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Old 03-10-2012, 08:54 AM   #11
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I have passed a bunch and have had lithrotrypsy 3 times. My Urologist said that once the stone is in the ureter, thay can't use lithro. 5mm is ablout the largest I have passed. I had one to big to pass and they did a cystoscope to "retrieve" the stone. I was under general anesthesia, so I didn't feel a thing. However, I did develop a staph infection thet put me in the hospital for over 1 week on IV's.
I hope yours has reached your bladder. If so you will have some discomfort as it passes thru the urethra
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Thanks for all the suggestions and replies above. I completely agree with it bringing you to your knees! I feel as if i have always had a high thresh hold to pain, but i will say this is the worse! I have been drinking plenty of water, Cranberry juice and tea. (Wasn't sure about the tea, but nurse told me it helped also) I understand there is only about a 20% chance of passing a stone this size, but do hope i am in that category!

I am guilty of not drinking the suggested amount of water per day on a regular basis, but it will sure change going forward...may have to leave some fish out of the box (wishful thinking) to make room for more H20.

If stone doesn't pass, not sure the time line normally involved from time i see Urologist on Monday before they take the next step.

Feel like a sitting time bomb and this sure is messing up some good fishing time!
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:20 AM   #13
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My kidney specialist sent me to Woodlands Medical on Davis Hwy because I had a large stone still in the kidney. I saw Dr. Sekhon who scheduled a lithropsy at Sacred Heart. The first one did not work, so he did another.

Dr. Sekhon has a boat, so I told him if I worked on his boat's motor and did not fix it properly the first time, the second time was free. He smiled.

The second try with the "Zapper" worked. The amount charged was $6,750 to Sacred Heart & $3,000 to the Doc. We pay Blue Cross $880 monthly for coverage, so guess that was okay. A neighbor who is a MD told me to ask for the "date rape drug" as an anesthetic. It worked as I don't remember a thing.

Follow up revealed the stone was all broken up, but still in the bottom of the kidney. Dr. Sekhon had me hang upside down half an hour each day. After a week or so, I went back and it was all gone. Ask me how I managed to hang my 240 pounds upside down.

Having experienced some real "Quacks" in the last few years, I sincerely feel that Dr. Sekhon treated me very professionally and as a caring human.

I reccommend Woodlands Medical Specialists, 4724 N. Davis.

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I have not had one but I was on a dive trip with a guy who was an extremely healthy 6ft. 2in fellow. The evening after the dive in the springs, they called me over to his hotel room and I saw him rolling on the bed in pain. We took him to the Lake City emergency room and he was diagnosed with a kidney stone. After seeing him, I know that you guys aren't kidding about the pain. I hope to never get one. Did they talk about foods/drinks to avoid? I've heard to leave citrus and tea alone until the feeling subsides.
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So I just filled up a water bottle. I hope to never ever have to go through that experience. Thanks for the reminder. Is there anything else you should do to avoid kidney stones? Eat less sodium?
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So I just filled up a water bottle. I hope to never ever have to go through that experience. Thanks for the reminder. Is there anything else you should do to avoid kidney stones? Eat less sodium?
I was told that milk and dark sodas like coke and Pepsi are big contributors.
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My kidney specialist sent me to Woodlands Medical on Davis Hwy because I had a large stone still in the kidney. I saw Dr. Sekhon who scheduled a lithropsy at Sacred Heart. The first one did not work, so he did another.

Dr. Sekhon has a boat, so I told him if I worked on his boat's motor and did not fix it properly the first time, the second time was free. He smiled.

The second try with the "Zapper" worked. The amount charged was $6,750 to Sacred Heart & $3,000 to the Doc. We pay Blue Cross $880 monthly for coverage, so guess that was okay. A neighbor who is a MD told me to ask for the "date rape drug" as an anesthetic. It worked as I don't remember a thing.

Follow up revealed the stone was all broken up, but still in the bottom of the kidney. Dr. Sekhon had me hang upside down half an hour each day. After a week or so, I went back and it was all gone. Ask me how I managed to hang my 240 pounds upside down.

Having experienced some real "Quacks" in the last few years, I sincerely feel that Dr. Sekhon treated me very professionally and as a caring human.

I reccommend Woodlands Medical Specialists, 4724 N. Davis.

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That is the group they have me scheduled with. Different doctor, but same group. Does make me feel better as i did not know any specialist for recommendation. I will be sure & ask about what liquids to avoid or cut back on and what is helpful and will report. I really believe one of my contributions to this demise and pain central was the lack of water intake. I was more than likely only at 4-5 glasses per day...maybe not that much and then a diet soda or two!
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Went to the family doctor and after C scan, was told had a 5mm stone. The pain was something like i had never experienced for about two day's. Then it subsided. Don't believe i have passed the stone but i guess my question is; What made the pain so intense and then just disapear, but c scan still shows stone? Anyone have likewise experience? I do have a appt with Dr Greskovich Monday, but right now no pain...
Thanks in advace for any insight on this. I do know i would not wish it on anybody, that is how bad the pain was!
This stuff (stones) is what my business deals in. Stones will sometimes settle (or feel like they are going away), like somebody else said. If you passed the stone, believe me you will know it (there's only one way out).

As far as the pain goes, think about a serrated stone bouncing around in all of that soft tissue. It's said to be among the most acute pain that one can experience.

Extra-corporeal shock wave therapy will take a few minutes and have you ready to go in no time. Good luck with getting your stone cracked.
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I hear it is the closest thing to child birth a man can experience

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I have passed one and I can say you will find out what pain really is. I think I would rather have my finger cut off then to go through that again. The stone passing from your kidney to your bladder is where the massive pain comes from. I would imagine with a 5mm stone they will put you in a sonic tub to break up the stone. Then when it hits your bladder the pain shuts off like a light switch, you will wizz through a filter and save the stone to send off to see what you need to change in your diet or the fact you didn't drink enough water.

My stone pain was off and on for about 2 weeks as it grinds it's way to my bladder. Once I passed mine and washed it off I looked at it under a magnified glass and it looks like a sand spur.

I feel for you man, drink plenty of water.
Same exact experience for me. Did have the sonic treatment twice. Sucked for two days after. None for 8 years....knock on wood.
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