Post # 1
Hey all, fun times here – my OB is pretty sure I’m passing a kidney stone.
Woke up this morning with terrible right flank pain and nausea. I’ve never had a kidney stone, but I got nervous about preterm labor since some of the symptoms could be similar. Went to the emergency department out of an abundance of caution – L&D checked me out, baby girl was doing awesome so no worries there. called my OB who works at a different hospital (I went to the ED where I work), after the pain didn’t get better and I threw up with it a couple of times, she called me in some pain and nausea meds and told me to drink as much as possible to try to pass it. If it gets bad overnight I’m to go to the ED and get IV fluids. I’m finding that a heating pad helps a bit.
Just wondering if anyone has been through this and had words of advice?
Post # 2
littlebee3: If it is a kidney stone, it may be a blessing in disguise. I’ve had two kidney stones and two babies and I’ll take labour and delivery any day. Kidney stones can be very painful.
Follow your doctor’s instructions and drink lots of water. If the stone is small enough you may be able to pee it out. The pain occurs when the stone is in the ureter, the tube between the kidney and the bladder. If the stone gets to the bladder, you are pretty well home free when it comes to pain as the urethra, the tube between the bladder and the outside of your body, is much larger.
Did your doctor ask you to strain your urine to try to catch the stone? If they didn’t give you urine filters at the ER, you can use coffee filters.
Post # 3
julies1949: thank you, and I’m hoping this is worse than labor! There’s really not much relief from the pain but at least with labor, contractions will come and go. I wasn’t told to strain my urine, but I’ve been reading online that it may be a good idea.
Post # 4
I had my first kidney stone when I was 6 months pregnant. I called my OB because I thought I was in labor and she said it sounded like a kidney stone. It was excruciating for several hours, then the pain came and went all night, and less than 24 hours later I passed it. I had a few more kidney stones after I gave birth, and had ESWL (shock waves) to break them up.
The bad news is that you can’t have the shock wave treatment during pregnancy, or take medication to help it pass. The good news is that kidney stones are supposed to pass easier during pregnancy because the ureters are naturally dilated. (The kidney stones I had after I gave birth were more painful and never passed even after several weeks.) Also, the kidney stones were indeed more painful than labor.