• I had lithotripsy on 10/5 to address my 2 kidney stones and had a stent installed. The 9 mm was lodged in the ureter and the dr had to push it back up into the kidney before he could get the stent in. Then it used up all 3000 'hits' so they couldn't do the 5 mm. Hoping it will come out on its own…
    Anyone have experience with this procedure? I can't believe how much I'm hurting afterwards. Is it the stent causing the pain? I hope so, because that means when he takes it out I will really be better. I see him on Tuesday, guess I'll find out then.


  • I had a kidney stone back before lithotripsy and had to have a surgical removal. I work in a recovery room and it seems the stents really are uncomfortable for many people. Of course the stones are very painful as well, so until that critter comes out, it will be hard to know which is causing the pain. Drink lots of water and other appropriate fluids, and take your pain meds!

    Good luck to you, hopefully it will pass soon!

  • I had one a few years ago, by far the most painful experience of my life. I went to the emergency room thinking I was dying from an acute pancreatitis attack. The emergency doc said I have good news & bad news. The good news is you are going to live, the bad news is you have the largest kidney stone I have ever seen and the pain is going to make you wish you were dying! It was removed surgically, OUCH, and a stent was put in for 2 weeks to make sure my ureter did not collapse. From that day on I have limited my caffeine intake and drink no less than 8 glasses of water a day. I do not ever want to go through that again.

  • Before all the modern medicines and techniques, my dad suffered with kidney stones. I remember how bad he felt.

    I hope you recover quickly.

  • I gave up caffeine 3 years ago - don't miss it, except for my Dr Pepper! Wish they would make a caffeine free version, I would be their best customer!!

    I try to drink lots of water, but right now it's so painful when I 'go' that it makes me not want to drink. I hope I don't have to keep this stent for another week.

  • Sorry Terry,
    fortunate to have no experience of this but i do hope the doctor sorts you out on tuesday, it sounds awful

  • Houston

    Terry, I am sorry to hear about your pain..not fun, I have no experience with kidney stones, but every single female three generations back hae had gallstones in my family, so I guess I am preparing myself for that one day..also very painful..

    Ona different note, Dr Pepper does have a caffeine free version, at least here in Texas, regular and diet mind you..just thought I'd mention that..drink it myself on occasion..

    Feel better soon.

  • Kidney stones must be bad my sister in law had four kids and no pain meds She got kidney stones they like to kill her said she would have 4 more kids before she wanted that ever again. She did pass hers said it felt like glass cutting her.

    Rita Jean

  • Thanks Petra for the Dr Pepper news! I have never seen it here in CA, but since we are moving to TX - hopefully before the end of the month, if my kidneys cooperate - I can get it there!! When my daughter was at Baylor, we even visited the Dr Pepper museum in Waco; lots of fun memorabilia.

    BTW, I read that once you have a kidney stone, you have a 70 - 80% chance of them recurring. Wonderful…


  • Houston

    Your welcome.
    Hope to hear that your stones are cooperating and that the move went well..

  • OUCH Terry…. hope that you feel better soon!

  • Yippee! At my follow up appt today, we convinced the dr to take out the stent. I think I feel better already…


  • Houston

    Good for you Terry.

  • Glad you're feeling better Terry 🙂

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