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Just_Eric
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   Posted 8/31/2014 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
 Hi everyone, first post here and hoping to learn more from others, about my newest health condition.
 
 Yesterday morning at around 5 A.M. I woke up to what I thought was tremendous gas pressure and that painful feeling of having to "go #2" I sat on the toilet for about 45 minutes and even walking around  to see if I could loosen things up, with no luck.  I was sweating a bit and felt as if I had to throw up. The pain did not get better and was constant to the point I decided I would drive to the E.R., because I could no longer cope with the pain. I was literally starting to cry(being a man that is two months from being 40 years old). In fact I did shed a tear or two when I arrived at the E.R. right in front of the registration people.  After struggling to keep my temper under control I showed them my insurance card and did al the required registration stuff. I still had more to do there, but I exclaimed that I could no longer do it and I need to get this darn pain gone.
 
 I ended up on the bench where a nurses aid asked more questions, that I tried to answer under my quiet and stuttering voice of pain(It was so irritating beyond belief to answer so many questions, but I reminded myself that they need to know about me in order to not give meds that may hurt me. I was then asked to do a urine sample(still under extreme pain) I couldn't do it I absolutely could not pee....at all. He kept telling me I have to do it and please buzz him when I'm done(I was left there with jug to pee in. A minute later the main nurse came in(very very kind and great) At this point I told her I couldn't do the urine thing and she said if I couldn't then I'd have to get a catheter. Well this is when I totally lost it and broke down from the pain. I was helped up to the bench and laid down... I was told to lay still while she put in the arm cath, drew blood and started me on Zofran and Morphine. She asked about where the pain is from 1 to 10 and I said 13... I also told her I felt like puking so in came the puke bucket plus a pumped up charge of Zofran.  The Zofran started to burn in my arm so input levels were adjusted lower.
 
 The morphine was awesome...I never had that before and I have to say I love it. The pain went from a 13 to a 2 in about 20 minutes....I felt great. The nausea went away as well.  I actually felt like I was ok and normal ready to go eat and build a porch.  She then instructed me to take two cups of this contrast stuff in prep for a CT scan...  I had to ride a wheelchair to the scanner(I wasn't allowed to walk) even though I felt fine walking. I go tin the CT scanner and I started to panic that something serious is going on. In the scanner I ended up getting more nausea and puked afterwards... I could put the salyvia in my mouth in a gallon jug...it was horrible.
 
 So skipping to it the doctor told me I have a kidney stone....I felt relief, because I knew they weren't a big deal and very common. I have to make an appointment with the bladder doctor and currenty taking Tamsulosin, Oxycodone and ondansetron. The only one I have to use so far is the tamsulosin and the other two are for nasea and/or pain. So far I have no further pain or nasea.  The tamsulosin is to relax my prostate or something to make stone passage easier...I also was instructed to drink like tons of water....hence from the tamsolusin and heavy water drinking and a few hours on oxycodone....I managed to pee my pants lol.  I good on that now, but I guess with not knowing what to expect I had a lil accident.  Still many bathroom trips.
 
Hopefuly it will pass and is no big deal....Guess the urologist will tel me when I go there.
 
Anyways, it sucks....  I never felt pain like that....like ever....It felt like I got shot in the gutsX10.... 
 
Thanks fo rreading and I look forward to learning all about kidney stones//// scool

Fifth Element
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   Posted 9/3/2014 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Eris

I am the kidney rock quarry stone KING. I've been making them since I was 17 years old every year up until 5 years ago... Haven't had one since.

My first experience was sheer horror.. Stalactite formation 5 mm...yeah... grainy sandy gravel to go with that... And an enlarged infected kidney for a double whammy... Hyperventilated from the stomach and kidney pain... Vomited green bile after all the contents of my stomach were emptied... Now that's some kind of pain... Pain management of preferred choice back in the day was DEMEROL injection.... Oh man what sweet pain medicine relief... Hurts like hell when injected but in 5 mins complete relief and sleep... That is unless the STONE is moving again... Ain't nothing gonna stop it from hurting.

