I have been having a lot of pain after urinating, almost like my ureters are stretching

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pain goes up into the kidney area and is there 95% of the time. Diagnosed with a 1.5 cm stone in left kidney and small one in th right. Is it possible for the ureters to stretch? 

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    ​I haven't personally heard of one as big as 15mm being passed.

    Clearly they do stretch to a degree as lots of people do pass stones, but an 11mm stone I had got stuck in the ureter (painful in the extreme whilst it did actually fully block flow at one point, fortunately it did move again) requiring Ureteroscopic surgery, and a 7mm stone on the other side hasn't moved a millimetre in 3 years, nor has a more recent smaller one, despite Tamsulosin, although that does ease the Renal colic pains.

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    Well, your tubes are flexible but stones are hard, sharp and jagged, so they will cause you problems when they try to work their way along.

    If the stone is to pass naturally, plenty of drink and painkillers when necessary will help. If it won't pass and you're in pain, then see your doctor again.

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      Thanks for your perspective! I didn't think about it that way. I know the stone in my left kidney hasn't moved though and is still in the kidney as I just had a CT and an ultrasound last week. Maybe the right one is moving though. Hmmmm....
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    Do you have a urine infection? Also depending on where those stones are they could cause the ureters to get blocked. They are only 5mm in diameter. They can stretch but rarely that much.

    Pain is common. I'd chat to your team for advice

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      Yes I'm wondering if I do. I'll get tested I guess, I never have typical UTI symptoms so it's hard to know. Worth testing though. My urologist hasn't been super helpful, rushes through appoinments and doesn't really answer my questions. I've told him all this and no answers really. Scheduled to have the left stone removed next month though.
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    Good luck with that. How is the 1.5cm one being removed? 
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      I can't remember what it's called but he'll be going in through the bladder and up the ureter then blasting the stone and putting in a stent for the fragments to pass through, which they remove at a later date. I could have opted for the lithotripsy but it was going to be a 2-3 month wait instead of a month for this method. Don't know if I'll make it that long though...hurts to even take a deep breath right now sad
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