I had a discetomy last year where a needle is inserted into your lumbar disc, and a dye is injected. It also causes pressure inside you disc so they can check to see if it might be leaking. You do not get any pain meds during the procedure because they also want to see if the pain it causes is similiar to the pain you normally have. Once the injection is made they do give pain meds, but it sure seemed like an eternity. Soooo, I think it is a toss up between that and a kidney stone that you can not pass!
I'd have to say honestly that gall stones/inflamed bile duct issues actually hurt more than cold turkey heroin withdrawal (which was bad enough never to be a problem again) and then I get all wimpy and say my rib tattoo
Oh man, hard to pick just one as the worst. So I'll give my top two.
Slipped off a steel dumpster with a torch in my hand, the hose from the torch caught on something and pulled it out of my hand. The flames route of travel took it down the back of my forearm. It pretty much looked like a burnt marshmallow. I was wearing long sleeves and gloves but not my leathers. Live and learn, eh? No nasty scar though, I healed very well.
Next up, and guys you may not want to read this...I was taking a 20' length of 1 1/2" diameter steel pipe from a rack. The rack is behind a roller table so you lean against the table and grab your pipe. Well, in the process an additional length of pipe came off the rack and landed right where my uh, body was pressing against the table. I can only describe it like hitting your thumb with a hammer (like big hammer) only where the pipe hit me has a lot more nerve endings. Pretty damn ugly to tell the truth, I'll take the torch any day. Good part is that I only have a slight scar and use better judgment on where I put that area.
Labor. UG. My first labor was 56 hours, 3 and a half hours of pushing, then she wouldn't come out, so then I had a C Section. The epidural was a relief by then, I didn't even feel it. My second labor was similar, but I controlled it better. We planned the section with my 3rd. However, I had terribly sore nipples (worse than the regular 3 day soreness with my first two) because my baby had a short labial frenulum (the membrane between the upper lip and the gums) and she couldn't flange. And, a chunk of skin was torn off during the C Section, when the sterile dressing (the one that looks like plastic wrap backed with adhesive) was removed. I had a sore right where my leg bends. I was mess.
I had urinary tract surgery when I was in college. They removed polyps from my urethra, performed a meatotomy (they cut the urethra to make it larger) and it was dilated. Then, I formed a clot and couldn't pee for 2 days, and the catheter was placed incorrectly. I'm screaming for them to take the fucking cath out and they kept giving me Demerol, when I needed to drain the bladder, finally after a day, the Charge Nurse took a look and removed the cath. She said it was "defective" and she put in a new one, more than 2 liters was drained from my bladder. A few more hours and it would have burst. It took me more than a year to completely heal, and it still hurts if a "hold it" too long.
This was worse than labor, I am pretty sure. I read the chart later. At one point I was screaming for my Mommy. I found out later, in nursing school, when an adult starts screaming for "Mama" or "Mommy" they are in some of the worst pain of their lives. It's a huge red flag.