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Most Painful Things A Human Can Experience

Most Painful Things A Human Can Experience


Have you ever wondered how much pain you could
endure? It’s not such a merry subject to muse upon,
but you can be sure, whatever kinds of physical distress you have imagined, someone somewhere
on the planet at one point in time had to suffer it. When imagining such gruesome scenarios we
often invoke methods of trouble, the grim fiction of Hollywood films depicting ad hoc
tooth extraction or the fingernails being ripped from their rightful place. We might also cast our minds back to ancient
and medieval history when humans were burnt at the stake, had their limbs ripped-off,
or their hearts ripped out. Today we will focus not so much on those macabre
aspects of human nature, but on pains anyone of us could suffer today. Join us on this excruciating tour of how much
we can hurt in this episode of The Infographics Show, The Most Painful Things a Human Can
Experience. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. First of all, we should talk a little about
pain itself. We all deal with it differently, while some
studies show men seem to tolerate it better. For a long time it was thought to be the opposite,
as women’s bodies and minds are equipped to deal with child birth. The outcome of the studies was also said to
be the result of men tolerating more pain because of prescribed social notions of masculinity
and not necessarily having a natural endowment to tolerate more pain. How do we even find subjects to test pain
limits so we can quantify pain? Would you be part of a study group that allows
researchers to burn you? Well, subjects at Cornell University did just
that in the 1940s in what was called ‘Studies on Pain: A new method for measuring pain threshold’. Childbirth was measured against burning, with
a pregnant woman being burned as she was giving birth. Tech media Gizmodo writes, “As the heat
blistered her hand, the subject helped establish a value of pain intensity encumbered during
childbirth.” The problem was, in other studies on pain
people just couldn’t take the level of pain further and so it couldn’t be measured. There have been various scales to measure
pain but none are conclusive. For instance, some people might pass out quicker
than others, due to excessive pain. This happens when the stress on the body affects
the blood flow to the brain. You pass out, and your body gives you a well-deserved
break. While you are out, your brain starts releasing
serotonin and endorphins so you’ll wake up in a better state. Going into shock is quite common, so if you’ve
ever been unfortunate enough to see anyone lose a limb or limbs, you might not see them
screaming. The brain has its own painkiller system when
you are in dire need of it. While we cannot measure the most painful experience,
we do tend to agree on what are the worst kinds of pain. Perhaps being burned is one thing we all fear,
especially the specter of being engulfed in flames. There are different types, or grades, of burns,
and perhaps some good news is that the worse the burn the lesser pain you might have due
to the damage to your nerve endings. So fourth degree burns that have basically
barbequed you and sent you into shock may not be as painful as third or even second
degree burns. Most pain victims will tell you the worst
part is the treatment. “One of the worst realizations is that the
pain only gets worse when the fire is out,” said one man on a Reddit thread discussing
burns. Another agreed, “The really excruciating
part is the treatment.” Some insect stings in fact are supposed to
hurt as much as burns. Of all the stings out there, the bullet ant
delivers the worst of the worst. Dr. Justin O Schmidt, who created the insect
sting pain index, put the bullet ant at the top, stating that being stung feels like “fire-walking
over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel.” A Brazilian tribal initiation asks tribe members
to put their hand into a bullet ant glove. See for yourself online how one gutsy westerner
deals with it….which is not very well. What looks even worse is a cluster headache. Women who have experienced childbirth have
said they are the worst pain imaginable. They happen on one side of the head and can
last up to three hours. Many television shows have illustrated the
absolute agony people can go through, filming sufferers screaming and rolling around on
the floor. According to the Migraine Trust, they only
