3 Different opinions from 3 different doctors

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Just in a bit of a tricky situation and I do not really know what my next step to take is ..

I have seen a first specialist and did a CT scan, I had a 5mm stone in the right kidney which the size was apparently uncalled for an exaggerated. I have a Lithotripsy following that.

Then I did a follow up scan a month later which the radiologist report said the stone was 5mm in the right kidney and also had one in the left kidney.

I then saw the first specialist who said the sizes were uncalled for and he cannot see a stone in the left kidney and the stone in the right kidney which was most likely 2-3mm and will need another lithotripsy .

I decided to get a second opinion from another specialist who this one said that there is no stone whatsoever on the left side by looking at the scans, and the one in my right kidney is most likely going to be 1mm and he does not want whatsoever to do any procedure as it will most likely go away on its own not causing any pain.

Who do I believe ? ... I am completely lost. Should I go get another scan done, interpret it by another radiologist (maybe better) ? And then maybe see another specialist ?

I am not in pain, I am just worried about having a bad surprise one day and be in the pain everyone mentions ... I just want them out of my body but the new specialist said it's completely unecessary and a complete waste of time and money to do any procedure on something that small.

I feel like I am having trust issues and need to see another specialist ... But where does this end ...

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    Did the original CT show a left kidney stone? The follow up scans, I presume were not CTs. Rely on that first scan otherwise.

    The 2-3mm residual from the lithotripsy, unless its stuck in the ureter shouldn't need any further treatment and should pass on its own.

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    I had this same problem all last year.

    Had a scan and the doctor said there was something there but not sure if it was actually in the kidney.

    Saw a urologist who saw the results of the same scan and immediately said "Oh good Lord yes, I see what the problem is"!!

    To cut the long story short I saw 3 or 4 different urologists before one of them actually operted with keyhole surgery to remove the kidney stones.

    I really don't know what to advise you to do.

    Where do you live? Are you having to pay for these consultations?

    Do keep in touch.


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    what does "uncalled for" mean? Of course it may depend on your insurance... what country are you in?

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    Im rather surprised that they performed lithotripsy on you if you wasnt in any pain at all.

    Its normally when the stones move and become stuck in your ureter that the problems can start.

    Many people have stones that cause them no problems at all and do no harm in the kidneys.

    I think they say that a stone up to 7mm can be passed,obviously this isnt always the case.

    My opinion (and it is only mine) is if you are in no pain then leave well alone,your stones are very small and hopefully if not already done so will pass.Why have surgery if you dont need to.......

    Ive had many stones and 3 lots of surgery and i certainly wouldnt of had it done unless i had to.

    I wish you all the best and hope you reach a solution..

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    Hi, I just had two stones removed, one in my Urterer and one in my kidney but they were around 18mm and were not going to pass on there own. I would recommend that you do nothing if you are not in pain, they will probably pass on there own. I suggest that you drink lots of water (2liters + a day) and look up online juices that help reduce kidney stones. Operations all have a risk factor and should only be performed if necessary. Good luck

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