The degree of pain is always difficult to assess, each person feels it differently. However, the Canadian University of McGill has managed to establish a pain scale and define the pain most difficult to bear.
You have probably already been asked to rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10. This is called a visual analog 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 questionnaire for patients to rank for the worst pain. Here are the 10 most intense pains listed by experts.
10. Trigeminal neuralgia
This disease, also “painful tic”, is manifested by sudden and unexpected attacks of intense pain localized on one part of the face, between the eyelids and the upper lip, which cause involuntary contractions causing sensations of short and intense electric shocks that can be repeated in bursts. This disease affects about one in 5000 people and is more common in women over the age of 50.
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 the middle of the skull and very often intolerance to noise or light, and there is not much you can do to wait for the pain to pass. In addition, migraines have a major impact on the quality of life.
8. Renal colic
Renal colic causes severe pain in the lumbar and abdominal region, which occurs only on one side. This pain is due to increased pressure in the urinary tract and kidney. Due to the presence of an obstacle in the urinary tract, and no position allows to relieve pain.
The causes of this disease are still poorly understood, but it is known to cause widespread and persistent pain in both joints and muscles, although no injuries or inflammation are 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, in which the immune system attacks the joint membrane that swells and produces inflammatory enzymes. Often confused with osteoarthritis, this disease damages tendons, cartilage, and bones in particular, and symptoms are more common late at 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 pain attacks similar to an appendicitis attack and the causes can be genetic or environmental.
4. Amputation of the fingers
Since the finger is the part of the body where we have the most nerves, its amputation without anesthesia causes very intense pain. A reimplanted finger will systematically have sequelae such as stiffness, cold pain, or a change in sensation.
Bringing a child into the world is anything but child’s play. In addition to being long, deliveries are often very painful. They are considered to be one of the worst pains that exist, 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 what the pain is, although many women believe that the pain is similar to that of an acute form of kidney stones.
2. Ant bite
As surprising as it may seem, an ant bite comes in second in this ranking. Obviously it is not an ant as we can meet anywhere near us, but an ant Paraponera Clavata, which lives in the tropical forests of Central and South America. Its venom releases a very painful neurotoxic poison 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 physical trauma such as a fracture or even a sprain, which leads to dysfunction of a nerve. The patient then experiences stinging pain with hypersensitivity, edema, limits of range of motion or even tremors. A seizure can last for several months, and there is still no treatment for this syndrome.