Hi everyone, I looked for a board on kidneys but I didn't see one - if I missed it and I'm posting this in the wrong place, please tell me and I'll move it
Anyway, two weeks ago my Dr. sent me for routine xrays of my right hip. That xray showed a 9mm kidney stone in my right kidney. I have had minor kidney soreness the past week, but nothing near what I had with my last kidney stone attack.
See, 2 years ago I had to have 2 surgeries to remove another 9mm stone in the same right kidney. My dr (the local health department, ugh) says if "it isn't broke, don't fix it" - in other words let it sit there and get even larger, causing me even more trouble then the last 9mm stone I had removed did.
So I was wondering if there is anything I can do to go ahead and give it a nudge? Get the pain and nonsense over with now... rather than let it grow more. And, can't big stones just sitting in the kidney cause damage over time?
I've been drinking plenty of water... is that pretty much all I can do? Anybody know?
Leaving it sit, and not doing anything would be just plain stupid. Your kidneys can expand causing severe pains, more than you have ever had with a stone if you do not take action. There is no way to pass a stone that big, usually even a stent, won't help pass that large of a stone. You need to find a primary urologist for when you develop the stones. Water will help move it around in your kidney, but will not help filter it through due to the size of it. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy will break it down into smaller pieces so it is passable, if that doesn't work then Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy would be in order, which means cutting through your back to remove the stone.
i would have to totally agree with brittny here on what realistically needs to be done. and by the way, there IS a kidney forum here with some really knowledgable people on it too(go down into the "K" section, you will find it). i use it as well for info on my kidney disease... there is just NO WAY that a stone THAT large would be able to pass thru the ureter, or not without some MAJOR pain. and it could actually get stuck in the ureter too(usually right at the point it comes out from the kidney and into that ureter) which i personally(having had a stone myself)would never take THAT type of chance on.
this just seriously needs to be broken apart so you CAN pass this at all really and with less pain than if that sucker even tried to pass on it's own. did you actually ever see a nephrologist or urologist for the last one you had? if so, i would go back to that doc, or find a new uro or neph to best handle this stone in the very BEST ways for you. but i would NOT allow this thing to EVER simply 'sit there' as it WILL gain in size with time, which just could eventually lead to having to have a surgical procedure at that point just to get it out, esp if it should go INTO that ureter and get stuck. and trust me here, if it DOES get stuck in there, you would be in for a world of major 'hurt". my R kidney stone was only about like 4-5 mms, and i honestly thought i was going to die while it 'contracted/expelled' down thru my R ureter then passed out of my body. even some stones that are just the size of like a large grain of sand can actually generate some pretty good pain, mostly depending upon how 'jagged' the outter part of it just 'is'. while simply drinking alot of water can allow the best chance of passing the smaller stones, yours really IS simply way too big to pass on it's own at this point. but i still would continue to keep drinking water anyways since we DO need it. and most people overall, simply do not even drink 'enough" like they should be in any normal day and situation.
i would just try like heck to simply get this taken care of as soon as you possibly can, just so you KNOW it is done and overwith. i wish you lots of luck and minimal pain with this thing, but hopefully the right specialist will get it out/break it apart before it can do any major damage if this even should try and expel out via the ureter. please DO keep us posted, FB
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