I found this website while searching the web for information on Kidney stones and Kidney related problems. My husband has been cursed with Kidney Stones. I claim he is cursed for when he was 17 years old he suffered his first kidney stone and now he is 29 and is still fighting this battle. Since he got his first stone he has passed numerous (prob. 3-9) stones each month. Some stones will pass while others wont. He has had to have scope procedures done as well as 4 lithotripsy's to remove stones. The last stone was over 10mm in size. One of his kidney's is very underdeveloped and has basically no function at all, while the other is starting to become damaged and ravaged with scar tissue from battling the stones for all these years. When he was still 17 and 18 he was covered on his mother's insurance so he was able to seek regular doctor and urologist visits. The majority of the stones he has are calcium oxilate and he has been told he is just an avid stone grower. I have been with him since we were both 15 years old. I have seen how he lived his life before and after the kidney stones decided to show up. I have watched a wonderful man be robbed of his life, and things we all take for granted such as playing with our children, spening time with out spouse, or just simply making dinner or going to work. He has not been able to hold a job due to the recurring kidney stones and the physical and mental toll it takes on your body. Therefore he has no health insurance. I work part time where benefits are not offered, attend college and care for our son and my husband. We have been bounced back and forth between emergency rooms, free clinics, ect and still can not seem to find a way for him to obtain the proper medical attention he needs from a urologist. Currently he has been experiencing kidney stone like sypmtoms but has also had some other issues such as brown urine, severe swelling in his ankles and feet, fatigue and of course depression. From what we have researched we think these may be signs of Kidney Failure or Kidney Cancer. I just wanted to put our story out there to see if anyone else might be able to fathom this horrible monster we have had to deal with. My husband feels as though he is trapped behind 4 walls for he has not been able to get out of the house for over a year now and he often says he feels as if he is dying. I feel helpless since I am not able to financially provide him with the medical attention he needs. If anyone out there has had any experiences like ours or know of anything we may be able to do please let me know.
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