparison between Joey and Phoebe’s respective
deliveries. They’re normally caused by calcium build
ups inside the kidney, eventually forming solid shapes. They can become lodged and cause
a blockage, meaning that urine builds up and creates dangerous pressure on the organ, not
to mention the pain of passing even fragments of it. It can even be fatal if the urine becomes
infected. According to Imperial College London research,
of 19 women who had experienced both kidney stones and childbirth, 12 claimed their kidneys
felt the greater pain. 1.Cluster Headaches Anyone who has ever suffered a cluster headache
would probably corroborate claims that it’s the “worst pain known to man”. The condition is characterized by burning
and stabbing sensations in the area above the socket, so isn’t strictly a headache
in the same sense as a migraine. Nonetheless, sufferers have described it as “like being
shot in the face” or a “papercut in the eye” – best not to think about that. It’s referred to as the ‘suicide headache’
in the media, since many doctors have reported patients attempting end the pain however possible.
In fact, around 10% of severe non-migraine headache sufferers have committed suicide,
nearly 10 times the average. But luckily there is hope for those afflicted.
A German trial of a non-hallucinogenic strain of LSD as treatment showed a 100% success
rate in reducing both the symptoms and frequency. That was 10 Pains Worse Than Childbirth. What’s
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100 thoughts on “10 Medical Conditions More Painful Than Childbirth

  1. I feel SORRY for MY poor pitiful painful LEGS. Well what do you all EXPECT after carrying around this head👹 and body all THEY'RE LIFE The PAIN has been excruciating for so long now 💯💯 Percent

    Ps can I do a TRADE OFF with ANYONE and the thing is that you have to have a higher IQ than ME
    Don't worry you'll all pass with flying colours 💯💯 Percent

  2. The worst for me is suffering threw my flare ups of living with hidradenitis suppurativa sucks when there's nothing you can for the pain. But honestly I don't think it's worse than giving birth I don't think anything is worse than that if people say other wise are full of shit and obviously never gave birth. Even a C-Section is better than birth. Birth tops it all. Yuppp especially 11 pounder right here lol

  3. Worst pain? Definitely Brachytherapy for my cervical cancer. I’ve also had two children and that was a breeeeeze compared to this treatment. Even my cancer doctor said it’s quite inhumane, but it’s the most effective thing. So basically, they put me to sleep and insert a huge metal rod with a flat end that goes right up against my cervix. This rod has needles that were inserted into my tumour. I’m then woken up and I have to stay on my back with this thing inside of me for over 24 hours. If I even try to sit up, it would puncture my bladder. They pumped me with strong pain medications and it was tolerable if I stayed very still. But that’s not the treatment, they then had to take me down to do an MRI to make sure everything is in exactly the right place. A MRI takes 45 mins or more btw, and this is after I have been moved and bumped and lifted and jolted around. I was literally bawling my eyes out. But wait, that’s not all.. Once they knew it’s exactly where it’s supposed to be inside of me and that the needles are still in the tumour, they took me to a radiation room and hooked up the wires and pole that were on the outside of my body up to the radiation machine and zapped my tumour from the inside. ( I didn’t feel anything when they did that) But NOW comes the most PAINFUL part of all.. In order for the pole to stay exactly still inside of me, they packed extremely dry packing all around it. Also, since it only took about 10 minutes to take out, they didn’t put me back under or even give me any more pain medication!! Which by that time my last dose had worn off.. So this lady had to pull this dry padding out of me that was wrapped around and around the pole. It was at least 2 and a half meters and every little bit that came out made me scream like I was dying.. Then once it was FINALLY all out, she had to remove the pole and needles.. She told me to “Take a deep breath, because this is going to feel a bit like childbirth”.. Ummm NO!! That pain was unlike ANYTHING I had ever felt before!! Granted, it only took like 5 seconds for her to pull it out, but still.. It HURT!!!!! Oh and do you wanna know the best part of it all?!! I had to do it all again the next week!!!! -_- I was told “It should be easier this time, now that you know what to expect” ummm… That made it worse..

  4. I had endometriosis when I was a young adult. And i have always suffered with migraines. Either of those are enough to make a human want to end it all.

