The degree of pain is always difficult to assess, each person feeling it differently. The Canadian University of McGill has nevertheless succeeded in establishing a scale of pain and defining the most difficult pain to bear.
You’ve probably already been asked to rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10. This is called the visual analogue scale (VAS). Since pain is unique to everyone, an 8 out of 10 for two people will not necessarily have the same degree of pain. It is for this reason that it is difficult to know which pathology is the most painful. This is why McGill University in Montreal has developed a quiz intended for patients to be able to establish a classification of the worst pain. Here are the 10 most intense pains listed by the experts.
10. Trigeminal Neuralgia
This disease, also a “painful tic”, is manifested by sudden and unexpected crises of intense pain located on a part of the face, between the eyelids and the upper lip, causing involuntary contractions causing sensations of brief and intense electric shocks which can be repeat in burst. This disease affects about one in 5000 people and is more common in women after 50 years.
We all know that horrible pain caused by a migraine. If the intensity of a migraine is not always the same, it causes intense pain in half of the skull and very often an intolerance to noise or light, and there is not much to do leave to wait for the pain to pass. In addition, migraine disease has a strong impact on quality of life.
8. Kidney colic
Renal colic causes severe pain in the lumbar and abdominal region, occurring on one side only. This pain is due to increased pressure in the urinary tract and in the kidney. Due to the presence of an obstacle in the urinary tract, and no position allows pain relief.
The causes of this disease are still poorly understood, but it is known that it causes diffuse and persistent pain in both joints and muscles, although no lesion or inflammation is detectable. In addition to pressure sensitivity, these pains are associated with other symptoms such as intense fatigue or sleep disturbances.
6. Rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease, where the immune system attacks the membrane of the joints which swells and manufactures inflammatory enzymes. Often confused with osteoarthritis, this disease damages the tendons, cartilage and bones in particular and the symptoms are more often present at the end of the night and in the morning.
5. Crohn’s disease
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammation that can affect the walls of the entire digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus. This disease would lead to attacks of pain similar to an appendicitis attack and the causes can be genetic or environmental.
4. Finger amputation
The finger being the part of the body where we have the most nerve, its amputation without anesthesia causes very intense pain. A reimplanted finger will systematically have sequelae such as stiffness, cold pain or a change in sensitivity.
Bringing a child into the world is far from a piece of cake. In addition to being long, deliveries are often very painful. They are considered one of the worst pains that exists, due to the intense contractions that the body can undergo for several days. The contractions can radiate throughout the stomach, kidneys, pelvis and sometimes even the legs. It would seem that a man cannot imagine the pain this is, although many women feel that the pain is similar to that of an acute form of kidney stone.
2. Ant bite
As surprising as it may seem, an ant bite comes second in this ranking. It is obviously not an ant as we can come across everywhere near us, but an ant Paraponera Clavata, which lives in the tropical forests of Central and South America. Its venom delivers a very painful neurotoxic venom that causes intense burning sensations that spread throughout the affected limb and cause uncontrolled muscle contractions for several hours.
1. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
CRPS is a rare and little-known disease considered to be the worst pain in the world. This syndrome most often occurs after a physical trauma such as a fracture or even a sprain, which leads to the dysfunction of a nerve. The patient then feels stinging pain with hypersensitivity, oedema, limits of amplitude of movement or even tremors. A crisis can last several months and there is still no treatment for this syndrome.