Toothache can leave people in extreme pain - and contemplating some pretty drastic measures.
And one man knows better than most - after his attempt to treat his tooth infection at home landed him in hot water.
In fact, he might have preferred to have literally ended up in hot water compared to what happened.
His attempts to treat his painful toothache at home went horribly wrong after he discovered a gel designed to prolong sex - and decided to apply it to his gums.
Unsurprisingly, it did not go well. At all. in fact, it really couldn't have gone worse.
He shared the sorry tale on Reddit in the 'Today I F***** Up' forum, where people explain how they, well, made mistakes.
"For the last 5 days I have had pain in my ear like an ice pick going into my brain, terrible pain in my jaw teeth and nose and I had no idea where the pain was originating from, it was excruciating," he explained.
"Every move I made, every time I bent over it was even worse agony. I took 2 tylenol and then some ibuprofen later, it did nothing.
"That leads me to why I went to a big box store and had to wait outside while my wife went in to get oragel or anything to stop this pain!"
But the man made an effort to treat it at home before they left to the store, which went very, very badly.
He explained: "We had this stuff that came in a kit that my wife got at a "fun party" that is suppose to prolong sex and it was "maximum strength".
"I put it on my gumline and it did almost nothing. By the time we made it to the store it was having a bit of an effect but not that much the pain in my ear and nose were just as bad.
"I was pacing, holding my jaw and I kept having to pop my ear. I am assuming this is why people who looked at me as I paced anxiously outside the store thought I was talking to myself.
"I can only assume they thought I had some mental disorder and was having a period of psychosis.
"A full grown man at the side of a store where they feed the buggies, pacing, his mouth moving, and then the maximum strength cream made only for use on the penis is kicking in and I am slobbering like a English bulldog that just ate a lemon.
"I did not notice the police pull up at all. I could just hear movement behind me as I paced in a penis numbing ear crushing rage wanting it to all just stop.
"When I did turn around and saw them. When I spoke it sounded much like what you would expect. It was just noises, slurping, groaning and incoherent explanations.
"The police loaded me up in a car and called for the local ambulance.
"I had no way to tell my wife I was being carted off for looking like a maniac in front of a big box store.
"I tried to explain this to the officer which did not have the result I expected because whatever it came out sounding like, made him think my condition was getting worse and put a rush on that ambulance, the only issue is, of the two ambulances we have in the area one was on a patient transfer and the other was on a call.
"It was up to this brave officer of the law to get ear pain penis cream boy (worst superhero ever to the hospital and that he did about as fast as he could with the siren blaring and every bump he hit felt like thumb tacks on that side of my face hitting a bare nerve.
"When we got to the ER I was of little use. I am slobbering still, my ear is in so much pain that I am now totally uncooperative, and I am jerking like an addict coming off of some major drug.
"The Dr took me to the back and I was given a shot to calm me down, which did little good because the pain was still there. it took forever for them to finally notice my gestures at my face and realize that I was in tremendous pain but they still did not quite understand why I looked like the dog from turner and hooch.
"Well that part was filled in by my wife who was informed VIA the police through my ICE contacts that I had been taken to the hospital for further mental evaluation.
"When she told them that I used the prolonging gel to try to numb the pain they did not even try to hide their laughter, as a matter of fact it echoed.
"For the next 6 hours I had to hear them tell every new nurse that came on staff about my condition, how I got there and how an officer saved me from d*** cream. I live in a small town.
"By now alot of people know what happened in some way or another.
"Some think I am mentally ill because of my actions, others know the truth which is far worse."
Possibly a small silver lining is that many people on Reddit found the man's tale of woe absolutely hilarious.
One person wrote: "This is freaking hilarious. I can only imagine how much of a nightmare it must have been for you that night.
"I can assure you it's definitely a story you will be telling for many years to come.
Another person wrote: "Feel sorry for ya bro, but why would you put sexy time d*** cream on your gums?!!!"