  5. I have CIDP. All the lining is coming off all me nerves. Mainly effects my hands and feet. I wear gloves all year round. The gloves keeps a little pressure on my hands. One time a asked my neurologist (after my diagnosis which took 2 years) if I cld possibly have the gout..he said I cld only wish I had the gout. Lol! I hve had 2 kidney stones and endometriosis (2 surgeries for tht) TRUST ME when I say…my rare autoimmune disease is a 10 on the pain scale. It's just raw nerves from head to toe. Speaking of toes..I just had all mine removed from being damaged where I can't feel the outside. I'm healing pretty good! But this rare disease shld be on this list! It is a horrible way to live. I just mainly set in a chair and watch the world go by. I used to be a go getter and now I can barely walk to the bathroom! Just thought I wld put CIDP on here.

  6. I've had 3 c sections (no pain meds after except for the 3rd) and meningitis was the worst. I fell into a coma less than 24 hours after symptoms started. Healing was pure hell. My head felt like it was in a vice 24/7. I still suffer from chronic migraines and a dull headache that never goes away. I've been in pain for almost 12 yrs and nothing helps the pain.

  7. You missed one —— Cerebral Spinal Fluid Leaks!! I have suffered from them happening spontaneously over the course of the last decade, as well as a couple of other very painful conditions [both on AND off your list.] There are absolutely zero words to describe how unbearably, excruciatingly painful CSF leaks are. It is a pain like no other..

  8. I have had several of these, and they still are not quite as bad as encephalitis. I honestly have never felt anything like it. Feels like your teeth are being pushed out, I tried to tappan my skull, because I thought that would releive the pressure, but I did not have a power drill handy. It was nothing short of ancient primitive pain, that your brain has no comprehension of.

  9. I suffered through a course of shingles on the left side of my face. The pain was horrendous and the doctor put me on some medications that took care of the problem. It was on a Friday and the doctor told me if it wasn't healed by Monday, they were going to send me to the hospital where more aggressive medications were needed. I was thankful that the medicine worked. I've been through childbirth and kidney stones, so I know about pain, but the shingles were brutal.

  10. My step dad had the suicide disease and he fell 75 feet from a tree to his death unfortunately while cutting branches off we think he had an attack of the disease while he was up there and that's what caused the fall but not everyone is convinced some people think he might have let him self go of the tree falling to his death but we will never know

  11. Tooth pain is horrible! I had a bad tooth once, it had cracked down the middle… and I had no insurance…I got to the point of seriously wanting to bang my head off the wall!!

  12. I've been through childbirth., kidney stones, ankle crashes, being poked in the eye by braces wire while the orthodontist was tightening my braces & many other painful things but the most pain I've ever felt was when I was getting lens replacement surgery. The surgeon numbed my eye and was sewing a lens onto my eye and the numbness wore off. I screamed that it felt like someone was stabbing my eye and the doctor started yelling for someone to numb my eye. They had to numb my eye a couple more times throughout the surgery. After one eye, I am not doing the other. Other than the trauma, the eye has a leak and where it leaks, I only see black. I was told I may become totally blind, so I don't see why I should do any surgery

  13. Another painful disability is Fibromyalgia. The pain is generated from the brain but pain is felt in all the joints in your body. A trigger can be stress , weather, barometer changes. No cure for this and finding a doctor to help is very hard.

  14. Had a 6 mm kidney stone try to pass around March 2019. WORST pain I ever had.
    I have:
    Stabbed my hand with an exacto knife with blade fully inserted
    At least 1/4 of my thumb cut off and reattached
    Severed the tendon in my thumb with a machete, blade went down to the bone.

    None of these could even come CLOSE to the pain of a 6 mm stone trying to push its way into the urethra. It went back into the kidney. I had that sucker blasted and pulverized before it tried again.

  15. Sinus abscess that went through to the nerve, like someone drilling a hole in your head, with a fine drill. Broken ribs, broken ankle, kidney stones, dental pain, didn't come close to this pain. I took a serious overdose trying to stone the pain.

  16. I had a hemothorax for over a month and saw several doctors who dismissed my severe chest and shoulder pain, difficulty breathing, extreme nausea as “women experience anxiety as right sided chest pain”… finally I collapsed at work and had a client perform cpr on me while the ambulance came. I ended up with a chest drain in for two weeks, was in hospital for three. Easily the most painful experience of my life on many levels.

  17. I was diagnosed with TN years before I had my daughter. If I had to compare the pain, the Trigeminal Neuralgia is DEFINITELY the absolute worst. Maybe because episodes come out of no where with no warning it's just BAM! The main medication used for TN is Gabapentin and that can take quite awhile to take affect, also one's body can become immune to it's effects and then you can only take so many milligrams of that medicine so when it no longer helps and the pain continues, some people can not deal with that pain. It's a base pain (like say a 10) but then there are these sharp pains that come over the base pain like hot screws going through your face but on the inside and that pain is on scale of 1 – 10 (10 being worst) the secondary sharp screw pains are beyond a 20. It may just be a facial nerve but once that pain hits you, you can't move and yeah there's no cure and the surgery to correct the nerve endings are rarely done as if they mess up even the slightest your face could become droopy on one side similar to a stroke victim. Dear God it's awful.

