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What is the most pain you've ever endured?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 32 CarolineBee


    Weird kidney illness that never fully diagnosed and dissapeared as suddenly as it started (after 18 months of recurring attacks).

    Couple of hours of back ache/discomfort then escalation to excruciating pain that felt like it consumed entire body. Got smart enough to be in bed with serious prescription pain relief as soon as discomfort started, but first attack saw me collapse, vomit, loose consciousness. Was hospitalised from a few attacks as they could last between seconds to several hours at high pain level. Never did get to bottom of it, but 12 years since last attack.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,936 ✭✭✭I says


    As a child picking up a horseshoe just after it had been dipped into the bucket of water so it had gone back to looking normal(cooled down) and not white hot as I thought as it looked cold again.
    Oh **** me the pain and the blisters were fcuking cat painful for weeks after.
    Fractured c5 vertebrae and with it tore shoulder ligaments and nerve damage for good measure,12 months of agony as a chap had to sleep on the floor for six months.Pay attention at manual handling class people.
    A split cornea was also painful more annoying than anything else bit of plastic hit me in the eye.


  • Registered Users Posts: 667 ✭✭✭alexonhisown


    Gallbladder attacks. Writhing on the floor in agony for hours trying to find a bit of relief.
    And driving with a broken wrist. Was agony changing gear. I thought my wrist was just sprained.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,789 ✭✭✭✭mfceiling


    Kidney stone. Was so bad that I started to question was it pain at all, was delirious.

    Fcuk me down I've never had a pain like it. Couldn't even speak in the hospital it was so bad...Just stood bent over at the reception desk moaning like an oul one.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 157 ✭✭Pretty Polky


    A nail through the knee cap is fairly painful to say the least. I have never felt closer to God or at least Padre Pio that day.


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  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators, Regional North East Moderators Posts: 10,861 Mod ✭✭✭✭PauloMN


    ardinn wrote: »
    Having a catheter pulled out after having surgery on kidney stones - which involved a camera, various surgical implements, a stent and a lazer all being shoved up my japs eye into my kidneys - the catheter was there to help release all the bits of a huge stone, but if you have had that burn - you know the feeling, when yer wan pulled it out (yanked) i made a sound i have never heard before!

    Had a catheter in for a month at one point - got an infection about 2 weeks in which was the most horrific, awful pain I've had. Going for a piss was terrifying during that.

    Then getting the catheter removed - same as above - howled the ward down. There were people visiting other patients in the room who must have been thinking WTF is going on. I walked out of there very gingerly that day!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,477 ✭✭✭DelBoy Trotter


    Playing rugby about 15 years ago, dived to make a tackle and the guy I was tackling tried to hand me off...his finger went into my eye and his fingernail cut my eyeball :(


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 387 ✭✭wyf437gn6btzue


    Dry socket after a three rooted tooth got extracted, several days of mind altering pain


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 473 ✭✭Pissartist


    Toots wrote: »
    Gave birth to a 10lb 6oz baby with no pain relief. Got the shock of my life when they told me the weight :pac:

    I feel your pain, I had a Barry whyte once that was so big it nearly ripped the ring off me.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,259 ✭✭✭donkeykong5


    Back muscle spasm. Lasted 3 bloody days.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,683 ✭✭✭Subcomandante Marcos


    I had a stroke when I was in the mid 20's.
    Woke up in pain, shuffled to the bathroom, collapsed to my knees, puked and fell over from the pain.
    House mates had to call an ambulance.

    Literally felt like my head was trying to explode, because it was.

    Neurologist recokened if I hadn't got anti-coagulants as quickly as I did I probably would have had a massive aneurysm.


    Recovered fully within 18 months, thank ****.


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


    I was thinking ''catheter removal was just mildly uncomfortable '' but then I realised you're ^ a man. Oh dear. That must be a bit different .


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,124 ✭✭✭✭namloc1980


    Cluster headaches. Undescribable pain to be honest.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,071 ✭✭✭Rosie Rant


    Knee dislocations
    Dislocated fingers
    Neck spasm
    Back spasm
    Cracked ribs
    Torn ligament in foot
    (I'm clumsy)


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,246 ✭✭✭ardinn


    PauloMN wrote: »
    Had a catheter in for a month at one point - got an infection about 2 weeks in which was the most horrific, awful pain I've had. Going for a piss was terrifying during that.

    Then getting the catheter removed - same as above - howled the ward down. There were people visiting other patients in the room who must have been thinking WTF is going on. I walked out of there very gingerly that day!

    Fell twice while having a piss due to the pain after it was removed - Razorblades wouldnt have been as bad. I refused to piss for the 1st day after and they did an ultrasound and saw the bladder full of blood/piss/horror - They told me if I didnt empty theyd have to put the catheter back in. Talk about motivation!

    As above literally shaking with fear standing at the toilet!

    Ive had 12 stones over the last 14 yrs - but that was by far the worst ever experienced


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,444 ✭✭✭moby2101


    Kidney stone. Was so bad that I started to question was it pain at all, was delirious.

