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We all remember that one time in elementary school we broke our leg out on the playground. Sure, the class sympathy we received in the days that followed, plus the super excellent cast which all of our friends and maybe even our crush signed, but in the end that was still the most painful day of our lives. Sometimes, though, the most pain we've ever felt isn't always physical.

TRIGGER WARNING: Some stories contain graphic descriptions of a medical nature.


Reddit user, u/hannah3911, wanted to hear the worst of the worst when they asked:

What was the worst pain you have ever felt?

It Is Rather Slippery

Dislocated my hip by busting it through the front of my pelvis (destroying part of my pelvis) and tearing my hamstring 60% through - all in one swift motion

TROLLULULUL

I need to know how you did this! Ouch

princessbrodie

playing ice hockey, was in the splits - they crashed the net being like 2-4 years older and larger than me - while one person was under one leg - shoved the rest of my body back as my leg stayed in place

TROLLULULUL

Call Them. Just In Case.

Ectopic pregnancy burst. They said it was the size of a softball. Luckily, I survived.

PerfectRaisin

That's terrifying! Glad you made it!

Anonymouskittylick

Thank you. I appreciate it. It was scary because the nurses told me to call my family and say what I want to say to them because I might not wake up. Thankfully I did and I'm doing a lot better!

PerfectRaisin

"Shouldn't Hurt."

Having my nail bed scraped to clean it after gauze was removed (the nail was removed in surgery) it was pretty much sandpaper on an open wound.

I cut my thumb off in the same incident and that pain was 1/10 compared to my other finger that only had the nail pop off. Nurse said "shouldn't hurt" haha...

plagueisthedumb

Bad Going In, Bag Coming Out

Chest tube being put in.

Or taken out.

Not sure. They both were equally f-ing awful.

tacansix

The Worst Game Of Chicken

Head on car accident; I was in a little Toyota Yaris and he was in a big four wheel drive. I woke up in the ditch with searing pain in my neck that radiated down my arm causing pins and needles and numbness.

I also had very bad whip lash, including intense bruising. I would wake up every night with crushing chest pain. On top on that I had a very bad concussion.

crazy_tooth

Because Of Course This Happened At School

Once in 11th grade I felt a small discomfort from a gas build up and so I went untill lunch to relieve my self ( no way I'm going to be the dude who stank up the whole classroom and deafened the class ) and nothing happened untill 10 seconds later it felt like my guts were trying to expand out of my torso and I couldn't move.

I [tried] to get up and get pulled my pants up and then fall down as it got worse, [tried] calling for help but my voice didn't want to work and was more focused on making pained grunts.

It took untill one of my friends in 5th period (we have 5 classes a day and lunch is after the 3rd) said "where is he -- I saw him at lunch " they checked the sign out sheet nope didn't go home so where?

They looked first in the bathroom thank God and found me [making] his awful pained grunts as my guts inflated then one of the teachers had to get the principal to get the special stall unlocked (for when a-holes lock the stall and then slide under to get out) and help me to a chair and get me into my mom's car.

I was then taken me to the er where I then had the gas expelled and now when I need to let one rip I find a bathroom so I never have to be half carried out of a bathroom again

thominator800

A Loss Too Much To Forget

My step brother had killed himself and when my mom told me, it felt as though my heart was literally being ripped out of my chest. When I think about the day she told me, I can still feel that pain.

t00punkt0f-ck

When The Emotional Becomes Physical

Not physical pain so much, but I had a major anxiety/depression breakdown where I couldn't eat for a week, was crying so much that my tears gave me a rash, literally couldn't force myself up off the bed/floor sometimes, couldn't escape thoughts of suicide for even ten minutes, and lost the ability to "want" anything whatsoever. I felt like I couldn't scream hard enough to express what I was going through, no matter how long and loud and raw I cried.

I checked myself in to the hospital for a bit, started therapy and meds, quit and moved back home, started exercising and eating better, got back to work, and I'm doing ok now. I'm actually moving out of my mom's house and into my own place next week

piscimancy

"Please Wake Up."

Holding my fathers cold hands asking him to please wake up after he had passed away.

philip-carey

"Nothing Compares..."

Walking into my mother's house to find her dead on the couch. I've broken bones. I've split my head open. I've been in car accidents. Nothing compares to the literal pain I felt in my chest that day.

fashionablylazy

Getting It From Both Ends

Physical: Kidney stones, six times.

Emotional: The unexpected death of the first love of my life after just 2 years of knowing her. Took a long time to get over that sufficiently to move on.

OzzieBloke777

If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

What's the worst pain you've ever experienced? Tell us all about it!

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The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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