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Forum topic by patcollins posted 09-22-2012 08:54 PM 1530 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2012 08:54 PM

Ouch Ouch OUCH!

Who else here has had them? Had my first episode this past Sunday, had it lasered apart on Wednesday and now I finally feel back to normal. I sure hope that is my one and only, drastically changed my intake of soda and salt.

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#1 posted 09-22-2012 09:36 PM

Very sorry to hear that Pat; I haven’t had them myself, but I know some folks that have. A pain I hope never to experience, and I hope you don’t have to experience again either!

-- John

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#2 posted 09-22-2012 10:00 PM

Ah yes, what memories. I had a bout with them 7 years ago. Unfortunately (or fortunately) one was too large to pass and so they had to um, er, cough, go in through um, my plumbing as it were and retrieve them. I could share the entire story here but even now as I type it, the memories make me hurt.

Since then I have been an evangelist for drinking lots of water and keeping those kidneys working hard.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#3 posted 09-22-2012 10:45 PM

i’ve had 4 bouts with them.fortunately 6-8 years ago was the last.they never had to go in through the plumbing but i know several folkes that have,not something you want to do.glad to here your feeling better pat,

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 09-23-2012 12:46 AM

Well, not to brag, I have stones … but not the kidney variety! that a joke son

Nope never had them, don’t plan to; but one of my friends did and they were shattered with ultrasonic energy while suspended in a tub and he has to pass the fragments … according to him, the first part was easy, the second was somewhat painful! This was done in the Netherlands.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 09-23-2012 12:59 AM

@ PatCollins: For me the pain was during its journey between kidney and bladder… serious unbelievable pain and after an MRI, they sent me home with oxycodon to deal with the pain…which went away in a few days, (er, the pain AND the prescription!)...and a day or two later, PLINK! into the toilet it went, all by itself. Done. Not much bigger than a grape seed, but jeez…

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#6 posted 09-24-2012 12:18 AM

My worst pain was in the tube right as it left the kidney. I thought that I had seriously done something to my back because it was so close to my spine. The next day the pain moved down to my left hip but wasn’t nearly as bad then it went away. The stone was too big to pass so they did go into me via the plumbing, it hurt to go to the bathroom for a few days but now I am good.

It amazes me that it can hurt so bad.

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#7 posted 09-24-2012 01:45 PM

Pat – I unfortunately share your pain. 3 bouts with one roto-router job.
The worst part was after the laser they put in a pigtail catheter between kidney and the bladder so that the channel would stay open.

The laser operation was done under anesthetic….RETRIEVING the catheter a week later….was not. It hurts to type remembering being awake as they ‘went in and got their plastic tubing’

Affected my soda intake too. Watch out for cola

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#8 posted 09-24-2012 01:57 PM

I had one several years ago. Started in the back and moved to the groin area within a few hours. ER visit and a shot of morphine and all was right with the world. LOL Doc said it was in the tube, as yours was. I passed it a couple hours later and caught it in a strainer. Its embarrassing to say that I have had larger splinters in my hands. Never knew something so small could hurt so bad. Hope this is your last!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#9 posted 09-24-2012 02:02 PM

Ugh!... I remember that I had to put up with 8-episodes of Gall Stones before the VA considered it serious enough to remove my Gall Bladder. All I remember is that a Gall Stone attack feels as if someone is gripping and squeezing your heart (but on the other side of your chest). There is NO POSITION that will alleviate the intense pain, NONE! My episodes lasted anywhere from 8-10min to over 5-hours each.

But as soon as the stone backs away from the bile duct, the pain disappears in less than a second. And that is enough to make you think you have lost your mind. All I know is that this kind of pain you do NOT even wish off on your enemies nor onto your exes, just sayin’...

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 09-24-2012 02:38 PM

I know Kidney stones.. I know them very well… and I have started an actual collection.
I have now passed 7 kidney stones. I inherited the wonderful trait from my grandfather who had them all his life as well. My first one was about 7 years ago.. I had no idea what was going on and it took me five days to pass it. After two hospital trips, lots of drugs and not being able to sleep, eat, sit, walk.. all I could do was moan and cry for 5 days… i’ll tell ya. I know pain.. I broke bones and have still not felt anything so horrible as my kidney stones.

The last one i passed was about two months ago. Woke up one morning felt crabby as hell, by afternoon I felt tired and sick, and by evening I was throwing up and crying…. after 12 hours I finally passed it and it was the size of a peppercorn.. only made of of salmon colored spikes. I took a picture… not for the faint of heart.

I know how to recognize them, how to deal with them.. and how to prevent them. I can’t eat Strawberries, I avoid anything labeled “Calcium Added” and I have to avoid Vitamin C… I am also supposed to give up chocolate and coffee.. but that AIN’T happening. I drink Celery seed tea, take muscle relaxers, and use a heating pad to help them pass. My sister had one, she also gave birth to two kids, and even she said her kidney stone was far more painful. I can also tell you after each stone I loose 5-8 lbs… most efficient weightloss plan ever.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#11 posted 09-24-2012 02:41 PM

I had them about twenty years ago, twice. Never want to feel that again. To this day I don’t know what caused them. I haven’t changed my diet and I haven’t had them since. Knocking on wood as much as I can.

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#12 posted 09-24-2012 04:39 PM

I had a serious bout a couple years ago.. woke up in the middle of the night on a Monday with unbelievable pain.. the kind of pain that you would feel if someone was standing on your giblets. After a longer-than-it-seemed trip to the ER, the doctors first thought it might be a torsion.. If you’ve never heard of that, it will become your single biggest fear in life.

An ultrasound confirmed it was a few stones. One had blocked the opening for the ureter in my kidney.. caused it to shut down and I experienced 4 days of hydronephrosis. I had to have blood tests every day. The visits to the ER resulted in morphine and a prescription to oxy or whatever pain meds they were.. By Friday, I was scheduled to have a stent installed on Saturday.. my creatinine levels were off the charts and my GFR was almost 0. On Friday night, the stone broke into two pieces and I passed them.. I think I peed for about 8 minutes straight.

tl;dr: Kidney stones suck and if you have pain that lasts a significant amount of time, see a doctor!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#13 posted 09-24-2012 06:44 PM

DrDirt: Yes the pigtail instrument of torture…I remember it well. See, I had that inserted after the first failed attempt to retrieve the stones and as you say they just yank it out there in the office. I went to another doctor who assured me he could remove the stones and he did. But I had the pigtail to deal with again. This doctor told me no need to come back, he told me to take a few Advil, just sit in a tub of hot water and pull it out. Well I tried and it got stuck! So I ended up in the ER and a wonderful nurse gave me some morphine and at that point I never felt it when they pulled it out.

And Eric, please don’t post pictures of kidney stones anymore…I’m sure I’ll have nightmares tonight.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#14 posted 09-24-2012 06:57 PM

Has anyone had them blasted? Apparently they can do that with an ultrasound or something similar, but only if they’re flat or thin enough to break.

As an aside, I was told I shouldn’t have ibuprofen ever again

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#15 posted 09-24-2012 07:08 PM

I suffered through one bout in 2001, I well remember the pain for three horrible days. Since then, I have been very devout in consuming 3-5 liters of water every day. I have not had another bout and I hope I never do. Get well, and increase your water intake – it’s amazing how that will help prevent that from coming back.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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