Kidney Stones Support Group

Kidney Stones are solid crystals of dissolved minerals in urine found inside the kidneys or ureters. They vary in size from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. Kidney stones typically leave the body in the urine stream; if they grow relatively large before passing, obstruction of a ureter and distention with urine can cause severe pain most commonly felt in the flank, lower abdomen and groin.

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  • thaliajen

    Lithotripsy failed

    Hi- I'm new in this forum, a member of the Chronic Pain forum here. I'm 46, and have had kidney stones for over 20 years, but never had one that knocked me OUT until last year. Since then, I've had 2 more serious ones, and a litho done on my right kidney. That blasted two very large stones.A few days before Xmas, I went to ER with horrific pain & vomiting. The ER docs said I had a 7.5mm stone...
  • I fought to have a CT scan done without contrast (their "routine" scan for kidney stones) and another right after CT with contrast. It is very clear through these scans that their "routine" scan does NOT show all of the stones. If you are one of us who have been told that you don't have stones via a "routine" scan and want proof that it's crap. Let me know!
  • btsnyder

    Not Yet Diagnosed...

    Hi Everyone: Earlier this month I started feeling a nagging pain in my right flank. It's stayed fairly consistent over the past few weeks, sometimes worse, sometimes not there at all. I finally went to my primary care physician last Monday for an exam and urinalysis. The urinalysis came back fine except for a trace amount of blood. The doctor feels this is consistent with his presumptive...
  • johnnycake

    Stuck Stone

    I have been trying to pass my 4th stone on the right side for almost two weeks now. This is the first time one got stuck. Three days ago I saw doctor who ordered blood and urine work-ups, an ultrasound and prescribed tamsulosin (Flomax) but so far it still seems stuck.The ultrasound showed the urine flow completely blocked by a stone parked in the ureter, just outside my bladder. Luckily, there...
  • Hi All! I am new to this board and hoping to share some info on what I have been going through for over 7 years now. I have had massive amounts of stones in my left kidney for many many years. My Urologist/Surgeon said well over 100. After 10 Lithotripsies and countless lasers, my kidney gave up the battle and shut down. The blockage of the pieces and smaller stones in my ureter caused a log jam...
  • Chronic kidney stone former with my first one being at 16 and now I have been passing them daily for 5 years straight. I've been to tons of doctors and had various tests and still no answer. Living like this is a nightmare, especially being a single mom of two small children and a full-time counselor for the state. Ive recently been diagnosed with PCOS and found that it causes increased androgen...
  • MGOhio

    Diclofenac ?

    Hello All,I was reading the "Kidney Stones Information" section of this site, and if you "expand" it, in the 2nd to last paragraph it talks about how "Diclofenac usually provides effective pain management" to stones less than 5mm.I'm a newbie. Have never heard of Diclofenac, maybe it is better known by it's trade name.Does anybody use this? Is it effective?Thanks!!! Chris.
  • If you have been diagnosed with an Oxalate related Kidney Stone condition there is in the Apple App Store the oxaBrow iPhone and iPad App that can help you manage your Oxalate Diet. Just search for oxaBrow in the App Store.
  • deleted_user

    What to drink?

    Good morning!Here we go again (I think). More kidney stones.I know I need to drink lots and lots of fluids (always), but I absolutely HATE the way the water at work tastes, and I cannot bring myself to keep drinking bottled water. Have you come upon something that's tasty and doesn't add the calories?Happy Friday!!!!!Lamb
  • dbadalam

    alpha blocker

    I have surgery coming up to remove a stone and I'm freaking out about the stent complications. It seems like it can be as bad as the stone.My question is I will be on rapaflo (like flomax) for the week the stent is inside me. Can I develop renal colic after the stent is removed or will the medication meant to relax the ureter prevent that?
  • I wanted to share this information from what I have read and also was verified by a premier stone clinic in the United States. There have been studies that lithotripsies can destroy nephrons in the kidney and people that had previously had calcium oxalate stones now have calcium phosphate stones. Calcium phosphate stones have been on the rise for the past few decades. This is just information...
  • Belcat

    staghorn stones

    I was told in September I have staghorn stones in each kidney. Funny about that name--I thought it meant the stones are shaped like Moose antlers. Nope. I saw the scans. All I saw were big white square-ish shapes. I never had any pain with the things. No idea how long they were in there.Anyway, I endured the tubes and collection bags. I was sent to a rehab before going home. I was always...
  • Hello All - First let me say hello to all of you. I'm new to this specific forum, but certainly not new to kidney stones. I've been getting them since I was around 12 years old and I'm well into my 30s now. No fun, that's for sure. I seem to always have stones, but they don't always cause pain. The worst one I had was about 6 years ago, and I needed a cystoscopy to remove it. Since then, I...
  • I have a 7mm kidney stone that was found on the cat scan at the emergency room 5 days ago. The Dr. said it was almost to the bladder. The pain was incredible but has subsided and now am dealing a few cramps in my bladder. My insurance won't kick in until the 1st of Jan. Has anyone else rode out the wait that long? My referral to urology is today and would like to know if there is a chance the Dr....
  • I have had a problematic (pain) intrarenal stone in the lower pole of my left kidney since last April. Medicine has not reduced the size of the stone. In the last month, the pain increased to the point I needed to have my pain medication raised. I also have fibromyalgia and the stone causes the FM to flare.I finally was scheduled for a uteroscopy this last Wednesday. I was put under, the stent...