Hydrate like crazy with water, watermelon, cranberry juice... Idea is keep the kidney urine flowing clear all the time. On hot humid days reach for water instead of soda pop... In tropical climate zones we tend to perspire more liquid than we can take in. There lies most of the problem per my urologist.

Be well...hope your first attack was your last attack!
-Ray

Fifth Element
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   Posted 9/4/2014 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I have another horror story related to another stone passing episode... If interested.

Just_Eric
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   Posted 9/5/2014 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Have had no pain since my initial ER visit. I had my first urologist visit yesterday and had an xray done, to no avail. Apparently I was full of poop and the xray was not effective. I am now scheduled for another ct scan to make sure where things are. Well I feel no pain, is the stone still in the kidney tube? Is urine backing up? I have no idea and I guess no one else has either. I'll have to wait for the ct scan. He asked me if i had any back pain, nope, none I told him since the first attack. My pain was in the front just left of the groin area, never in the back. I was on the verge of puking that morning. I've stopped all medications, since no one even knows if its still in there or not. I haven't had any pain in my penis as if to pass the stone.....so....just don't know. I feel great, just did 23 miles on my bicycle in the hot sun.....

Just_Eric
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   Posted 9/5/2014 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope the pain doesn't come back. Using the oxycodone kinda scares me.

Fifth Element
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   Posted 9/6/2014 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Eric

You probably either passed it already without realizing it or it's wedged in a place that's not going to move until it does. The larger stones I've passed thru my private did not cause any pain at all... That doesn't mean you won't feel it barreling through but the peeing keeps it moving along with force... all depending on the size of the stone and the width of your urethra, Sorta like an itch that's needs a good scratch. When it's out everything is back to normal. Once I was passing a small stone 2mm and apparently I didn't have enough urine to expel it so that it got stuck in my urethra.. I could feel it but wasn't painful at all, my fingers could feel it along the shaft base at midpoint... So I drink a beer and before I knew it I had to pee and it shot out and into the toilet. Stood there looking at it.. Oblong shaped but no spikes on it ... Smooth rounded.

Just_Eric
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   Posted 9/6/2014 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I said before, the only time I had any major pain was last week when I went to the ER initially and where the CT scan indicated a kidney stone. So I know with all that pain I didn't pass it then. The doctor wouldn't of gave me pain meds and flowmax if was expelled then. Ever since the first ER visit I've had no pain, peed clear....no problems. I had my appointment with urology and the Xray didn't work, so I'm rescheduled for another CT scan which they haven't gotten back to me about yet. Well last night I still had no pain and had to pee. I peed blood again! Just that one time and now I'm peeing clear again.

So I have no clue if its still there or what. It's the only time I've peed blood since my ER visit. Something must be there and if these jack assed urologist find it, is a question.

I bought a urinal for night so I don't have to get up to pee. I took an oxycodone after I saw the blood, just to get things plumbed up in case the pain comes back. I also took a flowmax, plus drank a ton and I mean ton of water..... Hence I peed all night... At least I didn't have to get up every time(the urinal)

Just_Eric
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   Posted 9/6/2014 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
TheFifthElement said...
I have another horror story related to another stone passing episode... If interested.   Very interested, please share all you want.

Just_Eric
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   Posted 9/6/2014 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
What is your take on CT Scans?

I had one in the ER the morning of the pain. I remember that the scan sucked I had to drink(contrast) and while the scan was going on, I felt warm, my mouth filled with saliva and felt like I had to puke, thought I was going to puke. Just a couple of days ago I had a failed Xray in which that doctor ordered me a new CT scan that has yet to be scheduled.

What I am wondering is.....is this too much freakin radiation being pumped through me?...We're talking three scans within two weeks or so. Something is telling me I should tell them to stick that CT scan up their asses. They need to find an alternate method of stone detection.

