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post #31 of 151
When I was 20, so 5 years ago, and 2 fucking days before Christmas, I got run over by a car (I was NOT in a car), and was pinned between a metal tool chest, and the bumper of the truck with my legs in the middle. Not only that, the truck was floored (literally the tires were smoking), as the accelerator had broken*. After about 30 seconds of the most intense pain I've ever experienced someone turned off the truck and moved it. I fell on the ground, where I still remember laying there not able to see my ankle because it flipped over from impact, and then touching my pants to see my hand completely covered in blood. Plus at this point I was already sitting in a pool of my own blood. My neighbor came over to try and help, he got so grossed out from all the blood he vomited and left. When the fire department arrived one of them whispered to the other "Wow this is one of the worst accidents I've ever seen, I have no idea how we are going to get him out of here". Not sure if it was true or not, but seriously that doesn't make one feel better when they are lying on the floor, pouring out blood. The ambulance ride was also absolutely horrible. They strapped me down to the gurney, and every single speed bump felt like someone was stabbing a screwdriver in my wound. Perhaps worst of all was when the EMT had to twisted my leg back around in the ambulance, which as you can imagine was so fucking painful I thought I was going to pass out. Or just die. They also told me they could not give me any pain medicine as they didn't know my allergies. The EMT actually offered me a fucking Tylenol or Advil or some shit. When I got to the hospital I went imminently into surgery, and don't remember the next 3 or 4 days from the drugs I was given. I do remember my doctor coming in and telling me they'd "probably" have to amputate both my legs, and that my right leg was definitely going to have to be cut off, probably from above the knee. Luckily they didn't have to do this, and I was able to keep both my legs. Granted it meant I had to go through absolutely insane amounts of surgery, but I think it was worth it looking back. So to recap I spent 2 months in the hospital, 6 months in a wheelchair, and another 6 months on crutches. I had around 20 - 25 surgeries on one leg, and around 10 - 15 on the other. I have a couple of pounds of metal in my legs still (2 nails, and a fuckton of screws and bolts), and now to add insult to injury, I set off all metal detector in airports. Nothing like being pulled to the side and patted down by hand every single time I fly. Good news though, I won just under $1m from insurance over this, and didn't have to pay my own medical bills (which exceeded 1m). *I later found out the exact truck (a restored Ford from the 70s) was actually recalled for out of control accelerators a year or two after they were made. I have to assume this one was not sent in for repairs.
post #32 of 151
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Originally Posted by Listi View Post
I think I'm winning here... I'd rate a dry socket, second most pain i've had, 5, at the most vs mine's 10.

I was 14 or 15, I was night skiing with one of my friends. Going as fast as I could and hit a nearly invisible "grooming error aka big ice jump" just as the hill started to get steep so I got an enormous amount of air. My friend said I was a good deal above the top of his head. I hit the ground, and rolled for 4-5 seconds. I told my friend I think I broke my leg, and he was like "it doesn't look broken... see what happens if you move it?" and when I tried to move m leg upwards, I noticed a bump forming at the UNDERSIDE of my leg. I realized my leg was entirely spun around.

So, I broke my femur, my leg spun around so I cut up lots of the muscles in my legs pretty badly, luckily I didn't hit my femoral artery. And now I'm on top of a hill having to get dragged down, horrible horrible horrible. The bone pain was constant and searing, and the muscle spasms were unbearably painful. Got to the hospital, shot up with loads of morphine, cue 4-5 month recovery period with pain every day and little to no walking.

PS I'd be willing to bet this was worse than childbirth... If you haven't broken a bone this large and torn most of your leg muscles at the same time, you just cannot comprehend.

i've broken my femur also, while playing baseball. (collision going for a pop-up)
Just breaking the femur is bad enough... i cant imagine having it twisting around and tearing up leg muscles in the process. Mine happened when i was almost 12, and i can clearly remember trying to sit up and seeing my leg bend at mid-femur, inwards over my other leg, it was swollen to like 2 timesits normal size and just kind of spasming in that position... seeing that was actually more unsettling than the pain itsself was.
post #33 of 151
Herniated my L4/L5 disc weightlifting. The disc fluid ended up pressing on my left sciatic nerve, a nerve running into my groin, and the nerve running into my right hip. I've dealt with various kind of pain in my day, but nerve pain for weeks was just the worst. The sciatic pain was excruciating at times, but at least it came and went. The groin pain..felt like I'd been kicked in the balls pretty much constantly. Also lost movement in my left foot for a couple weeks, that was fun. Ended up having surgery, waking up from THAT was probably the single worst pain, but it went away pretty quickly. I felt better literally the next day, was in pretty bad pain, but at least it wasn't nerve pain and the pain medication handled it. Had six weeks between the injury and surgery, then another two weeks of recovery. Missed two months of work in the end.
post #34 of 151
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post
well i treated a 17 year old kid that had his index finger sandwiched between yacht hull and a dock. by the time he was brought to me his coworkers said that he passed out twice due to the pain.

