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.
Influenza or flu is a very common virus with many different strains, some being more deadly than others. Historically, the flu has killed thousands of people worldwide, and it still does, though those are often those who are immuno-compromised in some other way, very old, or very young. It is preventable by vaccine, depending on the year, since the vaccine is made of up strains the CDC assumes will be most common that particular flu season. If you have the flu, antivirals can help, but generally symptoms (fever, cough, chills, tiredness, headaches, stuffy nose) are treated until the illness runs it’s course.
Yellow Fever is a virus found in tropical regions (very rarely in the US) that is spread by mosquito. It is preventable by vaccine, but it is not treatable. It often resolves itself in a few days to a few weeks, and symptoms can be treated until the virus runs it’s course. Many people only have mild symptoms if any. However, of those who develop severe symptoms – severe headache, high fever, chills, nausea – 20%-50% may die.
Sepsis used to be known as “Blood Poisoning,” and that’s actually a really accurate description. Sepsis is what happens when bacteria and toxins get into the body, usually via a wound. Symptoms are high fever, high heart rate, and high respiratory rate. It MUST be treated by a doctor, or it will become septic shock and will kill you, sometimes after making your fingers and toes fall off (literally). If you ever have a wound, any wound, and you notice a red line moving towards your heart (up your arm, etc) GO TO THE ER. This is not a wait until tomorrow situation.
Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain and can be viral or bacterial in origin. Back in the day, it was sometimes known as sleeping sickness. Viral Encephalitis can be spread by insect bites. Other symptoms are similar to a flu and generally last 2-3 weeks, but it can be very dangerous, and severe cases can involve seizures, unsteady gait, light sensitivity, and muscle weakness. Both viral and bacterial Encephalitis can be treated by a doctor.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease. It causes sores, swollen lymph nodes, and rashes. In latent stage Syphilis (10+ years after infection), it can spread to your internal organs and kill you. Luckily, it can be treated with antibiotics. In case you needed another reason to use condoms, this is it. Go to the doctor if you have weird sores on your mouth or private parts, and be careful what you do with people with weird sores.