    This^^^

    Pain is in n fffing believeable


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,183 ✭✭✭Widdensushi


    shouldn't be here as I don't recall but here goes

    broke both legs but couldn't even feel it as my arm was zig zagging around the place broken at the same time, no nurse don't xray my legs as no pain, they did anyway, suppose experience


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,762 ✭✭✭Sheeps


    I sat through Leo's speech earlier


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,444 ✭✭✭moby2101


    When I went to a and e with the pain, I thought my back was ****ed... I had a herniated disc L5S1 , I thought the disc had collapsed completely,... the pain was unbearable... I could just about shuffle, not walk ... had a X-ray, I knew the radiographer, she was a friend of my wife’s, she told me I had a huge kidney stone.... went back to the registrar, non Irish( not a reason) he looked at the scan and said

    “ ... as we suspected, you have a pulled muscle “

    Could’nt say ... you ****wit I’ve a kidney stone the size of a mellon, as I would’ve gotten the radiographer in trouble... went back to my GP and she got me an emergency appointment in private hospital with urologist.
    I’LL NEVER FORGET THE PAIN


  • Registered Users Posts: 608 ✭✭✭mr chips


    Had a few - one was when I was a youngster and I ended up putting an elbow through a window, which opened up my arm enough that I could look right into it. I was only maybe 12 at the time but I realised straight away that there was soon going to be a lot of blood, so while I could still see what I was doing I took great care removing a number of pieces of glass from right beside a fairly important-looking vein. Before I could get patched up, I had to get several anaesthetic injections directly into the wounds. Short-lived but very intense.

    I also came off my bicycle as a teenager and broke my collarbone. Lay unconscious in the street for probably less than a minute, but just as I was waking up two "helpful" passersby decided to lift me over to the pavement - by taking hold of my wrists and hauling me up, making the two broken ends twist/grind/dig against each other and into me. Glad I didn't have any spinal fracture!

    As an adult, I once tore the surface of my cornea - had to essentially be blind for a week because even with an eyepatch sealing the eye closed, the slightest movement of my healthy eye to look at anything caused the bad one to move as well, which reopened the tear each time.

    Some years back I got on a plane unaware that I had a crack in a filling, which it turned out had allowed a tiny amount of air to be trapped inside my tooth. When the cabin pressurised, the pain was so bad I wanted to rip the side of my head off. Swilling whisky around it for the entire duration of the flight took a very slight edge off it, but made no more difference than that. Two hours of absolute agony - thankfully the flight wasn't any longer than that and the pain completely disappeared after I was off the plane.

    But probably worse than any of that was an accident about 10 years ago which resulted in the nails being partly ripped out of both my big toes. They were both still kind of attached to me, so in A&E the doctor managed to reinsert both of them (with a fine-sounding squelch and a spurt of blood that went a fair way towards the ceiling). However he explained that in order to prevent the ongoing haemorrhaging building up pressure underneath the nails and eh, bursting them off again, he would have to burn a small hole through the middle of each one in order to allow the blood to escape. The anaesthetic had to be injected into the lower knuckle of the toe, just where it joins the foot - the amount of stuff he injected made the skin around the lower part of the toe swell up like a balloon, then he had to squeeze and push it up towards the top with a lot of pressure so it wouldn't escape into the rest of the foot.
    Once that was done, he produced this thing that looked just like a pen - clicked the end of it and within about one second the tip was glowing red with the heat. He used that to burn a hole through the newly reinserted toenail on my right foot, which only took about three seconds. Then he said "right, we'll get this other one done now" and did the same on the other side ... before I had the chance to remind him he hadn't anaesthetised that one yet.
    To add insult to injury, just at that moment a couple of medics walked past the little side room where all this was taking place and one wearily said to the other, in the same sort of tone one might use to discuss being stuck in the same bad traffic jam every morning, "God, I hate the smell of burning flesh."
    Fun times.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,891 ✭✭✭prinzeugen


    I had a stroke when I was in the mid 20's.
    Woke up in pain, shuffled to the bathroom, collapsed to my knees, puked and fell over from the pain.
    House mates had to call an ambulance.

    Literally felt like my head was trying to explode, because it was.

    Neurologist recokened if I hadn't got anti-coagulants as quickly as I did I probably would have had a massive aneurysm.


    Recovered fully within 18 months, thank ****.

    4 hours for a stroke. Glad you are ok. Just a warning to others. Never give Aspirin to someone that may be having a stroke.

    My own worse pain was having a chest infection and broken ribs at the same time.

    Not fun. I am allergic to Ibuprofen also.. All done without pain killers.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,683 ✭✭✭Subcomandante Marcos


    prinzeugen wrote: »
    4 hours for a stroke. Glad you are ok. Just a warning to others. Never give Aspirin to someone that may be having a stroke.
    Yeah they didn't give any medication until they had the results of an MRI to confirm a clot and then they were straight in and hooked me up a to heprin pump.
    prinzeugen wrote: »
    My own worse pain was having a chest infection and broken ribs at the same time.

    Not fun. I am allergic to Ibuprofen also.. All done without pain killers.

    Ouchies. Coughing with borken ribs, ****.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,884 ✭✭✭SlowBlowin


    Watching the UFC Nashville main card....


  • Registered Users Posts: 30 DarkPassenger


    Kidney stones


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,825 ✭✭✭LirW


    Getting my full blown migraines. I had a few injuries and gave birth but I dread these headaches so much, I have no words. I literally want to die. It feels like my head explodes, I go blind on one eye, I throw up and I'd love to recreate the scene from Pi where he drills into his own head.
    One day later and the world is fine but when it's here it feels like I'm passing out from the pain and I'm questioning if I'm still conscious.


  • Registered Users Posts: 736 ✭✭✭TCM


    Pain from kidney stones.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,277 ✭✭✭Your Face


    Some posters here have been through the wars.

    The first few migraines I got when i was younger were pretty brutal.
    I still get them but the first few times seemed the worst.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,832 ✭✭✭heldel00


    Torn nerve in my shoulder after i had my second baby. Never experienced pain like it and then throw caring for a newborn baby in just for good measure.

    Nerve pain is different. It really fúcks with your head.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7 silversun pickup


    watching brexit play out on the telly


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  • Registered Users Posts: 22,056 ✭✭✭✭Esel


    prinzeugen wrote: »
    4 hours for a stroke. Glad you are ok. Just a warning to others. Never give Aspirin to someone that may be having a stroke.

    Why not Aspirin?

    Not your ornery onager



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