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Old 08-09-2014, 09:36 AM   #15
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Great story!! Not at all believable UNLESS you've had a kidney stone... been there, done that. My first stone episode was much like the OP, but my latest stone episode was totally pain-free from beginning to end... I was amazed... see the pic, it passed as all one piece, but it broke up when I was retrieving it for photo.

My urologist said analyzing the stone is passť, now instead they collect and analyze the urine, and make dietary, supplement, or medication modifications based on those results. And they bill insurance like any other lab test. He said any other prevention recommendations are a shotgun approach, arbitrary and not based on any testing... just a WAG.

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I've only been on meds for two months now, and I was 8 years between stone episodes, so it will be a long time before I'm convinced this approach works. But anything beats having another stone.
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I had one about 45 years ago. Six months later, I had another. When a third one arrived, my urologist sent me to see a doctor who was doing research into kidney stones, and was supposed to be the world's expert on the causes of kidney stones.

He had me collect a 24 hour output of urine, once a week. Each time I would bring it in, they would collect about 4 tubes of blood. In the end, they had about 30 pages of computer printout, and came to the conclusion "There is no reason that you should be having kidney stones."

About six weeks later, I got another stone. This one didn't pass, and they had to go in and get it. In exasperation. my urologist told "Some people claim that cranberry juice will prevent kidney stones from forming. Personally, I think that it's an old wives tale, but it can't hurt."

In desperation, I started drinking cranberry juice instead of orange juice. Well, 45 years and about 16,000 glasses of cranberry juice later, I have not had another stone. I am not really convinced that cranberry juice actually does prevent the stones. However, remembering the pain, I am not about to stop and find out.

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Worst day of my life until I was medicated. I thought a short walk might walk off the pain (Had no idea what a kidney stone attack was). Halfway home I was crawling. DW took me to the hospital emerg who started an IV and introduced me to morphine. Pain all gone. CT scan revealed the stone which did pass. Hopefully I don't get a repeat.
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BTDT...eight stones, passed seven and had two surgeries. I know the numbers don't add up...took two surgeries for the one stone. A urologist told me kidney stones are worse than child birth!
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BTDT...eight stones, passed seven and had two surgeries. I know the numbers don't add up...took two surgeries for the one stone. A urologist told me kidney stones are worse than child birth!
Unless the urologist has had both, I'd suspect this analysis.
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Great story!! Not at all believable UNLESS you've had a kidney stone... been there, done that. My first stone episode was much like the OP, but my latest stone episode was totally pain-free from beginning to end... I was amazed... see the pic, it passed as all one piece, but it broke up when I was retrieving it for photo.

My urologist said analyzing the stone is passť, now instead they collect and analyze the urine, and make dietary, supplement, or medication modifications based on those results. And they bill insurance like any other lab test. He said any other prevention recommendations are a shotgun approach, arbitrary and not based on any testing... just a WAG.

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I've only been on meds for two months now, and I was 8 years between stone episodes, so it will be a long time before I'm convinced this approach works. But anything beats having another stone.
You won't believe this, but I was eating some Almond Granolas when I saw the picture of your stones.

Oh man, you ruined my snack break!
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Been there done that several times. Surgery, stints ...PAIN.

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"Some people claim that cranberry juice will prevent kidney stones from forming. Personally, I think that it's an old wives tale, but it can't hurt."

In desperation, I started drinking cranberry juice instead of orange juice. Well, 45 years and about 16,000 glasses of cranberry juice later, I have not had another stone. I am not really convinced that cranberry juice actually does prevent the stones. However, remembering the pain, I am not about to stop and find out.

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I buy the Kirkland brand and Crystal Light lemonade mix at Costco. They actually go well together...with the proper amount of vodka.

Then again, looks like I am the last person to say what works and what doesn't.........
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Got one 3mm stone that I have been waiting to pass for 6 weeks. Urologist is planning to take it in a couple of weeks. CT scan shows it has traveled 99% of the way & should pass any time. No pain except for the first night when it began. I don't go anywhere without my bottle of prescription pain relievers just in case.
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Wow, just reliving my stone problem has me curled up in a fetal position in the corner. Knock on wood, it's been quite a few yrears since I've had one. Don't relish the idea of another one.
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Wow, lots of 'whole lot more pain' out there than what I endured, but I feel for each and every one.

The stone passed on through the bladder and I never saw or felt it so I don't have the benefit of analyzing it but it hit me so hard that subconsciously I'm cutting out chips and down on dairy.

This overweight body don't need that no moe!! Never again I hope and pray.

It was a tap on the shoulder to say...hey, get some of that lard off yer arse!!

Trying to make light of the horror of that pain, but I'll never forget it.

I get little 'growls' of pain in that area the past week or so on and off I think it's because the ureter/kidney was so swollen/distended when the urine backed up, like one said the cholic.....an d that takes a while to heal.

Add that to Thursday's additional horror/nighmare of losing my little Spencer boy and that made last week one of the worse in my life.

Here's to a better one coming up.

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I have had kidney stones many times over the years but the last time was about 3 years ago. Went to Dr and he ordered scan and the stone was near the kidney so I was put to sleep and he went in and used lazer to break it up then put stent in. That is the way to go if possible.
My sister woke up one night hurting and her husband took her to emergency room, they did an X ray and said it was a stone, gave her pain medication and sent her home. She went to bed and fell into a coma, husband called emergency squad and they took her to the hospital she remained in a coma for several days and they said her organs was shutting down, we thought we were going to lose her. But she finally came out of it and today is normal again. The Dr said the stone caused infection.
So they are nothing to mess with.
Remember to drink lots of water and keep the kidneys flushed so the minerals will not build up, best advice I was given.
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I have had about 10 stones over the last 10 years. My worst one was last summer. It was 8.5mm. To me it was the size of a basketball. Had stents put in and finally blasted with a laser. I hope I NEVER have one like that again. God willing.
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