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Old 12-29-2006, 11:10 AM   #1
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Passing kidney stone without pain?

My husband had been having lower back pain for about a week, with a mild upset stomach. When he came home last night he said he had heard something small like a tink noise when he was urinating- he couldn't see anything and was using a public washroom so didn't want to go looking around. He said his back pain was gone shortly after this happened. Is it possible to pass a kidney stone without pain? Should he see a doctor?
Thank you for any advice.

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Old 12-29-2006, 02:32 PM   #2
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Re: Passing kidney stone without pain?

Some small stones do pass without much (or any) pain. All depends on the size of the stone. The ureter (tube that connects the kidney to the bladder) has a diameter of about 3mm, so a stone larger than this could (and probably would) cause some pain while passing through. Best prevention for stones is drink plenty of water and keep one's urine alkaline (pH > 6). Look on the Internet for other prevention methods. Can't make any recommendations on seeing a doctor. It's your husband's call.

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