(Closed) Somebody please tell me kidney stones are more painful than childbirth…

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ive never had the “stones” but I have the “grains” of stones when I WAS pregnant.  It felt like I was going into labor because it was a very sharp pain from the lower back of my back that crept up and around my stomach (which is exactly how my contractions felt.. like someone blowing air in my stomach like airing up a tire).

Cranberry juice may be better at helping to break it up as well as flush out your kidneys instead of gatorade.  That’s why my doctor had me drink.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I have had more kidney stones than I can count, and at the moment I have about 11 sitting in my kidneys. They move around and cause me pain on a daily basis. So I sympathise with how you are feeling right now. 🙁

On the plus side, my nephrologist and urologist both tell me it’s worse than childbirth. So don’t worry about that. Just concentrate on getting better. (((HUGS)))

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hubby-2-B had a kidney stone last summer (his first) and he was doubled over in agony.  The sickest I’ve ever seen him in 6 Years.  It was kind of frightening actually (I was thinking burst appendix)

I took him to the hospital and they did a scan / ultrasound.  Said it was “on its way” and that the tube from the kidney to the bladder was a “tight fit” for the stone that was passing (hence the pain).  They gave him some heavy duty narcotics for the pain (IV in the hospital / suppositories for home), and a relaxant for the tube (pill) … then once he was stable, they sent him home and told him to rest and drink tons of water… he passed the stone a couple of days later (surprisingly it wasn’t painful on the way out… just while it was moving towards the bladder from his kidney)

Dr told him indeed it was a pain as bad as having a baby … lol, after that my SO said he could relate to what women went thru in labour.

Honestly, can’t believe a few things from your post…

1- It appears that the Dr hasn’t done a scan (so how can they tell how big the stone is… or what you will need in the way of “assistance” to pass it)

2- Water is your best bet… if I recall correctly Gatorade is not on the recommended list of fluids.

3- People who are prone to getting kidney stones, tend to do so time and time again.  A lot of it is because of diet… Drink more fluids, but particulary water.  Pop is bad.  Alcohol isn’t great for you either.  Salty Junk Food (like chips) can also be problematic.  People seeme to get one of two kinds of stones… either Calcium based (a diet too rich in calcium)… or Uric Acid based… so the same stuff that causes Uric Acid / Gout in people are the things to avoid… or only consume in moderation… you can GOOGLE Gout for more info (Hubby-2-Bs stones seem to be Uric Acid based)

Good luck, I hope the stone passes soon, and the pain comes to an end.

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve never had kidney stones myself, but my mother had them (after having 2 kids) & says it was worse than childbirth. And my partner had them (before I knew him) and was so bad in pain he was crawling on the floor cos he couldn’t walk. So I really wish you luck with it

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m sorry that you’re in so much pain! I don’t have any kids yet myself, so I can’t say for sure … but I have to imagine that they are at least as painful as childbirth, if not more so in some cases. The first one that I ever had (at age eighteen) was the absolute WORST. I was in so much pain that I couldn’t eat, sleep or do anything really. I even ended up having to go to the ER for that one, and being put on a morphine drip. Out of all the kidney stones I’ve ever had though, (and i’ve had about nine) that one was by far the worst. The other eight that I’ve had I don’t remember being so terrible, except I guess for the last one – where I had to have a lithotripsy (sp?) to get the stone out. 

ETA: That’s what I thought when I got my first one too. I’d always assumed that kidney stones were things that 40+ year old men got. Unfortunately for me however, apparantly that is not the case. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Kidney stones are definitely more painful than childbirth. I had an epidural, so of course it was, but for the 7 hours I went through natural labor, kidney stones were definitely worse.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m so sorry you’re in so much pain! I recently had a kidney infection that I had to go to the emergency room for, and even that was unbelievably painful. Most painful thing I’ve experienced. I’m sure the kidney stones are worse, and I hope you get them taken care of quickly!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@love108:  I actually don’t remember it being outright painful to urinate … just sort of uncomfortable. (I’d get this sort of ‘stinging’ sensation … if that makes sense? It didn’t really hurt much, but it WAS really annoying!) 

As for the procedure, I think you’re usually put under so it’s really not that bad. My least favorite part was having the stent taken out a couple of weeks later. (Which is done while you’re fully awake.) Other than that though, it was really no big deal. 

 

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