  18. I have Fibromyalgia. Before I tried Pregablin, I wanted to stab myself because I would feel that instead and a stab would feel better. I used to push darts into my tenderpoints as hard as I could without breaking skin because I didn't want to end up getting an infection. I DID get MRSA about six years ago and W O W…never forget that pain. ON FIRE and shot pain. Now I have endometriosis. I scream and thrash. "Just kill me…just KILL me!!!" I hear other women in ER screaming, "Help me! Oh GOD please help me!" Yeeeah. My broken arm didn't feel the greatest, but holy CR*P that sprained ankle had me screaming silent-unbelievable pain on that one too. I got an epidural with my son at over half dialated, so no idea what it is like to be full blown pushing labor pain. Not sure if I would thrash, pull my hair and begged to be killed.

  19. the reason sickle anemia has such a high rate in tjose of subsaharan African descent is because being a carrier ire having 1 allele of yhe disease from 1 parent but not both, lowers risk of malaria. This is because the carriers bloodvells suffer only from slight change if shape- not enough to cause disease but enough that mosquitoes dont like to feed from them.
    As a result, carriers in areas where malaria is endemic tend to live long enough to pass on the gene.

    Evolution is amazing.

  20. I personally have survived #3 to the fullest. Like having everyone broke in your body daily. Multiple breaking of bones 24/7.

  21. I get gout. It sucks. I take allopurinol for it. It helps. The worst part is before I took it super serious, I actually have ruined my subtaler joint in my left ankle. Don't ignore gout

  22. Spine fracture and stenosis.worse than 3 childbirths combined. Fracture was undiagnosed for 3 years and pain pills were pulled so after I detoxed myself from Perc 10’s, I wanted to die because of horrible pain. Surgery finally fixed it!

  23. I have
    Hidradenitis suppurativa. But before having the chronic skin disease, I hit my hip bone going full force(ling story). Gezz, just thinking about the pain makes me want to cry in agony. Today, my right hip bone is still bigger than my left 😭😩

  24. I recently had a second kidney transplant on this list I suffered through kidney stones the size of marbles the gout in both my toes shingles on my back last but not least abscess tooth 🦷 problems the reason I had all these problems is called poly cisted kidney disease thanks to my sister in law in 2010 my first kidney transplant then 9 years later failure back on dialysis but this time only gout and shingles 6 months later my wife donated 1 of hers to someone else so that I get one thank god she was 31 and I’m getting better and better every day with no symptoms of anything anymore September 4 was my second transplant and I cannot feel better thank you god

  25. I've endured I cluster head ace that left me blind for 6 months. My eyes were tested by optomolgists to see why I had lost my vision. Their tests drew no conclusion of possible reasons. I told them I had a migraine for the past three weeks and they dismissed it. I have not gone back to welding after that experience. I had been a welder for 30 years.

  26. Broke heart from loss of a loved one is the worst pain I have ever had. I have had kidney stones. Migraine child birth / nAtural

  27. Worse pain cluster headache. I know why you described it as the suicide headache. If I was not so sick I would have got a gun to shoot myself. 😂😂😂😂😂

  28. The worst pain I have ever felt was an abscessed tooth. Gawd all mighty it was horrendous. That entire side of my face swole and the pain went half way down my chest. I was swiggin str8 Segrams Gin and when I passed out I could "still" feel the pain!.

  29. I have endometriosis, had shingles, have cluster headaches, migraines and fibromyalgia…. I could write books about pain…. I almost forgot kidney stone….

  30. Given that most women have an epidural (used Theo block pain) or have a Caesarean section which uses a spinal block I feel that childbirth not being very painful any longer. C”est la vie.

  31. Mmm don't know, I get a few of these and yet my lung collapsing is still the worst pain I've been in, and that's over braking my arm too.

  32. Fibromyalgia suffer, and I say the dead tingling bone breaking sensation I get once daily, is worst than an induced labor.

  33. I would rather give birth ANY DAY than have tooth abscesses, I took so many painkillers that DIDNT work and It started on a weekend too so I ended up having to go two days til Monday morning! It’s the pain as it starts with that is the worst, once it reaches the maximum size the pain subsides but before hand 🤬🤭 and on wisdom teeth too , I ended up with the nerve pain too on my face it was painful af!