the worst part for the kid was that he waited three days and worked through it. tough assed irish kid didn't want to miss work i guess.

Reminds me of a story of a family friend who was a doctor at a university with a big rodeo program (yep, they exist).

A cowboy comes in on Monday and says "doc, I got stomped on by a bull last Friday and have had a hard time walking 'cause my hips hurt real bad." X-ray reveals his pelvis has been broken in half, and he walked on it for 3 days. They put him in a cast up to his armpits.

Similar "tough cowboy" story -- my father asks a rancher if he can hunt on his land while the ranch is out putting up fences, which involves taking coiled barbed wire and tightening with a gadget kind of like a jack for a car that's mounted on the fence-post.

At the end of the day, my father comes back down and the rancher is now about 300 yards down the line, but his head is wrapped with bandage. When my father asks what happened he replies, "the wire broke and cut off half my ear. I had the wife sew it back on though."
post #35 of 151
you see this all the time with ice hockey players. they never say shit when they are even seriously injured. if they reach a hospital it really means they need to be there.

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Reminds me of a story of a family friend who was a doctor at a university with a big rodeo program (yep, they exist).

A cowboy comes in on Monday and says "doc, I got stomped on by a bull last Friday and have had a hard time walking 'cause my hips hurt real bad." X-ray reveals his pelvis has been broken in half, and he walked on it for 3 days. They put him in a cast up to his armpits.

Similar "tough cowboy" story -- my father asks a rancher if he can hunt on his land while the ranch is out putting up fences, which involves taking coiled barbed wire and tightening with a gadget kind of like a jack for a car that's mounted on the fence-post.

At the end of the day, my father comes back down and the rancher is now about 300 yards down the line, but his head is wrapped with bandage. When my father asks what happened he replies, "the wire broke and cut off half my ear. I had the wife sew it back on though."
post #36 of 151
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Originally Posted by onion View Post
When I was 20, so 5 years ago, and 2 fucking days before Christmas, I got run over by a car (I was NOT in a car), and was pinned between a metal tool chest, and the bumper of the truck with my legs in the middle. Not only that, the truck was floored (literally the tires were smoking), as the accelerator had broken*. After about 30 seconds of the most intense pain I've ever experienced someone turned off the truck and moved it. I fell on the ground, where I still remember laying there not able to see my ankle because it flipped over from impact, and then touching my pants to see my hand completely covered in blood. Plus at this point I was already sitting in a pool of my own blood.

My neighbor came over to try and help, he got so grossed out from all the blood he vomited and left. When the fire department arrived one of them whispered to the other "Wow this is one of the worst accidents I've ever seen, I have no idea how we are going to get him out of here". Not sure if it was true or not, but seriously that doesn't make one feel better when they are lying on the floor, pouring out blood.

The ambulance ride was also absolutely horrible. They strapped me down to the gurney, and every single speed bump felt like someone was stabbing a screwdriver in my wound. Perhaps worst of all was when the EMT had to twisted my leg back around in the ambulance, which as you can imagine was so fucking painful I thought I was going to pass out. Or just die. They also told me they could not give me any pain medicine as they didn't know my allergies. The EMT actually offered me a fucking Tylenol or Advil or some shit.

When I got to the hospital I went imminently into surgery, and don't remember the next 3 or 4 days from the drugs I was given. I do remember my doctor coming in and telling me they'd "probably" have to amputate both my legs, and that my right leg was definitely going to have to be cut off, probably from above the knee. Luckily they didn't have to do this, and I was able to keep both my legs. Granted it meant I had to go through absolutely insane amounts of surgery, but I think it was worth it looking back.

