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  • Just when you thought we couldn't get more  mileage out of human suffering, we're back  

  • with yet another episode proving that existence  is pain. We've covered the most painful cancers,  

  • stings, and medical conditions that  leave people in horrible agony,  

  • and we've got more to add to our list of  most painful things a human can experience

  • Warning: our final entry  includes very graphic imagery.

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Everyone's likely gotten the cold  shoulder at least once in their life,  

  • but frozen shoulder will cause you more than  some low level social pain. Common amongst  

  • people who are recovering from medical conditions  or procedures that restrict arm movement, frozen  

  • shoulder begins slowly, and then quickly ramps  up to full-blown agony which can last for years.

  • Your shoulder and all its associated ligaments,  

  • tendons, and bones are all wrapped up in  a gift-wrapping of connective tissues.  

  • When you don't use your arm for long stretches  of time though, that tissue can begin to thicken,  

  • slowly but steadily reducing the range of motion  of your arm. If unchecked, frozen shoulder will  

  • eventually all but immobilize you, and trying to  move your arm will result in great amounts of pain  

  • as you fight against the tissue that's keeping  your various bits and pieces tightly restrained.

  • Docs aren't sure why frozen shoulder develops  exactly, but it's known to strike those with  

  • diabetes or who have their limbs immobilized  for long periods of time. The bad news about  

  • frozen shoulder is that the treatment is  even more agonizing than the condition,  

  • as the only way to cure it is to routinely  exercise your arm with stretches and exercises  

  • meant to restore mobility. You're literally  having to stretch your overly tightened tissues  

  • into normal mobility, causing severe agony

  • The next item on our list is a killer that  can strike almost anyone, at any time.

  • Heart Attack

  • If you've ever been wealthy enough to go  to the emergency room to seek treatment  

  • then you've likely been asked if you're  experiencing any chest pains. That's because  

  • doctors are on the lookout for a heart attackone of the most painful things you can experience.

  • Caused by a blockage of blood flow, a heart attack  is the heart literally fighting for its life.  

  • Blockages are most common amongst individuals who  are overweight, and are caused by things such as  

  • fat or cholesterol. As blood flow becomes  restricted, the heart muscles are weakened,  

  • and some of them may even be killed outrightIn that case, you're in very serious trouble.

  • Heart attacks typically begin with extreme  pain in the chest, which can either come  

  • after a buildup of pressure and discomfort, or  strike completely out of nowhere. The good news  

  • is that the pain only lasts a few minutesbecause you'll be dead shortly after without  

  • immediate medical attention. If you ever  experience sudden tightness or discomfort,  

  • let alone full blown pain in your chestcall an emergency room right away and try  

  • not to have a second heart attack when you  realize how deep in debt you'll soon be

  • Our next painful condition is  hereditary, and if you don't  

  • suffer from it personally there's a chance you  could be passing the misery on to your kids.

  • Sickle Cell Disease

  • We might as well stay on the theme of your  body turning against you. Sickle cell disease  

  • is a blood disorder that's inherited through  your parent's genes, and results in red blood  

  • cells being grossly deformed. Instead of the nice  round shapes you'd expect red blood cells to be,  

  • sickle cells are so named because the red blood  cells become hard and form into a sickle shape.  

  • This makes it extremely difficult for the  body to get the oxygen it desperately needs,  

  • as the sickle cells are unable  to transport oxygen efficiently.

  • Other than constant exhaustion, the pain comes  when the sickle cells die off en masse and form  

  • blockages in your arteries. Sickle cells are like  James Dean- they live very fast and die extremely  

  • young. This can cause blockages that interrupt  blood flow, leading to some serious internal pain  

  • that narcotics aren't going to do very much  to help you manage. Eventually the blockage  

  • can lead to stroke and death, making sickle  cell a deadly, and painful disorder to have.

  • Sickle cell disease is most common amongst  people with ancestors from sub-saharan Africa,  

  • making it endemic to the black communitythough the cause is poorly understood

  • Our next painful experience is something everyone  will experience- if you live long enough.

  • Arthritis

  • Frozen shoulder sounds pretty terrible- and  painful- but what if all of your joints were  

  • being attacked at once? Rheumatoid arthritis is  a disease where the body begins to friendly fire  

  • all over the place and attack the body's jointsFirst, the immune system attacks the membrane that  

  • encloses all of the joint's moving parts, causing  it to become inflamed and swollen. Over time,  

  • the immune system eats through this  membrane to attack the cartilage and  

  • bone inside of the actual joint itself. Without  that protective layer of cartilage in the joint,  

  • your bones rub together as you moveleading to some pretty terrible pains.

  • Regular arthritis sets in with  age, though family history,  

  • exercise, and weight can all have negative  impacts on your odds to get arthritis.  

  • Exercising regularly and keeping your weight in  check can help limit the effects of arthritis,  

  • with extra pounds putting even more pressure  on your joints and more quickly eroding the  

  • cartilage within. Currently there's no cure for  arthritis, and the best medicine can do is help  

  • lessen the pain and improve quality of life. The next most painful thing you can experience  

  • is all too common, and can  strike anyone, at any time.

  • Sciatica

  • The good news about sciatica is that  it typically goes away over time,  

  • the bad news is that it can be so  painful, it's completely debilitating.

  • The sciatica nerve travels along your spine, then  branches out from your lower back to travel down  

  • each leg. It's one of the main nerves in the  human body, which means that when something  

  • goes wrong with it, you can be sure it's  going to let you know with as much pain as  

  • it can produce- which is a lot. Typically  sciatica is caused by damage to the spine,  

  • such as a herniated disk or bone spur, or  by narrowing of the spine. This causes the  

  • sciatic nerve to become compressed, and  if there's one thing nerves don't like,  

  • it's to be messed with- it's kind of their  whole job to let you know when that happens.

