Stings, childbirth, amputation… what are the most unbearable pains?

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By submitting a questionnaire to patients, Canadian researchers have established a scale of pain, from the most tolerable to the most unbearable.

By interviewing patients, researchers from the Canadian University of McGill have prioritized the most unbearable pain that one can feel, reported by Futurasience. Here they are listed in increasing order of intensity.

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10. Trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is pain affecting one side of the face, manifested by a brief and intense electric shock, which can be repeated in bursts. It affects approximately one in 5000 people, is more common in women and occurs most often after the age of 50.

9. Migraines

Migraine is a headache occurring in attacks. It is sometimes accompanied by nausea or intolerance to noise or light. Migraine disease has a strong impact on quality of life.

8. Renal colic

Renal colic is intense pain in the lumbar and abdominal region. It is due to increased pressure in the urinary tract and in the kidney. This results from the presence of an obstacle in the urinary tract.

7. Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by persistent diffuse pain and sensitivity to pressure. Most often, these pains are associated with intense fatigue and sleep disturbances.

6. Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the joints and gradually destroys them. Wrongly described as a disease of “old people”, rheumatoid arthritis is poorly understood and often confused with osteoarthritis.

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. Most often, the disease affects the terminal part of the small intestine which connects the stomach to the colon, the colon and the anus.

4. Finger amputation

Since the finger is the most richly innervated part of the body, its amputation without anesthesia causes very intense pain.

3. Childbirth

The pain of childbirth is caused by the contractions of the uterus, which compresses the blood vessels and blocks the circulation of blood. Stretching the cervix when passing the baby is also very painful.

2. The Paraponera Sting

This ant living in the Amazon is often called bullet ant due to its extremely painful sting, comparable to the impact of a gunshot. An intense burning sensation radiates throughout the affected limb and causes involuntary muscle contractions.

1. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Complex regional pain syndrome is chronic neuropathic pain that is characterized by a continuous burning or aching sensation. The patient may present with hypersensitivity or edema. There is no cure for CRPS.

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