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Most painful things humans can experience according to the NHS

Most painful things humans can experience according to the NHS

The NHS has revealed the worst pains humans can experience.

**Content warning: Discussion of chronic health conditions and illness.**

The NHS has revealed the worst pains humans can experience.

Pain can change from person-to-person as different people have varying pain thresholds and experience conditions in unique ways.

However, there are 20 medical conditions and illnesses which the NHS believe to be the worst of them all.

Not that it should be a competition - it's not even a rewarding or pleasant one to be a part of - but you can find out if you've experienced one or more of the NHS' ranking of the most painful medical experiences a human can endure below.

The NHS has revealed the top 20 most painful conditions a human can experience.
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In no particular order, the most painful experiences which can prevent people from performing day-to-day tasks and can subsequently be 'disabling' are:

Broken bones,

Pain after surgery,

Fibromyalgia (FMS)

Stomach ulcer,






Acute pancreatitis,

Trigeminal neuralgia,

Sickle cell disease,

Slipped disc,

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS),

Frozen shoulder,

Cluster headache


Kidney stones,


Heart attack.

A broken bone is included in the NHS' list of the top 20 most painful human experiences.
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The list includes conditions such as Fibromyalgia, which is a long-term condition that causes 'pain all over the body,' as per the NHS.

Endometriosis - a long-term condition which affects one in 10 women and is 'where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes,' also features.

Trigeminal neuralgia makes the cut as well - 'a sudden, severe facial pain. It's often described as a sharp shooting pain or like having an electric shock in the jaw, teeth or gums' - alongside Shingles, which I've had the immense pleasure of experiencing myself and let me tell you, it's bad.

Sickle cell disease is also listed, which is 'particularly common in people with an African or Caribbean family background' and is the name for 'a group of inherited health conditions that affect the red blood cells'.

On top of these, 'toothache' and 'back pain' are also noted by Dr Gary LeRoy as making the list.

He told The Independent: "Chronic lower back pain affects 80 per cent of the population at some point in their life because as homo sapiens who are bending, stooping, pushing and pulling, we end up with musculoskeletal back pain.

"[Regarding toothache] We often overlook the things above the neck and again, it is such a common thing."

If you are experiencing debilitating pain and can't 'work, sleep or provid[e] nutrition' for yourself, you should contact a medical professional and seek help immediately.

Featured Image Credit: Mario Lopez / Alamy Arkady Umnov / Alamy

Topics: NHS, Health, Mental Health, UK News