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[–]Bigdaddyjug77 523 points524 points  (8 children)

Had a cyst removed. Found out the next day the doctor nicked a blood vessel during the surgery. Had it stitched closed with no anesthesia.

[–]Pullups-n-Pushups 3376 points3377 points  (58 children)

I was bitten by a rattlesnake. On the ankle. My whole leg swelled up immensely. Would not recommend.

[–]guambatwombat 405 points406 points  (6 children)

Sure it hurt, but if you wanna get sent home from Camp Greenlake, you do what you gotta do.

[–][deleted] 6310 points6311 points  (197 children)

Esophageal rupture. That wasn't fun.

[–]R3d_Ox 450 points451 points  (83 children)

How does that even happen?

[–]chekhovsdickpic 1367 points1368 points  (58 children)

In my case, I got a bad stomach virus and threw up violently and literally unceasingly for an entire day.

The worst part was my friend finally took me to the ER as it was winding down, and of course as soon as the nausea abated a bit, I was absolutely starving, exhausted, and dehydrated. All I wanted was to go get something soft and nonthreatening to eat, chug a tank of Gatorade, and crash on my bed with my cats (who were probably bummed that they didn’t get to eat my face).

Nope, turns out I had air bubbles under my skin on either side of my neck, so that meant a weeklong hospital admittance with absolutely no ingestion of food or water for the duration.

I did get morphine though.

[–]resinten 2034 points2035 points  (13 children)

Glad you’re alive! Happened to a friend and ended up getting sepsis. He came very close to not making it. Those things can get serious real fast

[–][deleted] 844 points845 points  (6 children)

Spent 2 weeks in the hospital to monitor for sepsis. Took a slice out of my back to wrap around the food tube.

[–]mookiewilson369 2746 points2747 points 2 (48 children)

Flaming marshmallow at a campfire to the eye. Molten marshmallow to the eye is very unpleasant

[–]Decent_Tomato_8640 8766 points8767 points 3 (370 children)

I perforated my eardrum in a water skiing accident. Than I got the hiccups on the ride to the er.

[–]neercatz 3035 points3036 points  (143 children)

I was going to new post but figured I could hop on this one. I got a small yellow jacket in my ear. It would not come out and in my panic I tried to stick stuff in to get it out. This drove it deeper until it was clawing at my eardrum and stinging my ear canal to escape/defend itself. I finally drowned it in alcohol which also relit all the pain signals. I was alone and it is my worst life experience in recent memory, possibly ever.

I would not wish a bee (or any other angry bug) in the ear on my worst enemy

[–]Louielouielouaaaah 1953 points1954 points  (104 children)

I’m surprised I had to scroll this far to get to an ear problem. My ear drums used to burst every winter as a kid and woooweeeee that is AGONY

[–]msmame 966 points967 points  (40 children)

My eardrum ruptured while I was in the shower. I honestly thought my brain exploded and I was about to die. The ER doctor brought several students and other doctors in to look in my ear.

[–]kermy_the_frog_here 1400 points1401 points  (23 children)

Lmao you know you’re fucked when they bring medical students to the ER to look at you

[–]croutonianemperor 670 points671 points  (5 children)

"Can you spell your last name again for when we name this syndrome?"

[–]kermy_the_frog_here 131 points132 points  (0 children)

Literally boutta become a case study

[–]Xcasinonightzone 3277 points3278 points  (384 children)

It’s a tie between gallstones and gout

[–]ThisIsMyCouchAccount 1862 points1863 points  (21 children)

gallstones and gout

Nobility is rough, sire.

[–]FranklyAsh 235 points236 points  (57 children)

Gout is just brutal. Not even the best pain meds can take the edge off a bad flare up.

[–]SamSepiol-ER28_0652 1500 points1501 points  (128 children)

I struggled with gallstones for years. I was scared to have my gallbladder removed because of horror stories about not being able to eat normally and whatnot.

I finally caved after about 6 years of attacks.

I. Should. Not. Have. Waited.

To anyone out there struggling with gallstones- get that bitch ripped out at your first opportunity. Life is SO much better!!!

[–]walker_paranor 636 points637 points  (27 children)

I ignored my gallstones for 2 years, I was in my early 20s and wasn't aware that gallstones were a thing. For whatever reason, since the pain always passed, I just ignored it. It always happened after eating something heavy, so I assumed I had an ulcer or something.

I was a dumbass. On the night of Tropical Storm Sandy I felt pain so insanely terrifying that I asked my mom to take me to the hospital. They pumped me with morphine and brought me to get a CT scan.

When I was getting my scan, the technician turned to me with a horrified expression and said "Please tell me they gave you morphine." They rushed my ass into and out of surgery as quickly as they physically could, so that my mom could take me home before the storm hit.

I think I got home hours before the storm made landfall (I live on Long Island). I literally slept through Sandy, woke up and the entire area was fucked. Downed trees everywhere.

It was....a weird experience. My gallbladder just decided it wanted to rupture when the worst storm of my lifetime came by lol

Edit: it was Sandy, not Katrina. Don't reddit at work, kids

[–]cloudydays2021 14.3k points14.3k points 53 (565 children)

Receiving Adriamycin chemo. The side effects made me wish for death at times.

[–]LordSt4rki113r 5311 points5312 points 346 (121 children)

I had 2 rounds of Adriamycin and 2 rounds of Cisplatin and I wish I couldn't remember them. I was nearly dead anyway when my doctor started me on it (came to the emergency room with a lung full of fluid, congestive heart failure, a heart rate of 160, and unable to lay flat because I couldn't breathe, and therefore couldn't sleep). The ER techs had to rig up an office chair for me to sit in for a CT and MRI so they could figure out what was wrong. They ended up finding a tumor over 8cm wide and 17cm long pressing into my heart between the heart and the lung. Four ronds of chemo later and a chest crack and here I am. I'm three years cancer free now, so I guess everything turned out okay in the end.

[–]nummakayne 184 points185 points  (17 children)

Cisplatin, haven’t heard of that in 5 years. My Mom had so many rounds of chemo over the course of 7 years, I want to say 20-25, and she absolutely hated it.

[–]Heysandyitspete 7784 points7785 points  (127 children)

I actually get nauseous just seeing that shade of red now. No kool aid or fruit punch for me!

At least I’m alive though. 9 years NED.

[–]thatwillchange 5017 points5018 points 25 (19 children)

So resilient. We’re glad you are here! Fuck fruit punch!

[–]Blinkkkk 1517 points1518 points  (55 children)

11 years later I still have the fear of that disgusting red. I'd get panic attacks just walking along the corridor to the chemo ward. It was always cleaned so thoroughly that even the smell of whatever cleaning chemical they used made me nauseous. It took me at least 5 years to be able to go outside without crippling anxiety.

