Kidney stones: when to see a doctor?

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   Posted 8/28/2013 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a history of stones, I can always tell weeks/months in advance when one is coming. When the uti feeling comes and I know it's a matter of days/hours, do I really need to see a doctor other than to just get pain meds? In the past, I've rushed myself over to the ER only to end up passing the stone in the waiting room sans pain killers. The next time I passed one, it was relatively mild and I just rode it out at home. I d rather pass it in the comfort of my home over writhing on the floor of the ER waiting room.
I don't have a personal doctor at the moment, but I told the woman I used to see about how I should go about dealing with it all and she basically told me I'm SOL and have to put up with passing it while waiting in the ER room. I'm about to pass another one and I'm not sure what my course of action should be.

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   Posted 8/28/2013 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to Healing Well.

I am myself in the beginning stages of a stone myself. Started last night.
since you have been able to pass them without intervention in the past I'd say you probably will this time too.
As for when to see the doc or the ER, that is completely up to how you feel really. If you feel you need pain management or something is different I would definitely head to the ER.

I find I also start to notice symptoms a couple weeks or several days ahead of time myself. But I have yet to be able to pass one with out intervention as my uterers are quite small. I wasn't even able to pass a 4mm stone the last time. All of mine have had to be taken out.

Sorry you are going through this and I know my advice isn't exactly great. Hoping it will pass as soon as possible.

Take care,
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