- 5 years ago
- Wedding: March 2012
If you’ve ever had a kidney stone while pregnant, I certainly feel for you. I experienced one earlier this week and cannot even explain how excruiating the pain really is. My urologist told me that most women who get kidney stones attribute the pain as being worse than labor!
On Tuesday night (Wednesday morning) around 2:30AM, I am 30 weeks pregnant and woke up with terrible pain in my left side and back that wrapped around into the groin area. I knew it wasn’t labor pains because it was a constant, continuous pain. Contractions are not like that. I called the hospital nurse and she advised me to come in to get checked out. My pain level at that time, on a scale of 1-10, was like a 4. While I was there, the pain got worse and worse to a 10+. I began to vomit, cry, and almost scream in pain. The doctor on call came to see me and believed I either had a kidney stone or a kindey infection (or possibly both). They admitted me to the hospital and began to administer morphine and antibiotics. I stayed in the hospital the entire day and night. They did an ultrasound of my kidney, but a CT scan was out of the question because of the baby. Apparently, kidney stones are hard to see on ulstraounds. But both my OB and urologist believed it was a stone because of my high white blood cell count and my bloodwork showed that my kidney functioning was decreasing. The nurses kept telling me it was probably just an infection.
I was so very sick, but the diagnosis was still unclear and a toss up between a severe kidney infection and continued antibiotics which by all appearances was working as I felt much better the next morning. Because I’m in my third trimester, the doctor said he could remove the stone – but it would require putting me to sleep and potential danger to baby – of course they always tell the worse case scenarios because they are very real. So my husband and I fretted and worried about letting it go another day or do a risky procedure, but the urologist was betting on the stone because my white blood count was sky high AND the kidney creatinine, which was way too high and indicates kidney distress and increasing trauma. He describedthe perfect procedure and outcome and then worse case scenario, and as it turned out it was a kidney stone about the size of a small diamond and the procedure was exactly the perfect procedure he hoped for and described. He used a telescope with a small “basket” at the end to scoop out the stone and it was done. The entire surgery took only 7 minutes!
I’m actually home now resting and healing from the infection that was rapidly deteriorating behind the stone almost completely blocking output – no stint or anything. I was discharged from the hospital about 4 hours after the surgery. I still have minimal pain, but was given antibiotics that I need to take 4x a day for the next 5 days that should cure the infection that was behind the stone. I am so grateful it all worked out and baby girl was an absolute trooper through the whole thing!! She did beautifully. Keeping my fingers crossed now that I don’t get another stone in the next 2 months before she’s born…