So to recap I spent 2 months in the hospital, 6 months in a wheelchair, and another 6 months on crutches. I had around 20 - 25 surgeries on one leg, and around 10 - 15 on the other. I have a couple of pounds of metal in my legs still (2 nails, and a fuckton of screws and bolts), and now to add insult to injury, I set off all metal detector in airports. Nothing like being pulled to the side and patted down by hand every single time I fly.

Good news though, I won just under $1m from insurance over this, and didn't have to pay my own medical bills (which exceeded 1m).

*I later found out the exact truck (a restored Ford from the 70s) was actually recalled for out of control accelerators a year or two after they were made. I have to assume this one was not sent in for repairs.



I think I speak for everyone when I say....





Holy fuck.

This isnt a thread you want to "win", but you sir, just won.
post #37 of 151
Onion, what state do you live in? EMT's should never be responding to shit like that. I hope you meant paramedic, but from the sounds of their stupidity it was probably was an EMT.

In any case thats absolutely insane. So looking back, accident and 1m or no accident and no 1m?

...

For me, nothing too absurd. Some of the pain resulting from my slipped capital femoral epiphesis recovery (botched therapy) wasn't fun. I have a pretty high pain tolerance, that or an overly strong adrenal cortex or medulla because apparently my appendix burst and I wasn't even aware. Kinda sketched the docs out.
post #38 of 151
I got kicked and punched in the balls by a classmate in 9th grade while he yelled anti gay slurs at me, infront of our entire grade in the lunch room, and the staff ignored it. Yeah, that hurt a little.
post #39 of 151
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Originally Posted by onion View Post
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Jesus Christ, you win.

Or lose.
post #40 of 151
I was on a 120-mile backpacking trip across Isle Royale, off the Upper Peninsula of MI. For the hikers out there, we were taking the Minong Ridge trail, which is IR's toughest. Our packs were 45 pounds or so. Anyway, I developed a stress fracture in my femur about 70 miles into the hike, but ended up finishing it. That sucked. I also broke my neck once in a bike accident, at T-1 and C-4. I can't remember much of the pain, but I'm sure it was pretty bad.
post #41 of 151
Broken a bunch of bones and whanot but nothing hurt like having a cigarette put out against each wrist. Probably held against my skin for a good 45 seconds to a minute.

According to a study posted online:

Cigarette Temperature without drawing:
Side of the lit portion: 400 deg C (or 752 deg F)
Middle of the lit portion: 580 deg C (or 1112 deg F)
post #42 of 151
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Originally Posted by Magician View Post
Broken a bunch of bones and whanot but nothing hurt like having a cigarette put out against each wrist. Probably held against my skin for a good 45 seconds to a minute.

According to a study posted online:

Cigarette Temperature without drawing:
Side of the lit portion: 400 deg C (or 752 deg F)
Middle of the lit portion: 580 deg C (or 1112 deg F)


So, uh.... why?
post #43 of 151
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Originally Posted by Davidko19 View Post
So, uh.... why?

Apparently his father is G. Gordon Liddy.
post #44 of 151
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Originally Posted by rjmaiorano View Post
Onion, what state do you live in? EMT's should never be responding to shit like that. I hope you meant paramedic, but from the sounds of their stupidity it was probably was an EMT.

In any case thats absolutely insane. So looking back, accident and 1m or no accident and no 1m?

I live in Charlotte NC. I really don't know if it was a paramedic of EMT honestly. And as far as your second question, I'd rather it not of happen. I should probably clarify as well, that money is spread over 65 years. It's not like I'm ballin' in insurance money or anything.
post #45 of 151
I won't say that this beats some of the good ones in this thread but if anybody has ever suffered from gout, it is considered a very very painful feeling. Doctors have told me it is supposed to be worse than a broken bone. Gout is when the uric acid/purine levels in your blood is too high, your liver cannot process it so the uric acid deposits into your joints (usually on the major joint of the big toe) and crystallizes. The symptoms are a hot burning feeling, red/purple swollen and shiny skin and any movement of blood into the area will cause immense pain. You cannot sleep, even a light cover touching it will cause pain. It drives you crazy and the pain is so horrible that I wanted to cut off my toe, screaming. There are medications to numb the pain as you treat it with other medications which I tried and just lead to horrible side effects. I have been able to manage it through proper diet and eating meat as the main portion of my meals to pretty much cutting meat almost entirely out of my life, occassionally eating out, I might enjoy some meat but so many other foods can cause high levels of purines like seafood, game, red meat, organs, mushroom, poultry, legumes, etc...
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