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Almost a year ago I discovered I had a 7.4mm kidney stone. I was advised by the treating Dr that people live with kidney stones for years so I shouldn't worry. A month or so later I had a new Dr who referred me to a urologist. After an ultrasound the urologist recommended that I return in 3 months to check the position of the stone. So 3 months later the ultrasound showed the stone had not moved and I was not experiencing any pain. A couple of months later I had my first renal colic attack ( I didn't know what it was at first). I woke with it at 1.30am, took psnafol and ibuprofen but it just got worse. Pain was 10+. Called an ambulance and was taken to ER. 5 shots of morphine later the pain subsided and I was sent home. 3 days later I'm back in ER with renal colic, urine test and blood test showed no infection. Ultrasound showed no movement of stone. 7 days later back to ER. This time I have an infection so next morning I'm in surgery having a stent put in. I've read some of the previous posts on here about the horrors of kidney stents. They're all true. I could feel that stent in my bladder. I was urinating every few minutes. Bleeding just about every time I urinated and the pain was vicious. I got a UTI as well. I had that stent in for 7 lousy weeks before I was finally back in hospital for laser treatment. The stone had grown to 9mm and needs to be lasered again. That was on Thursday 31st Aug. They put in a new stent, but a shorter one with a catheter at the bladder end. So far I can't feel it, and it's a blessing. BUT, I have really awful kidney pain. After taking tramadol and panadol the pain has subsided, so I'm hoping for the best that it doesn't return. I feel the utmost sympathy for all the sufferers of kidney stones and stents. They don't tell you how uncomfortable those stents are. My second stent was put in by a different surgeon and I'm grateful for the relief. I just pray it stats thus way. Like many of you I found the only relief was laying down. Perhaps lessening the pull of gravity is what helped. My best wishes to all those experiencing this awful condition!
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