Well, I haven't had the chance to actually GIVE BIRTH yet, but I have definitely been through worse things than the duration of the labor I experienced before I was sectioned.
-Hemorraging 1 week PP.
-Slipping a disc in my back.
-My worst migraine ever, I was throwing up and falling down and crying all at the same time.
-Falling down the stairs and bruising my butt and back black and blue.
-Being hit by a car while riding my bike.
These things hurt a LOT, and like a PP said, they weren't on the level of childbirth, which in most cases is, "Geez this really hurts, but it's going to be over soon and I get a baby out of it!" Whereas any other bodily hurt doesn't really have a definite end in sight and definitely doesn't offer such a great reward!
I probably shouldnt' be allowed to speak on what childbirth truly feels like because I didn't experience the full duration of it with completed pushing and the "ring of fire," but what I did feel, at least before I caved in and got the epidural, was not so bad. I was able to deal with it. Yes it hurt, but that hurt was amplified by meddling nurses being all up in my grill, and when I was able to just be alone and focus and do what I needed to do, it was bearable.