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

1Cluster 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 the worst pain you’ve ever felt? Let us know in the comments and make sure to like and subscribe

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