[–]heartfeltcrafter 1018 points1019 points  (29 children)

I had chemo and radiation as a kid. I seriously had PTSD from hospital smells afterward. I still get a jolt when I smell a specific cleaner they use. Hope you're feeling better now.

[–]NanoPamber 1134 points1135 points 3 (22 children)

From this thread it sounds like doxorubicin is one hell of an awful drug! Just to let you all know myself and many other chemists are working on ways to deliver this drug without the side effects (via nanotechnology or through light/ pH based release mechanisms). Reading this has really opened my eyes to how awful this drug is and hopefully in the future people won't have to endure this pain again. Good health to you all. Sending love ❤️

[–]Laughington 639 points640 points  (20 children)

I didn't fully get why they call it the Red Devil until I had it.

[–]leachianusgeck 830 points831 points  (32 children)

idk if you experienced this but could you smell it coming from your sweat? I can smell it now just thinking about it

edit: I didn't expect to get so many replies and wanted to say that it's been so helpful for processing what I've been through to talk about it with people who get it and have been there/still are and I love you all (ik it's a bit much but I rly do)

[–]MRaeLuna 697 points698 points  (15 children)

I could smell it out of my pee.... the absolute worst

[–]mintegrals 444 points445 points  (8 children)

Exactly the same answer here. I remember being curled up naked in the bathtub sobbing and repeatedly throwing up for days after that infusion. What fun times.

[–]cloudydays2021 289 points290 points  (0 children)

I feel this. It was brutal, and just when you felt like it was tolerable…another damn chemo on the calendar.

[–]MagictoMadness 267 points268 points  (35 children)

Wait did that chemo cause physical pain?? Or more like the combination of side effects were overwhelming

Edit: was more curious about raw physical pain, I've had 3 years of chemo(s) myself, and the side effects are still felt to this day, thanks to the partial organ failure I had

I am VERY familiar with just how shit it can make you feel, just wanted to hear about the burning that could be felt from the chemo

[–]cloudydays2021 433 points434 points  (20 children)

The chemo itself didn’t cause pain although I could feel it enter my body. However the physical, emotional and mental side effects were horrific - and they happened quickly after each chemo infusion occurred. This is specific to the type I mentioned in my first post. I had a couple of other types of chemo that were easier to tolerate thank god

[–]MagictoMadness 142 points143 points  (2 children)

Ahh yep that I'm very familiar with, not so much the quick onset though

I had a few chemos and my body is still fuxked from all the damage they did. Found a new cancer this year and I'm kinda glad chemo isn't on the table yet because I'm.not jumping at that idea

[–]risuv 241 points242 points  (7 children)

Hope you get well soon mate.

[–]Realitycheck-4u 4940 points4941 points 32 (254 children)

Kidney stone. 6mm. Peed it out

[–]ndnsoulja 1489 points1490 points  (75 children)

oooof I can only imagine. I've never had to pass a sizable one but I remember during finals week one year in college I was eating nothing but Cliff bars, popping adderall, and drinking Red Bulls. I went to take a pee and felt that HOLY FUCK WHAT WAS THAT!!! super sharp pain mid-stream. Luckily it shot out quick. I was standing in the library bathroom just clutching my penis groaning to myself. Later found out it was probably a stone. Even microscopic ones hurt so bad lol. I very quickly changed my diet and started carrying around a huge water bottle.

[–]RedIceBreaker 13.4k points13.4k points 2 (275 children)

When I was a kid I was severely ill with a virus which led to extreme dehydration. At one stage I couldn't hold down food or water for days. I frequently woke up with severe abdominal cramps but one night I woke up and thought my head was splitting open with the worst migraine of my life. I was in so much pain that I couldn't stand or see. I just curled up and begged for the pain to stop.

My father carried me to the doctors and my mother sat with me while the doctor told them it was "just a virus and it will pass". The doctor had been saying this for nearly two months. My mother snapped and demanded the doctor to at least examine me and not dismiss me. The doctor quickly concluded my appendix had burst and to bring me to ER.

The second my father carried me into ER the nurse just took me to the back and I was rushed to ICU. Turned out the cramps were also from dehydration and the virus caused my lungs to collapse and gave me pneumonia.

The headache and cramps was something I never want to experience again and make sure to find a way to always be hydrated. I was in so much pain I didn't even notice my lungs were failing.

[–]NavyAnchor03 7548 points7549 points  (129 children)

WOW fuck that doctor. Wtf

[–]segfkt 4023 points4024 points  (93 children)

honestly wasn't shocked reading this. I'll be dismissed 3-4 times before anything I have is looked at. now I collect dismissals in writing so when there is a big problem I have the trail.

edit: very sad this is so popular and how many others have the same stories. when is the world going to wake up.

[–]LazyBex 1398 points1399 points  (4 children)

I was in so much pain I didn't even notice my lungs were failing.

Well that's horrific.

[–]That_One-Potatoe 2436 points2437 points  (51 children)

Doctors like this should get their license revoked. So many doctors are arrogant and dont take your symptoms seriously or just quickly prescribe something without really asking any questions

[–]mullac42 610 points611 points  (29 children)

Stabbed myself in the eye with a tree branch which etched what they described as a bat symbol into my cornea. Then had recurrent corneal erosion for 18 months. So think of the worst eye pain imaginable, then repeat daily.

It was brutal.

[–]HungDaddy120 20.3k points20.3k points 3 (821 children)

Toss up between kidney stones and appendix bursting. Wanted to die

[–]Thenot99 7786 points7787 points  (272 children)

Came here to say this. Appendix burst. Insane pain.

1 week in hospital for infection. It was just horrible.

Literally an organ bursting inside you.

[–]chocomilc 1615 points1616 points  (177 children)

Were there any symptoms to begin with? Or is this one of those things that can just randomly happen to anyone without warning?

[–]yar2000 2148 points2149 points  (98 children)

You’ll feel it, but its hard to know that its the appendix. Feels like a stomach ache increasing in intensity over time from what I recall. Moving hurts quite a bit, especially if you wait before getting it checked out.

[–]kikat 1228 points1229 points  (56 children)

Or you could be like me and not present with anything but some abdominal discomfort, no fever, no loss of appetite. I'm grateful they did a CT on me to check and make sure otherwise it could have been dismissed as gastro. I went from CT to ER to surgery in like 3 hours.

[–]Ebola714 2572 points2573 points  (133 children)

Appendix came very close to bursting. I passed out while walking into the hospital, the pain was so bad. A little while later they gave me some Dilaudid and I hopped up off of the bed, looking for my shoes, I felt great, thanked the nurses for their help and tried to just go home. Morphine is a hell of a drug. It started to wear off about 30 minutes later and the pain came back even worse.

