Curious about the most painful diseases? While science has made amazing advances in the cases of many diseases such as certain cancers, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS, there are a lot of diseases that still kill people or significantly decrease their quality of life. Here are 25 most painful diseases that you definitely don’t want to catch.
Pneumonia is a lung infection that makes it very heard to breathe and may cause fluid build up in the lungs. Other symptoms include high fever, congestion, and a cough that pretty much makes it so you can’t do anything else and may even pee your pants a little. For normal healthy adults, Pneumonia will clear up at home in a few weeks (yes, weeks); however, for the very old, the very young, or those who have other issues such as asthma, it can be deadly.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a bacterial infection cause by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii that’s transmitted by tick bites. (Wear bug repellent and check for ticks including scalp and ears, always.) Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, and high fever. Left untreated, it can make your kidneys shut down, cause your brain to swell, attack your central nervous system….It’s very treatable but will kill you if you don’t get treatment.
Eclampsia is the onset of seizures in a woman who is pregnant or has recently given birth. While it’s not very clear what causes Eclampsia, it’s always proceeded by Pre-Eclampsia, which is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. We know there are risk factors, such as a history of high blood pressure, or previous Pre E. It is treatable, but Pre E MUST be closely monitored, and sometimes the baby must be delivered early.
Chicken pox, first recorded around 1500 in Italy, is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which shows up as the much more painful shingles in adults. In children, it’s an itchy red rash all over the body accompanied by a fever and sore throat. While it is preventable by vaccine, the more the vaccine is studied, the more it’s being found that “booster” doses are needed; however, contracting chicken pox once generally gives lifelong immunity.
People as far back as Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt had heart attacks, and still today in the US, 1 in 4 people will die of heart disease. Get your yearly checkups, know your blood pressure and family history, and eat a vegetable now and again.
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