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This is a warning to anybody undergoing a procedure to insert a kidney stent.
As with most, I looked online and read some of the horrific reviews of pain and side effects. I naively assumed this was not the ‘norm’ and I would be ok.
The pain is unbearable. The worst I have ever encountered. In hindsight I wish I hadn’t had it done, but knowing that it had to be done and that it will soon be out has been my only saving grace.
I can only describe the pain as the worst stomach ache ever, and passing urine is on a whole different level (bladder and kidney spasms). Just make sure that before leaving hospital you have tons of drugs that see you through. Paracetamol will not be enough.
I’m a week into this ordeal and the pain has eased some but not enough to return to work (my Dr said I would be off for a couple of days). A lot of the NHS information states you ‘may’ experience discomfort, you ‘may’ find it difficult to sleep etc etc. This is all lies. You will be in pain, you will pass a ridiculous amount of blood, you will want to curl up in a corner and you will probably not go back to work in a few days.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, just sharing my experience.
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