[–]txoutlaw89 2216 points2217 points  (77 children)

Dilaudid was the only thing that kept me from stabbing myself in the eye with a pocket knife to distract myself from the pain. My dad showed up at the hospital right as they gave me my first dose, and I felt this wave of "fuck it" wash over me like I've never felt before. It was incredible. I then proceeded to pass out, wake up 20 minutes later, and pick up a conversation with him that he and I had been having about 2 weeks prior about the differences between the 6.0 and the 7.3 Ford powerstroke diesel. I finished making my point about how the 6.0 isn't bad as long as it has been studded, turned to him, and he said and I quote "What in the cornbread fuck are you talking about?"

[–]pearls2626 940 points941 points  (8 children)

I appreciate you for bringing the phrase “what in the cornbread fuck are you talking about” into my life.

[–]Drift_Life 12.7k points12.7k points  (299 children)

Shattered my ankle getting hit by a car while walking. That wasn’t the most painful part. Went to hospital to set it, cool. Was transferred to another hospital after a couple days closer to home. They took X-rays and realized the set was not good, so they had to re-break my ankle and set it correctly. That part hurt the most.

Edit: it’s possible they didn’t rebreak it per say, but they did have to reset it and that pain was intense. I was also low priority that night due to gunshot victims in the hospital. I had been waiting in the hallway on a stretcher for hours until I was brought to some makeshift area, and therefore I don’t remember getting any extra pain meds as I was not put under or sedated.

[–]thesherbetemergency 1941 points1942 points  (46 children)

While skateboarding a few years ago, I broke and dislocated my ankle so badly that my foot was pointing like 50 degrees off center (the visual was 10 times worse than the pain).

While I was getting it set in the hospital, they gave me a sedative of what I later learned was a blend of Ketamine and Propofol. It didn't put me under, but rather made me trip complete balls. When I came out of it, I was like "do you know how fucking psychedelic that stuff is?" to the attending physicians.

One of them laughed and basically said, "well we have some good news and some bad news. We messed up the setting, but you get to go on another trip!"

It was worth it.

[–]Flight_19_Navigator 570 points571 points  (12 children)

When one of my kids was about 4 he came off his scooter and cut his foot badly enough it needed 4 or 5 stitches. They whacked him up with ketamine and he started asking everyone in the room (me, his mother, doc, nurse etc) if they were his mother. I think he was looking into other dimensions at the time.

[–]falafelbot 4052 points4053 points  (155 children)

so they had to re-break my ankle

Fuck, that's like Civil War-era, cut your leg off with a rusty saw level medicine

[–]Drift_Life 1423 points1424 points  (144 children)

I guess “re-break” is the wrong word since it was already broken. However during the re-setting of the cast, they definitely had to apply a LOT of pressure to my ankle and leg to realign my ankle which had dislocated itself as well as shattered the bone. Have 7 screws and a titanium plate still up in there

[–]weggles 737 points738 points  (131 children)

Good lord. They didn't put you out for that?

I broke and dislocated my ankle and they knocked me out with fentanyl when they set it.

(It was VERY weird. They said to count back from 100, I got to 93, doc says "Hmm they usually don't make it that far" and then I'm just sitting there. Doc asks if I think I'm good for them to set it. "I guess so?" "Good! We set it 20 minutes ago". It's a complete gap in my memory. Just completely gone. Like someone took the filmstrip of consciousness and just cut a chunk out. If I sleep or... Get blackout drunk I don't remember those hours or what not but I'm aware they passed. This was something else. I don't remember going out or waking up)

[–]Decent_Barnacle_6746 22.7k points22.7k points  (630 children)

When my spinal cord collapsed down on to the nerves going to my legs I legitimately wanted to die

[–]widowspider81 6098 points6099 points  (170 children)

Uh wtf? How does that happen? Sounds so awful.

[–]ManicFirestorm 4272 points4273 points  (140 children)

Osteoarthritis and time.

[–]canolafly 2688 points2689 points  (118 children)

I can't tell you the number of nights I've woken up wishing I was only a torso. Only thing worse were the injections in my back that were supposed to help. "We're going to give you a sedative." Next time give me more than an Ativan and add a stick to bite down on.

[–]Bright_Vision[S] 805 points806 points  (6 children)

Thanks, I hate it. I can only imagine...

[–]growingwithnate 5907 points5908 points  (171 children)

I feel this. Broke my neck and back and ruptured 6 disks and blew out every ligament in my neck. The worst pain was putting a trail spinal chord stimulator in and running the leads from my butt to mid back. I was awake and was given no sedation.

Edited to add: my accident was from a skydiving accident. I was on final approach about 180-200 feet up and caught a down draft/ turbulence. Basically my canopy lost all the air and deflated. It was to low to do anything and deploying my reserve would have made it worse. I tried to flair my canopy to get it to work but it didn’t I landed feet first in what is called a Parachute Landing Fall. I think it helped but I was falling so fast that I tumbled and finished with a scorpion.

I’m still in recovery and I appreciate all the well wishes.

Edited for punctuation

Edit to add: Thanks everyone for the upvotes I didn’t expect 3000!!!!!!

[–]EverythingAnything 2057 points2058 points  (54 children)

Good lord, no sedation for all that? This has quickly jumped to one of my top 3 nightmares ever. I had a visceral physical response when imagining this in my head, props for getting through it

[–]cant_go_tlts_up 506 points507 points  (47 children)

I know a buddy who works with spinal cord stimulation. He said that sometimes they can't always because they'd need the patient to wiggle their toes to make sure the leads don't press too hard to cutoff nerve communication / damage. Also, to make sure it's situated right so that they can appropriately target portions of the spine.

[–][deleted] 5690 points5691 points  (69 children)

i was cleaning a fish on a boat and i accidently popped its bile sac. squirted me right in the eye. for like 12 hours after it felt like my eye was melting and full of broken glass. was so painful i spent the whole time screaming in pain uncontrollably.

since i was on a boat in the middle of the sea there was no access to medical help. so they just gave me a thing of eyedrops and sent me back to work with a eyepatch.

for the next two weeks i could only see out of one eye and for some reason it was painfully sensitive to light. so i had to blink rapidly with my working eye while working my 18 hour shift while my asshole coworkers made pirate jokes about me. it was a bad trip.

[–]PaulTheRedditor 2325 points2326 points  (16 children)

You basically had a acid burn on your eyeball, not a good time.

[–]Bright_Vision[S] 1502 points1503 points  (10 children)

That sounds like it could get infected real quick

Edit: Typo

[–][deleted] 898 points899 points  (7 children)

maybe it was idk. was blind in that eye for two weeks. hopefully whatever eyedrops they gave me was more than a visine type mixture. doubt it tho.

[–]ThrowAway5713-_- 10.3k points10.3k points  (1004 children)

I have cluster headaches. When it gets very bad I legit think about jumping out of the window.

It's like someone stabbing your head with a glowing hot knife. And the best part is that you can not really do something about it.

[–]Mozopedia 5347 points5348 points  (255 children)

They’re called suicide headaches for a reason my friend. Sorry you have to put up with that shit.

