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Old 09-23-2003, 11:21 AM   #1
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Angry 7mm stone not moving!

Well the saga continues in my life..
after passing a 4mm stone without a trace we have no clue as to what type of stones I carry in me. I dont know how a stone could pass through a strainer but it did somehow.
Well anyhoo my doctor did an ultra sound to find that I had a 7mm kidney stone in the same kidney. I started to panic and he assured me that it would not cause any problems.He said that is was not obstructing anyting and not moving at all. He ordered another urine test in a few weeks then to be followed by another one in 6 months.
Wouldnt ya think he would refer me to a specialist or something instead of saying "I dont think it will do anything".
-can you pass it without surgery?
-should I trust my doctor?
-what should I eat?
-will it pass or stay in there forever??

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Old 09-27-2003, 03:03 PM   #2
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hi,I have a stone right now and am having surgery on thursday because it is too big for me to pass. I am not for sure of the size of this stone but all I know is that it is too big for me to pass and is stuck in my tubes. This is my second one that has been to big for me to pass. I think the doctor should remove that because if he ends up leaving it there wouldn't it keep getting bigger. It will stay there unless you pass it or have surgery. I had extreme pain with my last one and this one is starting to get real bad. I would highly suggest you to have surgery because it will eventually start causing you pain. Let me tell you they are very painful! So anyways let me know what you decide to do.

Old 09-30-2003, 08:39 AM   #3
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I've recently had a stone that was the size of a marble. It was no fun. It had to be surgicaly removed. I'm not sure how large 7mm's is but for now as long as its not moving you should be fine. But your wanting to know if you can pass is right. Well ask your uro. what the span of a normal ureter(sp?) or tube is and that should give you an idea of how difficult it would be if it was to pass and on the amount of pain you would be in.

Old 10-03-2003, 06:29 AM   #4
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The E.R. doctor told me that they usually let you try to pass stones up to 6mm. My urologist is letting me try to pass one that is 6.4mm. With the trouble I'm having with mine, 7mm doesn't sound fun. I guess none of them are. I'm new to all this, so if anyone has better info, go with theirs.
By the way, 7mm is a half-way between 17/64 and 9/32 of an inch. A little bigger than 1/4 inch.

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Old 10-04-2003, 08:53 AM   #5
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If I did have to have it removed ...would they break it up inside my kidney before it starts to move? Also when you have that sound wave treatment done do you have to go home with a stent in??? I really dont want to have one of those put in me!!!
Thanks for the info.

Old 10-04-2003, 08:57 AM   #6
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also I forgot to add that my famimly doctor did an ultra sound when he found the 7mm stone. I was shocked because I had a CT done at ER back in september and they only found one small stone. So Iam hopefully guessing that the ultra sound shows stones that are bigger then they really are. So maybe the 4mm stone went back into my kindey. I dont know how ER doctors could pass up and release me with a stone of that size and not say anything.

Old 10-04-2003, 08:12 PM   #7
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mollybear - are you seeing a urologist or is your family doctor following this? Has he referred you to a nephrologist to do any analysis as to what is causing your stones?
If your stone is still in your kidney and they decide to break it up with lithotripsy they will most likely put in a stent so that you can pass the fragments with relatively little discomfort - although I have found the stent to be very uncomfortable.
I'm not sure of your age or medical history but with multiple stones it is wise to have urine and blood chemistries done to establish any risk factors contributing to stone formation.
Best of luck to you and please let me know if I can answer any questions!

Old 10-09-2003, 10:05 AM   #8
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I saw your post and I had three stones a few yrs. ago and one was 7mm. I passed two other ones that were 5mm.
I had lithotripsy on the 7mm one and they did such a good job that the pieces were not even visible. I had another stone which was 10mm this past Dec 02. I had it done with lithotripsy too and strained the pieces out. The doctor put a stent in ealier. The stone was pretty big he said to pass out. Hope this helps.

Old 10-13-2003, 01:40 PM   #9
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Hi. In Jan. I had a 6 mm kidney stone that was stuck in the ureter, so I had Lithrotripsy and the Dr. removed the pieces with a basket afterwards. I found out today that I have a 3 mm stone on the same side. I'm seeing the Dr. this afternoon. I hope to God I can pass this one. I'm 53 and have had stones off and on since I was 20!!!!! In those days, I had to have major surgery to get them out. I'm not having severe pain, but I do notice burning in my vulvar area which could be from the stone or a female disorder I have. I'm so frustrated that I keep getting stones. I know that I don't drink enough water when I'm away from home b/c then I have to constantly find a bathroom. BTW, I didn't have to have a stent put in. Good luck. Sue

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