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Top 10 Painful Illnesses

by Palandakis
fact checked by Jamie Frater

When, it comes to feeling sick we are not all equal in our abilities to cope with distress and discomfort, however there are certain types of pains that tend to reduce this natural discrepancy and are just utterly horrible for everyone no matter if the person is a delicate ballet dancer or a tough soldier and the worst part of it is that there is no need to travel abroad and get some type of rare exotic fever to experience them. Here is a list of those ailments that no one wants to get.




Endometriosis is a common condition that affects as many as 10 percent of women. It occurs when endometrial cells that are normally found only inside the uterus start to develop outside of it – reaching the ovaries, fallopian tubes and even intestines. Patients with endometriosis experience severe menstrual pains which are enough to make a sporty strong girl double over in pain and cease any daily activity.


Stomach flu


The symptoms of this common ailment are nausea and vomiting, diarrhea leading to dehydration, fever, chills and severe lower abdominal cramps. This is one of the entries on the list that is most likely to have experienced by a number of readers. It is brought on by bacteria or parasites. Despite its common name, it has no relation to influenza.


Tooth Abscess


No one likes to go to the dentist, but sometimes he can appear as your angel of mercy when the alternative treatment for a tooth abscess is removing your own tooth with a pair of pliers or inflicting yourself a suicidal shotgun wound. When you suffer a tooth abscess antibiotics are required before further treatment can take place as the infection can eat any anesthetics administered by the dentist.


Ear infection

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Anyone who ever had the misfortune to get an ear infection will tell you how painful this condition can be. Furthermore, depending on the type of otitis you can experience severe vertigo – making standing up very difficult.




This is a serious albeit common complication of a variety of abdominal etiologies involving an inflammatory process such as appendicitis, cholecystitis (inflamed gallbladder), diverticulitis or even the infection of the liquid coming from a ruptured cyst. Basically it is the infection of the peritoneum which is a large membrane running all the way through the abdominal cavity. The strong abdominal pain associated with this infection is one of the strongest on earth, it is a life-threatening event that requires emergency surgery. Usually the patient is in so much pain that he will ask (or beg) to be operated on right away.


Twisted Ovary or Testicle

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It is normal to wince at the description of this painful event because it touches the most intimate part of a human body. Ovarian or testicular torsion is when one of these precious body parts gets twisted on its own ligaments. It can happen spontaneously which basically means that in a matter of seconds a perfectly healthy person is on the floor in extreme agony. This horrendous conditions requires emergency surgery to save the affected organ and prevent relative sterility. The lower abdominal pain associated with ovarian torsion in thought to be equally painful as labor contractions in the transition stage.




Shingles is a form or particularly painful skin rash in which red blisters can get inflamed and infected causing a great deal of pain and discomfort. Any person who has had chickenpox can develop shingles – at any point in the future. This is because the chickenpox virus remains in the body – never completely vanishing – and when it flares up for a second (or more) time it becomes agonizingly painful shingles. Stress can be sufficient to bring on an attack which is basically untreatable – though some depression tablets seem to strangely alleviate some of the discomfort.


Gallbladder lithiasis

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Gallstones are small hard concretions mostly made of cholesterol that form in the gallbladder when the bile becomes saturated with fat. Obese people are more prone to them than people with a healthy weight and most sufferers are women. When the gallbladder contracts after a high fat meal, a stone can be expelled from it and travel through the common bile duct: that is the painful part. The pain is strong enough not to allow the patient to move and is said to bring tears in the eyes of adult patients. So watch you diet.


Cluster Headache

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A cluster headache, is a type of migraine but one which is at least ten times stronger in intensity. Unlike simple migraines which commonly affect female patients, cluster headaches happen more often in men and especially young men of Caucasian race. Th pain is so strong during an attack that it is compared to lightning strikes behind the eye. Patients come in the E.R. thinking that they are dying. The worst thing is that those attacks are recurrent in nature and that no treatment exists.


Kidney stones


Kidney stone pain is thought to be the strongest pain that a human can feel without dying of a shock reaction. That being said we understand that many medical care providers compare the suffering to a complicated childbirth and don’t hesitate to prescribe I.V. narcotics to relieve a patient with a major attack. There is not a definite explanation for the cause of the stones but dehydration, hypernatremia (high sodium in blood), hypercalcemia (high calcium in blood), genetic and racial factors are often incriminated, so drink your water, avoid salty junk food and pray for these little crystals never to happen to you.

fact checked by Jamie Frater