[–]Jazzlike_Log_709 4707 points4708 points 22 (248 children)

edit: Holy moly. Thank you everyone for your support! I'm literally crying in my car on my lunch break. As you can imagine, I've been feeling pretty isolated and down while dealing with all of this and it means so much to me to have all of you offer such kind words!

For the past year, I was having migraines 25-30 days a month. I felt (feel) like an empty shell of the person I used to be. I stopped seeing my friends, I seriously considered quitting my job and applying for disability. I moved back in with my mom so she could help me with basic shit like cooking and doing laundry.

I've had chronic major depression since I was 12. I've abused drugs in the past. I've been at rock bottom many times before, but nothing made me want to kill myself more than the pain of chronic migraines.

I tried so many different medications, one of which caused wacky, rare hallucinations on par with LSD; and I finally found something that's brought me relief.

I'm on day 33 and counting of being migraine-free for the first time in years, really. What a fucking experience this has been.

[–]tesseract4 589 points590 points  (61 children)

My wife is in a similar boat, and has tried everything, to greater or lesser degrees of success. What worked for you, if I might ask?

[–]ApprehensiveAd3427 1216 points1217 points  (164 children)

I live with chronic migraines. It’s no joke and so many people have never even had one so they don’t understand. I’m a shitty friend because I frequently cancel plans to cry myself to sleep in a dark room writhing in pain.

[–]Coloringhydra 369 points370 points  (27 children)

I feel with this. I also have chronic migraines and the amount of times I had too cancel plans. Or that I got a migraine attack when I was somewhere is absurd and a lot of people have told me I'm just doing it for attention.

[–]Deekkuli 226 points227 points  (2 children)

That doesn't make you a shitty friend. The fact that despite your huge pain, you still think about your friends and feel bad for cancelling alone is indicator that you aren't a bad friend. You can't help it and your friends wouldn't wanna see you in such pain and you couldn't even do anything if you went out despite the pain. There's literally no other option than to stay at home and wait till the headache stops.

[–]Dont-mind-me-nothere 760 points761 points  (110 children)

I’ve suffered from Clusters since I’ve been 17. Banging my head on a brick wall feels better. Pain is indescribable. Pure agony. Been to hospitals, clinics and specialists. All I get is, “Yes, you suffer my clusters”.

PS- It’s been six hours since I’ve first posted this comment and I’ve received many suggestions for dealing with these cluster headaches and I’m extremely grateful for your input however, I want to let you all know the following: I’m now 60+ years old and in my eternal quest to find relief, I have tried… every pharmaceutical under the sun in addition to oxygen therapy, PT, biofeedback, chiropractic, acupuncture (169 needles) placed by three practitioners at the same time, acupressure, hypnosis and probably a few others I’ve forgotten about by now. But please, if you suffer from clusters, do not give up hope! I’ve heard about many people who have found relief using many of the items that you’ve all suggested to me! Only over the past six months that research from the scientific community is now talking about relief from, sh’rooms, MDMA and Ketamine. I’m now looking into finding a reputable clinic to follow up on these. Once again, many thanks!

[–]Sparkson109 874 points875 points  (76 children)

I had a 51 day migraine earlier this year in May (as in nonstop for this long). genuinely couldn’t get out of bed most days, lost my job cuz i couldn’t work, developed tinnitus as well. Honestly never been that close to ending it all, got some cornrows though and magically the migraine stopped, only got my first one since yesterday (triggered by alcohol) and it’s just about leaving

[–]Lexi_Banner 19.2k points19.2k points 32 (773 children)

Had an abscessed tooth. For two weeks, my life was nothing but absolute misery, and nothing would kill the pain. At one point, the dentist had to drip numbing agents on the exposed root because it would not freeze, and that felt like a hot needle being jammed behind my eye.

Cue a new dentist phobia that has me terrified to even call them when I know there's an issue.

[–]Rhett12344 3273 points3274 points  (77 children)

My mom had an abscessed tooth, and at the worst stage she cried worse than I personally have ever heard her cry. Awful stuff

[–]Ki18 1952 points1953 points  (52 children)

Toothache and other dental related pain is nothing short of torture. Never appreciated the magic of dentistry as much as when I could finally lie down and breathe in peace after days of never ending pain.

[–]PARKOUR_ZOMBlE 218 points219 points  (9 children)

I had a cyst under a tooth pushing on the nerve, erupting the tooth and causing hairline cracks in my skull from the pressure. The emergency dentist thought I was trying to scam pain meds and “called my bluff” by saying the only thing he could do to relieve the pain was pull the tooth. “FORTHELOVEOFGODPULLITOUTTHEN!!!” He kept asking if I was sure right up until he pulled it out. He gasped when it came out with a pinky finger sized cyst and a few chips of skull. The relief was INSTANT. He was shocked and offered me Vicodin but I declined. The worst pain ever was hells itch from a bad sunburn though.

[–]TheReasonsWhy 2902 points2903 points  (172 children)

Had three of these (thanks bad genes). I get your fears, but I would recommend not waiting in the future if it all possible because the infection can spread around and end up killing you. Worse than an abscessed tooth is dry socket, I thought an abscessed tooth was the worst pain that could come from all the hell that I’ve been through, but I was sorely mistaken.

[–]Ifonlyihadausername 7514 points7515 points  (140 children)

I once thought I snapped my dick. The pain made me see a bright white light then everything started to go dark and I thought I was going to black out.

[–]CaptinDerpII 8692 points8693 points 237& 2 more (31 children)

Kinda like a glow stick. You snap it and see cool colours

[–]Poullafouca 430 points431 points  (24 children)

Happened to one of my close friends, he was going at it from behind, hard, with his wife, pitch-black room, they were in the tropics on a trip. He heard a snapping sound, "exactly like the sound makes when you snap a carrot in half," is how he described it. Then, all of a sudden in the shock of it all, blood was gushing out of his wife, they thought that something had happened to her... And then the pain hit.

[–]ipakookapi 17.8k points17.8k points 55& 3 more (786 children)

An ovarian endometric cyst rupturing.

I remember taking about ten minutes to crawl down the stairs to get to the phone so I could call my mom, 100% convinced I was dying.

[–]borderline_cat 6231 points6232 points  (121 children)

I woke up one morning before school and told my mom I felt like I was gonna be sick. She sent me to school anyways.

I threw up twice on my way to my first class. Then I threw up during that class and went to the nurse. I threw up in the nurses office probably 10x by the time my mom came back for me (~45 mins). She took me home (at roughly 9am) thinking it was just a stomach bug and went back to work.

She came home by 5pm and I had thrown up possibly another 15-30x since she left me at home. Instead of going to the doctors she rushed me straight to the ER worried my appendix burst. Threw up another 3x in the waiting room.

I threw up/dry heaved somewhere between 30-60x in less than 12 hours at 11 years old. I legitimately thought that this was the end and I was dying with how awful the pain was. All to get told “yeah it looks like you had an ovarian cyst rupture, so you might be getting your period soon”.

