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What was the most painful situation you had to go through - Physical

Everyone has had their stories about what was the most painful situation they were in. It could of been an acute incident such as hammering a nail through your finger, or having surgery done on you without proper anesthesia.

I'd love to hear from all of you what was your most painful physical incident. ( I will have one with emotional )

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


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    Without a doubt is my first 5 or 10 sessions with this Thai Deep / Soft Tissue massage specialist. I had been dealing with thoracic problems for almost 18 months. I was discharged from Physical Therapy because there was nothing else they could do for me.

    I was fortunate that my physiatrist believes in both Western and Eastern medicine. She sent me to this little 135 pound man called Juke. I have since found out that he is considered a miracle worker by many of the hospital doctors and staff. They all know his results, but they also fear what it takes to get there.

    I didnt know what to expect on my first visit. I came prepared with MRIs, X-Rays, Lab reports, etc. He didnt want to look at them. He wanted me instead to walk around the room, stand in different positions, bend a little. That took all of 5 minutes and he said Ok, I know what we need to do He put me on a table , stomach down and put warm towels over my back for about 15 minutes. So far, I am thinking this is pretty easy.

    He came back in, removed the towels and started to dig his elbows into my upper back. I am positive, his elbows went through my back and through the table and onto the floor. I saw stars. I screamed in pain. But that was only the beginning. For the next 20 minutes he used his knuckles, his fingers, his palms , his elbows to dig into my back. Sometimes sliding up and down my back sometimes just digging deep. I screamed in pain so many times during that session, I had snot flying out of my nose, tears running out of my eyes. To me it was torture.

    When he finished, he told me to go home and ice the area and relax for the next 12 hours or so. He warned me that I would be sore, but by the end of the next day, I should feel somewhat better. I actually developed black and blue from where he worked on me. No one could come close to touching any of the areas he addressed. But by the end of the following day, I felt some relief.

    This went on for about 6 months, 1 time a week. Each week he would do more and more. He explained that he could generate 45 pounds of pressure with his hands, but that he really wanted me on the floor, so he could exert 80 to 90 pounds of pressure. There were a number of seasoned and trusted medical doctors who have witness and verified his work.
    He gets results.

    I've been seeing this man for almost 9 years now. Today, its a monthly tune up. For the most part, I can handle his 'torture', but there are times when he stands on my calves, or digs into my I-band that tears start to flow.

    Without a doubt, the pain I experience from this man was the most intense pain that I ever experienced in my life.
    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
  • That sounds miserable! I used to think childbirth was the holy grail of painful experiences until September 2013. I had my daughter naturally because nobody thought to address my abnormal spine anatomy until they couldn't get the epidural to work. That was pretty stinkin' painful.
    September 2013, I was walking in my garden, picking dinner and checking the watermelons. Here in the south you have to let the grass grow up around the watermelon vines so the sun doesn't cook them. Well it was 95º and sunny, killing time in the yard wearing sandals and shorts, then all I could see was white. I was on my back staring at the sun with a rattlesnake's teeth in my foot. You know that little pinch when you're getting blood drawn? Make that needle about 20 times larger, curved, with another one next to it. I didn't even feel the teeth. The venom BURNS and it attacks your circulatory system. Within 5 seconds I could feel that molten hot burn in my veins up to my hip. I couldn't move. The snake got tired of me and left, slithering over to the other side of the garden. I got my cellphone, called my uncle who lives 3 minutes away, and dragged myself up to the porch. He showed up in record time but my foot was already numb and black and it was moving up my leg fast. I borrowed his motorcycle and drove to the hospital. It's only 20 minutes away but ambulance response time is 45 minutes near my house. Luckily it wasn't my gear shifting foot. I didn't even bother with a helmet. They gave me 3 vials of antivenom and IV antibiotics after my uncle texted me a picture of the snake. He shot it. I went home later that night with my foot still attached. FYI, it takes about 6 hours for rattlesnake venom to cause deep tissue damage. Over the next week the skin on my leg peeled like crazy but thankfully all is back to normal. I'm not planting watermelons again this year.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    Now I am even more convinced that I dont like snakes.
    Glad that you are still around to talk about that incident
    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
  • I'm not too fond of them anymore myself. :-)
  • 1. Natural childbirth with pure back labor.. TMI but tearing from top to bottom! Yowza!
    2. Spinal fusion T12 L4
    3. Being stupid as a teenager and getting my tongue peirced.
    4. Getting hit in the head with a wooden/metal rake to the head.. Ouchie! Lol.
    28 F. Chicago. Fusion from t-12 l-4 from scoli in June 2013. Torn bilateral hip labrums. Arthroscopy to fix labrums January 2013 and march 2013. SI pain from hip surgery Lupus, RA, antiphosphidlipid antibody- hypermobility syndrome ( Marfan syndrome)
  • Anterior Fushion,L4/L5....Posterior Decompression/fushion with instrumentation L4-5

