Hydronephrosis and Kidney Stone - Would like some general advice

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   Posted 10/1/2014 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   

I started having moderate to severe pain in my left hand side about 8-9 years ago, after several visits to GP they couldn't find anything wrong with me and advised me it was muscular. I learned to live with the pain, as although I would get pain most days it would come and go and could usually be controlled with regular pain meds.

Last year I gave birth to my daughter and since having her, the pain has got much stronger and no longer controlled with pain meds. In May this year I went to GP (a different one to the one many years before) and he referred me for a general ultrasound to check everything out. It was at this ultrasound that they discovered my left kidney was dilated (hydronephrosis).

I was then referred to a urologist who said he thinks the problem is with the ureter and that he suspects I have had the condition since birth. He referred me for a CT Scan, until he has seen that he said he could not offer any form of treatment.

I had my CT scan a couple of weeks ago and they said that they could see a kidney stone. I have an appointment tomorrow night with my urologist to discuss results and hopefully a treatment plan.

I have been off work for 8 weeks now due to constant and agonising pain. I am only allowed to take naproxen and codeine for pain relief which to be honest do not do anything at all. I am getting nervous about tomorrow's appointment as I am worried he will not offer any treatment and at that I think I will cry as don't think I can cope much longer in this pain which occasionally causes me to vomit and get a fever and has caused me to pass out twice.

My main reason for posting this is just for some advice, general guidance and reassurance from anyone who has gone through a similar thing as to what treatment (if any) is offered. Also I guess it would be nice to chat to people who know the pain I am going through as I feel as if my friends and family do not understand it and I don't want to constantly complain. I am normally really good with pain and am known for having a high pain tolerance but this time I am beaten and am really struggling to cope not to mention trying to cope with a 1 year old and also an older teenage daughter (16) at the same time. I am 43 years old.

Thanks in advance
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