One might think that the most significant source of the pain would come from traumatic injuries like animal bites or car accidents. However, the National Health Service (NHS) has found that many common injuries and illnesses can cause pain that is just as excruciating, if not more so. During a traumatic injury, your body rushes with adrenaline and other hormones that temporarily deaden the pain. However, if you have a creeping illness, shock does not protect you from pain.
Below is the NHS’s list of worst pain experiences a human can have, and what you read here may surprise you:
- Shingles – a painful rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus
- Cluster headaches – sudden and excruciating headaches that center around the eye
- Frozen shoulder – a degenerative disease of the shoulder joint that can make it nearly impossible to lift one’s arm, with constant aches and pains in the area
- Broken bones
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) – prolonged pain after a traumatic injury to the limb
- Heart attack
- Slipped disc – The bulging and degradation of the disc padding between vertebrae
- Sickle cell disease – Malformation of blood cells that causes a variety of painful symptoms
- Sciatica – compression of the spinal nerves
- Kidney stones – Deposits of minerals in the kidneys that pass through the urethra, causing excruciating pain as they move
- Appendicitis – inflammation or rupture of the appendix
- Trigeminal neuralgia – Chronic pain in the nerves of the head and face
- Acute pancreatitis – inflammation of the pancreas
- Gout – An inflammatory arthritis of the joints
- Endometriosis – Tissue that usually lines the uterus begins forming outside the uterine wall, causing painful cysts and other symptoms
- Stomach ulcer
- Fibromyalgia – A disease-causing widespread pain, fatigue, sleeping problems, and other medical issues
- Pain after surgery
Unfortunately, many of these conditions cause chronic pain. If not treated, they can debilitate you significantly and impact your life quality in unimaginable ways. However, options other than medication and tolerance can help you recover from a chronic pain illness.
Talk to your local PPOA clinic to learn more about chronic pain treatments for various diseases and conditions. We can help you avoid some of these common causes of debilitating pain and give you your life back to enjoy. Give us a call today to learn more.