After giving birth to 2 children....my stone was more painful than being in labor. I never knew I had it until it was stuck. The pain was so severe because it was impacted - it was never going to get thru the ureter.
I was just diagnosed with UC in August and my dr. said that there is a correlation between stones and colits.
As I said before... I know I have stones now that I will never be able to pass and will end up having to have them surgically removed if they try to get out.
My Dr. has given me the choice to have them removed or "blasted" but again, the ESWL is not a precise treatment since a 4mm stone like mine could break into a 3mm piece and we know I still cannot pass that.
I feel that if its not causing any significant pain or urinary infections...leave it alone
Also...because I have stones....I will ALWAYS test positive for blood in my urine
The BEST thing to do is...DRINK DRINK DRINK
Water is best but any liquid will keep the kidney hydrated and flush them
My urologist suggests adding lemon juice (the bottled kind) to water since the acidity of the lemon juice can help prevent stones....will not shrink ones already there but will help new ones from forming.