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Hello, I have a few questions I hope someone can help me with ...

Last sunday I woke up with severe pain in my side that went around to my lower back and my abdomen. I went to the dr and they did a urinalysis and found some blood in my urine. They said that I likely had a kidney stone and they wanted me to have a ct scan to be sure.

They also said I should strain my pee to try and catch the stone so I have been doing that since sunday and have found nothing. The good thing is that I am not in pain anymore ... I actually started feeling better after I got back from the dr sunday.

So then I did the ct scan today and the Dr. Called me with the results and said the scan was inconclusive so I still don't know what is going on with me! He said there were some calcium deposits around my pelvic area, he had a name for them but I can't remember what is was ... Sounded like it started with an f or a p. He said they were normal but I had a good bit of them so he said that my primary care dr may want to do some tests to see if my calcium levels are too high. I have a follow up appt. On friday.

Well as for the kidney stone, he said they found a 4mm mass that may be a kidney stone or it may be one of these calcium deposits, but it was hard for them to tell in the scan. So I guess it is possible that I already passed the stone without knowing it. Or the mass they saw could be the stone and I should pass it in a few days.

I am not sure what my question really is, I am just confused about this whole thing.

~ flutter
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replied October 26th, 2005
Just thought i'd post an update ... I went to my pcp and she looked at the ct scan and said it was definitely a kidney stone. Last sunday I had a little more pain and took some meds and felt fine. However, I am still not sure if I have passed the stone or not. :?

I if I was to pass some 4 mm mass I would feel it, right? The Dr. Said that most people will feel it but some people don't. She also said that there are some cases where you never pass the stone and it can grow and become a problem again later.

She told me to drink lots more water and exercise more. She also said I shouldn't take calcium supplements as I seem to be getting a lot of it in my diet.

Has anyone else had an experience similar to this?

Thanks,

~ flutter :)
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replied November 3rd, 2005
I have been suffering kidney trouble for some time and often have excrutiating pain in my back ,every urine test shows blood and I was hospitalized for eight days in august,on one scan they said there was a small cyst but the kidney function test was fine they then tried to blame it on my bowel I argued with them and had to see a gastroentorologist just to prove it was my kidney at 30 I think I know the difference between bowel pain and kidney pain, but anyway they sent me home unfortunately I had a problem with my gallbladder that needed more attention than my left kidney and I am now back in the same predicament of what is going on with it I am sure it wasn't a cyst and it is a stone as I get a recurrence of this quite a lot it's been going on 10 years it will hurt for weeks then disappear so maybe I am getting stones and passing them without noticing as my doc said it is very possible many people can pass stones with no problem at all, i'd just be aware when you go to the toilet as it may or may not hurt if you pass it,but you need to keep a check to make sure you do pass this stone.
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replied November 3rd, 2005
Thanks for the info :)
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replied April 6th, 2006
I have been having kidney stones for years. Most stones are made of calcium. If you drink alot of coffee or sodas and not much water..This can be a factor. However I just found a few week ago if you live where there is a lot of hard water such as south texas then water can be actually bad for you, I have drink bottle water. The best thing is probably drink a lot of bottle water and cranberry juice (the acid helps break down calcium) as far as feeling the stone.. Some stones will come out and since they are jaged the tear the urethra and it hurts. Other stones will can get stuck and require medical intervention and some get disolved somewhere in between. They key to getting them out is think of your system as a garden hose...If you kink the hose water builds up pressure and backs up. (that is what causes the pain the kidney..If you drink a lot water (like 5or 6 glasses right in a row..That will cause fountain like pressure and force the stone out...In other words...Pee like crazy. Also, you just might be prone to getting them regularly so keep some back up codiene on stock just in case. When you in pain and having to wait on a doctor or er..Its not a good scene. I hope that helps

flutter wrote:
just thought i'd post an update ... I went to my pcp and she looked at the ct scan and said it was definitely a kidney stone. Last sunday I had a little more pain and took some meds and felt fine. However, I am still not sure if I have passed the stone or not. :?

I if I was to pass some 4 mm mass I would feel it, right? The Dr. Said that most people will feel it but some people don't. She also said that there are some cases where you never pass the stone and it can grow and become a problem again later.


She told me to drink lots more water and exercise more. She also said I shouldn't take calcium supplements as I seem to be getting a lot of it in my diet.


Has anyone else had an experience similar to this?