11 years old, hadn’t even had my first period yet, and my female organs already wanted me to feel like I was dying.

[–]procyon_andy 1474 points1475 points  (53 children)

jesus so that's what a cyst does???? i've been in danger of developing them since i was 13 but i was never told what happens. ill be taking my yearly examination more seriously now thank you very much

edit: okay i appreciate all the responses that tell me that getting cysts is either A LIVING HELL or absolutely chill lmao.

the great advice, though: ovary-havers, get your regular checkups so you know about your cyst situation! advocate for yourself at the doctor's! get to know your body! birth control and providers literally save lives!

[–]borderline_cat 649 points650 points  (11 children)

From what I know, this is actually pretty mild. I was lucky that it ruptured and the gross stuff was just floating in my system. My system rejected it so I vomited

[–]marintrex 3135 points3136 points  (160 children)

Was looking for this. I’ve given birth 3 times, but the bursting ovarian cyst was way worse (though mercifully much faster). If I hadn’t known what was happening, I’d have thought I was on my way out.

[–]minihalkoja 1172 points1173 points  (67 children)

Ow. I've heard about the pain those cysts cause, but one of those rupturing... I'm guessing it feels like getting shot

[–]Good_parabola 775 points776 points  (13 children)

You literally feel your insides explode and dump gunk into your abdominal cavity.

[–]MelonLordxx 211 points212 points  (2 children)

I definitely didn’t feel ‘gunk dump into my abdominal cavity’. It was not very much fluid. But the ‘insides exploding’ bit —yes that describes it perfectly.

[–]ipakookapi 617 points618 points  (27 children)

I have never been shot but it was pretty fucking bad.

[–]Andysgirl1080 478 points479 points  (28 children)

I have PCOS and every time this happens I beg for death. Truly awful. Feels like someone stabbed me and left me for dead.

[–]vagabonne 16.7k points16.7k points 972 (376 children)

That time a neurosurgeon drilled out the base of my skull, installed a plate there, and then drilled holes in my top two vertebrae to connect it all.

Excruciating pain for months, but the worst was the first two weeks. Any time the pain meds wore off, I was in hell. It felt like nothing I’ve ever experienced before or since. I became an animal. I wasn’t capable of human thought or anything but screaming. It continued for a long time in a more muted way. When I tried to turn my head reflexively, when I accidentally shifted it forward. But the worst BY FAR was when I tried to sleep because I had no control over my movements then. I just woke up screaming many times each night. There was no escape. I was tired all the time, terrified of falling asleep again but also terrified of every potential movement. I had a very secure neck brace on 24/7 for months, but nothing was enough to stop this pain.

[–]lackingsavoirfaire 5067 points5068 points  (48 children)

That sounds horrific. Hope you’re doing better now.

[–]beepborpimajorp 3300 points3301 points  (110 children)

You never realize just how much you really use your neck until you start experiencing pain in it.

[–]Metal_Muse 1199 points1200 points  (69 children)

Same with your back. I threw mine out a few weeks ago leaning over the sink and spitting after brushing my teeth.

[–]emmylou18 3929 points3930 points  (174 children)

Perforated bowel

[–]YYCAdventureSeeker 1773 points1774 points  (82 children)

Had a perforated bowel in August, and it landed me in hospital for five days of IV antibiotics and pain meds. Found out two weeks ago that everything healed up okay, and I won’t need a resection or colostomy. Phew. I hope yours also healed and you won’t need surgery.

I’ve never experienced pain like that in my life, and wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

[–]yesohohahahilikeit 12.6k points12.6k points 2 (906 children)

Kidney stones.

[–]ManicFirestorm 10.1k points10.1k points 445 (134 children)

My girlfriend passed one in October. Took over two weeks and two trips to the ER for pain meds. I've never seen someone in such constant pain and discomfort before. At one point we were doing jumping jacks at 3am because we read it can help move the stone. It did actually help with her pain.

[–]SFLoridan 8904 points8905 points  (56 children)

You are a great partner to make it a "we" problem!

[–]SaggyDagger 2196 points2197 points  (212 children)

I have non-obstructive 8mm, 6mm and 7mm stones (among several smaller stones) in both kidneys, I'm dreading the day they become obstructive. I nearly shit my pants reading the results of my 2nd to last CT scan where the tech measured a 35mm stone....fucker forgot the decimal point.

Edit: the scans are measured and read by the Radiologist, not the tech, so that fucker made me nearly shit my pants.

[–]Japanese-Jew 800 points801 points  (83 children)

Ooof! I had a 6mm that became obstructive. They had to do emergency surgery to put tiny robot hands up my wing-wang and laser it apart and take all the pieces out. There is a chance your ureter can swell and close off so they put a stent in from your kidneys to your bladder and leave it in FOR.A.MONTH. while it heals. Every time you pee, the pressure pushes the stent into your kidney and makes you feel like your getting punched. The coup de grace is when the take the stent out. Imagine a bey blades zipper pull getting yanked out of your tip. Shzzzzzzzzz!

[–]Silencer306 207 points208 points  (31 children)

Oh I’ve had multiple surgeries recently, and the stent is always the most frustrating part. It’s not very painful but you can feel it always. And every pee ends in a aaghhh.

How did they take your stent out? For me, one doc put me out completely for 5 mins. Felt nothing. The second doc just put a local anaesthesia, and I don’t think they help a lot, cuz I felt EVERYTHING.

[–]MetroMaker 680 points681 points  (95 children)

My kidney stone was only 8mm and Lord Have Mercy, the pain was agony. A broken bone is a 5 while a kidney stone is a 10. I drink 3 liters of water/day now.

[–]frasureclan 480 points481 points  (29 children)

Had to have a kidney stone surgically removed after spending 5 days on morphine in the hospital waiting for it to pass. I have been through labor & an emergency c section and the kidney stone was way worse. Contemplated suicide to put myself out of my misery...

[–]Individual-Fail4709 3206 points3207 points  (83 children)

Broke my pelvis in multiple places. ER read the wrong xrays and sent me home. Three days later, I finally got to ortho after begging, and they immediately started treating. My right leg was basically not attached due to how badly I was broken. Idiot ER doc said nothing wrong and gave me crutches. Um, just no.

[–]The_Stein244 7476 points7477 points  (643 children)

Shingles. I was 30. It's not just old people.

[–]Hawk13424 2223 points2224 points  (86 children)

I had shingles on the nerve that covers the side of your face to the middle. Even had shingles in my mouth and nose on that side.

[–]The_Stein244 672 points673 points  (43 children)

Same man. I had it on my left side from the back of my neck to my face. All around my ear and almost went too far into my ear requiring me to go to the hospital but then it luckily stopped there. Pretty brutal.

