Lithotripsy helps with agony of kidney stones

Dear Dr. Gott: I was recently diagnosed with kidney stones. The pain was some of the worst I have ever experienced. Full Story
Candy

Modesto, CA

#21 Dec 3, 2008
tigger-mom wrote:
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Gina, I have all the surgeries. The lithotripsy is the easiest one to have. They will sedate you and lay you on a table of sorts. This pad will be put against the kidney that needs the lithotripsy. If you are sedated enough, it is not bad at all. I would much rather have that any other procedure. You might be a little sore on that side the next day, but take Tylenol and you will do fine. I am having the lazer surgery tomorrow. Do you know anything about that? That is the only surgery I have not had. You will do fine. Just do what they ask you to do and relax as much as you can. It will be over before you know it. They do not knock you out. They relax you and that makes it better. Hope I helped.
I've had two lithotripsey's and was under general anesthesia both times. Wake up and don't remember a thing. Wasn't too bad, am now waiting for the fragments to pass, very annoying. Feel the urge to pee all the time....
tony

Pelzer, SC

#22 Sep 21, 2009
thad wrote:
I've had several kidney stones. Yes it hurts like a son of a b*****. The first time is the worst because you don't know what's happening. Just take the pain killers. If the stones are too big, you break them with the lithrotripsy. If they're small, they will pass no problem. It's the intermediate sized ones that really really hurt. Women that I've talked to that have had stones say it's worse than pregnancy. Just one of those things in life that you have to deal with, sorry there is no easy answer, but I would say that now that I know what's going on during a kidney stone attack, it's easier to deal with. It won't kill you. Make sure you have a good urologist.
dont give info that they wont kill , cause u are dead wrong kidneys are very complex and can shut down from multiple attacks from stone pain and injurries due to stones. ttkwik420@yahoo.com
tony

Pelzer, SC

#23 Sep 21, 2009
kidney stones are serious and can kill ya. the shock to the kidneys can cause shut down
wilma rodriguez

Hamilton, OH

#24 Oct 27, 2009
Ido have a family member who has renal stone disease. When she first found this out she only had 8 in one kidney 9 in the other.they have her on meds and she watches her deited. how ever this is not working she now has 20 in one kidney and 19 in the other. she goes thrw this just about every other week.she has so much pain it puts her in bed unable to care for her son herself and uslly ends up at the hospital.i cant see were she would be able to hold any jop.because sotimes this can last a week.is there anyhelp out there for her? this controlls her life.disable her for days.
Carri

Canton, OH

#25 Nov 28, 2009
I am a 41 yr old who has suffered from kidney stones for the past 14 years. I have had so many I lost track over 100 easily plenty of lithos nephrostomy once in right kidney and more pain than any human should have in a lifetime. Calcium oxcolate is the type and so far nothing works just keep getting them. My last xray they didn't even count just said multiple stones in each kidney. Urg anyhow question on something I seemed to notice.... Anyone else seem to think stress has anything to do with stones?
msity

United States

#28 Feb 28, 2010
I have a question if any one can answer.... I have a kidney stone 7mm and my doctor wants me to take Fosamax., Does anyone have any info if this is a good thing to do?
Thanks
lin

Annapolis, MD

#29 Mar 27, 2010
I have had lithotripsy twice. The first time it was FINALLY discovered that I had two stones, 13 and 15mm respectively. The lithotripsy was very easy, and the stuff came flying out of my. The only discomfort I had was during the final minutes of the lithotripsy, when perhaps the anesthetic had worn off.

This year the stones had returned, so I had lithotripsy again. Painless but apparently useless. "We may not have got it all," the doc said. Indeed they got almost none of it.

So 3 weeks later I had uretoscopy, a fairly major procedure. The first couple of days after were not so great, but painkillers helped. The procedure was largely successful, in that the big guys are gone, but there are apparently fragments hanging out in the bottom of the kidney, from where they are unlikely to pass.

So we'll see what happens next.

I so sympathize with those of you with stents. I had one for five days after the uretoscopy, and it drove me nuts.

