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Old 06-30-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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Hi. I found out in May that I have 2 stones in right kidney. I had lithotripsy done on June 5th for the larger one - which then resulted in a nightmare of an ordeal. The lithotripsy went fine, I came out of recovery fine, but that damned stent really messed with me. Mentally more than physically. After 5 days, I asked my uro if it could come out. He told me to get an xray done and he would check how I was coming along. I literally ran out the door that day to get xray, and got a call from the uro's nurse a few hours later letting me know that Dr. C looked at the xray and he was willing to take the stent out. Went and got it out, 2 hours later I was in agony, my body reacted very badly to it being taken out. Spent the night taking Percoset, woke up the next morning and the pain was ok. Great news, right? Well, the next day I wound up in the ER because apparently there was a ton of sand still in me, and I was completely blocked up. Emergency procedure done at 7 that night, had a uretal catheter put in and spent 2 days in the hospital. Released on June 14th, uro told me that even though he cleared out the blockage I still might have a few fragments to pass. June 15th had a bunch of pain which was manageable, woke up on June 16th and peed a ton of sand! Hooray! That was the last of stone 1.

So now I still have Stone 2. I am going on vacation on Saturday, returning in a week, when I will go back to the urologist to talk about taking care of stone 2. My problem is, I have so much anxiety, I am sick. Whenever I feel the slightest twinge in my kidney I get myself in a state thinking "On No! Its coming down! Oh no! The pain is coming!!" This hasnt happened, but mentally, this whole ordeal has me literally vomiting and unable to eat.

I am trying so hard to put myself in a positive state of mind - I have one more stone, I WILL get thru this and do what I have to do... yet there is the part of me that is freaking out so bad about it all.

Any advice? I have a 7 year old and a 9 year old and I am tired (as I am sure they are!) of crazy Mommy.

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Old 06-30-2008, 05:53 PM   #2
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Re: Anxiety???

Perhaps ask your doc for some anti-anxiety meds to take, in the meantime.

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I understand your anxiety as I suffer from it myself. I've had many kidney stones over the years. My Urologist told me years ago that when I travel I should make sure there's a hospital nearby; in other words, don't go on a safari in Africa, etc. Xanax works great for me. I try not to worry about ending up in agony unless I can't locate my husband to drive me to the ER. My Urologist prescribed pain meds. for me to have at home in case one of my stones starts moving. As time goes on, I think it's easier to deal with having stones. I hope things work out for you.

 
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I understand your anxiety as I suffer from it myself. I've had many kidney stones over the years. My Urologist told me years ago that when I travel I should make sure there's a hospital nearby; in other words, don't go on a safari in Africa, etc. Xanax works great for me. I try not to worry about ending up in agony unless I can't locate my husband to drive me to the ER. My Urologist prescribed pain meds. for me to have at home in case one of my stones starts moving. As time goes on, I think it's easier to deal with having stones. I hope things work out for you.
Thank you so much, Sunshine. I spoke to my doctor yesterday, he insisted I still head down to the shore on Saturday for me week of vacation. He was very concerned about me and kep telling me I have to get back to my "happy place" - stop dwelling on the past pain and just try to remain positive. He gave me an RX for Percoset for "just in case" but I know if that stone comes down, Percoset won't do anything. I've already mapquested the nearest hospital to where I am staying (only 4 miles away, thank goodness).

The anxiety and stress has gotten to me so bad I can't even focus on real life. I need to get past this.

I have my second lithotripsy with stent (ugh) scheduled for the week of the 14th. I am praying that for as miserable as I will be with that damn stent in for a couple of weeks, hopefully this will be the end of it, and once the stent is out and the stone fragments have passed, I can finally get back to my life.

 
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Hi supereen:

I hope you have a wonderful, painfree vacation. Good luck with your Lithotripsy. I'll be thinking about you. Sue

 
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