As I type this, I’m literally on my couch writhing in pain. It’s been almost a week since my lithotripsy and these suckers are really making their way out.
Before this procedure I had 5 stones, all 7mm or larger. Also, it should be noted that this past procedure marked my 16th lithotripsy. Yes 16th. I’ve also had a percutaneous nephrolithotomy which is much more invasive.
Back story goes like this…I got my first kidney stone in 2005, when I was 20. My first lithotripsy was in 2006. I’ve had at least one procedure a year, sometimes more, since then. They’ve done every test and we still have no idea why I produce so many, so quickly. Not dietary, checked the parathyroid several times over the years, I’ve increased my water intake to an insane amount every day. Crazy!!!!!!!
Anyway, this post is not about preventing them since I obviously don’t know how to do that 🙂
This is strictly about tips I’ve learned along the way on how to pass these painful things.
1. DRINK, DRINK, DRINK
This one seems so obvious. but can be difficult sometimes. To help, I have a very large water bottle (like this one) and I force myself to drink on a time limit. I’ve also seen people write on water jugs with times to make sure they are getting an entire jug down by the end of the day. If you prefer smaller more portable bottles, try one like this or this. Any way you decide, just do it! It’s so important.
I know it hurts guys, but you’ve got to get up and move. If you’ve been to the doctor then I’m sure you’ve got some medicine. Take it and go for it. I only go walking distance from my home just in case, but I will get outside and walk or try to play with the kids the best I can. Yes it’s painful, but it gets the stones moving quicker.
3. Lay inverted
I learned this one from my urologist. When I have stones, I do this twice a day for 15-30 minutes. I notice a difference immediately. Of course I’m passing hundreds at the moment, but if you’re looking to get one out, doing this will get it out of the kidney and headed toward the bladder. If you have stairs, lay with your head going down them. It can be uncomfortable, but it works. If you don’t have stairs you could hang off a couch or bed with your legs propped on the cushion or mattress. On the extreme side, you could invest in an inversion table. Seems like it might be something I should do myself lol.
4. Sleep on your side
Example: my kidney stones are in my left kidney so I sleep on my right side with my left kidney up. That also helps get the stones out of the kidney and start to pass.
Good luck to anyone out there dealing with these dreaded things. Trust me, I feel your pain.
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