affect about 1 or 2 out of every 1,000 people, but the bad news is that they are thought
to be incurable. Victims won’t die or even suffer anything
other than the pain itself. Writing on one treatment forum, a sufferer
of these headaches said heroin, morphine or OxyContin didn’t help him at all. Some progress has been made using alternative,
and mostly illegal treatments, such as Psilocybin mushrooms and LSD. According to the Daily Beast, LSD’s discoverer
Albert Hoffman was actually looking for a way to treat headaches and migraines. Britain’s National Health Service has done
us all a favor and put together a list of what it says are the world’s worst conditions
in terms of pain. You might be surprised to hear that above
cluster headaches, or cancer, a heart attack, gout, the NHS puts shingles. Shingles occurs when the virus that caused
the itchy nightmare of Chicken Pox reactivates. Like a Hollywood horror movie sequel, when
it comes back again, it’s worse than before. A more common painful condition is kidney
stones. A Reddit thread asked people to state what
the most painful thing they had ever experienced was, and quite a few people said kidney stones. The stones form when calcium and other substances
in your urine build up. They can be as big as a ping pong ball, and
if they break up it can cause intense pain as you try to pass them through the urinary
tract. If it’s too big, it can be blasted into
smaller pieces using shockwave therapy. It’s probably better you don’t get to
that stage, so drinks lots of water every day. You might be too fit or young for kidney stones,
but that won’t prevent bone breaks. We’ve all seen sportsmen with flapping limbs
looking more stunned than in pain. But what is the most painful bone to break? A broken fibula might only hurt for a few
days, but a broken rib could cause weeks of nagging pain and sleepless nights. According to American football players and
forums detailing the pain of broken bones, the second worse break you can have is a ruptured
Achilles. Former Oakland football star Ronald Curry
described the pain as “instantly excruciating with the months to follow significantly worse.” The winner on the worst break list though
was the femur, the biggest bone in the body. Stubbing your toe on a rusty nail could also
be disastrous. There’s a good reason we keep our tetanus
vaccinations up to date. The CDC reports that hardly anyone dies of
tetanus due to the shots we have, but sporadic cases do happen from time to time. It starts with lockjaw, and then soon your
whole body is suffering from spasms and locking up. According to the WHO, hundreds of cases happen
each year around world. If not treated early, Tetanus will kill between
10 and 20 percent of its victims. And what doesn’t kill you, might not necessarily
make you stronger. Many people on pain forums state that tooth
abscesses are the worst, although one condition apparently tops it. This is called trigeminal neuralgia, a disease
that affects around 1 in every 15-20,000 people and has been dubbed the ‘suicide disease’
as that’s what it will make you want to do. People have said it’s like lightning striking
you in the face, describing the ‘shock attacks’ when the skull’s largest nerve is stressed. A 63-year-old woman from Wales said in an
interview it is “the worst pain known to man” stating that neither treatment nor
pain drugs have done anything to help her with this lifelong disease. “My head goes back and I can hear screaming,”
she said, adding, “It’s only later that I realize that it was me that was screaming
out in pain.” The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association in the
UK called it the most painful condition in the world. In 2013, the Daily Mail reported that 27 percent
of sufferers kill themselves. While a few of the pains above are said to
be worse than childbirth, it comes very high on the pain scale. Thankfully, not as high as the suicide disease,
as a lot of children would be motherless. In one interview, a 49-year old woman said
the final push is not the worst part. The labor bit she said is like something “squeezing
the crap out of your guts on a timer for what seems like eternity until you’re delirious
with exhaustion.” Others have described it as similar to pooping
a watermelon or bowling ball. The worse thing is, it’s probably the most
common and natural of intense pains. So, what’s the worst pain you’ve ever
experienced? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Surprisingly High Paying Jobs! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!


