Doctors divulge the most excruciating illnesses. Ouch.
After an ER doc determined that a tiny kidney stone caused my husband’s sudden agony last year, a nurse came to deliver more pain meds and a dose of sympathy: “I passed a stone a couple of months ago, and it was worse than any of my four labors,” she told him. Indeed, when Prevention asked doctors for their opinions about which conditions trigger the most horrific pain, kidney stones made the list. But even they’re outranked by several other diagnoses with more intense, longer-lasting distress. (Looking to beat pain for good? Prevention magazine has smart answers—get a FREE trial + 2 FREE gifts.) Here, from bad to horrible, are the worst of the worst.