Kidney Stones

15 posts
20 June 2011
This is probably a very random post as it's not really modelling related - but I spent all yesterday in hospital in agony, and have been told I have Kidney stones. It runs in my family and I am gutted that I have them so young and will have to deal with them for the rest of my life. I just wondered if anyone here suffered from them? And if so how do you deal with the pain etc?
Posted 20 June 2011
thats horrible i have kidney damage due to being born with under developed kidneys and developing septacemia in the right kidney so i know how much it can hurt im not sure about kidney stones but i know bladder stones are caused by excess calcium and can be diet controled (might be worth checking if kidney stones are the same)
hope you feel better soon
ratsx
Posted 20 June 2011
Edited by rattusratus 20 June 2011
rattusratus
thats horrible i have kidney damage due to being born with under developed kidneys and developing septacemia in the right kidney so i know how much it can hurt im not sure about kidney stones but i know bladder stones are caused by excess calcium and can be diet controled (might be worth checking if kidney stones are the same) hope you feel better soon ratsx
Aw that's awful - I wouldn't wish this pain on anyone I saw somewhere about the calcium thing so maybe that's true Thanks xxx
Posted 20 June 2011
when mine was at its worst i was put in a 2 week morphine induced coma, but the 6 hours leading up to them doping me up where agony i would even wish that pain on hitler (i was 100% worse than giving birth and i had no pain killers while giving birth) i think when it comes to kidney pain if you havnt suffered it people dont understand how bad it can be
Posted 20 June 2011
Edited by rattusratus 20 June 2011
MelPet
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MelPet
I had one a couple of years ago that wasn't painful, though the specialist was somewhat puzzled as to why not as the kidney was backing up apparently. It required three operations under a general anaesthetic and two sessions of lithotripsy (being blasted by ultrasonic waves) before I waved it goodbye - literally. I'm not looking forward to my next one, but if it comes I hope lithotripsy will be the option. Sorry I can't offer you any comfort!

Posted 20 June 2011
kirkschwarz
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kirkschwarz
rattusratus

thats horrible i have kidney damage due to being born with under developed kidneys and developing septacemia in the right kidney so i know how much it can hurt im not sure about kidney stones but i know bladder stones are caused by excess calcium and can be diet controled (might be worth checking if kidney stones are the same)
hope you feel better soon
ratsx


Off the tope of my head I know you can get calcium stones, you can also get other forms, I know you can get uric acid stones (linked to the filtration of foods, also prevalent in gout) and there are a couple of other causes which i can't remember...  Sure they'll be on the internet somewhere...
Posted 20 June 2011
CJChmiel
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CJChmiel
I have had them many times and can relate to being in the Emergency Room with an IV drip and heavy pain killers. In the end they found that I wasn't drinking enough water. Get a referral to a urologist and get tested, it can be anything from diet to not enough hydration.

Don't ever wish the pain you experience from kidney stones even on my worse enemy.

Craig

Posted 20 June 2011
Sorry to hear that and hope you can get rid of them and that they don't reoccur. I've had them once when I was 14 and it was really painful. I'm 23 now though and haven't had a repeat case so hopefully you be the same

Posted 20 June 2011
Siras
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Siras
Had a couple of kidney stones for the 1st time recently - I've done myself some damage over the years, but had never experienced pain quite like it. Ended up in casualty dosed up with morphine!.

I'd been taking Andrew's liver salts over the previous weeks and wondered whether I'd built up some "sediment". Haven't taken any since and have haven't had kidney stones since either.

I think the key thing is to simply keep yourself well hydrated.

Posted 20 June 2011
doodyone
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doodyone
Yes. I have recurring kidney stones. Although they have become so much more infrequent since I had the parathyroidectomy. I find it a real pain to drink the amount of water that I have to. Not only that but I have to make sure that the calcium levels in any mineral waters are very low. Some waters have more calcium than milk. The worst part of the pain is the pre-rumble, where I can feel some discomfort that may or may not presage the all out pain that results from passing jagged sharp crystals down a very narrow tube. Once the full assault starts it's a 999 call every time. Especially since the time I had bi-lateral stones which resulted in emergency weekend surgery. If it's not an immediate admission to a ward, they generally give you enough pain killing drugs to sedate an elephant. There is no getting away with the pain. I hope for as much as possible because the intervention and relief follows that much quicker - ahhhh pethadine Make sure your pee runs clear, if it doesn't you're not drinking enough. Don't drink too much, that can kill you. No strawberries, chocolate, tea, and something else that I really should give up that I can't remember at the mo'. And nobody believes me when I tell them that it's the worst pain possible - way worse than childbirth.
Posted 20 June 2011
stevecymraeg
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stevecymraeg
Some useful info here:- http://www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/stonesadults/index.htm



Posted 20 June 2011
CJChmiel
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CJChmiel
I have to stress that every person is different and different things can cause kidney stones in different people. The best thing you can do for yourself is get referred to a urologist and get some test done to determine what is the root cause for you to have kidney stones in you. A GP can't tell you anything, but recite what is on the NHS website.

Kidney Stones can cause some very serious damage to your insides and can lead to permanent health issues down the line. So don't mess about with this. And yes I am talking from experience here.

Posted 20 June 2011
Thank you so much everybody for the advice I'm surprised at how many people suffer from them! It truly is the most unbearable pain I have ever felt in my life - I have not been through childbirth yet but I'm assuming it won't be as bad as the pain I felt! I have an appoimtment with a Kidney specialist, the same one who deals with my Mum who's had them since being 21, in a few weeks so hopefully they'll be able to tell me more and do more. For now I'm laid up with tons of painkillers drinking tons of water and finding it very hard to go to the toilet feeling very sorry for myself haha! Hope I never have them again, but it seems likely I will seen as my Mum and Nanna have siffered for most of their lives
Posted 20 June 2011
HowardJ
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HowardJ
I had one once and it felt like someone had stuck a knife in my side and was slowly twisting it. I ended up shaking and having cold sweats with the pain. I eventually went to the doctor and he told me if I'd gone to see him sooner he'd have put me in hospital. In the process of x-raying me he decided I had cancer and off I went to the operating theatre for emergency surgery. Two months of worrying later he decided I didn't. They never did find the kidney stone though. I now don't go to doctors as they haven't got a clue!

I've had one bout since caused by not drinking enough while taking lemsip for a cold drinking lots of water for 24 hrs sorted that out though and it seems to have done the trick.

Fortunately the ops can be done using keyhole surgery and you can be out in an hour or two.

Posted 30 June 2011
cold sweats is when i panic because that always comes before either passing out or fits

Posted 30 June 2011
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