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My PCNL procedure is over and it was a horror show. The best thing I can say about it is that it’s over. The doc does not yet have a stone report so I don’t know what I’m supposed to avoid. I am so envious of people who had no pain. Mine was excruciating beginning with the guide wire procedure that precedes the surgery. They took me into radiology about 1p. I was given Versed and Fentynyl and rolled over on my stomach. Did not feel the wires themselves but afterwards took me back to holding bay where the pain was unbearable for hours. It was so bad I began retching violently and with an empty stomach it made the pain worse. I expected to see internal organs in the vomit bag that’s how intense it was. I couldn’t stop dry heaving. Mouth was so dry I begged for a wet cloth on my lips to ease the suffering from mouth stuck together. Couldn’t even swallow, there was not one drop of saliva. They gave me morphine which took the edge off but the pain was so intense. A few hours later I finally had surgery. Mask over face, told to breathe deeply then I was out. Surgery took 1.5 hours.I woke up in recovery and was there 4+ hours. Problems with BP. A friend came to visit me but they wouldn’t let her in. Finally made it to room late that night. Pain was horrendous and continued for next three days in hospital. Nurses fussed at me for screaming so loud but I couldn’t help it. Got either morphine or other pain med. plus Aleve. Ct scan next day found small stone in other kidney but doc said I would pass that. I said good because there is no way I would ever go through this again. I swear I will do anything to prevent these stones. No pain meds at home yet, supposed to get them on Monday. Meanwhile just Aleve and lots of water. Bag fills up pretty quickly, deep red bloody urine. Unsteady on feet but have a walker. Truly one of the worst experiences of my life and that’s saying something. I pray for everyone facing this nightmare I hope you have lots of help, I don’t. — JoBelle
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