this is from a web site called "Health Friends Magazine" and what they state are the 10 most painful medical conditions according to their doctors on staff. don't shoot the messenger. i googled this and a lot of sites used these diseases.
6. kidney stones
7. decrum disease- pain in wrist, elbow, hips
8. hidradentos-sweat glands
9.trigeminal pain-face pain
10. cluster headaches
it was interesting that back pain is not among the health issues mentioned. i have had pancreatitis which was due to a botched gall bladder operation. they did not get all of the stones out so i had to go back and they used this contraption to get the remainder out. bad pain and throwing up all of the time. could not keep any food down for 5 days. i also had numerous kidney stones, one where the hydrostatic pressure caused my kidney to split open. this was the worse pain ever. a friend had cluster headaches and he uses a spray which is a narcotic antagonist. back pain can be severe for me especially during my first and second fusions. i could not walk and had to get out of my car when i was driving to work because the pain was so bad, far worse than a blown disc with sciatica. i have family members who have had cancer and this was the worse as far as i was concerned. so it could be worse.
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.