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Top 10 Most Painful Medical Conditions

While doing some research on the impact Steroids has with Arthritis and Cataracts, I cam across a site that listed the top 10

  1. 10 Arthritis
    09 Pancreatitis
    08 Herpes zoster (Shingles)
    07 Achalasia
    06 Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
    05 Kidney stones
    04 Dercum disease
    03 Hidradenitis suppurativa
    02 Trigeminal neuralgia
    01 Cluster headache
This came from an article from http://www.healthfiend.com
Honestly, there were a number up there that I had no idea what it was. I would have thought that spinal problems would be some where in that list. I need to dig into this one some more, because to me, the conditions are somewhat interchanged between acute and chronic.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • Side Note** Hey there stranger - I needed to take care of some "life" things & have been away for about 4 or 5 months - its good to be home :)

    This list is very interesting. I'm with you I expected to see something about spine on the list.

    I will say that Arthritis does not surprise me. I have RA - as I think you do too Ron - yes? The pain it causes is so different then my back pain. It is a deep deep inner pain that just hurts so bad, it's like acid is being poured THROUGH (not just on) my joints/bones.

    I got Shingles a few yrs ago & did not know until about 2 or 3 days in. I had just went on the F patch so the Dr thinks it masked most of my pain - Thank you very much ;)

    Kidney stones - yep! Ouch! Not even my pain meds could mask that one! I ended up in the ER several times to get "stronger"/different type of pain meds to handle that pain. Coming from a woman who gave birth before they had the blocks and other good stuff I said many times I would rather give birth again then pass 1 kidney stone.

    One thing I thought of while rambling is - I am also surprised nerve pain is not on here. Nerve pain can take me right over the top of my pain levels to where I am gasping for breath.

    An interesting thread to follow.
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,848
    back posting. I've missed your posts. I do hope that whatever kept you away for a bit has been straightened out.
    Its always so good to see good people posting again.
    My best to you
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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