These are the 20 most painful health conditions according to the NHSRuth Mabhiza2019-10-11T14:33:31+00:00
These are the 20 most painful health conditions according to the NHS
The NHS has released a list of the 20 health conditions that are so painful they can stop you doing your daily tasks
These are the 20 health conditions that are considered to be so painful by the NHS that they can stop a person from performing their daily tasks.
Ranging from life-threatening conditions to chronic ailments, these health problems are widely experienced among the people of North East Lincolnshire, and everyone will know someone who suffers from at least one.
We cannot cure all of them, but with the help of medicine, plenty of rest, and support from loved ones, they are certainly manageable.
Below is the list of the 20 most painful health conditions according the NHS .
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster is an infection that causes a painful rash that typically appears as a rash or crop of blisters on one side of your body, often around the waistline.
The first signs of shingles can be a tingling or painful feeling in an area of skin, or a headache or feeling generally unwell. A rash will appear a few days later.
Usually you get shingles on your chest and tummy, but it can appear on your face, eyes and genitals.
It can take up to 4 weeks for the rash to heal and your skin can be painful for weeks after the rash has gone, but it usually settles over time.
Shingles can occur at any age, but is most common in people over the age of 70. It is much less common in children.
Cluster headaches are excruciating attacks of pain in one side of the head, often felt around the eye.
They are rare, but anyone can get them and they are most common in men and tend to start when a person is in their 30s or 40s.
Cluster headaches begin quickly and without warning. The pain is very severe and is often described as a sharp, burning or piercing sensation on one side of the head. It’s often felt around the eye, temple and sometimes face. It tends to occur on the same side for each attack.
People often feel restless and agitated during an attack because the pain is so intense, and they may react by rocking, pacing, or banging their head against the wall.
Cluster headaches can affect anyone
Frozen Shoulder is a condition that causes your shoulder to be painful and stiff, and without the correct treatment it can last for years.
In frozen shoulder, the joint becomes so tight and stiff that it’s virtually impossible to carry out simple movements, such as raising your arm. Daily activities like taking off a T-shirt, lifting a kettle, putting on a coat or even combing your hair become an ordeal.
It’s not clear what causes frozen shoulder, but it can happen after a shoulder or arm injury, and is more common in people with diabetes.
Broken bones are usually very painful.
A broken or cracked bone is known as a fracture, and can range from a hairline fracture to a severe breakage of the bone.
If the break is small, it’s possible you might not feel any pain at all but, usually, a broken bone really hurts, especially when you try to move it. The pain is often described as feeling like a deep ache.
Broken bones can heal by themselves, but they may need to be lined up and fixed in position so they set properly. As a general rule, the older you are and the bigger the bone that’s broken, the longer it will take to heal.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a poorly understood condition in which a person experiences persistent severe and debilitating pain.
Although most cases of CRPS are triggered by an injury, the resulting pain is much more severe and long-lasting than normal.
The pain is usually confined to one limb, but it can sometimes spread to other parts of the body.
The skin of the affected body part can become so sensitive that just a slight touch, bump or even a change in temperature can provoke intense pain.
Affected areas can also become swollen, stiff or undergo fluctuating changes in colour or temperature.
Many cases of CRPS gradually improve to some degree over time. However, some cases of CRPS never go away, and the affected person will experience pain for many years.
If you have a heart attack, you usually get a pain in the centre of your chest – often described as a sensation of heaviness, tightness or squeezing – that can be so bad it causes you to collapse.
The pain can feel like really bad indigestion, and sometimes spreads to your jaw, neck, back, arms or stomach.
If you suspect that you or someone else is having a heart attack, call for emergency help immediately.
A new poll by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) reveals how deep-rooted the fear of movement has become for people with back pain
The NHS website explains one of the most common causes of back pain is a slipped disc. It’s often the result of a twisting or lifting injury. One of the discs in the spine ruptures, and the gel inside leaks out.
Most people with a slipped disc experience sudden and severe lower back pain. It’s usually eased by lying down, and often made worse by moving your back, coughing or sneezing. A slipped disc can also cause leg pain.
Sickle cell disease
Sickle cell disease is the name for a group of inherited conditions that affect the red blood cells.
A sudden episode of pain, known as a pain crisis, is one of the most common and distressing symptoms of sickle cell disease.
The pain, which usually occurs in the bones and joints, can vary from mild to severe and last for up to seven days.
Some people may have an episode every few weeks, while others may have fewer than one a year.
People with arthritis endure constant and often disabling joint pain, usually in the hips, knees, wrists or fingers. The pain can come on suddenly or over time, and is often linked with muscle aches and stiffness in the joints.
A migraine typically feels like an intense headache on one side of the head. The pain is usually a moderate or severe throbbing sensation that gets worse when you move and prevents you from carrying out normal activities.
In some cases, the pain can occur on both sides of your head, and may affect your face or neck.
Migraines can cause vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Sometimes, in cases of severe migraines, the best thing to do is find a dark, quiet place to lie down until the pain passes.
They can affect everybody and usually pass after a few hours.
Sciatica is the name given to an aching pain running down the leg. It’s caused when the sciatic nerve – the longest nerve in the body, which stretches from your back to your feet – has been pinched or irritated by damage to the back.
Sciatica is different to general back pain. The pain of sciatica hardly affects your back at all – instead, it radiates out from your lower back, down the buttocks and into one or both of the legs, right down to the calf.
