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   Posted 9/22/2011 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
has anyone ever had stones blasted with soundwaves- i forget the technocal term...does it hurt after?  i know they put you completely out for the procedure but i'm concerned about the pain once i wake up...not sure why since the pain i deal with daily from crohn's disease is rediculous...
also how does it work if you're getting a procedure and getting knocked out if you're on pain meds every day?  i should let the doc know i assume- do the pain meds affect the anestesia (spelling?) 
oxycodone 15 mg x 6 daily...

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   Posted 9/22/2011 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I can tell you that I have passed a kidney stone before and the pain was something else. I would rather have them zapped than go through that kind of pain again. I hear the procedure is ok nothing dramatic.

You do need to discuss with the dr what you take daily in pain meds, he may not want you to take them if they are going to give you something to put you asleep, they want you to be able to wake up.

Let us know when you have this scheduled and how it goes.
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   Posted 9/22/2011 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Most often when you have a kidney stone that can be zapped with lithotripsy, the stone is usually turned into sand so you do not feel it when you pass all the tiny particles. Now even though that is the norm, there are some people like myself whose pieces do not break up into sand, but they do break up into smaller pieces. Depending on the size of the original stone this can be uncomfortable. Mine do not break up well so if I am having Lithotripsy, I am usually admitted for the next few days as I pass the pieces so my pain can be managed. I unfortunately get tons of stones and I have a huge one now that is going to need either litho or surgery. You have to be careful if you have a lot of lithotripsies as they can hurt your kidney, but that is after having a lot of them. My last bout I had 14 stones between the two kidneys.
But for most people it's an outpatient procedure you wake up with no pain and a tiny bruise where they zapped you. It's no longer done in a tub of water but on a table. So you should not worry too much.

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   Posted 9/23/2011 3:06 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks all! yeah i was wondering more of the bruising pain etc...i've had a ton of stones- the pain of those doesn't even faze me anymore- haha yeah right. well i don't go to the er anyway...just take my meds and drink a ton of water and pass them myself...i think i go in on the 12th- hopefully it's not so the meantime i really wish i could pass the one that's blocking me up bc it's really hard to pee.
37 year old male living in AZ. Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 20 mg prednisone. still taking Asacol. Done with Remicade- antibody level was over 8! Waiting for scope results to see about Humira or Cimzia.
In the middle of a bad flare now for 2's been one heck of a ride!
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