Which is the worst pain and why?

@MJLami (1173)
United States
June 10, 2007 7:22pm CST
Do you find emotional or physical pain to be the worst for you to handle? Can a toothache send you on a quest to ease the pain above all else or has there been an emotional trauma that seems like it just won't ever heal - and no I'm not talking a break-up. I'm talking the kind of emotional pain that requires extremes to end its ongoing abuse or the horrible things people say and do that cost you your reputation, your friends, famiy...? I find emotional pain far worse than any physical pain ever has been. I think having your life trashed, losing people that matter and your reputation because of someone that is mentally off-balance and only because of one word - Hello - can be a lot worse than needing a root canal or a number of other ailments I've had over the years.
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@FSCAries (881)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I think emotional pain is by far the worst. There is no pain pill you can take or proceedure you can have done to aleiviate emotion pain as you can physical pain. Even going to a psychiatrist to help you deal with your emotional problems doesn't necessarily mean you will be able to overcome whatever you are going through.
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@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
11 Jun 07
yup. there are no magic pills available to alleviate emotional pains. most of the time, it is a scar embedded in our systems forever. others get phobias due to bad experiences. physical pain can be endured... but emotional pains cannot... anne
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Thanks for sharing your insights. I agree no magic pills and not always a cure to be found.
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• Malaysia
13 Jun 07
Yeap, emotional pain is definitely worse~! If only they have MAGIC PILLS as anne says, then I'll be grateful! :P
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
11 Jun 07
i can't stand emotional pains. it strucks the heart and the brain as well. it's there in your blood and life. it's difficult to just erase it in your life. one emotional trauma i really am scared of going through again is being cheated upon. until now, even after 5 years of being away from an ex who always cheats, i still am scared to be cheated upon. ... anne
@MJLami (1173)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I can defintely relate...once does scar you.
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• United States
11 Jun 07
I would say emotional pain is the worst. It can haunt you for the rest of your life depending on the situation. Physical pain is short lived and can be gone in a matter of minutes of course depending on what it is also, but easier to fix. There are a couple of words that haunt me on a daily basis that someone said to me and it really scars you for life.
@MJLami (1173)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Haunting was a good word choice - that's what it feels like, it's always there.
• New Zealand
11 Jun 07
Emotional trauma can be very degenerative, and can take years to over come. Physical pain such as toothache you will eventually get over. However, there are many forms of physical pain that can last years and for some suffers this can bring on an onslaught of emotional anxiety. Either one can trigger each other and sometimes go hand in hand. The best thing to do is reach out for help from skilled medical practitioners and enlist the support of friends and family.
@MJLami (1173)
• United States
11 Jun 07
You're right - as I was writing it I thought well what about chronic back pain or severe arthritis = physical pains with no cure and seem to continually worsen. Even as I chose I was having a tough time with it.
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@latsmom (824)
11 Jun 07
I think emotional pain can last a lot longer than physical. i was in a bad relationship for 8 years and being hit by my ex partner was horrible but now 2 years since leaving him the bruises an dcuts have healed but the way he treated me running me down was something that has stuck with me for so much longer and even now i have confidence issues.
@MJLami (1173)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I do very much understand you. Someone I cared for tried to give me to a stalker. I guess you know where my confidence went with that, eh?
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@pendragon (3352)
• United States
17 Jun 07
I think the worst pain I have experienced is either the light sensitivity in my eyes from sarcoid, or the kidney stone i had at 19.Definitely a tosss-up, but I'll say the head pain, because you really can't do much else but try and endure.
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
17 Jun 07
I've heard kidney stones can be unbearable. I'm not familiar with pain from light sensitivity. I guess I'm fortunate to have a mild form of it. I can't stand bright lights or bright sunlight, always needed sunglasses until needing glasses full time so I went ahead and got the transitionals which are great for me. Is there a way to avoid the pain or something you can do when it starts?
@pendragon (3352)
• United States
17 Jun 07
Tylenol extra strength, sleep and avoid light as best you can.I had the house so perfectly dark once,that I was doing pretty good, then I went to get a soda, yup, opened the fridge, the light floored me.Beyween the sunlight/barometric pressure, I'm really a candidate for that song "I'm only happy when it rains",lol,Episodes last about a week.Thanks for askin'. :)
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
17 Jun 07
a week? OMG So pretty a much you write off a week every time that pain starts. Is there nothing the doctors can do?
@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
11 Jun 07
Emotional pain is immortal. It even affects our soul. Physical pain can be temporary.
@MJLami (1173)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Absolutely - the physical pain is something we need to endure and hopefully can alleviate with differnt methods. The emotional pain changes us completely, inside out.
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@saierchok (1294)
• United States
17 Jun 07
I also find emotional pain worst than physical pain, becuase emotional pain itself can lead to physical unexplained pain, so it's much better to deal with an explained curable one than dealing with the awful one~!!
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
17 Jun 07
That's very true. It is said and proven true that people do die of broken hearts. Emotional pain is far more damaging. Physical can also lead to emotional in some cases. Thanks for commenting :)
@MAX1966 (1030)
• Netherlands
12 Jun 07
that is an easy one to answer emotional pain is worse you cant get an aspirin for that right? and emotional pain can stay forever..
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Yes, I do agree - it can last as long as we do. Thanks for sharing.
@aureliaz (1179)
• Singapore
25 Jun 08
Most definitely, I would say emotional pain. At least with physical pain, one knows who to consult, what options they can take and actually alleviate it. One is also secured by the knowledge that the pain will go away eventually. However, when it comes to emotional pain, there are no guarantees for emotions are such a flighty and unstable thing in itself. We don't know when we will be able to get over the hurt caused by someone- or if we ever even will get over it. Nor can it be instantly fixed by medicine or treatment. Yes, there are psychiatrists and counsellors who specialise in affairs of the heart and mind- however they can only do so much. Although they provide an outlet for this emotional pain, t hey cannot repair trust that has been broken, they cannot stop you from feeling betrayed/abandoned etc.
@phon4u (2217)
• Laos
25 Jun 08
The worst pain to people that people can't leave down is the emotional pain or hidden in people's mind or heart. People should take the emotional pill to cure it. They should find the cause of it, it is very hard to do for normal people.
@rexiemay (402)
• Philippines
20 Apr 08
the worst emotional pain i could ever imagine is the one inflicted by your loved ones like your family. family will always be there for you no matter what. but what if they are the ones who caused the scaas you have? what if what they are doing actually destroys you? for example, my dad verbally abuses my mom and my younger siblings, sometimes i have also been a victim of that. it traumatizes you more than losing your reputation. because they are the ones i trust most and yet he is the one who causes me so much pain.
18 Apr 08
I find all pain hard to bare ~ am i a wimp?! Emotional pain is just awful though, and it can spread into physical pain too.. when you hurt so badly inside. So, at a push, i have to go with emotional pain being the worst.. but id rather not have either, thankyou very much! ;) xxx
• Canada
18 Apr 08
Emotional pain is by far worse, especially when its love pains!.... Physical pains can be covered up with bandages, and t3 and other medications, but heart aches, and other emotional pains are rough, and painfull
• United States
17 Apr 08
i think the worse pain for a woman is having a baby because they have to go through all kinds of pains by pushing a bundle of joy out of a place that doesan't seem big enough to go through but it is also the fastest to forget once you have the baby and holding it all the other pains seem so simple
@decent07 (232)
• India
25 Jun 07
emotional pain is worst because we cant show it oters and except our near one no one knoew taht we are in pain.
@ssh123 (31096)
• India
25 Jun 07
Severe tooth ache is the worst Pain I had ever experienced in my life and many people experienced the same.