  • But what can you do when the thing bothering  your nerve is your own body? Well, not a whole  

  • lot in most cases. Only if the pain is extremely  severe will doctors consider surgery to try and  

  • relieve the pressure on the nerve. For the rest  of you, you'll have weeks of debilitating pain  

  • to look forward to as your body naturally healsJust try not to sneeze if you develop sciatica,  

  • as we have it on good authority thatsudden, violent sneeze will quickly send  

  • you into Hellraiser-level depths of agony. Our next condition can also strike anyone,  

  • at any time, but unlike sciaticait can be absolutely deadly.

  • Appendicitis

  • Mother nature wants to remind you that she hates  you, and that's why she's put a ticking time  

  • bomb in your body. The appendix, an organ who's  purpose is still unclear and some doctors suspect  

  • is an evolutionary left-over, is home to lots and  lots of bacteria. Most of that bacteria we know  

  • are there to aid in digestion, and a new theory  states that the appendix is meant to be a home  

  • of sort for these bacteria. A place where they  can hang their hat after a tough 12 hour shift  

  • in your colon, helping digest and process your  food. Sure, an appendix may not be an impressive  

  • place to live, but don't judge these bacteria too  quickly- their job is pretty crappy after all.

  • Problems occur when bacteria  multiply out of control,  

  • leading to a blockage and an infectionThe appendix quickly becomes inflamed,  

  • and swells up as it fills with pusIf you don't get treatment right away,  

  • the appendix will burst, spreading the infection  throughout your body and potentially killing you.

  • Treatments are highly effective, as in most cases  doctors simply have to remove the appendix before  

  • it bursts. If you begin to have pain that starts  at your navel and then moves around the abdominal  

  • area, you should definitely see a doctor right  away. On par with a kidney stone, appendicitis is  

  • completely debilitating, and can feel like a horse  kicking you repeatedly and non-stop on the side.  

  • Famously, a Soviet surgeon on a trip to Antarctica  had to perform a self-appendectomy to save his own  

  • life, using only mirrors so he could see what  he was doing and absolutely zero pain killers.

  • Appendicitis is easily resolved if caught  early, though if the appendix does burst  

  • treatment will include removal of the appendix  and power washing of your intestines so you  

  • don't end up dying to the secondary infectionwhich we imagine is also rather unpleasant

  • Our next most painful thing you can  experience is as savage as it is deadly-  

  • warning, very graphic imagery ahead.

  • Chimpanzee Attack

  • We've covered plenty of ways your body can  betray you in this episode, but we thought  

  • we'd end with one of the most painful things you  can experience that doesn't come from within.

  • Chimps- they're adorable. They're like small  humans, and who doesn't love to see a chimp  

  • dressed up in a business suit with a fake  cigar, pretending to be a real person? Well,  

  • turns out the chimps don't always love  to play make-believe, and sometimes we  

  • forget that chimps are wild animals who are  several times stronger than the average human.

  • Chimpanzee attacks are brutal, and it's  our official stance on the Infographics  

  • show that chimps- along with jellyfish- are  the biggest a-holes in the animal kingdom.  

  • Hear us out. While much stronger than  a human, a chimpanzee could easily kill  

  • a person- but evolution has given them  an entirely different battle strategy.  

  • Instead of killing, in the wild chimpanzees often  try to disfigure and dismember rivals, and because  

  • evolution is all about reproduction, one of  the first targets chimps go for is the groin.

  • In 2005, a couple was visiting their pet  chimpanzee they had to house at the Animal  

  • Haven Ranch in Caliente, California, after the  chimp bit off part of a woman's finger- already  

  • a red flag if we've ever seen one. While at the  sanctuary, four other chimps escaped their cages,  

  • and two male chimps charged at the  couple. The woman lost her thumb,  

  • but her husband bravely managed to hold the  chimps' attention so she could find safety,  

  • though paid for it dearly. He ended up having  his genitals mutilated, had a foot torn off,  

  • had severe damage to his face resulting in the  loss of one eye, most of one cheek, and part of  

  • his nose, as well as having part of his buttocks  bitten and ripped off by the attacking chimps.

  • In 2009, a woman was attacked by  her friend's pet chimp. The chimp  

  • tore off both of her hands and completely  mauled her face (use second image down at  

  • https://www.the-sun.com/news/870352/horror-injuries-woman-face-hands-ripped-pet-chimp/,  

  • credit to associated press). The chimp  attacked responding police officers,  

  • cornering one cop in his car as he opened  fire point blank, killing the crazed animal.

  • It's not just domestic chimps attacking people  however. In Uganda, chimpanzees suffering from  

  • habitat loss due to farming have begun fighting  back- in completely horrendous ways. In 2014 a  

  • chimpanzee snatched a toddler from its motherbroke off its arm, and mauled the child so badly  

  • he died on the way to a hospital. As chimps are  finding it more and more difficult to find food  

  • in the wild, they've resorted to raiding farms  and villages, with disastrous consequences  

  • for the Ugandans who live there. Much like in the  wild, the chimps seem to be attacking infants,  

  • with infanticide being an evolutionary survival  technique ingrained into chimps. If you deny  

  • your rivals their children after all, then  there'll be no future competition for resources.

  • Having our most sensitive body  parts ripped apart by pure ape fury  

  • sounds like one of the worst things  a human can experience to us.

  • Now go check out Most Painful Things A Human Can  Experience- or click this other video instead!

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