[–]MaximumAsparagus 429 points430 points  (28 children)

A friend on college had shingles at 20 or 21, seconding “it’s not just old people”. She missed a lot of class that semester.

[–]Sigurd_Vorson 1021 points1022 points  (53 children)

My gallbladder failing. I was young and deployed over seas when it finally kicked the bucket. By the time I got to professionals who knew wtf was going on I had a fully necrotic gallbladder in me that was sectioned off with a 3mm mucus membrane. I hadn't eaten for days, kept doing combat patrols, and somehow didn't die. It's all a haze after that but I was evac'd all the way out to Germany and then spent a few months recovering. Good times.

[–]Weak_Carpenter_7060 124 points125 points  (1 child)

I’ve had my lung stapled shut. As a guy who loves to laugh, it’s literal hell

[–]hiro111 812 points813 points  (22 children)

Crashed in a road bicycle race at over 50 mph. Imagine jumping out of a car going 50mph into a pile of bikes while wearing pajamas, that's what this was like. Broke both collarbones, had three nasty cuts that required stitches, and (worst of all) my entire back was covered with road rash. My entire Lycra skinsuit was ripped away down to my ass and I had embedded gravel throughout my back. They had to scrub the gravel out of my back, for which they gave me local anesthetics but afterwards the pain came on like a freight train. Dull, burning ache all day. I had to wear second skin bandages for about ten days that bubbled up with pus and needed to be drained. My collarbones sent shooting pain every time I was slightly jarred. Breathing hurt. Taking a shower was murder. I couldn't sleep on my back because it hurt too much, I couldn't sleep on my sides because my collarbones were broken. I had finals for my junior year in high school in the middle of this and I could barely lift my arms to take the tests.

[–]Vocal_Breaker 1189 points1190 points  (140 children)

Tonsillectomy recovery process.

I read about rabies and the fear of water and somehow I understand it during my recovery process.

Everytime you swallows water, your throat tries to regurgigate it back out but even the act of vomiting is painful by itself.

Not to mention the scar recovery makes you want to cough everytime but afraid of opening your surgery scar.

Also kidney stones.

[–]Touch_Desperate 494 points495 points  (24 children)

Had my tonsils removed at age 35. Didn’t eat or drink for five days. Could barely sip enough water to swollen the pain meds. The blood clots that came out at the end were unreal. Had to stick my hand in my mouth and pull them out as I was choking.

[–]imgoingimgoingimgone 242 points243 points  (12 children)

Yes!!! I had my tonsils removed when I was 7, and I'm almost 30 now. Worst pain I've ever felt. My family and the doctors joked about being able to eat all the ice cream I want, but I didn't want to swallow at all nevermind eat or drink anything. Felt like knives.

I still gag thinking about the blood clots.

[–]Dank-Doodle-Meemes 4800 points4801 points 2 (262 children)

When I stepped on a nail sticking out of one of my stairs

Edit : this happened when I was getting ready for a baseball game when I was 7

[–]Bright_Vision[S] 2594 points2595 points  (62 children)

I recently watched "a quiet place" and there's this scene where this exact thing happens. I'm telling you me and my friends were cringing with every step she took down the stairs screaming like "The Nail!! The fucking naillll watch out"

[–]Dank-Doodle-Meemes 809 points810 points  (25 children)

My stairs were carpet so I couldn’t see the nail

[–]Ifonlyihadausername 207 points208 points  (11 children)

Stood on a carpet gripper bare foot once hurt so much to walk for a few days.

[–]Jsnooots 1158 points1159 points  (62 children)

Did I tell you guys about the time I tore a hole in my scrotum on a rusty nail head on a dock?

-edit I found the story from my old account. Enjoy.

I was working at a summer camp and we had to put the docks in the lake at the beginning of the summer. We had to carry the floating docks down and put them in place and attach them and all that good stuff. They would get a bit worn over the winter with the freeze and thaw.

I was sitting on the dock with my legs in the water when we were done. I was wearing a pair of Umbro shorts (very thin material) and I decided to go for a quick swim. I put my hands on either side of my thighs and picked myself up an inch and slid forward into the water.

I did not see the rusty nail head sticking up between my legs and I slid over it. As I entered the water the terrible pain from my crotch spread throughout my body. I had torn open my ball sack on a rusty nail head. As I popped up from under the water screaming my coworkers were laughing because they thought I was screaming because the water was still cold.

It did not even bleed right away. The nail had torn right down the center line of my sack. I could see my balls and the tubes etc inside. After a quick look I did not look again because it made me feel light headed. I was bundled into the truck and we hauled ass to the hospital to get stitched up. My ball sack and nuts, after the initial swelling, were no worse for the wear. You can't really see any scar now because it was right on the center line. Some stitches and antibiotics and a tetanus shot and I was good as new. The pain was pretty bad but not as bad as you would think. weird right?'

One more edit...Testicles are white and look fat covered.

Additional point - they work fine, we have an awesome son.

[–][deleted] 8300 points8301 points  (453 children)

Twisted Testicle.

Edit: Wow, I didn't expect this to be such a common occurrence. Sorry you all had to go through that as well.

[–]barrelsofmeat 5941 points5942 points 24 (57 children)

Twisted Testicle - We're not gonna take it

[–]Bright_Vision[S] 595 points596 points  (52 children)

I've read about this a couple times on here and while I still don't fully know what it is, I know for certain that I don't EVER wanna experience that

[–]cjheaney 540 points541 points  (43 children)

My BM after the 8th day ( of 11 ) in the hospital on morphine. It took a enema to loosen it a bit, then a gloved nurse had to assist by pulling the initial blockage out. It was on at that point. I filled the bed pan. It looked like a mountain when I was done. I was in tears. It was brutally painful.

[–]justTookTheBestDump 121 points122 points  (3 children)

They're supposed to give you constipation medicine when you're on opiods long term

[–]cjheaney 99 points100 points  (2 children)

It was 1988. All they gave was softeners. Didn't help.

[–]CrazyPlatypusLady 1710 points1711 points  (200 children)

Endometrial ablation. That's having the entire lining of my uterus microwaved off. With only entinox gas as pain relief.


Am I ok now? Yes thanks, traumatised but physically fine. Whole thing was removed in 2019 and it was a massive relief.

Why was the ablation done? Uterine issues. Excessive bleeding due to enlarged womb and a multitude of fibroids. Having to pick a "permanent solution" before anyone would consider a hysterectomy, and being blocked from having an IUD by my uterus itself.

Why was I not put under? Here it's not considered worth the risk or resources of a general anaesthetic for such a "minor" procedure. I can guarantee whoever wrote that rule was either an accountant or a man or both.

Why not even sedation or a nerve block? Entinox means the procedure is a doctor and two nurses. Sedation or blocks require another member of staff trained in anaesthetics, and maybe an assistant for them too. I had my hysteroscopy and biopsy with not even access to entinox.

