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What is the most pain you've ever endured?



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,470 ✭✭✭Ginger83

    Trigemminal Neuralgia

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,611 ✭✭✭smallgarden

    shingles was bad. Got a really bad dose when I was 12 which lasted a whole summer.
    But nothing compared to a bad gallbladder attack where I was writhing in pain all night, vomiting. It felt what I’d imagine poison would feel like like. My whole body was on fire. I was genuinely saying my last goodbyes as knew something was seriously wrong

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,117 ✭✭✭✭Junkyard Tom

    Mary Ellen Moffett.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,091 ✭✭✭✭Purple Mountain

    Root canal infection.

    To thine own self be true

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,005 ✭✭✭reap-a-rat

    I'm lucky enough in that I've never broken anything or had any serious medical incidents. I'm prone to what you might call idiotic episodes though where I injure myself in ways you would think are impossible.

    The most painful was running into the end of my squash racquet when the head of it kind of got stuck against the wall as I was still running flat out. I looked like I'd been branded on my thigh for a couple of weeks afterwards. Absolute agony though. Drove home and the feel of my shorts rubbing off the wound had tears streaming down my face. Thankfully it didn't last all that long but the instant it happened and the half an hour afterwards was the worst pain I'd ever felt. I was laughing through tears trying to explain to my opponent how it had happened though!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,258 ✭✭✭saccades

    Pulmonary embolism in the car on the way to work bloody stung, although I once took a lacrosse ball to the nads which I don't recall much of except the 6 weeks of agony after.

    We were showing off to some ladies and I went in nets without a box or throat guard thinking "no one's being serious". One lad wound up from the middle of the week before and let fly....

    Pulling lasses was off the cards for a long time.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,121 ✭✭✭amcalester

    Appendicitis. Foolishly ignored the pain for 2 days thinking it’d go away, by the morning of day 3 I was struggling to get out of bed.

    Managed to drag myself to the hospital where I was rushed into surgery to remove my ruptured and gangrenous appendix.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,834 ✭✭✭OOnegative

    Snapped bango-string!!

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,237 ✭✭✭✭whelan2

    Dislocated knee

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,593 ✭✭✭theteal

    Torn ACL

    Yup, did this and meniscus during a match about 15 months ago. Knee didn't like me changing direction too quickly (won the ball and all). Went down with a howl. The crunching sound inside my knee did not help.

    Weirdest thing though, 5 mins later I was sitting there cracking jokes, pain was more or less gone, my leg completely didn't work but that initial pain had subsided.

    Anyway still not back properly :(

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,378 ✭✭✭Duffy the Vampire Slayer

    Testicular torsion was quite bad. I don't think I've felt anything worse.

  • Registered Users Posts: 480 ✭✭jace_da_face

    Watching Crystal Swing perform The Hucklebuck on Ellen would have to be way up there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,157 ✭✭✭tritriagain

    I had ear bone drilled out due to surf's ear. In aftercare the doctor would push medical gauze down into the ear canal with what looked like a knitting needle. He said on the last visit he really wanted to give it a go. I nearly passed out with the pain. I
    had a 10 min walk back to the car and paid the parking ticket sat in the car and couldn't remember how i got there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,748 ✭✭✭✭Inquitus

    Watching Ireland play Gibraltar tonight, the mental anguish is unbearable!

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 790 ✭✭✭Sciprio

    Many years ago when out playing outside around my house i found an old lighter(Which wasn't refillable) I in my moment of wisdom thought i'd refill it with lighter fluid, Tried once only sparks but the second time it just exploded in my hand and from my hand all the way up to my elbow was on fire but at that time i remember that i didn't panic and felt no pain but calmy walked to the kitchen sink and submersed my arm in water and told my mother i was washing my hands!:P

    Shortly after the pain kicked in and was extremely sore and went to hospital. I'm not scarred or anything but i remember them prodding away at massive blisters and covered my arm in a cast for a good one. I also pour boiling water all over my chest twice on two separate times and also got blisters nearly two inches cut/punctured but the pain i felt from the lighter exploding was way worse.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,480 ✭✭✭Vicarious Function

    Three injections into my breast in preparation for a state of the art cat-scan in a local hospital. The pain was so bad, the assistant radiographer held my hand right through it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 114 ✭✭matthew the statue

    Quinsy, I waited a few days to go the doctor because I was too stubborn, breathing was painful at that stage, too painful too swallow my saliva so was literally pooling in my mouth I was almost dribbling.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,633 ✭✭✭✭Widdershins

    2 broken legs and set them myself (well, two reductions, severe, in a confined space which I was blocking the door to. Not compound breaks. I've done it a few times and the same result as going to hospital but with less stress. I could walk sooner after doing it myself ) but it's not pain that bothers me it's other factors like helplessness or the disgust /horror. I've only had worse pain once . I would find waiting for help harder than that . I'd other injuries with that . Still have a ridiculous phobia .

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,802 ✭✭✭✭suicide_circus

    teenage heartbreak

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,398 ✭✭✭The Young Wan


    I don't think I'll ever forget it.

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,194 ✭✭✭Zorya

    2 broken legs and set them myself .


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,633 ✭✭✭✭Widdershins

    Zorya wrote: »

    haha i have to admit im starting to enjoy telling people this .
    better than hyperventilating about it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,017 ✭✭✭Four Phucs Ache

    Had a motorbike accident years ago. Landed on my knees and hands for 20 foot or so.

    4 hours later in A&E when the wounds where dry they SCRUBBED the road and dirt out of me.

    I moaned and cried so much the nurse rubbed my hair and said shhhhh its OK its for the best !!!!!

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,997 ✭✭✭The Crazy Cat Lady

    migraines :(

  • Registered Users Posts: 752 ✭✭✭Xdancer

    Ruptured ectopic pregnancy. Childbirth was a walk in the park compared to that pain. I have a relatively high tolerance to pain, but that was the worst I have ever experienced.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,633 ✭✭✭✭Widdershins

    I accompanied my relative (RIP) for tests about ten years ago . She was a nurse in WWII and not faint hearted , and she'd had other procedures . She was upset afterwards and told me to ''never have an angiogram ''.

    Surprising how subjective pain can be, though .

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,810 ✭✭✭✭jimmii

    Before I went in to have my appendix out I told the nurses I didnt want any painkillers. When I came round the pain was horrible felt like i was on fire inside.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 608 ✭✭✭Dalomanakora

    Surgical wound dressing. I had sepsis from an abscess 25cm deep inside my leg/ass area.

    So that HAD been the worst pain of my life (I literally couldn't walk, sit or lie down by the time i got to hospital, I was given a bed within 5 minutes of arriving to a packed a+e).

    Until after my operation. Holy mother of God. They had to leave the 25cm deep surgical wound open to heal, and pack it with internal dressings. They gave me Oxy and told me they'd do it in half an hour when the Oxy kicked in.

    First time they did the dressing, I didn't scream or anything but i lay there alternating between quietly sobbing and not being able to breathe. Horrible experience.

    And I get to do it all over again for my next op :pac:

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,158 ✭✭✭frag420

    17 stitches in my heel with no anesthetic last summer!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,572 ✭✭✭khaldrogo

    Motorcycle crash. Over a bonnet @40mph and landed on my hip. Needed morphine in the hospital for them to be able to position me on the X-ray table the pain was so bad......the morphine was great though!!!!