Fifth Element
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   Posted 9/6/2014 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
The fact that you have blood in your urine is indicative of the stone moving against the wall of the ureter cutting as it moves along. I believe you mentioned that the pain was near your groin and you had the sensation for a bowel movement or severe gas in your stomach. My guess is that it is midway from leaving the kidney to the bladder more like the lower section of your ureter... That could be a good sign that it is getting nearer to the bladder. Stone cutting the ureter will radiate pain in those areas where organs will experience activity in the form of stomach vomiting, gas, bowel movement, pain near the groin, sometimes in the lower back. As it nears the bladder I suspect you might have more groin pain or a sensation of hot burning in that area. Once in the bladder your journey or the stone's is almost over. Chin up!

Fifth Element
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   Posted 9/6/2014 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes CTs and/or X-rays just won't show where the stone is, has happened to me before 3-4 times. The urologist wants to know its exact size and if just maybe it might necessitate shockwave shattering to pieces of gravel so it won't block the ureter completely and back up your urine in the kidney, that ain't any fun talking about infection, and when general antibiotic pills don't take care of it, they stick the IV in you for a hospital stay. Be happy your home and functioning pretty much to normal ... But I know what it's like playing the waiting game. Keep the liquids going.

Once I was at the beach and turned my back to the ocean... A whopper wave punched my back and knocked me down... Later that night I was passing a stone ... The impact of the wave knocked it out of the kidney... Fortunate for me it was a "little" stone, caused some discomfort but managed okay till i passed it.

Just_Eric
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   Posted 9/7/2014 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
It's strange, no pain since that dreadful ER visit...absolutely no pain after that and still no pain. I peed blood at the ER visit with pain, then just a couple of days ago I peed blood again(no pain) just one pee session, then back to normal. Still no pain and I haven't been taking my flowmax all that much or anything. I start back to work tomorrow and I do heavy construction, I feel fine, already lost a week and boss is getting irritated...pushing me to come back.

I'm going to try, but I told him if this thing starts to be painful, I gotta go.

I'm guessing it's still in there just stopped...hope it's not holding back urine in my kidney and I guess that is why they want to do another CT scan, to make sure where everything is. I'm kinda hesitant on getting two CT scans and an Xray within two weeks though...that cant be good for you.

Just_Eric
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   Posted 9/7/2014 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I tellya I never been into the hospital thing like this before...never any emergencies or surgeries, never in a hospital bed....ever.

I felt like a little baby in the ER that morning...Couldn't do anything, curled up on my side with no pants on, just this gown and everything out for everyone to see. They wouldn't let me walk(due to the morphine and things...had to be wheeled around everywhere, wouldn't let me go to my car, she had to hold the cup while I sucked down that contrast crap.... Man I was totally helpless, but I didn't give a kfjfjfj!, because it hurt and I wanted them to make it stop! lol. My nurse was great, she not only pumped me up with pain killer, she made me feel safe and guided me well through the process. You could tell she was passionate about her job and WANTED to be there.

Fifth Element
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   Posted 9/7/2014 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
We Kidney stone sufferers have our golden moment NURSES... They are a true blessing ... Even when they talk with commanding voices they are reassuring at the same time! Say the right things, check in on ya, bring juices and a snack, they're AWESOME!

Fifth Element
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   Posted 9/7/2014 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
If don't mind me asking where do you live? I am Brazos Valley area TX.

Just_Eric
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   Posted 9/11/2014 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
They want me back for another CT scan and another follow up at the urologist, but I denied both. I have no pain and everything is well....so....I'll save myself from being zapped by another bout of radiation. It' not only that, but making mistakes in my appointment dates. I was set for the 15th for a C-scan, then get a call today that the scan was suppose to be for today....so I said ta hell with it.

I haven't felt anything in over a week since that dreadful Saturday morning, in fact, I feel amazing right now. I stopped all drug intake for the stone a week ago...In fact traded up my jar of Oxycodone for a few new roofing tools, lol No wonder health insurance is high I never needed the pain killers or flowmax. ridiculous.

Anyways, thanks...

Just_Eric
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   Posted 9/18/2014 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I took the CT scan and went for a review today. I go the all clear and no new stones in development that can be seen. Told me to stay off of dark sodas and try to drink more water. My BP was slightly elevated to.

So....guess that saga is over. Hope it doesn't come back.

Thanks for the help, T.F.E
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