Posted 9/7/2007 9:00 PM (GMT -7)
Your symptoms do sound like a stone or UTI. Do you have a fever of other sign of infection? The shakes could accompany stone pain/distress but might instead result from a fever. (It's your choice, as far as I'm concerned, but I myself would rather have a UTI than a stone <g>. So, until you say otherwise, I'll continue to hope you have a UTI.)
Please do get yourself checked out at the first sign of a fever that could point to a UTI. Not that doing so will necessarily help. I lost most of my kidney function while various physicians played golf, goofed off, or whatever they do when they should be acting quickly to prevent permanent harm due to stones/UTIs. But, it's nice to know one has done all one can to avoid serious illness.
BTW, there's good news even with respect to stones. Even a moderately sized stone (5mm) has, as I recall, about a 50% chance of passing spontaneously within a few weeks. I suspect you got the usual advice about consuming 2-3L of fluids daily until the stone passes. Doing so may hurry the stone along and help prevent infection. If you can tolerate it, beer (non-alcoholic, if necessary or preferred) is considered by some to be a useful therapy. But, there's also evidence that the yeasts it contains may adversely affect IBD.
Also BTW, any stone that someone else has is considered "small." Any stone you yourself have is fairly considered "enormous." Physicians observe this distinction all too accurately, I fear. I don't wish to sound too harsh. But anyone who minimizes pain related to kidney stones deserves to have one. Plenty of physicians are eligible for this award. As soon as I figure out how to bestow it, I'll let folks know.
BTW, there's intriguing evidence that nanobacteria may be an--not necessarily the--underlying cause of stones. Researchers don't yet understand exactly why/how stones form. Some analyses point to colonies of nanobacteria as the germ (couldn't resist the pun) around which minerals comprising stones begin to crystalize. If it turns out to be so, we may some day prevent stones via antibiotics <g>.