Thanks,

~ flutter :)
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replied April 8th, 2006
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I've passed a few kidney stones. According to my doctor, my urethra is pretty small, but i've never had severe pain passing them. A couple of times I only knew I passed them because I saw them in the toilet or in the cup (if I was catching my urine). Those times I didn't feel them come out at all. The other times that I felt them stung a little but nothing at all like the severe pain in your side.

Also, i've heard they can get "stuck" in your bladder and it may be quite a while before you pass them, but it won't be painful while in your bladder.
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replied January 20th, 2009
white spots
had xrays today they picked up 2 white spots in my pelvic area (about the size of BBs, they were clustered together. dr said it could be stones, referred me to an urologist. could it be something more serious. I have had what i assume is a calcium deposit or bump on my foreheade for several years. just a hard not, no pain, hasnt changed. unsightly image. could this be more serious with mu calcium? I do drink tons of water. also love milk. Just wondering what i could be looking at
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replied January 26th, 2009
Follow up with urologist if you have kidney stones
If you ever get a stone I recommend following up with a urologist even if you stop having pain. I have had kidney stones in the past a few times. I was never sure if I past them or not. There has been one time that I actually knew I had because I caught it. I always assumed that I had because my pain stopped. So I never felt the need to follow up with a urologist. Well I wish I had because I learned my lesson the hard way.
So I finally decided to go to a urologist this past October because I was tired of getting stones about once every year and half. Now when I went I was having no symptoms of a stone nor did I think I had one. I had past a stone back in April though. Upon seeing the doctor he asked me if I thought I had one. I said no. He then asked why did you come in? I said I have them in the past and my PCP has been telling me to come see you to see if you have any suggestions on preventing them. He then proceeded to do a sonogram of both kidneys to see how they looked. Well, as soon as he put the sonogram on my right kidney he found a stone. A massive one at that. It was bigger than a marble. I was floored because I was having no symptoms what so ever. He informed me that it was had to be surgically removed and that it had been there for years by the size of it. I informed him that my first kidney stone had been in my right kidney 6 years ago. I told him that I wasn't sure if I ever passed it. I figured I had because my pain stopped after 2 days. He then said more than likely this was that same stone. Needless to say I had surgery for it in November and unfortunately everything that could go wrong did. I went in for a 3-4 day hospital stay. By the time I got out it had been 15 days, 4 surgeries later with two being emergency, almost died do to bleeding out 2 different times from where the percutaneous nephrolithotomy tube had been because it turned out that the renal artery and another artery had been severed, lost 40% of the blood in my body and I'm still having issues two months later. So I recommend to ALWAYS follow up with a urologist if you have a stone even if you aren't in pain anymore. I wish I had from the get go because I wouldn't have ended up in this situation. Trust me this not something you ever want to go through nor your family. There is nothing worse than not knowing if you are going to live or die and seeing blood pouring everywhere out of your back.
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replied March 8th, 2009
My symptoms are similar
I went to the store on Valentines day and when I picked up a package of bottled water, I threw my back out. I was on bed rest for 4 days and then was fine. Or so I thought!!!!

A few days later, when I woke up to use the bathroom, everything was fine, except when I was done, I felt like I needed to go again. I was making breakfast for the kids, when I got this TERRIBLE pain in my back, (left side-directly under the ribcage) In about 20 minutes, I couldn't stand or walk, I was unable to move. I called my husband home and we went to the doctor. The pain would come and go, and each time it came, it was worse than the previous. I thought it was a bladder infection, boy was I wrong.
The first doctor ran my urine, (what little I had from using the bathroom every 5 minutes, even though I couldn't go) and found blood in my urine. I could have told them that, because it was dark brown. They then sent me to another doctor, who did the same test and recommended that I go immediately to the emergency room, because they could do a CT Scan immediately and not have to wait for scheduling.
At this time I was told that I had a kidney stone, 2.5mm x 4 mm in size on my left size. The scan also showed a cyst on my left ovary. I went home with lots of drugs and the pain went away. I strained my urine and found nothing.
My dr called the next day and said that i am to have an ultrasound the next day. They did two, abdominally and vaginally. When the dr. got the results, they called and said that I didn't have a kidney stone after all, but that I had several small-large cysts on my left side. I was to wait for almost a month for my regular schedule GYNO appointment. Well, it is now the 7th of March and I still feel like I can't empty my bladder and I still feel like I have to pee every second of the day. I called my dr. to see if I could in any sooner and they (GYNO office) said that they pain was from the main cyst rupturing and that I only have one small one left.

