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The body is built for pain. That is what I've been told. "No pain, no gain!" Remember that catchphrase? Well... it's all madness and lies.

Pain sucks, that's why it's called pain. It's not called joy. Physical pain can be debilitating. The body is strong but it is also sensitive.

And when physical trauma happens, you don't forget quickly.

Redditor u/ameli3ee felt like chatting about what our bodies have survived, by asking:

What was the worst (physical) pain you've been through?

The worst pain ever? A toe stub. Why is that? I tell you, I have been blinded and near passed out due to toe pain. Such a small part of the body riddled with immense trauma. This little piggy...


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"First kidney stone. Pain was so sharp and intense I could imagine a knife sticking out of my kidney."

- HoosegowFlask

The Eyes have It

"I got shot in the eye with an airsoft gun at about 350 FPS and I went blind in my left eye for a while, I developed traumatic glaucoma and the pressure from the glaucoma was indescribable, I could barely walk or speak. There's pics of my eye on my profile for any of you that wanna take a gander. Some context since some of y'all are askin' I was at an airsoft arena with eye protection and a face shield."

"Somehow the bb managed to hit me in the eye even with the eye pro (how? Idk I wish I could tell ya) theory is it bounced off my face shield and somehow went under the eye pro but who knows. I'm not blind anymore but I do have an implant that keeps the pressure down and I have a synthetic lens so I can see."

- clash8920


"Pleurisy. Inflammation of the outer lining of the lungs. Causes each intake of breath, however slight, to feel like my ribs have been sharpened into swords that are impaling my chest. I've had it a few times and would constantly faint because I subconsciously wasn't breathing."

- darthymacdougall

The Foot

"When my foot got torn off in an accident. In 2004 while riding my motorcycle I was hit from the side and my foot got torn off in the incident. I was lucky the doctors were exceptionally good and were able to reattach the foot, but to this day the number of steps each day I can take are finite before it starts hurting like hell."

- RudolphDiesel

The Jump

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"Jumping off a high dive and missing the pool. Horrifying injuries ensued."

- TapoutKing666

I could faint from everything I've heard so far. I never dive, and now I never will. And a foot torn off? What?!

We need "D"

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"If your body runs out of vitamin D, you'll wanna die. Especially if you don't know that's what's causing it at first."

- Aloha1959

After the Poop

"I used to get hemorrhoids that would get so big that they would eventually burst and bleed for days. That was painful, and it was literally nothing compared to the recovery of the hemorrhoidectomy. Taking a crap after surgery is like literal hell on earth. Fun fact opiates cause constipation, so that's a super fun rope to balance on."

"Even though I took prescription stool softener to the point that they were the consistency of mud, they felt like I was passing jagged rock hard glass. After every poop, I would very carefully wipe as best as I could, and then shakily get in the shower so I could fully clean myself to prevent infection."

"After I was clean I would run a bath and try not to weep. The first week was so bad, I'd be starving and terrified to eat. After the first week every poop hurt to the point where I could just grit my teeth and grunt through it. They didn't fully quit being painful for about 2 months."

- FnCraig

In Hindsight...

"I'm a weak little coward who's lived a soft life so the only excruciating pain I've been through was a 10 hour period of kidney stones. I had no idea what was going on when it started, so I thought an internal organ had burst and I was dying. I've never had something be so painful for every single second I went through it. After about 9-10 hours I finally went to the er (hindsight I thought about going an hour into it, but I kept talking myself out of it) 10/10 would not recommend."

- gsdagaw91

Razor Thin

"Trying to poop after having a baby, with an almost 3rd degree internal tear. I'm fairly sure I ripped some stitches getting out of my car (she left the suture string hanging out and I didn't know) the day after I was discharged. It was like someone was ripping me in half from my butt."

"It wasn't the pushing that hurt, it was when everything retracts back up after going. Second most painful thing I've ever had was mono. My throat felt like razor blades and I couldn't even swallow water. (These statements from someone who has had two babies and was impaled in the leg on a metal bar from a car frame lol)."

- soupster5

Poor Feet

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"Had boiling water dropped on my bare feet. And then about a week later my dog stepped on one of my feet and because it was all blistered up it tore much of the skin right off of it."

- BiggCheese021

Now I'm going to have nightmares. And I'm going to try to live in a bubble. In my house. I will only use cold water and walk slowly.

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