Reader Comments

  1. you guys are wrong the most painful sting is the sting of the executioner wasp not many have been stung so it wasn't known until a few years ago

  2. Wooo! Femur!! The only bone I ever broke and I had to go for the biggest one. Thanks to adrenaline, it didn't hurt at all. Just thought I dislocated it until I tried to move it and it looked like my leg was made of jelly.

    The worst pain didn't come until I went home a week later from the hospital and stumbled with my walker on carpet and accidentally put weight on the dang thing. 7/10 thanks to pain meds.

    My worst worst pain has been excruciating menstrual cramps which left me incapacitated for days, often weeks, at a time which blessed birth control eventually fixed. 9/10

  3. Another thing I found high up on most extreme pai. was when I jumped over a fence and landed on a nail that went straight through my foot. Also when a horse stood on my foot and would not get off and broke my foot and 3 toes and I had to walk on it to finish taking their tack and such off before I could even leave to be seen as there was nobody else to do it.

  4. Watching this while suffering from diarrhea at 2 AM. I have an excruciating stomachache and I’m even sweating like crazy. Thinking about going to the ER if this doesn’t go away 😕

  5. I was laying on a trampoline and my friend scored a basketball hoop and fell on my arm and my broke in two places 🤒

  6. Pain is made by the brain to warn us about harm but why if i know that something is not harmful why does it still hurt?

  7. the worst pain ive ever felt is when i was in my first year of school and i was running on the playground and i tripped and the top of my eye was gushing it had stones in and i got rushed to the hospital and there wasnt alot of time before i gone blind in 1 eye so they had me in a bed no sleeping gass and i felt them with tweezers pulling stones from my eye and stitching it up

  8. My grandpa had kidney stones and he said the pain was worse after they got it out bc they pit some thing in his backside and when he went to relieve himself it felt like someone stabbing him and puring salt

  9. Had my head beaten to a near pulp with a hammer, lead pipe and a four foot bannister rail (with mounting rings attached), resulting in 165 stitches to my eye, face, neck and scalp, all stitched back together over two hours, all the while conscious without anaesthetic. That kinda smarts a little bit…

  10. Try severe primary progressive multiple sclerosis. My feet and legs constantly feel like they're on fire, every muscle in my body aches constantly, I often suffer severe headaches and joint pain, and I can't walk without a walker. Sometimes I need a wheelchair. I'm forced to wear adult diapers for urinary and sometimes bowel incontinence. By the way, I'm 34 years old.

  11. Broke my femur/upper leg twice when I was little due to a bone cyst, can't remember any pain as I guess my brain blocked the memory.

  12. when I had my tonsillectomy at age 13, the older you are, the more blood flow they have too cut off. Two weeks' bed rest with a high chance of hemorrhaging if I got out. I could barely take the liquid pain medicine, it hurt so bad to swallow. I'm glad its all over now. (that was about 5 years ago)

  13. I accidentally thorned my testicles while running slipless during a futbol match. all by myself almost black out. and missed the ball.

  14. I've broken my hand, but I've had dreams where grizzly bears rip me apart and eat me and were 100,000 times more painful than breaking my hand.

  15. I was told that the worst kind of pain is in the military:

    It's when you get shot like the leg it will have a burning sensation and the Infantry Soldier would get a steel wool cloth and scrape it against the wound and it has been told that grown men cry their eyes out that's how painful it is and some people commit suicide when they return home because of the ptsd of the pain and this practice was used during the iraq war and little time in the Afghanistan war

  16. Whole body pains after lumbal punction. Found somewhere that it's worse than childbirth. Suffered through those myself once, wasn't pretty, 7 days of pure agony.

  17. 5 school
    4 tummy akes
    3 phone is dead
    2 homework
    1 hearting you toe and seeing’s girl you like or boy you like falling in love with your best friend

  18. Most Painful Pain is….. When a friend formatted a Playstation Memory.

    Well Jokes Apart.
    Here's the list which I suffered in my life which were painful
    1. Kidney Pain
    2. Shingles/Nerve Disorder (Eye and head)
    3. Toothache
    4. Ear Pain
    5. Migraine

    And what's your painful pain!

  19. My mom has given birth twice and had a kidney stone and she could honestly say the kidney stone was worse. At least you get a break in between contractions, with stones its endless until they're out. So ladies, please ease up on the guys when they say its worse than child birth when they complain about kidney stones.

  20. Worst pain I’ve experienced is when I was gliding with my skates on a thin metallic railing and I slipped off and got a like an explosion in my crotch. I think it is the most painful thing for a male.

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