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Post  Mini on Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:52 pm

I came across this list of the 10 most painful experiences:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/lightbox/the-top-ten-most-physically-painful-life-experiences-revealed-slideshow/joint-pain-photo-1413201984349.html

Guess which place migraine takes in this list?
I wonder if you agree, or disagree.
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Post  micheletroyer on Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:27 pm

I don't believe that migraine is only #4.  I will agree, from stories I've heard from friends, that childbirth does rank #1, but I would put migraine at a close #2.  Anyone who hasn't experienced a migraine, and its accompanying annoyances would not know how painful they can be.
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Post  Seaine on Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:21 am

I wouldn't know about being kicked in the groin, breaking a bone, or childbirth so I can't comment if those are more painful than a migraine. I have had internal bleeding from a ruptured ovarian cyst for which I had to get emergency surgery - that was more painful than a migraine. So I suppose I would rate "ruptured organ" higher up but most people never experience that.
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Post  Migrainegirl on Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:24 am

I've had childbirth and gallstones.  Migraine definitely ranks right up there with them.  I think even worse since it is your brain being effected.

It probably depends on the migraine. Some might rank number 4, but I've had plenty that would rank #1..


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i dont agree

Post  lylas0221 on Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:19 pm

I have migraines and occipital neuralgia and endometriosis and I definitely think all those pains need to be higher than 4. Especially when I am having them all at once which does happen alot. I have never had a broken bone but I don know I cant function most days from this.  Crying or Very sad


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Migraine is #1

Post  Kflacy on Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:53 pm

The difference between childbirth is it's temporary pain and you get a baby out of it. Migraine pain can last forever!

I disagree with this article!

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Post  Kem10 on Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:58 am

Migraines can affect us at many levels of intensity. Before Imitrex my migraines were worse than childbirth and I have had two children, one without any pain medication. The worst migraines are at least as bad as that. Thankfully since Imitrex, I have not had any that reach that intensity.
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Post  Mini on Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:00 am

After reading this statistic I was also thinking about the whole issue of pain, and how impossibly difficult it is to measure it, for variety od reasons.

So I came to conclusion, that unless the neurology, as a  science, can present us with a visible demonstration about what happens in our brain, when we are exposed to pain and measure it somehow, such comparisons are meaningless.

For example I had two children, and two births. Bot  experiences were so different, not only in terms of pain, but in every other way, that as a result I realised that probably no two women experiences of birth are the same. That each is quite different, some quite easy, others terrible, most in between (in terms of pain).

IT is the same with M.
I have had over the years, some awful, uncontrollable Ms, and other kind of head pain, and symptoms associated with M, and as a result I can say honestly, that my bad Ms were definitely much, worse than my first (quick and easy) experience of birth. On the other hand,my current M is quite well controlled by preventative and Imitrex, so
at present my M are not nearly as painful as was my long, and difficult second experience of giving birth.

So, it is all relative and subjective, and I think that beyond amusing game such comparison tables just upset everybody who treats them too seriously. Sadly many people do, even doctors.

No I am not man, obviously, so I cannot comment on the injury where it hurts them most.
I did have a chipped bone in my ankle,it was painful, but not as bad,as bad M, but I don't know how it feels when it is more serious broken bone, so I don't know how to compare.

However, I am in no doubt that the very worst M, deserves a place amongst the top 3 worst kinds of pain, because of it' relentlessness and other nasty symptom which stop us functioning for several days at the time. Repeatedly.
When it goes on, and on forever it seems, and no one wants, or can, help us M is soul destroyingly awful. The pain becomes truly unbearable, nasty, horrendously awful.
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Post  ConcordGrape on Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:19 pm

I agree with Mini. Pain is so subjective. You could be having a great day, fall on your face, stand up and laugh. And on a bad day you will stub your toe and throw a fit. Migraines are the same way.

I have something else to add, though it is a tangent off the original post. But I think it is an interesting perspective on the concept of pain and disability:

During a phone call with a quadriplegic friend, I revealed how debilitating my migraines have been, to the point where I considered applying for disability. His response: "I had no idea you were one of my people." And after a pause, "You know, I have dyslexia, and that was just as hard--or maybe even harder--to deal with than my accident."

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Post  Sara79 on Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:20 am

Concord- Isn't it amazing that they found the connection with you to be from his dyslexia, and not the paraplegia. I've gotten to talk with a number of people fighting major medical issues through my work at a hospital, and so many times the patients with a chronic disease/disability actually connect better when talking about something minor, such as seasonal allergies, migraines, or supporting family undergoing chemo. I've even talked books, tv or anything the pt had a interest in, one case I shared a love for Doctor Who with a teen with Cystic Fibrosis. When you're spending 30-45 mins 3-6 times a shift with a pt, having a common interest makes it easier to have a willing, compliant with treatment, pt.

One of the most memorable events was with a terminally ill patient's daughter, struggling with her own anxiety and stress over when is the quality of life too small to make it worth having a longer length of life. Her mother was trying to find a way to bring up the subject, but its not an easy talk to have, even harder when it's with family. Both were grateful that I could relate to where they were from my MIL's terminal struggle, which she'd lost the month before. I shared how much it helped me that she did so in a way that she was comfortable with, and didn't ever feel that the family was pushing her to stay longer than she felt able to. I also said that if they needed I'd gladly ask the pt's nurse to get whichever chaplain they felt comfortable with and have the comfort care team counsel them about the choices and options, but they were OK talking it out themselves at this point, since they knew there were resources if they found a need. I did put a note in the pt's file, suggesting that starting the ball on the resources would be in the pt's best interest, and let her nurse know about their talk, so she wouldn't be surprised if the goals of care were suddenly changing.

Sorry, I seem to be going a bit off topic too.

As for pain, I've broken a bone in my foot, and then had it re-fractured 4 weeks later, in mid heal. The migraines hurt much more to me. DH has passed multiple kidney stones (the male equivalent to childbirth, supposedly pain wise), and to him the kidney stones hurt more, but the migraines could last much longer, and resist pain meds more. And on a horrible migraine day, I went into my doc for toradol and zofran injections. They also noted I needed my flu and pneumonia shots, and I was due for some bloodwork. I was dehydrated, so it took three tries to get the blood for labs, so I ended up with SEVEN needle sticks. Once the toradol kicked in, the horrid bruise from the third stick and the typical sore arm from the flu and pneumonia shots hurt much more than my rapidly ending migraine. And stubbing my toe last week had me cursing and nearly wetting myself, as I was headed to the bathroom anyways. I thought for sure I'd broken my pinky toe, but I'd barely even bruised it.

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