As a kidney stone maker / sufferer......
The first stone episode I had was the most extruciating pain...as bad as being in labor.
I went to the ER and had had emergency surgery because the stone was 3MM and stuck in my ureter.
I had to have a ureteroscopy to attempt to remove it.
They were unable to remove it at the point and put in a stent to divert the urine for 2 weeks.
I went back in the surgery and they were able to break the stone and take it out in 2 pieces.
I have had 4 ESWL's (blasting) over 2 years to break up the stones and make them passable.
I go ever 3 months for ultrasounds and am loaded with new stones each time.
In regards to pain for men and women...... men will experience a different type of pain as the stone enters the penis
As my urologist explained to me....most stone pain in the kidney or back area is due to the stone being stuck (temporarily during its passage or because it is too big and wont pass at all). Like I said... I have given birth to 2 children and I think the attempt at passing the stone was pretty close to being in labor!
Good luck and get them blasted if possible...it will make the passage so much easier!
Newly diagnosed August 2008
Currently on 15mg prednisone, 12 Asacol per day, Mesaline enema nightly,Multi vitamin, Omega 3 and Calcium
Realizing that disease is a real pain in the ass!
Mother of a 5 year old and 12 old trying to get through each day with a smile on my face!