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Hello everyone, I've had one crappy ordeal with kidney stones and need to talk about it as it's really getting me down.
Over three years ago I started having a stabbing pain in my left side just under my ribs. I ignored it for a while as it was more uncomfortable than anything, but soon became unbearable and so went to my GP. He ordered an ultrasound, and afterwards told me there was nothing wrong and that I should exercise more, (I've no idea why he suggested this). After going back to him a few times and telling him everything he was suggesting wasn't working, I saw another doctor, who ordered another ultrasound, which again showed nothing. This time I was told to have physio as it could be a muscular problem. (I'd had plenty of blood tests which showed no reason to be concerned about anything else).
Again, I was sure they were wrong but thought they are professionals so I will do as they say.
However, my Nan became severely ill, was diagnosed with breast cancer, and passed away all within a month and a half. Because of this, I was scared to push my doctor's to investigate the problem. They said it wasn't anything serious, and so I thought I could live with it, as I had for three years anyway. Unfortunately, my body had other ideas, and after suffering some excruciating pain I went to A&E and was told I had a small stone that would pass within a few days. Great, I thought. It's finally all over.
Oh, how wrong I was.
The pain never went away, and two months later, (this week), I saw a urologist who told me that the scan I had when passing the previous stone revealed another five in my left and two in my right.
I now have to have another CT scan to get an update on the size and placement before I have an operation.
Sorry if this is a long-winded post, but these stones have controlled my life for over three years. The countless social events I have had to cancel because of the pain is ridiculous. Throughout my entire time at university, I couldn't do anything other than attend classes, work, and hand in assignments. Anything else wasn't worth the pain.
I just feel exhausted and drained all the time. I'm so fed up and annoyed at myself for not pushing my doctor's to do further tests years ago. I was sure it was stones all this time, and to know that after my first scan it showed more stones that I wasn't told about just frustrates me even more.
Again, my apologies for what is essentially me moaning, but I just needed to get it all out. Thanks for reading.
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