Courage!
daisymlee

Merrillville, IN

#30 Aug 27, 2010
I have been watching these videos on youtube about home remedies for disolving kidney stones and these guys swear by it. I haven't tried it yet but its worth a try. The lemon juice one looks promising. GOOD LUCK!!
Carri wrote:
I am a 41 yr old who has suffered from kidney stones for the past 14 years. I have had so many I lost track over 100 easily plenty of lithos nephrostomy once in right kidney and more pain than any human should have in a lifetime. Calcium oxcolate is the type and so far nothing works just keep getting them. My last xray they didn't even count just said multiple stones in each kidney. Urg anyhow question on something I seemed to notice.... Anyone else seem to think stress has anything to do with stones?
Louis

Encino, CA

#31 Dec 30, 2010
I had kidney stone lazer surgery the day before yesterday....when I pee it hurts a lil...and today I felt cramping after I ate...then when I peed the cramping stopped...idk wats wrong....one question though....does anyone know when I will stop peeing blood??I got out the hospital yesterday...
Diana

Butler, PA

#32 Jan 12, 2011
It has been 3 weeks since my hysterectomy, I still have my left ovary and my surgery went well, however 2 days after I became in the worse pain ever, it ended up being a 5mm kidney stone. I was admitted in the hospital for 3 days put on fluids and pain medication, The urologist did a ct scan and another test after being on IV fluids, and he seems to think that i passed the stone and I was sent home. I am feeling alot better, however, my left side still has some discomfort and I am hoping that it's not a another stone and hoping it's just the healing process from the hysterectomy. Have any of you had the same kind of experience?? I also was sent home with a swollen left kidney.
Ronald Redman

Chicago, IL

#33 Apr 10, 2011
msity wrote:
I have a question if any one can answer.... I have a kidney stone 7mm and my doctor wants me to take Fosamax., Does anyone have any info if this is a good thing to do?
Thanks
Hi msity,

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)blatantly states that taking Fosamax could injure you by making your bones brittle and more prone to fractures. In fact, numerous lawsuits have already been filed by those severely affected by the drug. More information is seen here http://fosamaxfemurfracturelawsuit.com
Hope you're alright.
Mary Smith

Baton Rouge, LA

#34 Apr 12, 2011
I had my first Lithotripsy done in March 2011, and it was not bad at all. The procedure lasted maybe 20 minutes. I was a little sore afterwards, but after a few days, I felt fine. I am due to have my second one in April 2011, and I know everything will be fine.
john

San Jose, CA

#36 Jul 15, 2011
I'm not pretty sure if Fosamax can cause kidney stones but I believe that vitamin D and calcium supplements that are usually prescribed with this drug may cause nephrolithiasis. Regardless of kidney stones, Fosamax is known to cause adverse events and recently, more and more people are filing a Fosamax lawsuit for that reason.

http://www.fosamaxfemurfracturelawsuit.com
Lindsay

Philadelphia, PA

#38 Aug 28, 2011
I am 32 weeks pregnant went to the hospital with horrible pains in my left side...well they said kidney stones gave me iv fluids and morphine which didnt help then sent me home still in pain!!! Two days later in the er again they keep me a few days the urologist wont do anything i am crying and doubled over in pain. They give me dilaudid a few days then send me home because i am feeling a little better. A few days later i am back to the er the pain amd vomitting are worse i have lost 10 lbs they decide to put a stent in that was a week and a half ago....now my pee is dark red it feels like i am peeing razor blades, i have to strain and scream just to pee bu the dr says its from the stent...i cant keep doing thia pain med dont help what in the world can i do this cant be right for me to be losing this much blood!!!!
vickie

Layton, UT

#39 Sep 12, 2011
I've had stones for 20 years, I've tried many "cures" to no avail! Litho works like a charm! It is expensive and the 11mm I'm having "blasted" tomorrow is the queen of them all. All I can say that this is worth it, and my doc does put me under to do it, a few hours and I'm home with advil or Loritab and good to go in a few days. Bless all that endure these little stinkers!
Shawn

Minneapolis, MN

#40 Nov 21, 2011
Megan wrote:
[I have PXE and kindey stones also and I just turned 24. Did you ever find out if its connected?
I also have PXE and have had 13 kidney stones pass so far, along with several other medical conditions that they Doctors are not ready to say that the PXE is the cause or a contributing factor.

