The NHS Has Revealed The 20 Most Painful Conditions Known To Humans

A very morbid bucket list.


Cue the classic women going through childbirth versus men enduring getting kicked in the privates argument.

Just for the record, nether of those appear on the following list. That’s because this particular top 20, shared by The Hook, only includes medical conditions, which they don’t fall under.

Sorry guys and girls. The debate rages on I guess.

That also means stepping on lego or a plug doesn’t feature either, despite them both clearly being the most harrowing pain a person will ever endure.

Neither does seeing your ‘friend’ tagging someone else in a meme. Snakes don’t hiss.

Anyway, here are the top 20 painful conditions that a person can go through.


Shingles: “Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash. Shingles is caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Older adults and individuals with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk for developing shingles.”

Slipped disc: “This causes pain and discomfort. If the slipped disk compresses one of your spinal nerves, you may also experience numbness and pain along the affected nerve. In severe instances, you may require surgery to remove or repair the slipped disk.”

Cluster headaches: “Cluster headaches, which occur in cyclical patterns orclusters, are one of the most painful types of headache. Acluster headache commonly awakens you in the middle of the night with intense pain in or around one eye on one side of your head.”

Heart attack: “A sudden occurrence of coronary thrombosis, typically resulting in the death of part of a heart muscle and sometimes fatal.”

Cancer: “An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, in some cases, to metastasise (spread).”

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): “Formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic pain condition that may result in extreme sensitivity and pain to the hands and elbows or knees and legs, in particular, without an obvious cause that would explain the degree of pain.”

Arthritis: “Arthritis is a joint disorder featuring inflammation. A joint is an area of the body where two different bones meet. A joint functions to move the body parts connected by its bones. Arthritis literally means inflammation of one or more joints.”

Migraine: “A recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.”

Gout: “Gout is a form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream. The symptoms of gout are due to the formation of uric acid crystals in the joints and the body’s response to them. Gout most classically affects the joint in the base of the big toe.”

Broken bones: “A break of any size is called a fracture. If the broken bonepunctures the skin, it is called an open fracture (compoundfracture). A stress fracture is a break in the bone that develops because of repeated or prolonged forces against the bone.”

Kidney Stones: “Kidney stone disease, also known as urolithiasis, is when a solid piece of material (kidney stone) occurs in the urinary tract. Kidney stones typically form in the kidney and leave the body in the urine stream. A small stone may pass without causing symptoms. If a stone grows to more than 5 millimeters (0.2 in) it can cause blockage of the ureter resulting in severe pain in the lower back or abdomen. A stone may also result in blood in the urine, vomiting, or painful urination.[2] About half of people will have another stone within ten years”

Sciatica: “Pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, often owing to degeneration of an intervertebral disc.”

Frozen shoulder: “Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterised by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Signs and symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve, usually within one to three years.”

Appendicitis: “Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a finger-shaped pouch that projects from your colon on the lower right side of your abdomen.”

Pancreatitis: “Pancreatitis is a condition characterised by inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large organ behind the stomach that produces digestive enzymes and a number of hormones. … Signs and symptoms of pancreatitis include pain in the upper abdomen, nausea and vomiting.”

Stomach ulcer: “Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of your stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine. The most common symptom of a peptic ulcer is stomach pain.”

Trigeminal neuralgia: “Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face — such as from brushing your teeth or putting on makeup — may trigger a jolt of excruciating pain.”

Endometriosis: “Endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis.”

Fibromyalgia: “Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have: increased sensitivity to pain. fatigue (extreme tiredness) muscle stiffness.”

Pain after an operation: “Acute postoperative pain is the pain experienced immediately after an operation, usually lasting for days or sometimes weeks – this is entirely normal and expected. … Chronic pain that develops after an operation is often known as ‘chronic post-surgicalpain’.”

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