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Old 04-18-2007, 09:07 PM   #1
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severe pain from kidney stone/stent removal

Hi all,

any females out there who have had a kidney stone removed? A week ago, I woke in the middle of a dream that my stomach was being cut out...only to find I had a severe pain in my lower left side and back...had to go to the ER, and found I had a 5.5mm kidney stone lodged in my ureter, halfway between the kidney and bladder...worse pain than natural childbirth....had surgery with the basket removal...then had stent placed. Pain was better than before surgery, but still hurt like crazy. I had the stent removed yesterday, 5 days post-op. They said it "might hurt a little bit for a couple of days.." yeah...right...As I sit here trying to catch my breath from the severe pain...
Is this normal??? How can the doctor tell me when he's never had one?? I think this pain is as bad as when I first went to the ER....any advice/information would be greaty appreciated...Thank you

 
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Old 04-19-2007, 05:54 AM   #2
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Re: severe pain from kidney stone/stent removal

yes, this is my first stone...hopefully my last...we won't know what type for a couple of weeks when they get the lab report back. I took an antibiotic after getting the stent put in, but only had to take it for 5 days, the same amount of time the stent was in. This morning is a little better, but the pain meds haven't worn off yet...so, we'll see...thanks for the kind thoughts...

 
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:07 AM   #3
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Re: severe pain from kidney stone/stent removal

Soccergolfmom -

Yes we all have indeed gone thorugh this. The doctor's always say "a little pain" or "slight discomfort" ahha. That is like saying that there is a slight chill in the air in Antarctica. My MD admitted he blacked out several weeks ago in a similiar condition to mine and now he can relate more to why I was scared and aggravated when they said it was no big deal. No big deal until it happens to you.

Hang in there. Each day should get better and hopefully ths will be your last stone though I hate to disappoint you...........those who get one stone and unfortuantely bound to repeat.

Congratulations, that was a big stone for your first time around.

 
Old 04-19-2007, 02:36 PM   #4
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Hi..I am glad to have found this forum. I am a 36 yr old female and I have several questions for those fo you who have been through the kidney stone removal and lithotripsy. I had a 4mm stone in my left ureter and I have a 9mm stone in my right kidney. 2 days ago I had the surgery to remove the stone in my ureter, but when the dr. started looking in my ureter the stone was gone. I must have passed it. He then put a stent in my ureter. Why would he not order another CT scan before the surgery to make sure it was still there? Now I feel like I have a stent for no reason and I am miserable. I am having it removed on Monday. Do you recommend I take Vicodin and my bladder spasm medicine before I go in? And how long does it take to remove it? Do they not give you local anasthesia? My dr. told me I would not have pain after the surgery, but that is so not true. I have hardly slept in 2 days and it hurts so bad to urinate. Secondly, I am having lithotripsy on the right side in 2 weeks. The dr. says it will not hurt to pass the fragments of stones afterwards, but now I do not believe him. Anyone have any experience with this? Were any of you sedated for lithotripsy? Also, will I definitely have a stent after lithotripsy because I really do not want one unless it is absolutely necessary. Thanks in advance for your replies. Glad to know I am not alone.

 
Old 04-19-2007, 06:35 PM   #5
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Re: severe pain from kidney stone/stent removal

my doctor did not give me anything for pain before he removed the stent...taking it out was not fun....but it was a heck of a lot better than the way i felt an hour later. the pain was SO intense for several hours, and is finally going away...3 days later..The Vicodin did not help me, and it made me nauseous. I took Aleve (naproxen sodium)....3 caplets...and that was the only thing that helped. The good news is that i haven't had any pain for 18 hours now...so I think the worst is over...I hope you feel better soon

 
Old 04-20-2007, 04:33 AM   #6
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Thanks guys for answering my questions. The only way I get relief right now is to sit in hot water so for the past 3 nights I have literally slept all night in the bathtub. It seems to calm down the spasms. I had a baby in December and the last month of my pregnancy I ate sooo many Tums with calcium. I am wondering if this has anything to do with my getting stones. I don't ever want to go through this again. Thanks for your support. I am very glad you are feeling better soccer golf mom. Feeling good and having a normal day is something I will never take for granted again. LOL!!

 
Old 04-20-2007, 05:23 AM   #7
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Re: severe pain from kidney stone/stent removal

Lynn, fortunately it sounds like the Tums may have caused Calcium Oxolate stones. I say fortunately becuase you may dodge the bullet of them ever coming back. The first stone that you had out may have left the ureter when they did the cystoscopy (if this is what they did). So be careful it may still be there and it is hiding.

I have never been though a litho without anesthesia. I am not even sure they do it that way. I could be wrong.

Good luck.

Oh and last litho I had, I had no clue the fragments were coming out until I caught them so your doc MAY be right. However, I have had lithos where I still felt them pass.

