How to Pass Kidney Stones

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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 šŸ™‚

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)Ā 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.

2. MOVE

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 legsĀ 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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These horrible things called kidney stones

I have been missing from the radar lately. I did make a goal at the beginning of the year to blog more often, but I have been in much pain. And I mean A LOT of pain. Since the year 2004 I have been so blessed to have kidney stones every year. And not just kidney stones, but very large stones that are too large to pass. Just to give you an idea of how large I am talking about it was 2006 when I had my first surgery on one the size of a golf ball. I don’t know how many of you have had kidney stones a normal one the size of the point on a pen can give you immense pain.

So here we are 8 years later and I am still getting them because the doctors have never taken the time to figure out what is going on in my body. This is obviously not normal. I have had a total of 7 lithotripsies(sending acoustic shock waves to the body to break up kidney stones into smaller pieces so it can be passed through the urethra on its own.) and 1 nephrolithotomy( a small incision in the person’s back to remove kidney stones. The surgeon puts a hollow tube into the kidney and a probe through the tube. In nephrolithotomy, the surgeon removes the stone through the tube.)

Monday was my 7th lithotripsy and Park Ridge Hospital did an amazing job. I am just now getting up and moving around in an attempt to get them to pass. I am putting my faith in this doctor. He is the 3rd urologist I have seen and is actually making an attempt to find out what is causing my problems. So far he is ruling out smaller problems before we rush into bigger issues. I am going to see an ENT doctor to test my parathyroid gland. If just one of those glands malfunction then it could be causing the stones. They are growing far too rapidly to just be lack of fluid. If it is not the parathyroid gland then it is my actual kidney malfunctioning. The doctor told me that with the frequency of surgeries and trauma this is causing my kidney then in another 5 years of this I could possibly loose this kidney. He did discuss sending me to a university hospital and relocating my kidney so that it would bypass the tube altogether. Either way this is a painful and scary time for me. Please send your prayers for me.

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