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8 Of The Worst Pains Humans Can Feel

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Pain is a regular part of life. Aching toes, paper cuts, and hitting your funny bone are all symptoms that may cause discomfort but typically do not require medical treatment.

But certain pains can be more excruciating than others – some can even prove fatal. The NHS has compiled an informative list of 8 of The Worst Pains Humans Can Feel.

1. Broken Leg

The leg is composed of three long bones (the femur, kneecap and tibia). If any one of these becomes damaged – for instance when hit by a car or falling down stairs – fractures will result. A fracture can also damage nerves and blood vessels leading to numbness, pale skin or circulation issues; should these complications arise it is essential to seek medical assistance as quickly as possible.

When someone suffers a broken leg, it’s essential that they remain still and warm while emergency help arrives. Once at the hospital, X-rays will be performed to detect whether there has been a break and doctors will also look out for any evidence that the injury has affected a nerve or blood vessel and might order other lab tests as a follow up measure.

If there is severe bleeding, doctors may use a tourniquet to stop it and administer painkillers and/or place a splint over the bone while it heals.

2. Burns

Breaking your leg may be painful, but burns to your skin are even worse. That’s because the body’s natural painkiller only lasts so long before your nervous system shuts down completely and no pain remains. Coping with burns doesn’t just involve physical discomfort either – the discomfort of being burned comes from dealing with yourself as your skin turns against you! Justin Schmidt of Pain Scale for Stinging Insects named Paraponera clavataca bullet ant stings as some of the world’s most painful insect stings; one brave soul even took the challenge by placing his hands into gloves filled with them for this video clip!

3. Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are rock-like masses that form in your kidneys and range in size from one grain of sand to that of a pearl, depending on their form and structure. When these stones move and block urine flow, they cause severe pain that needs medical treatment immediately.

Kidney stone formation can be caused by many factors, including drinking too little water, eating high amounts of sodium-rich foods (like potato chips, canned soups and French fries) and eating animal proteins like chicken, beef and pork. A condition known as cystinuria — in which excess amounts of an amino acid called cystine accumulates in urine — increases risk as well.

Doctors use imaging tests such as an X-ray or CT scan to diagnose kidney stones, then perform shockwave lithotripsy on them in order to break them into smaller pieces more easily expelled from the urinary tract. If a stone is particularly large, doctors may opt for surgery removal instead.

4. Childbirth

Have You Seen Graphic Depictions of Childbirth on TV and Heard Horrifying Birth Stories From Friends & Family If you are expecting, chances are that many friends and family members have told their terrifying birth stories, which may add additional anxiety around pain levels during labor and delivery. With many women experiencing intense discomfort during childbirth and its aftermath resulting in high levels of fear surrounding labor and delivery pain levels – both are key indicators that labor may take more time than anticipated and cause additional discomfort than expected.

No need to be terrified of childbirth! This natural process affects millions of women each year and shouldn’t be any more painful than stubbing your toe or experiencing heartbreak. Furthermore, medications and holistic pain relief techniques exist that can significantly lessen discomfort during the birthing process.

if you are concerned about how much pain will accompany childbirth, reach out for assistance from either an ob-gyn or trained labor support person such as a nurse, midwife, or doula. They can work to ensure you remain relaxed throughout the process and advocate for you should any issues arise regarding medical staff acknowledging your preferences and respecting them.

5. Tooth Pain

Tooth pain is one of the primary reasons people seek dental help and may also be an indicator of serious diseases. A damaged or infected tooth could indicate root canal infection or an abscess in its path;

Signs of dental abscess include constant, intense pain and pressure, swollen gums, fever and pus-filled areas around a painful tooth. If these symptoms arise for you, make an appointment immediately with your dentist to drain and treat the abscess before it gets worse.

An over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help ease tooth discomfort. Ibuprofen may cause stomach ulcers in some people; thus it’s essential that only taking it at its recommended dosage and no more is taken. A cold compress or applying garlic oil directly on affected areas may also provide temporary relief; garlic contains natural antiseptic and anesthetic properties as well. Use crushed cloves on painful teeth directly or soak cotton balls in garlic oil before dabbing them against teeth and gums for added relief.

6. Heart Attack

Heart attacks occur when blood circulation to one of your heart muscles is interrupted due to a blockage in one of the coronary arteries that supply it, such as when plaque builds up within its walls and ruptures to create a blood clot blocking flow – potentially leaving part of your heart without enough oxygen and leading to its eventual death. A heart attack should always be considered medical emergency and treatment must begin immediately.

Angina pain can vary from feeling uncomfortable, pressure, squeezing, heaviness or heavy in your chest to radiating across your arms, neck, jaw or back – possibly even feeling similar to indigestion in some people’s minds.

Sometimes other heart and blood vessel conditions beyond blockage cause heart attacks, including spontaneous coronary artery dissection – an event more prevalent among women, younger people and certain racial or ethnic groups.

7. Sciatica

Sciatica is not just the name of an elegant restaurant in New York or Los Angeles – it’s the name for that sharp pain that travels down your backside and into your hip and leg, caused by pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve. This large nerve begins at your lower spine and runs down through buttock, back of thigh, leg, foot.

Painful symptoms range from mild tingling to an electric shock-like burning sensation that travels down one side of the body and may worsen with sitting for long periods, coughing or sneezing, coughing up mucus or lifting something heavy. Some individuals also report muscle weakness in their legs or feet and numbness in affected areas.

Trying ice and heat packs may provide relief, as can over-the-counter pain medication such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or acetaminophen. For severe cases, epidural steroid injections may also be beneficial.

8. Stomach Ulcer

Stomach ulcers, also known as peptic ulcers, are open sores in the lining of your stomach or duodenum (the first part of your small intestine). These sores can bleed and cause pain as well as other symptoms. Sometimes acid that aids digestion breaks down this protective coating of digestive tissue causing an ulcer.

Ulcer symptoms typically include stomach pain and the feeling of fullness in your abdomen, along with nausea and vomiting. Ulcers can typically be diagnosed through an endoscopy or EGD test whereby your doctor inserts a flexible tube equipped with a camera called an endoscope into both mouth and stomach for examination of its linings – including your esophagus, stomach and duodenum linings.

To address an ulcer, your physician will likely prescribe medicines to both reduce stomach acidity and heal the digestive tract lining. A common antibiotic treatment for ulcers is cyprofloxacin; other protective agents, like sucralfate or misoprostol may also be given; in addition to treating Helicobacter pylori bacteria that could be contributing to your condition.