However, (and this is the kicker) they said that the CT scan showed several calcium deposits in my ureters and I should go to urologist as soon as possible.

I have come to the conclusion that no one knows what the hell is going on, and it seems that they want to keep passing the ball to the next team. I have had enough, I don't know what to do. . . .

Any advice?
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replied July 9th, 2009
i have kindney stones with calcium deposts
i have been looking everywhere on the computer about my condition i have 4 kidney stone with calcium deposits on them which has caused my kidney to be deformd andmy doc said i could have kidney failure at any time but she still hasnt done anything what should i do?
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replied August 24th, 2009
For those of you looking for help I sympothize! I was diagnosed with 3 kidney stones last summer with the largest being the size of a nickel.I had been in lots of pain for months. I had an x-ray taken in June of this year and I am down to one stone which is the size of a dime. Last year I had no appetite hardly and felt nauseous a lot with lower back pain all the time. This year my appetite has come back and the pain is not as bad. I use a heating pad every day for hours but the main things I do are: Drinking lots of water, drinking lots of lemonade/cutting back on sodas(especially dark ones(Pepsi/Coke). BUT I have been taking herbs alot also and believe they have helped me tremendously. They are "CHANCA PIEDRA(Stone-Breaker)" and "STONE-FREE". I believe these have helped me a lot. I have not gotten sick since last year when I had bouts of throwing up; even at work. Please look into these herbs as they will help you and break down the stones. And lemon juice will help also; drink lots of lemonade.
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replied October 6th, 2009
Passing Kidney Stones With Little/No Pain??
I can sympathize with all of you...I had my first 2 kidney stones when I was about 7 1/2 months pregnant. I had 2 in 2 days...both times ending up in the ER. Of course because I was pregnant, the only "test" that could be done was an ultra sound...which did show the stones. I can honestly say - I'd much rather give birth drug free than to go through that pain again. That being said, just this past weekend, I got what I thought was a UTI - pressure/pain when urinating, fever, sluggish, slight pelvic/side pain and noticed a tinge of pink/red (blood) when I wiped after urinating. Went to my GYN yesterday (Monday) for a UA to confirm the UTI and get ABT's...turns out I don't have a UTI. My UA was clean. As of last night - I feel better - still a little sluggish, but overall pain free. I now truly believe that I passed a small kidney stone at some point over the weekend. I didn't know you could pass stones and not have the sheer agony I went through a couple years ago. Thanks for everyone's posts - I know it's not always good to self diagnose, but I feel better knowing this is probably what happened and that I'm not just losing my mind Smile
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replied February 16th, 2010
KIDNEY STONES
I have a recipe that my friend have tried and it works. you can try! Hopefully it works for you guys.
Ingredient:
1 X Whole Pineapple (Peel of the skin)
50g of Rock Sugar(can buy in asian groceries)
Method: Put the pineapple(whole) in a bowl with rock sugar and steam until cooked and eat all once. After a few times you should able to see break-up of calcium in your urine.

Wish you all well!
Richie
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replied March 18th, 2014
Kidney Stones
Kidney stones. I went to a nephologist (kidney Specialist) after years of dropping stones and surgeries. He did about $500 of blood and urine tests only to tell me that I have calcium in my urine. NO KIDDING. Tell me something I dont already know. Chanca Piedra does not break up the stone but I think it causes them to drop from the kidney when the stone is small. I am getting regular stones dropping and I am able to pass them. I believe this is working to release them before they get to big. It does make your stool soft but if that saves me from having doctors stuff me with tools to remove the stones then I am in. I have been taking this for 2 months now and plan to take it as long as the stones stay passable.
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replied March 18th, 2014
If your doctor thinks the stone can pass on its own, and if you feel you can deal with the pain, he or she may suggest home treatment, including:

Using pain medicine. Nonprescription medicine, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), may relieve your pain. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label. Your doctor can prescribe stronger pain medicine if needed.
Drinking enough fluids. You'll need to keep drinking water and other fluids when you are passing a kidney stone.
Your doctor may prescribe medicine to help your body pass the stone. To learn more, see Medications.

If your pain is too severe, if the stones are blocking the urinary tract camera.gif, or if you also have an infection, your doctor will probably suggest a medical procedure, such as lithotripsy, or surgery to deal with the stone. For more information, see Other Treatment and Surgery.
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