Post # 1
I went to the ER on mother’s day at 3 am in excrutiating pain. I as convinced my appendix was bursting but I have a 6mm kidney stone that was in my mid-ureter. The doctor scheduled me for surgery tomorrow and I am FREAKING OUT. I am very anxious by nature (I cry every time I go to the dentist) and am so nervous. I had a ton of pain last Thursday all day but I honestly haven’t been great about using the strainer (my bachelorette weekend was this weekend) so I’m not sure if it passed or not. I haven’t had any pain or symptoms since then, so part of me wonders if it passed, the other part of me is convinced it didn’t because I haven’t had any signs of it being in my bladder (frequent peeing, pain while peeing, etc.).
Anyways, anyone ever have one? Did it pass on it’s own? What did it feel like? Did you need a procedure done? I’m scheduled for a ureteroscopy and having a stent placed for 6 days, which scares me more than the surgery!
Post # 2
I’ve had 3 or 4. The first one was by far the worst – I was having flank pain and what felt like UTI pain for 5 days before I passed it. Once it passed, all pain completely stopped and I never needed to have a procedure done. Sounds like you passed it to me.
Post # 3
If you’re in the States, you could see if they could do an xray or ultrasound before your surgery tomorrow to try to make sure the stone is still there. It’s possible you may have passed it. Those could be hard to get the day of in Canada but likely possible in the USA. Sometimes, your pain will go away completely just because your kidney stops making as much urine so the pressure isn’t as high behind the stone. If you do end up needing the ureteroscopy, just keep in mind it is a minor surgery that is done all the time. The main drawback is the stent but at least it’s only a few days. Good luck!
Post # 4
Oh, you poor thing! I haven’t had one but I’ve seen my husband through three. 6mm is pretty big, I think you would have felt it if it passed. More likely, it’s just not moving. The stones really only hurt when they’re moving or if they cause a blockage or infection that in turn causes pain. If it’s not moving and hasn’t blocked the ureter, you might feel no pain but it’s still there waiting to get jostled and send you straight back to the ER.
The stent sounds awful — I actually felt woozy when they were describing it (and I’m pretty tough) (and it wasn’t even for me!!) but my husband said it was not as horrible as it sounds. Not fun, but not the medieval torture that it sounds like.
Ask if you can take AZO after the procedure — it’s an over-the-counter medicine meant for UTI pain. It coats your urinary system which helps with the pain and urgency that can come with kidney problems and/or a stent. It made a big difference for my husband. NOTE: It turns your urine bright orange! Be ready for that and don’t freak out thinking it’s blood.
You can do this, sweetie. I’m sorry you have to and especially during your bachlorette party and what should be a happy fun time. But you can do it and you’ll have a hell of a story to tell. Hope it goes well and you’re all better soon!
Post # 5
Thanks for your sweet response! Luckily I had no pain or symptoms during my bach party!!
Post # 6
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The stone may have dropped into your bladder or like PP said it might just be in a position that doesn’t hurt atm. The stent placement isn’t as scary as it sounds and you’ll feel so much better! Stone pain can come and go and be very severe and put you at risk for infection. Best to take care of it ASAP. Sharkey38, RN for 10 years. 🙂 You’ll make it OP! Best wishes.
Post # 7
Oh you poor thing.. I’ve had several and they are awful. My last one was about two weeks before Christmas. Usually I try to pass them on my own but the pain was excruciating. Ended up in the ER but eventually was discharged after a CT, some IV fluids/pain meds, and a prescription for hydrocodone. Passed the stone within a week after that.
I have two more chilling out in my right kidney.
Post # 8
I have had them twice, but both times they must’ve been quite small. I never knew when I passed them and I definitely didn’t need surgery. Just a nice shot of opium in the butt and some ER bills. Basically for me it hurts like hell it makes me puke and curse. Luckily I haven’t had one in about 10 years. I haven’t changed my diet to my knowledge, just lucked out I suppose. I sure do love dairy.