This is always good: tell us about the worst physical pain you ever felt.
Two of my teeth abscessed in the opening weeks of 2008. That was not a good experience.
Before we give pain meds to a patient, we are always supposed to ask them to rate their pain on a scale of one to ten, ten being “the worst pain imaginable.” They will always, ALWAYS say ten immediately. Even if they are in no apparent distress, even if they are casually chatting on their cell phone with someone or even walking around the room, they will always tell me that they are currently in the worst pain they have ever experienced in their lives. I guess pain is very subjective.
The worst ever for me was when I split my right thumb perfectly down the right side of my thumb nail about 3/4 of an inch with a utility knife. Then the scrubbing and stitches(I cringe at the thought). Then the following days of constantly banging it.
Worst physical pain? Severe intestinal distress in Morocco.
Bone marrow biopsy. Doctor straining to get the giant needle into the bone and commenting, “You drink a lot of milk don’t you.”
Well I am recovering from a mastectomy ,and it is unpleasant, especially being a guy and I had a throat tumor removed about 25 years ago and then the circumcision at the age of 19, well they stung. The worst would be about a 6 on the 1 to 10 scale .They all pale in comparison to the leg cramps I had a few weeks ago ,easily a 9 and had me weeping like a little girl. When you are asked for a level of pain , any body who says 10 gets laughed at by the staff, a real 10 and you probably be incoherent or unconscious.
My finger was smashed between a fast-moving baseball and slow-moving bat earlier this summer, and had 4 metal pins placed in it. Removal of the pins was an office visit. The doctor injected my finger with novocaine, waited a minute or so, pinched my finger and said “ok, are you feeling anything sharp there?” “No,” I replied. A few incredibly long seconds later I was recovering from blacking out as apparently, I wasn’t the best judge of how well numbed-up that finger was. It felt like someone had inserted a lever into the last joint of my ring finger and attempted to apply enough leverage to pop it off. The sympathy I’ve gotten off retelling that story at work has been well worth the pain, though.
The worse would probably be when my back started to spasm and apparently a rib came out of place. That would be rivaled by the pain when the doctor poked and prodded the same rib and then shoved on it (to put it back in place). Even then maybe a 4 or 5 at most. Having taken care of someone that went through back surgery I could imagine what a 10 would be and if you’re coherent then you aren’t at a 10.
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