Record breaking mechanic’s fight with arm condition more painful than childbirth

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A mechanic who has smashed the world record for the most push-ups in an hour has achieved the incredible feat despite suffering from a condition that he says is "more painful than childbirth."

Daniel Scali, 28, from Australia, has managed to beat the previous record of 3,054.

His brilliant effort in April has now been verified and he officially holds the Guinness World Record – the second to his name.

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Daniel also holds the record for the longest time spent in the abdominal plank position, recording an amazing 9 hours 30 minutes last August.

And he’s achieved it all while suffering from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), which he’s had since he was a kid.

“CRPS is rated 42 out of 50 on the McGill Pain Index. To put that in perspective, childbirth is rated at 40,” said Daniel, from Henley Beach, which is a suburb of Adelaide in South Australia.

"It developed when I broke my arm in a bad accident and it's virtually my brain telling my left arm that there's pain there.

"Anything from a soft touch, wind or a slight movement can cause unbearable pain so I shower without getting my left arm wet.

"Water, especially, is like a razorblade running across my arm."

Daniel, who has suffered from the incurable condition since he was 12, says it’s had a huge effect on his life.

He often couldn’t go out because of the constant pain, and on occasions he was in hospital for long spells and needed a local anaesthetic to ease his suffering.

“I wanted to put a purpose behind what I went through and continue to go through dealing with CRPS," he said.

"I wanted to prove to myself that I have learnt how to deal and manage pain, which led me to my [world record] attempts."

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Whilst breaking the two records, he’s also managed to raise a whopping £50,000 for the Australian Pain Management Association.

“If you convince yourself that pain is a fuel to keep you going, I have convinced myself that pain is weakness leaving my body,” he said.

"For me breaking these records has been about raising awareness for chronic pain sufferers and inspiring belief in others.

"I believe anyone is capable of anything they put themselves out there to achieve.”

The male push-ups record was previously held by fellow Aussie Jarrad Young.

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