Kidney stones and kidney function recovery

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I found out i had kidney stone in the strangest way. I started working out about 5 months ago. 2 months or more into workout i developed this sharp pain on my right side.i thought it was from injury at the gym.went to the gp.got some muscle relaxant and anti inflammatories. Nothing worked. A month after still have this pain. Went to my second gp and he gave same meds. On second visit i insisted on a blood test that revealed i might have stage 3a kidney disease. Fast forward i went to see a nephrologist that requested new test and found i might have a blockage. Anyway i found i got a stone. Went to a urologist and first procedure wasnt successful cause they couldnt reach the stone due to narrowing of the urethra. A stent was put in place to drain fluid. 2 weeks and 4 days after, went for the surgery and stone was no where to be found. I felt alive for the first 2 days now am so anxious. I am worried about my kidney returning to full function. Has anyone ever had their kidney functions checked after an episode of kidney stones that caused a decline in their kidney function?

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    Yes, I did. My kidney function returned to normal after stone was removed... blood test previous to removal showed some really poor numbers.

    What was the first test that found a stone? a CT scan?

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      No it was an xray that showed early stage hydronephrosis which suggested there might be a blockage. I had a blood test done prior to this when i couldnt handle the pain anymore. The test suggested my number were similar to a person in stage 3a kidney disease.i had my second surgery to remove the stone this past wednesday. First surgey wasnt successful so they placed a stent to help with draining fluid. Well this wednesday all they took out was the stent cause the stone was gone. I mean no where to be found. My urologist said he checked everywhere. All he found was a little mucus which i got a 5days course of antibiotics for. What was your number before it returned back to normal and have you had any issues since then?

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      Not sure which numbers you refer to, but I think maybe these

      August 20th with kidney infection

      Creatinine 1.90

      eGFR 35

      hemoglobin 10. something

      October after antibiotics and just before the kidney stone surgery of October 10th

      Creatinine 1.24

      eGFR =57

      hemoglobin 11. something

      Next week will do new labs

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      Oh wow that is an amazing improvement. My egfr was 59 and that was when the stone was still present. My creatine was 136. Tell me something. Did the stones ever made it difficult for you to use your lower back enough not to be able to pass stool?does your lower back still hurt? You know we all need the devine working on our favour. I pray that kidney function be restored to complete full function like i desire too. I will be having my labs in two weeks time.

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      So today i went by to my doctor to see if my hydronephrosis had resolved. Did you also have that? Anyway it hasnt so i was asked to do another ct scan that revealed a stone. I am so stressed in all honesty. I am in a foreign country and all this procedures are done by cash. Anyway i am more worried about saving my kidney.

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      No one gave what I had a name. Maybe I did have hydronephrosis , which appears to be caused by a blockage... A blockage i definately had. Plus infection of the kidney... But antibiotics lessened the inflammation at the exit to the ureter and whacking the stone mad everything good. I feel great now...

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      Ok so you have not had a new test after stone was removed?my egfr was 59 which suggested i might have stage 3a kidney disease.this paat 2 days has been rough for me. I am extremely worried ans scared cause i really dont want to spend the rest of my life on hospital beds. Is your blood pressure spiking too? Its had to deal with all this. Anyway i requested a retest if the blood yesterday and hoping for a improvement. I am afraid that worrying will kill me. I have suffered anxiety before. I can't imagine having anxiety that spikes my bp and causes more kidney damage. I feel like my life is about to end.

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      Yes, I thought i wrote that the second test was after removal of the stone and there was no change in eGFR... However when I was suffering the kidney infection it had gone down very low at 35... Isn't 59 just one below the recommended limit of 60... does this indicate kidney disease. I am hoping that I will recover from the whole kidney trauma thing and heal since the stone is gone. It may be a slowish process. My blood pressure is not spiking.

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      I am extremely worried about improving renal function. Turns out j dont have a stone. Its a urethra stricture and a stent was placed in on wednesday. I did another test next day after stent was placed and my egfr had dropped from 59 to 56.i still had the blockage then. I am hoping the stent improves. I have this needle pricking feeling around my waist.

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      My urologist told me that for 1/3 of folks the stent is hell, 1/3 have mild discomfort and 1/3 feel ok with it... I was in the last group, a few days of discomfort and urgent urinations and then all was good, it was in for about a month before my operation just to keep the stone away from the ureter.

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      How have you been health wise. Have you done a new test? I am coping well with my stent. My anxiety is just over roof because i am so scared of my kidney function returning to normal. I guess the stent helped you drain your kidney well. Did you know how long it took for your hydronephrosis to resolve? Have you done a new this? I remember you said you had to do one last week. Any improvement?

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      hi moltoncore.if you dont mind me asking how old are you cause it has alot to do with where you at with your egfr.have you had any other test?if you have what is the new numbers?

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      I am 72 years old. Unfortunately my next blood test is scheduled for March... my efgr was 57 on my last blood test about 2 weeks after removal of stone in left kidney.

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