  34. My mom had kidney stones a few years ago due to eating her weight in cashews daily and she came and woke me up in the wee hours of the morning screaming in pain telling me to get dressed and take her to the ER. She thought her appendix might have burst. This scared the hell out of me, this is a woman who gave natural vaginal birth to me with ZERO medication and walked the halls of the hospital 3 hours later with no issue, and almost broke her ankle and refused treatment and told me she’ll take a aspirin for it, she was almost never in pain enough to go see a doctor. Last time she went to one before that was in 1985 to get her tubes tied. So I get her in the car and she’s in so much pain she tells me she can’t make it to the ER so I haul butt to the local fire station near the house and tell them we think her appendix burst and she’s in a lot of pain and I’ve never seen her like this. After explaining to the captain her medical history and her toughness the captain told the guys there they were transporting her ASAP. They even thought she had her appendix burst. I get to the hospital and I find out later after waiting that they did scans and tests and found a very large stone in her kidney and it needed the shockwave treatment to break it up or she might lose that kidney. End of the story she got the treatment and passed the fragmented stones though the week. Those things are no joke.
    I get bad cluster headaches and migraines every so often that put me in the hospital myself. I feel like an Alien Chestburster is trying to hatch out of my skull at times. That is the worst pain I’ve ever been in. I don’t have kids and cannot have kids due to health issues. After going though those headaches getting tattoos is a cakewalk.

  35. I have cluster headaches followed with migraines. They are very painful, but to go on top of my spinal cord injury they become so painful trying to rest is the only thing I can do

  36. I actually have Hidradenitis suppurativa and it’s the most pain I’ve ever experienced. Unfortunately most ppl think it comes from poor hygiene so they suggest more baths/showers but in my case it only makes it worse.

  37. having post menstrual migraines on top of cluster headaches makes me feel like my head is in a vice grip which is constantly being tightened. fun time.

  38. I have been through childbirth, have had a tooth abscess. Suffer with endometriosis and have a condition called Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Where my joints frequently dislocate, my soft tissue tears and bones break to name a few things. But the worst pain I have ever felt in my life was a Thunderclap headache. Similar excruciating pain as a cluster headache. But it effected my entire head and the back of my neck.

  39. My entire kidney was filled with stones. Even though they were eventually all removed (through surgical procedures or passing naturally or through a stent, or out a nephrostomy bag), I still get a lot of pain in that kidney. Other most painful experiences I’ve had include
    seeing my cat get run over ten feet from where I stood, tooth abscesses, broken foot, digging tooth and bone shards out of my gum line after having teeth removed, sprained big toe, and sprained arm. C-section pain wasn’t as bad as most of that.

  40. my L3 vertebrae after falling on ice on a hill and is had been around ten or so years an it has gotten worse to the point where i needing a wheelchair if i go out in public because it feels like someone or something is trying to rip my spine apart if i walk to far

  41. I can assure you having colitis or Crohn's and having your intestines ripped out is far worse than childbirth I first tried to do an epidural it did nothing at all. I tried that because I did not want to go on their narcotic drugs that was 20 years ago, today I'm prescribed fentanyl and oxycodone because there is no way out of the pain without those and they're not even that great… they increase pain. when I first went on them I didn't need them every day every 4 hours. I do know it took almost three months before I needed them all the time. So in three months time it took my maybe two to three days a week needing painkillers to 7 days a week and soon after every few hours. and now that I've been on these things for 7 years now I've found several Alternatives but my body has become dependent on this opiates I was on tincture of opium for 14 years before I went on the painkillers. All that did was increase my resistance to the painkillers. Where most people start at 5 mg Percocet I started at 20 mg oxycodone and now I'm on the thirties and it doesn't get better than that as far as I know.

  42. I suffered from endometriosis and was finally correctly diagnosed with it 14 years after I first started experiencing symptoms. I had to have a hysterectomy before I was thirty to finally get relief.

  43. I have had shingles,gout..twice and tooth abscess but shingles wasn't so bad but I did have a weird taste in my mouth and a real foggy felling from it. it also messed with my nerves. so from time to time I feel like it's there even though its gone

  44. So… Im 27 and I've had three things on this list + child birth twice. I can confirm that these are worse then childbirth.

  45. I was 15 when I got The Shingles, and I've never had a kid, I want one, so I'm glad I've gone through something worse than childbirth. I knew it was bad, but not THAT bad.

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