Which is worse? kidney stone or childbirth?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Which is more painful
    Childbirth : (5 votes)
    28 %
    Passing a kidney stone : (13 votes)
    72 %
  • Post # 3
    6802 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have never passed a kidney stone but did break my ankle in 2 spots and I must say that was much worse than having a baby. 

    Post # 4
    310 posts
    Helper bee

    Miss-Joker:  Haven’t given birth, but am currently waiting on a kidney stone to pass.  It’s pretty excruciating.  SO had to basically carry me into urgent care.  

    Post # 5
    7513 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I haven’t had kidney stones, but I have had a baby. I had an epidural, so labor wasn’t really painful, it was just exhausting. I will say that before my epidural I was in SO much pain, and I can’t believe people are able to do it without medication. I should also note I was induced with pitocin.

    Post # 6
    2481 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I had quite easy labours. That’s not to say they weren’t painful but the difference between childbirth and other pain is that childbirth has a productive end to it. People I know who have had kidney stones say they’d rather give birth than tolerate another kidney stone. But everyone’s pain threshold is different, of course. However, I know that breaking every bone in my ankle is an experience I’d prefer not to repeat. Unlike childbirth which I did twice!

    Post # 7
    45147 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Kidney stone pain was much worse. Also there is no reward at the end.

    Post # 8
    447 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I’ve only had kidney stones, but my mom and my sister have had both. Mom’s was without an epidural…

    her opinion is that kidney stones are consistent pain while childbirth pain comes in waves. Mom and sis both agree that kidney stones are worse.

    I voted kidney stones because I don’t think there’s any possible way something could be more painful than those…haha.


    Post # 9
    3066 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Ive had kidney stones which are miserable… No childbirth yet!

    Post # 10
    423 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I had kidney stones while pregnant! I ended up having a c section so I would say the kidney stones are worse 🙂 But recovery from the section is worse than the procedure itself!

    Post # 10
    1827 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Really impossible to compare. Some births are very difficult, some very easy, most in between. Having 2 beautiful babies was worth much more pain than I actually experienced.

    Post # 13
    9563 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I answered for my best friend who has given birth twice and passed a kidney stone once – she says the kidney stone was worse. However, the kidney stone does have pretty immediate relief, while she had lots of pain recovering from labor. 

    Post # 15
    2481 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Miss-Joker:  I managed a spectacular accident while working (press photographer) which involved a long and ungraceful slide down a hill with my foot twisted under me which concluded with a collision with a hidden rock. But fortunately I only did it once. Unlike childbirth which I did twice.

    My sympathies for you though. Everyone that’s had one tells me that kidney stones are the WORST!

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