I am new to healthboards and have questions!
A little background:
I am 28 years old and started getting kidney stones during my last pregnancy. I have had 10 stones in the span of 12 months. One was analyzed and it was comprised of Calcium Phosphate.
I started having back pain in early May. I did not think it was a stone at first. It was just pain, slightly stabby, but not renal colic. So I went to the chiropractor. When several visits did not resolve it, I made an appointment with my doctor. I told her that I thought maybe it was another stone and I wanted a scan. She said it was not a stone, I was too young for that and wasn't in enough pain for it to be a stone. She sent me for a scan anyway (I am just a little pushy).
Turns out I had a 5mm stone stuck at the UVJ in my left distal ureter. They said it was very close to passing. So I pushed fluids and waited. Then I went to see the Urologist and I took Flomax, pushed fluids and waited. I was referred to another Urologist and lost medical coverage before the appointment rolled around.
The stone is still there. The pain gets worse as time passes. I have had 6 utis (working on number 7 now) because of it. Its interfering with my day to day activities. I can hardly pick up my kids because lifting hurts so bad
I am at a loss. My college even told me that I am not to return until I have medical documentation saying that the stone is gone so I am missing my core nursing classes as we speak (they started today actually).
My thought process is that if it hasn't passed-its not going to. The Uro said I am in danger of wearing a hole in ureter, blocking the flow of urine which may lead to kidney damage, and strictures that will may future stones nearly impossible to pass. He also said that it will likely take more than one procedure to get it out.
So my questions are:
What on earth am I to do? If I go to the ER, what will they do? What options are there for someone with no medical coverage?