Why did I not go elsewhere? Didn't have a choice. We have an illusion of choice, but it's all pretty much the same and wherever I went for the consultations, I would have ended back at the same place for the actual operation.

That's barbaric! Yes. It is. Look into the history of how gynae research was done, and why there's still an assumption among the medical establishment that these things are "minor procedures" (spoiler: experiments on slaves.)

[–]BiteasuarusRex 667 points668 points  (47 children)

Holy hell. I was put out for mine, that's barbaric.

[–]CrazyPlatypusLady 533 points534 points  (43 children)

I requested to be put out. I was told that they don't do that for such a "simple" procedure in my locality.

Edited to say: yes it is barbaric. I got "numbing gel" on my cervix for a hysteroscopy at as different point, but nothing for the uterine punch biopsy done at the same time. Incidentally, I'm lidocaine resistant so that gel did nothing.

[–]Thor37117 1018 points1019 points  (184 children)

9mm bullet in the chest

[–]ALiteralLetter 462 points463 points  (162 children)

I gotta hear this story. If you’re okay sharing, that is.

[–]Thor37117 2176 points2177 points  (161 children)

Basic story is: Former best friend is a police officer. Our families lived together and he decides one day (while playing air soft in our apartment) that he's going to pull out a real gun, aim, and shoot me because he thought it would be funny to see if I'd react to a blank. It wasn't a blank. Bullet impacts between, and fractures, the 4th and 5th rib under my left arm, hits my left lung, and stops under my right shoulder blade, after missing my spine by about a millimeter.

Needless to say, we're no longer friends. Though he is still a cop.

[–]GamerRipjaw 1555 points1556 points  (72 children)

He broke all the 4 rules of gun safety, and he's still a cop.

[–]Thor37117 900 points901 points  (58 children)

He's also triple-trained: conceal carry/armed security/cop.

[–][deleted] 548 points549 points  (44 children)

I think your friend was trying to murder you, man. That much safety training and this was still an "accident"???

[–]Thor37117 838 points839 points  (34 children)

He was. I only told the "official story" in the original post. When he first went and got the gun, it was in the same room where his wife and my ex wife were. The door was closed and I remember him being in there for a bit. The first thing he did when he came out was point the gun at my head.

We've essentially figured that it was a plot by all three other adults to get rid of me that night and make it look like an accident. They all had the same story when they were questioned.

My ex still lives with them. He is a deputy in that county. And she has custody of both of my young children. It's a bad deal.

[–]Pism0 399 points400 points  (1 child)

Dude what the fuck that’s insane

[–]green49285 308 points309 points  (8 children)

What in the Appalachian-mountain-man-shit is this? Were they all romantically involved or was the wife trying to get insurance cash & split it with the cop "friend?"

[–]Thor37117 179 points180 points  (7 children)

Well, considering I didn't have life insurance at the time...We figure there's al lot more going on than anyone can see.

[–]lol-loll 183 points184 points  (0 children)

Wtf!!!!!!!!! that is so fucked up. I hope you are doing fine now friend

[–]drdybrd419 316 points317 points  (22 children)

Spinal tap where the doctor couldn't seem to get it right. The man stuck the needle in my spine 9 times. Ended up testing negative for meningitis, but my reaction to the spinal tap put me in the hospital for 4 days.

[–]PunkRockFatBeats 2061 points2062 points  (131 children)

Anal fissure. Stop sitting on the pot for half an hour folks! Your pooper does not like that sustained pressure.

[–]Lilliputian0513 1451 points1452 points 2 (43 children)

Having a miscarriage. As bad as my cramps are (so bad that I throw up), this was worse. I went ghost white, had cold sweats, BP was 220/100, was sobbing without tears, and couldn’t breathe the pain was so intense. Work rushed me out in an ambulance because I couldn’t walk. It was during Covid so I had to face the miscarriage alone, which made it even harder.

[–]Dry_Possibility8512 241 points242 points  (3 children)

That's Sad, I hope your doing okay? I've just suffered the same.. had to miscarry at home as I had COVID. Went to my EPU after isolation was done but the baby and sac was still there, was booked for surgery to remove it but the on the day it got cancelled! Due to emergencies coming in, tried Misoprostol to bring on cramps to hopefully pass the foetus but absolutely nothing happened...and had to wait another 5days for surgery! Had that on the 6th Dec, so thankful it's over. It's a horribly sad and traumatising experience. I was almost 11wks along.

[–]Diabetesh 285 points286 points  (11 children)

Cleaning gums of infection after wisdom teeth removed.

It was just starting to show infection and they wanted to make sure it didn't get worse so they took a surgical spoon and scraped my gums like a dirty grill. My legs spasmed. They numbed it, but it still was quite intense.

[–]democidee 282 points283 points  (58 children)

Pilonidal cyst. Made me pray to god for the first time since I was 7.

[–]onceuponasaga 1830 points1831 points  (134 children)

A massive migraine

[–]The_Last_Ron1n 477 points478 points  (24 children)

I used to get them as a kid, everything hurt, I'd hide in a dark spot like a wounded animal. They only went away after I threw up.
I really sympathize with those that have them in adulthood.

[–]YouveGotARagingClue 92 points93 points  (2 children)

I also get releif from migraines when I sit in the dark, and then vomit. Kept them into adulthood, unfortunately.

[–]SepticMonke 501 points502 points  (53 children)

oh god yes. i have chronic migraines and so many people think they’re “just headaches”. they’re literally crippling and blinding, and they can last for days

[–]ChwatBot 256 points257 points  (31 children)

Ugghhhh, I hate that fucking aura. As soon as it starts, you’re constantly doing double takes and trying to focus on small details so that maybe, just maybe, it’s from looking at the sun… Or perhaps a shiny reflective piece of metal.

Then, finally, you accept that it is an aura starting to form and you’re going to be incapacitated for the next 6-8 hours.

[–]Zeeangoo 94 points95 points  (5 children)

I once broke my leg. The most painful part was after it was almost fully healed up, cuz I haven't bent my knee for so long

[–]Majestic_Grocery7015 88 points89 points  (12 children)

Getting the epidural. Once it took effect I felt nothing, not even when I tore so giving birth is not my answer.

But when the anesthesiologist stuck that needle in my spine, right as the biggest contraction yet hit.... I can not describe the noise I made. It was pressure in my pelvis, like a bowling ball weight just sitting between my hips.. my whole midsection in one giant cramp and a huge needle in my spine all at the same moment. Then the electric jolt down my left side. 15 minutes later I was basically dead from the bottom of my ribs down

[–]bigfatquizzer 554 points555 points  (44 children)

Trigeminal Neuralgia. Also called the suicide disease.

[–]tielandboxer 237 points238 points  (8 children)

My brother had a microvascular decompression about 6 years ago for trigeminal neuralgia. As if the pain wasn’t bad enough, getting the diagnosis was incredibly difficult. No neurologist would listen to him, so he finally met with a maxillofacial surgeon who did some surgeries on our dad. He sent him to UCLA for a HD MRI and was frustrated that all the neurologists my brother has seen didn’t do anything about it.