If you have the condition your symptoms may be worse when moving, sneezing or coughing.
Passing a kidney stone can produce a sudden, sharp, cramping pain in your lower back or the side of your abdomen, or occasionally in your groin. The pain may last for minutes or hours, with pain-free intervals in between.
The pain often begins in the middle of the night and can be so severe that those who experience it may feel the need to go to A&E.
Most kidney stones are small enough to pass out in your urine, and the pain disappears once the stone has been passed.
Appendicitis is a painful swelling of the appendix, a finger-like pouch attached to the gut wall. It’s most common in children, who typically complain of pain in the middle of their tummy that comes and goes. The pain then shifts to the lower-right side of the tummy and gets worse.
Appendicitis is a medical emergency that usually needs an urgent operation to remove the appendix before it bursts.
Nobody knows exactly why we have an appendix, but removing it isn’t harmful.
Trigeminal neuralgia is sudden, severe facial pain. It’s often described as a sharp shooting pain or like having an electric shock in the jaw, teeth or gums.
It usually occurs in short, unpredictable attacks that can last from a few seconds to about two minutes. The attacks stop as suddenly as they start.
In most cases trigeminal neuralgia affects part or all of one side of the face, with the pain usually felt in the lower part of the face. Very occasionally it can affect both sides of the face, although not usually at the same time.
Acute pancreatitis is the swelling of the pancreas, a banana-sized organ that’s part of the digestive system. The most common symptom is severe abdominal pain that appears suddenly.
This dull aching pain often gets steadily worse and can travel along your back or below your left shoulder blade.
Eating or drinking, especially fatty foods, may also make you feel worse very quickly. Leaning forward or curling into a ball may help to relieve the pain, but lying flat on your back often increases it.
Hand pressing on the part of the foot inflammed with gout
Gout, which has been recognised for the past 2,000 years, is a painful rheumatic disease which causes the inflammation of the joints and often starts in the feet or toes – for 70% of sufferers a joint in the big toe is the first to be affected.
Uric acid gathers and crystallises at the joint, causing swelling and heat with the skin sometimes becoming purplish red.
Gout, which mainly affects men aged between 40 and 60 causes acute, intermittent and painful attacks of arthritis in the joints of the foot, knee, ankle, hand and wrist.
But is can be treated through either medicine or a serious change in lifestyle.
Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other areas of the body, most commonly in the pelvic region. This tissue responds to hormones in the same way as the lining of the womb but, with no outlet, it can cause inflammation, scarring and adhesions, leading to severe pain and many other symptoms.
The classic symptoms of endometriosis are severe pain during or between periods; very long, heavy and irregular periods; painful bowel movements; pain in the bladder and pain during or after sex.
Extreme fatigue is very common, and fertility may also be affected.
It costs the UK economy £8.2 billion every year in lost working time and healthcare costs and affects 1.5 million women in the UK
But endometriosis is estimated to take 7.5 years to diagnose.
There is no cure for endometriosis, but the condition is manageable and timely diagnosis could save women from many years of living in constant pain.
There is no definitive cause for endometriosis and the only conclusive way to determine if a woman has endometriosis is through a laparoscopy, usually done under general anaesthetic.
A stomach ulcer – or peptic ulcer as they are sometimes known – is an open sore in the lining of your stomach or your small intestine.
The main cause of these ulcers is bacteria – responsible for up to 90 per cent of cases. The second most common cause is overuse of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including the commonly used aspirin and ibuprofen which can irritate the stomach lining in some people.
Excessive smoking or alcohol abuse can also increase the chances of developing the condition.
Another significant cause of ulcers is stress. Chronic stress can increase the chances of developing a stomach ulcer and this, combined with the bad habits that many of us fall into – such as irregular meal patterns and generally eating on the move – can play a major factor.
Stomach ulcers are more common in smokers and heavy drinkers
Those suffering from a stomach ulcer often describe their symptoms as similar to indigestion, heartburn and bad hunger pangs – a burning sensation or pain in the upper abdomen which can travel up to the neck or down as far as the navel. As you described, the pain can last a few minutes or can continue for as long as a few hours depending on the ulcer itself.
It is the abdominal pain which distinguishes a stomach ulcer from both heartburn and indigestion though – often coupled with both bloating and abdominal fullness.
In some sufferers eating can actually ease the pain whereas others think it makes the pain worse. Most people find that fatty foods, citrus drinks and spicy food irritate the ulcer. It is important that these types of food are avoided to reduce the chances of a flare up
Fibromyalgia Action UK explains the chronic condition causes “widespread pain and profound fatigue”.
It says: “The pain tends to be felt as diffuse aching or burning, often described as head to toe. It may be worse at some times than at others. It may also change location, usually becoming more severe in parts of the body that are used the most.
“The fatigue ranges from feeling tired, to the exhaustion of a flu-like illness. It may come and go and people can suddenly feel drained of all energy – as if someone just ‘pulled the plug.’”
Pain after surgery
It’s common to have some pain after surgery, though the intensity of the pain will vary according to the type of operation.
But too much pain after surgery is not a good thing, and you should never feel you have to “tough it out”.
There are lots of effective painkillers on offer to keep your pain after surgery under control. In addition to making you more comfortable, well-controlled pain will help you get better faster and prevent long-term problems.
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