Have you ever experienced extreme physical pain?
What caused it, how did you deal with it?
I fell off my horse, breaking a leg and cracking a vertebrae in my back. This was a long time ago and while I'm all better now, it did take several months of what I'd call severe, gruelling pain and lots of training to get back to 'normal'.
Yes! When I evidently thought I was Bruce Lee while sparring at the age of 15 during Karate class, and broke my leg over some 30-something-year-old's knee while kicking his arse (at the time) even though he was twice my size, albeit I did take advantage of that day by doing such, since the Sensei (instructor/teacher) was out for the day; true story... A broken shin bone hurts like hell, let me tell ya!
It happened just before spring time, so it was rather depressing, to say the least...
Many times...after a broken leg in high school, after a severe spinal injury and slow recovery, both mentally and physically, and after a pituitary tumor almost took my life. I was in several auto wrecks and all took a tole on my body and left me in in unbearable pain. I experience pain in my ears and back, constantly, yet I am resigned and determined to persevere and go on until my Lord calls me home. Pills and therapy are only band aids and not the answer, Prayer helps and an attitude of determination helps the most and I will continue in my life for as long as I possibly can. Art therapy, writing, crafts, reading,sharing with others... are all a way in dealing with pain. may God bless you if you experience severe pain, and I pray for your help.
The worst pain I've ever experienced was a migraine headache. I don't get them often, but this one made me realize how bad they can get. I went to bed with a headache and woke up at 2 in the morning with excruciating pain. It hurt so bad to open my eyes and move around, but I went looking for ibuprofen and realized I didn't have any. I called a friend in tears, and he came over and brought me some medication. After taking it, I sat in the floor for about 30 minutes before I could get up and go back to bed.
Now I really empathize with people who get migraine headaches regularly. There's really nothing like it.
This is probably one of my severest pains as well. I had no idea what was going on with me, except I thought I might die. Sounds hurt. Light hurt. It felt like pain personified behind my eyeballs. I could only lie on my stomach, face in a pillow.
I've experienced pain from many different things. In my opinion, physical pain is nothing compared to emotional pain. For me, it is so much easier to recover from physical pain than from emotional battles.
Twice I have experienced the kind of pain that makes you want to die. During my first C-section the spinal did not take and there are no words for the pain of feeling surgery.
Second child I made them put me out, but they started the surgery before I was completely out. My husband said, "is she out already?", and I went to turn my head to say - I'm not out. But I was completely paralyzed and felt them start the surgery. Thankfully it was maybe only about 20 seconds or so of agony but it left me with a horrible fear of surgery--or rather the anesthesia for surgery.
How did I deal with it? By becoming quite phobic about medical stuff unfortunately.
Oh my God!! Duffsmom, did you say something after the surgery, why they cut you even if you did not passed out or why they still performed when th spinal did not take it at first? You must be brave on that long hours of extreme painful surgery.
I used to suffer with gall stones before I had my gall bladder removed. Although it doesn't sound like much, it really is pretty painful (a lot of women I know who have also had them said it was more painful than giving birth, my own mum included!) I found just trying to find a comfortable position and lying still helped me be comfortable until it passed. My mum broke her knee last year which I think must be worse, because when she was recovering even though it hurt she still had to keep trying to move her knee to try and get it back to normal - although she still insists the gall stones were worse!
I agree with fitmom, though - the worst kind of pain is definitely emotional pain. I think the difference is you know there can be no escape from emotional pain - medication doesn't help and, unlike with physical pain, it often feels like there's no end in sight. I've suffered with depression for a long time and I think I'd definitely rather be in physical pain but happy, rather than being in perfect physical health but feeling like everything is pointless.
Five years ago I suffered an auto-immune disorder that left me with neurological damage and I lost the ability to walk... The pain was excruciating throughout my body and there were many times I wished I was dead..Opiads (Pain med) was the only answer so said the medical field and left horrible side effects making matters worse.....after a year of being unable to function physically or mentally I chose to take matters into my own hands...No longer would I take any more Rx...meditation/ yoga/ massage/excercise and alternative medicine is now bringing me back...
Just recently I was severely burned. The the burn was only about 6 inches x 6 inches the pain was amazing. It took about 3 weeks of therapy to heal. I should have been going to yoga, but I was too sapped. I rested as much as I could and did as much as I could with other people. Anything to keep my mind from thinking about the pain. There were pain meds and salves too, Deep breathing helped as well. The thing with pain is you either master it or it masters you. I didn't master it well.
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