But, I did have extensive tests performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, for the kidney stone issue and it was found that my kidneys were sloughing off more calcium that they should be, and they could come up with no other explanation for the multitude of stones. The nephrologist stated that, "my ongoing kidney stone production cannot be explained by diet alone...but with the lack of studies regarding PXE in relation to kidney stones is still very lacking.

My point is, you will get different answers to the same questions, but don't just accept that it is not related, especially since PXE causes a calcification of the elastic tissues.
dskstonehater

Conroe, TX

#41 Jan 16, 2012
hello people,

I had lithitripsy last thursday..my doc had said when I woke up I'd feel like a million bucks...he lied. I ran a fever and had to be admitted to the hospital..I was in so much pain and so nauseous...they gave me pain meds and something for my stomach..woopie..my throat also was so sore I could hardly swallow spit..my tongue was bruised and my top and bottom lips were busted...it literally looks like I tried to bite my tongue in half...anyway..by saturday morn the doc decides I need to go back into surgery for a stint..again promising the million bucks feeling...he lied..again..they let me go home finally on sunday..this is monday night..I still can barely swallow..I hurts like hell each time I go pee..in general I'm hurting all over. the good news is....I get to go back in 2 weeks and the docs going to see if he can go up through my ureter and get the big stone out that was supposed to be broken up the first time..I can hardly wait...my point is...do not think lithitripsy is easy and dont believe it when your doc says..oh that stone will break up and you'll pass the little grains of sand like pieces easy....they lie
Rhiannon Darnall

Anchorage, AK

#42 Jun 29, 2012
Jen Renee wrote:
I feel for each and every one of you. I have a very rare disease called Psuedoxanthoma Elasticum or PXE for short. It makes my body produce extra calcium, which is just the right kinda land perfect for growin stones. I have had 11 stints, 29 stones, 17 removal surgeries and three lithotripsies. I am only 33 yrs. old and mother to a 13 yr. old daughter, a 6 yr. old daughter who has a rare brain disease and a 2 yr. old son, who just entered the "terrible twos". I am also step mother to two and grandmother to a baby boy!! I fully agree with you Natasha, I believe that stones are a very disableing thing. The last litho that I had a couple of weeks ago, they had to go through my stomach. Ever since them I have had severe stomach cramps. Going to the bathroom "#2" is out of the question. It just won't happen, which makes things much worse. My kidney is swelling and my bladder feels like it is being ripped out of my body when I have to pee, when that is possible. When I can pee, I am passing fragments of the stone which was 11mm x 8mm, but I am aslo passing really big chunks of white tissue?? I don't know why this is. Hopefully I can get this stint out next week and it will get better. But it is a very painful thing. There is just no good about it at all. May God be with you all that suffer.
Please contact me if you get this Jen Renee. I also have PXE and chronic kidney stones. We have VERY similar stories. I'd like to talk to you more about this. Rhiannondarnall@ymail.com
Helen

Birmingham, AL

#43 Aug 24, 2012
vickie wrote:
I've had stones for 20 years, I've tried many "cures" to no avail! Litho works like a charm! It is expensive and the 11mm I'm having "blasted" tomorrow is the queen of them all. All I can say that this is worth it, and my doc does put me under to do it, a few hours and I'm home with advil or Loritab and good to go in a few days. Bless all that endure these little stinkers!
Vickie, I had one lithotripsy so far and am due Sept 4 for e second one. I had not issues either with the first one. Did your doctor tell you what was causing your kidney stones? Mine said my Caltrate calcium with vitamin D3 was causing mine, also I was(not now) taking Alendronate, generic for fosamax, once a week. This procedure was a 25 year thing for me , but now I am off all the calcium vitamins and alendronate, never again to take these.
Research the drugs you take, you might be surprised.
Helen

Birmingham, AL

#44 Aug 24, 2012
john wrote:
I'm not pretty sure if Fosamax can cause kidney stones but I believe that vitamin D and calcium supplements that are usually prescribed with this drug may cause nephrolithiasis. Regardless of kidney stones, Fosamax is known to cause adverse events and recently, more and more people are filing a Fosamax lawsuit for that reason.
http://www.fosamaxfemurfracturelawsuit.com
You are correct, per my Urologist

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