The Most Painful Things A Human Can Experience #2

The Most Painful Things A Human Can Experience #2

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Back by popular demand, another show on unbearable
pain, the one thing we all fear if we are not practicing masochists. In fact, it’s one of humanity’s common
connections. Pain transcends culture, and while our viewers
often disagree in the comments, pain in some ways brings us all together. We decided to do a part two of this show not
only because it was so popular the first time around, but also after reading your comments,
we realized many of you think some other pains deserved to have been on that list. How many times did we see the words “Lego”,
“testicle”, or “toe”? Hundreds of times, maybe even thousands. So, we thought we should give this another
go, and add some new painful possibilities to scare you. Welcome to this episode of the Infographics
Show, Most Painful Things A Human Can Experience – Part 2. As we said in the first show, we can’t accurately
measure pain, because, for the most part, the hurt is in the mind and body of the sufferer. Nonetheless, science has tried to measure
pain, sometimes employing brutal methods. These days we use pain scales that start with
minimal or mild and end with severe or even unbearable. Unbearable can mean just that for some people,
and they have taken their own lives to end the suffering. This is usually a result of what we call chronic
or habitually reoccurring pain, not just a one-off, like someone poking a pin into your
pupil. Pain forums are full of people discussing
such unbearable pains, and testimony of the sufferers is the best place to figure out
what hurts most, especially if many people tell the same story. But we’ll start with perhaps something much
lighter, only because you talked about it so much. This is the story of standing on Lego, or
more specifically, a Lego brick. Does it really hurt that much? Firstly, stepping on anything sharp, hard
or pointed with the sensitive area of the foot can hurt a lot. Have you ever stood on an upturned plug, or
a glass miniature of the Great Pyramid of Giza? (Ok, that’s a long shot). You will yelp like a dog having the door slammed
shut on its tail. The reason standing on a Lego brick hurts
so much is because the underside of the foot has about 200,000 sensory receptors, and that
tough piece of Lego doesn’t give way at all. You could compare this to stubbing your toe,
which can make you hop around for a minute, howling curse words you never thought you
were capable of saying. As one scientist writes on Medium, your hands
and your feet are the parts of your body that interact with the world, and so they are full
of “nerve endings that provide sensory feedback to our central nervous system.” According to him, it is our feet that are
the most sensitive because they will tell our brain when we are walking into hazardous
areas. Only standing on Lego or stubbing your toe
isn’t like slowly walking towards dangerously hot ground, it’s a massive whack to these
nerves all in one go. But he goes further in the explanation. Firstly, when you hit any area that is not
protected by fatty tissue, it hurts like a *beep*, but he also says that because in the
past it was your feet that would get cut or scratched easily, and sometimes become mortally
infected, we evolved in a way that made them so sensitive. We need our pain to guide us through life. Remember that people with congenital analgesia
(or insensitivity to pain) navigate every day on a tightrope and are forever getting
injured. So yes, these shocks of pain hurt a hell of
a lot. But can you imagine if that pain was sustained? What if a Lego accident or the feeling of
hitting your toe into a step, or even cracking your knee on the corner of a hardwood table,
lasted for an hour? What about a day, or even a few weeks? What if that pain just came back for twenty
minutes every afternoon of your life? It’s chronic pain that really makes people
suffer, the kind of pain you wouldn’t laugh at as you would after throwing that piece
of Lego from the highest window. There are plenty of people on back pain forums
discussing what they call unbearable pain, so much pain that they can’t move even after
taking strong pain medications. One person writes that when it first happened
to him, “It was so immense that I felt my blood pressure being affected. I was almost going to get unconscious.” On the website Spine-Health, a woman says
she feels like she is constantly being tortured, writing, “I do think about suicide.” There are many reasons you might have back
pain. You might have slipped a disc, have a pinched
a nerve, or you might even have cancer. What about cancer, surely that hurts? Well, we are told that the most painful cancer
is that of the head, the neck, the bones, brain, lungs and pancreas. It can be severe and debilitating. It’s said that the crippling headaches people
with brain cancer suffer from cannot be made less painful with drugs in around 50 percent
of people. One woman on a forum writes about her lung
cancer, saying, “I have taken tramadol, steroids and diazepam, and have tried to use
my heated wheat pack, but nothing is touching it.” So, we know that lasting pain might not be
the worst in terms of extremeness, but it surely causes the most grief. One of the worst things about cancer, of course,
is that statistically many of us one day will have it. Gout is also common, which is a kind of inflammatory
arthritis. This can affect those sensitive joints in
the feet, ankles and knees and can get much worse over time. The pain can last for days, then go away,
but then come back again…and again, for the rest of your life. The CDC has one adjective to describe gout
pain and that is, “intense.” It happens when uric acid crystals form in
the joints, causing them to swell. For the most part it is caused by unhealthy
living, so lay off the booze (beer is the worst), sugary drinks, and keep your weight
down. You might also just be susceptible to gout,
though. Instances of gout have shot up over the last
30 years, and the USA leads the way in terms of annual years of healthy life lost per 100,000
people. The arthritis foundation tells us 4 percent
of Americans suffer from gout. The Guardian wrote in 2014 that 1.6 million
people in the UK were suffering from it, adding, “It is excruciatingly painful and for the
most part avoidable.” One person on a gout forum writes, “This
is the most severe agonizing pain I have ever had to deal with. Even the slight movement of my leg a cm or
two in the wrong direction results in severe pain.” Sticking with the ‘This Could Happen to
You’ theme (sorry about this) we introduce toothache. What?! You may be thinking, because we’ve all had
toothaches from childhood to adulthood and it’s not that bad. But some of you know very well that not all
toothaches are made equal. The ones that hurt the most, called severe
and unbearable, often require emergency treatment lest the sufferer go out of their mind. Forums are full of these people screaming
for help, telling you no drugs, not even opiate-based pain killers, have even the smallest impact
on the pain. And don’t even think about sleeping, not
even after days. As one person writes, “It’s hell on Earth.” And plenty of women on forums describe it
as far worse than childbirth. These kinds of toothaches are often infections
in the pulp of the tooth. We call this pulpitis, although there are
different strains of this. A dental site tells us, “Activated enzymes,
causing the breakdown of proteins, create pus, leading to severe pain in pulpitis acuta
purulenta.” If left, the infection grows until putrefactive
gases start to spill into the nerve tissue, but unlike other parts of your body the teeth
can’t swell and so that is why people call the pain “extreme” or in the words of
Motherboard, “The most unbearable pain.” The nerves in there are all hooked up directly
to the brain, leaving no room for pain amelioration. But the thing is, it doesn’t let up, and
what feels like your head being shocked by electricity may get to a level leaving you
on the floor squealing like a banshee. You might also get an abscess. Your options are root canal or extraction,
because it won’t go away. Anyone who has experienced this kind of pain
for more than one day will tell you they felt like ending it, or in less severe cases, knocking
the tooth out themselves. A quick Google search reveals that many people
have killed themselves over toothache. One man in the UK wrote this as his parting
words, “I just can’t stand the pain any longer. Sorry. Allan.” So, these are some terrible pains. You might be wondering if something like having
your eyes pulled out hurts more. It’s hard to say, because the shock and
the body’s response will react so quickly. A woman in the US gouged out both of her eyeballs
in 2018 while in church, apparently to ‘sacrifice her eyes’ to God. She’s now blind, and we assume no longer
in physical pain. It seems that the body comes to the rescue
with all sorts of traumatic pain, releasing its own natural opiates and other chemicals
to reduce the pain. It seems with chronic pain, though, the brain
doesn’t have enough magic. As one doctor says, when we stub our toe the
message is sent through the spinal cord to the brain and we hurt, but the brain then
reacts to this abnormality by helping us out with pain relief. Unfortunately, for chronic pain there’s
no answer, and as the National Center for Biotechnology Information writes, “Treatments
for chronic pain are woefully inadequate.” So, to all of you suffering from chronic pain,
we hope you get better. For the rest of you, don’t think too much
and enjoy the glorious pain-free moment of each day. Can you think of other pains that we should
have included here? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
Most Painful Things A Human Can Experience – part one. Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

