I'm new to the board but not new to kidney stones. I'm a 69-year old female and had one kidney stone thirty years ago. It passed on its own after weeks of misery, followed by acute pain, vomiting, then relief. I was never able to capture that stone, so I don't know what it was made of.
Fast forward. Two weeks ago I had some abdominal crampiness and a bit of nausea for two days and didn't make much of it. A week later, the abdominal crampiness returned but was more uncomfortable--5 out of 10--but not kidney stone level. Then I started vomiting and noticed a fair amount of blood in my urine. An urgent care center sent me to the hospital ER for a CT scan. It showed a 5mm stone positioned between my kidney and top of my left ureter. I was already feeling better by the end of the six hours in ER. They sent me home with Flomax, Bactrim for urinary infection, and painkillers. That was five days ago, and the crampiness and urine blood haven't returned.
I met with a urologist a couple days later. He's giving me 2-3 weeks to pass this thing since the CT shows the stone so close to the kidney. An renal ultrasound is schedule for Feb. 23.
He's put me on a schedule for a uretoscopy Mar. 1 in case the stone doesn't pass by the 23.
So here are my questions:
1. I'm doing the drill to flush this thing out--drinking two liters of water, taking Flomax, Bactrim. I'm also drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice which someone at Dr. Internet's said might break down the stone. I'm in no pain at all. But I noticed a few white very soft flecks--not like grains--one of them a bit stringy, in my last urine collection. Could this be the stone breaking down? Should I collect the next batch of urine and get it cultured? I am on Bactrim and have no symptoms of infection that I had when all this started.
2. If I do need the uretoscopy, what's the total recovery time for procedure, stent, and stent removal? The surgery is scheduled for March 1st if I don't pass the stone. The stent should come out a week later--March 7-8. I'm supposed to fly overseas on March 26th--seven hour flight. If you had this procedure, what shape were you in three weeks after the surgery? I'm otherwise in excellent health.
Thanks fellow sufferers, especially the fellas since kidney stones are more painful in men.
Post Edited (spouse21) : 2/16/2016 3:12:35 PM (GMT-7)