  • some family but not near...lost alot of their support over phone after 3 years of pain before and after surgery they dont want to hear it anymore,i realize im really all alone....glad i found this site surgery date sept 18 2013 4 mos...still pain confused about alot of things,cant stand sitting around condo,i was always a man on my feet,traveling the world,on time off...still have PAIN..hurts me that things are not the same with family,that i did have....also scared about my job that was my whole life

  • im new at this sort of thing and never thought id ever be in a position like this and injured.....
  • my whole ordeal is a long story,im not very articulate about it things got so confusing dealing with doctors,surgery,trying to explain things over the phone and dealing with workmans comp issues....
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    Take your time, put down on paper what you want to say and then generate you thread.
    Its harder to read and maintain any natural progression if you create choppy posts.
    But that is ok, in the beginning it isnt easy.

    Please read our FAQ. There are pointers there that will help you put together a thread that others will be able to comment on.
    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
  • got a great brother helped me out alot though,but hes 1500 miles away.....
  • Ok I hate snakes but your story takes the cake! I live in the north east for that reason alone. That just creeped me out!!!!
    I will tell you I suffer from RA and I had a flare up in my shoulder so bad I had to go to the ER. they gave me morphine and that didn't even touch the pain. Please no more snake stories!!!
    alif l4-s1
  • Ok no more. I promise. I've been given morphine before. It didn't lessen the pain but it made me not care that I was in pain. Strange really.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    NO, I dont want them, I dont like them and I dont need them
    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
  • I grew up poor as far as dental work food was more important..
    Remember pouring ice cold water in my mouth to try to kill the pain My Brain can
    feel it just like it was today. Close to that is the pain that rips into my Butt into my
    Hip, down my leg into my toes.
    Great idea for everyone to talk about these things thank you.
  • kamgramkkamgram Posts: 483
    edited 02/25/2014 - 5:26 PM
    Gosh, feels like forever since I have checked in with yall. I have had many surgeries including 4 spine, 3 knee and many others. I had a microfracture surgery on my left knee in Jan 2012 where they go in and punch little holes into cartilage to see if they can get regrowth. The total knee replacement I had in August was nothing compared to that first surgery. Now the replacement was painful. My femur hurt so bad from the replacement being hammered into femur. I also had a surgery for tennis elbow where they went in and cut tendon and shaved the bone so tendon would not have to stetch over it. I have learned if my ortho mentions any procedures or surgeries pertaining to bone cutting, sawing, hammering or shaving of bone is torture :( I had an ulnar nerve relocation on Feb 20 and the nerve pain has been terrible. Its a different pain. Like someone pouring acid into the cast where stitches are at. I think more surgeries we have, we remember the pain from other times. It seems every surgery I have the less I can deal with pain :(

  • The pain in my spine when I came off my motorbike is by far the worst pain I've had in my life, it just never healed or went away.

    I've had major surgery where the pain drip came out of my vein when I woke up, so no painkillers straight after surgery and nearly died of septicemia once which was pretty painful, the Dr said if they hadn't operated I would have been dead in two weeks. More than several bottles of green septic fluid - pretty gross and painful. One nurse even feinted at the sight of it.

    That pain pales into insignifcance compared with the throracic spine pain I have had for the past 8 years. If anyone touches where my vertebrae has been crushed I get that pain that is so excruciating you can't take a breath or even cry out. Spine pain when my vertebrae is touching my spinal cord and nerves is so scary at times I really would have topped myself if I hadn't found a solution.

    When I first joined this site that's where my pain levels were - trying to deal with the constant delibitating pain even with massive amounts of opioids. The medications would hardly touch my pain.

    The mental anguish of not being able to find an answer and thinking I would be in this 24/7 agonising pain for the rest of my life, which wasn't a real life, nearly drove me to suicide. Even using the distraction method I would think of ways to top myself and make it look like an accident. I couldn't handle being in that much pain every day for the rest of my life. Luckily for me someone finally worked out what had happened and we are in the process of fixing it. Still on opioids but the pain is bearable. if it wasn't for one smart, experienced sports physiotherapist I know I would be dead by now.

    I have told her many times she has saved my life.
    That's how scary and isolating my spine pain has been for me.

    Can't beat a rattlesnake bite though but at least that goes away. That would be so scary.

    Oh I forgot cause it was a long time ago but have been stung by bluebottle jelly fish that can be deadly in Australia and every time I went near the sea for years the welts would come up. Have had second degree burns all over the top part of my body, including my face, which are supposed to be the most painful burns, they were pretty painful and I didn't go anywhere for around three months except at night - but they were walk in the park for me compared to thoracic central nervous system spine pain.
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