Posted 5/7/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -6)
Hi everyone, I was hoping there would be other people here to share advice about what they do when they have pain from a kidney stone. I have had a dozen stones over the past 15 years (calcium oxylate). The first thing I do when I start to feel pain is to take an anti inflamatory, since when the stone gets stuck, the tissue around it becomes swelled and inflamed holding it in place. This really helps and can save hours of pain. I wonder why my Urologist never told me? This can be any kind of Ibuprofen, just look on the front of the bottle. This is just common sence, I take them at the first sign of pain, before I get nautious and can't keep them down.... then it's too late.
I am not a doctor, but I learn from my experiences, and have spent many sleepless nights reading about stones on the internet.
Yes, I currently have a stone, but haven't had time to go to the doctor.
With my first stone, I let the doctors go in with a scope and they put a stent in. I will never let them do that again. It was the most painful thing to wake up from, the first time you urinate after it you pee blood that burns like nothing you can imagine.
I have had two stones broken up with shock wave lithotripsy, you check in for outpatient procedure and your out by lunchtime peeing gravel.
The last time I had a 6mm stone, I told my doctor " When can we do the procedure, I'm not coming back every three weeks. If you won't agree to that, I will find another doctor who will." of course I had insurance at the time...
Anyway, I appreciate all comments, criticism and help. Thanks, Mike