 
Old 04-20-2007, 10:43 AM   #8
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2+1not3, were you completely put to sleep during lithotripsy? I think my dr. plans on just sedating me. I would rather be put to sleep. I heard litho feels like you have been kicked in the stomach. Do you have to have a stent after litho? I am going to tell my dr. I don't want one. I would rather have a little more pain passing fragments than to have another stent. What do you guys think? Thanks!!!!

 
Old 05-09-2007, 06:38 AM   #9
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Re: severe pain from kidney stone/stent removal

I have been on the machines umpteen times, and i have never been put to sleep, a little discomfort afterwords, but no serious pain like some on here have described, they give you like a sieve type thing to past water through afterwords to catch any fragments that pass though, i have also had a stent put in, was asleep for this, but awake when it was taken out, again no pain what so ever, i think i must be a lucky one, though i would not have the stent again, if i can get away with it, purely because i do not like being put to sleep, now i have stones returned once again, 2 large ones in my left kidney a 2.5 cm and a 2.cm and a small one in the right kidney, and i know i have one stuck some were as i am finding it hard to pass water and pain on doing so, i have a bigger scan this week and my kidney doctor wants me to see a Nephrology Dr next week, i know my left kidney is badly scarred and not working as it should, i am just hoping it is not bad news when i see him, hope you get yours sorted soon, every one is different in how they react to treatment, i was ok maybe i will not be next time, but i will be just glad to get them out, and not suffer the pain any longer.

 
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Re: severe pain from kidney stone/stent removal

Lynn sorry I never responded. Thanks were hectic towards the end of last month and I got behing in some of my postings.

I was sedated for Litho. I was put to sleep to have the stent in and awake to have it taken out. Taking it out was actually not bad at all. Having it in sucked. I had the stent placed before the litho because I was teeming with infection that would not respond to antibiotics. I was also slated for another surgery (open abdominal) at the time so they did the stent to protect the kidney during the other surgery.

 
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I have been on the machines umpteen times, and i have never been put to sleep, a little discomfort afterwords, but no serious pain like some on here have described, they give you like a sieve type thing to past water through afterwords to catch any fragments that pass though, i have also had a stent put in, was asleep for this, but awake when it was taken out, again no pain what so ever, i think i must be a lucky one, though i would not have the stent again, if i can get away with it, purely because i do not like being put to sleep, now i have stones returned once again, 2 large ones in my left kidney a 2.5 cm and a 2.cm and a small one in the right kidney, and i know i have one stuck some were as i am finding it hard to pass water and pain on doing so, i have a bigger scan this week and my kidney doctor wants me to see a Nephrology Dr next week, i know my left kidney is badly scarred and not working as it should, i am just hoping it is not bad news when i see him, hope you get yours sorted soon, every one is different in how they react to treatment, i was ok maybe i will not be next time, but i will be just glad to get them out, and not suffer the pain any longer.

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Old 05-09-2007, 02:23 PM   #12
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Re: severe pain from kidney stone/stent removal

i know big ones, just hoping i can get them seen to before they decide to move, the lady who did the last scan said if they move i will be in serious trouble, i am hoping that the stone i know is on its way out is a small one, last time i passed a large one, i don't know how i passed it, it was like a plum stone, even the doctor at the hospital was joking with me asking if it was me who passed the bolder, having these stones is no fun for any one, they are trying to find out why i keep getting them, also had my gall bladder removed because of stones, i think i just keep making them, been in pain now on and off since Christmas, but the docs here do not rush any thing, takes about 3 months to see a specialist from being referred to by the doctor, then another waiting time to have scans, by the time all that is happening, you end up in the hospital as an emergency, i just want them out as soon as possible every time i go to the toilet i hope i can, as last time when a large one got jammed, i could not go and was in awful pain

 
Old 05-10-2007, 01:41 PM   #13
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Re: severe pain from kidney stone/stent removal

did they do a CT Scan before removing the stent? My docs had me do a CT scan to see if teh stones were gone- and sure enough, they are not... new ones have formed since the stent was put in- so now I need litho- and then will have the stent removed once it has all passed.

could you possibly still have a stone that is blocking the ureter?

boy- this stuff really stinks.

 
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Re: severe pain from kidney stone/stent removal

i had the stent put in when it showed stones in my kidney, then i went on the litho machine, they know how your stones are doing by the litho machine, and how well they have managed to break them up, yes i had a scan to make sure all was clear before the stent was removed, yes you are right these are horrid and painful, just seem to get rid of one lot, then more reappear, god knows why some keep getting them and others dont, don't be afraid of the litho machine if you have never been on one, believe me i am a coward, and i can cope with it. and i am sure i have a stone blocking the ureter, which is not good for me, just hope it is a small one so will pass on its own, ( i hope )

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Old 05-10-2007, 08:09 PM   #15
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Re: severe pain from kidney stone/stent removal

Yeah, ureter blocking causes more problems. :/

 
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