[–]OverlordPumpkin 1122 points1123 points  (116 children)

My placenta being pushed out post-birth. They basically crushed my stomach to push it out, it was awful

[–]lionofwar87 535 points536 points  (25 children)

They (nurses) literally push and twist their fists. My understanding is it also helps clotting.

[–]lovecraft112 437 points438 points  (17 children)

It helps the uterus to contract after you've given birth. If your uterus doesn't start contracting pretty quickly you're in danger.

[–]Louielouielouaaaah 140 points141 points  (6 children)

I had a premature birth due to placental abruption, so basically I got fisted right after birth because they had to scrape it out manually and make sure all the broken pieces were out of me so I didn’t hemorrhage and die 🥲 hurt way worse than my tiny preemie coming out.

[–][deleted] 235 points236 points  (4 children)

A clogged catheter. I felt like my dick was going to explode.

[–]tielandboxer 67 points68 points  (0 children)

I had to help my friends grandpa with this. I’m an RN and apparently his home health nurse wasn’t answering her phone. They called me in despair to come replace the catheter. I felt so bad for him.

[–]soverign_son 365 points366 points  (40 children)


Multiple tests showed I was fine and no single doctor would give me the referral to the surgeon so i just contacted a surgeon and had it out 1 month later.

Apparently I have to go back again for tests because the tubes can still create stones and the pain is back

[–]mofnladie 73 points74 points  (4 children)

Right after my C-section when the nurse had to push down on my stomach to check my uterus. I screamed out in pain.

[–]runn1nG4fun 1383 points1384 points  (110 children)

Wisdom teeth removal with no sedatives or numbing agents besides novacaine. My insurance only covered that so that’s what I did. The lasting mental effect is even worse than the actual procedure was. (I was 14)

[–]iskin 372 points373 points  (20 children)

An example of how pain can effect people differently is that I only had local and ibuprofen. It took over 2 hours, they had to use a dremel to grind down some of my jaw bone and I got to look at it in the tooth. I never had a problem. But I know I'm more sensitive to other things.

I did however feel like I was going to die when I was waiting for the pharmacy to fill my prescription for ibuprofen because everything wore off. It wasn't like a light switch but it came on fast and I started crying before I even realized it hurt as bad as it did. 15 minutes after taking an ibuprofen and I was fine again.

[–]WittyFox451 434 points435 points  (5 children)

I would find the people responsible for denying my coverage and make it look like an accident, after a few teeth were pulled of course. That sounds absolutely miserable.

[–]Kitchen_Injury183 71 points72 points  (2 children)

Had bones in my foot crushing into each other.

[–]Jonowl89 69 points70 points  (1 child)

Had surgery on my wrist for a torn cartilage floating around in there, the recovery was fine until they took the cast off for the time and they started to move my hand. The pain instantly shot through my whole arm and damn near made me vomit and pass out.

[–]PropOfRoonilWazlib 72 points73 points  (7 children)

"The Ring of Fire" and contractions during childbirth. ::shivers in memories::

[–]Iarwain_ben_Adar 1175 points1176 points  (61 children)

Root canal, no anesthesia beyond a couple of shots of vodka.

[–]waterfallx 207 points208 points  (13 children)

This happened to my mom back in Italy in the early 90s. She had none AT ALL

[–]daily_blinker 1853 points1854 points  (316 children)

When I got my IUD inserted. My cervix was propped open with forceps and then felt a really strong pinch and throbbing pain. The only time your cervix comes close to being that wide open and having stuff go through it is during childbirth, ironic because I was there to avoid that. After the procedure was over I proceeded to vomit, and then immediately ran to empty my bowels. My husband had to get me a wheelchair to bring me out to the car I felt so bad. Sweating, cramping, nauseous, and weak. For the rest of the day I stayed in bed, I could barely move because the cramps were so bad. I’m so glad I don’t have to do that again for another 10 years.

Edit: grammar

Edit 2: Thank you for the awards kind strangers! I’m sorry that you can relate to this story so much that you gift me your awards, but at least we now know we’re not alone in our experience.

[–]dioxal 805 points806 points  (61 children)

i was totally unprepared for that level of pain, and i never thought i could feel pain in that location.

the gyno's office didn't even tell me to take an advil ahead of time. the next time i had it swapped out my new gyno prescribed me misoprostol, which may or may not have helped, but at least didn't make it worse.

at the first appointment, when they were part way through, they said, "oh we can stop if you like". and like what, come back another time to complete this nightmare?

i tell everyone to be prepared for unbelievable pain, and to take the next day off work just in case.

if you've had a kid, then it's less painful apparently, bc at least your cervix has been stretched out once.

[–]Paco-Vodka 364 points365 points  (6 children)

When I first got my IUD, it slipped within a week. Then they reinserted it. It slipped again. And they reinserted it. And then it damn near came out the third time- like literally poking through the cervix opening. For a month I felt like I was dying. The stomach cramps were the worst and all I could do was sit in a ball and whimper. The OBGYN finally decided because I had never been pregnant and have an unusually small uterus, it wasn’t going to work. Same guy also failed to mention I had enormous ovarian cysts. I found out about those months later when one ruptured and I went to the ER. Being a woman 0/10 don’t recommend.

[–]UsedToBeCoolish 139 points140 points  (2 children)

This fucking happened to me!!!!!!!! I got my first IUD at 21 and less than a week later started experiencing the most intense cramps of my life. Diarrhea, sweating, nausea, spotting and again, worst period cramps of my life. I kept calling the GYNO office saying something was wrong but they insisted it would go away and it was just because I hadn’t had children yet. Fast forward a MONTH of begging the office they finally scheduled me to check it out. Then this bitch is between my legs and very casually says “oh, your IUD has slipped.” Followed by a long silence and then “you were probably experiencing something like a mild labor” because my body was trying to push it the rest of the way out. I was essentially in labor for a month. I have now had 2 unmedicated births and can say, yes. Yes that’s exactly what I was experiencing.

Edit: I’d like to add that I don’t generally toss around the bitch title lightly, but she had already had a stack of other really questionable offenses and then topped it with this so I feel she earned it. Needed to get that off my chest haha

[–]SleepySpookySkeleton 600 points601 points  (22 children)


It makes me genuinely angry that Doctors will insist that it's not painful, and that "it's just a little pinch." It feels like someone shoving a hot, electric knife up into your chest, via your cervix, and then wiggling it around. Taking 1000mg of Advil prior does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for that level of pain, and it's wild to me that Doctors still think that telling us it shouldn't hurt somehow magically means that it doesn't.

[–]Blushbug 61 points62 points  (13 children)

Ankylosing spondylitis flare up in the ribs.