100 thoughts on “The Most Painful Things A Human Can Experience #2”

  1. Also check out our other videos from the "Most Painful Things a Human Can Experinece" series…

    Part one:
    Part three:

  2. My friend broke her foot is dance…
    My other friend broke his arm at football…
    My third friend got a splinter going halfway through her arm after tripping on some wooden boards…
    My sister had a rock stuck in her forehead for about 7 years…

  3. Shame there's no mention of "Devil's Itch".. Had that last year, drove me so insane that I tried to commit suicide..

  4. Part three!!! I have a suggestion,when your math teacher says "do the class work,and i will check it" then you get it checked but the math already ends.

  5. Heel spurs can be painful, but I have to say the Gout and tooth pain are the worst i've ever suffered.
    For the tooth pain, after doctor prescribed pain killers failed me, a friend who's into herbal remedies gave me some clove oil, a few drops of it swished in my mouth burned and numbed the pain almost instantly.. keep a little bottle in my first aid kit now.

    … as for the heel spur and gout, a poultice of an herb called horse tail alleviated the pain and swelling after about a week, still needed ultra sound to break up the spur
    … to prevent another bout of gout, I was told to avoid mushrooms, one of my favorite foods… when thinking about how intense the pain was, i'm not even tempted to try mushrooms anymore, as that pain I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy.

  6. There is this pain I have in my middle right side of my stomach it happens about once a month and the pain is so miserable I can’t get comfortable I can’t sleep it stops me from a lot of stuff and I still don’t know what it is I’ve even went to the emergency room they said they didn’t know what it was

  7. I ran a spiked nail through my left foot all the way through I could see the nail I pulled it out went to the doctor he cleaned out the hole in my foot and I went back to work when I broke my back into places in the lumbar region I am still suffering that was 15-20 years ago I'm in so much pain 99.9 to the time I've learned to live with it I don't use painkillers because they're addictive the side effects are worse than a bad back

  8. When your tablet/ phone die and fLu ShOtS (flu shots dont hurt for long. They hurt for like 2 milliseconds) oh and who else saw a gacha life background at 3:24?

  9. This video has come, in my experience, much closer to the true nature of excruciating pain.
    Chronic pain, and the infection and swelling of a nerve root on your teeth gave me the worst kind of suffering.

    Two herniated, completely destroyed discs on L4-L5-S1 vertebrae kept me for almost two years in daily, hourly, almost constant pain. Abusing from opioids, muscle relaxing drugs and antiinflamatory steroids. All of them together. Never saw an improvement in life quality except for a ten hour period after I was hospitalized and given 2 ampules of morphine by IV line.

    Suicide was attractive and really the only viable option, and it was when I told this to the neurosurgeon that made the prescriptions, that he finally rushed to get me an operation room available.

    As a matter of fact, I am right now recovering from the first spinal surgery to correct the problem.
    Never have I felt as happy in my entire life, as when I woke up in the post-operating room, still kind of drugged from the anesthesia, and managed to move my left leg without crying out loud.

  10. My friend got run over by a bus when she was 7…….she still alive tho……but that would have been unbearable pain………

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