Holy shit ! Those ARE huge. That’s a LOT of stone to pass. Thankfully I have never had the “pleasure” of having a kidney stone, but I have had the chance to work on folks with way smaller stones. A few thoughts:
If you look at them under a microscope they have all kinds of protrusions and spikes, which is why they are so painful to pass.
Even though they are the size of a grain of sand or so most times, you feel like you are trying to piss out a pine cone.
Women who I have talked to liken the pain to “worse than childbirth”.
Men I have seen have genreally been very whiny about the whole process of passing a stone.
I firmly believe THAT is why women are designated to bear children. A man would do it once, realize it is painful and say “screw that… we are NOT doing that again”.
Men do OK with unexpected pain (“Damn, that chainsaw sure is sharp… Pick up my leg and let’s go to the ER…”) but if we KNOW we will have pain (for hours) in 9 months we will run for the hills.
@chienfou IDK, I think it’s all the feel-good hormones (like oxytocin) that helps make women either forget or disregard the pain in favor of another baby. I’m sure the intelligent designer or evolution or whatever would have given men a similar mind wash to make them have more than one baby as well.
You have my sympathies. I vividly remember how painful it was to pass 5 small stones about half the size of a grain of rice. Unfortunately, they tried to pass all at once, kind of like The Three Stooges going though a doorway!
I passed 9 stones one year, no luck with lithotripsy. Finally one of the old time urologists had me pee in a jug for 24 hours. An analysis of the urine and the stones gave them the process that was causing the stones. My stones were uric acid in the middle and calcium oxalate on the outside. My blood was low in uric acid, but my urine was high. The old guy put me on a gout medicine (Allopurinol) that dropped my uric acid and a small dose of hydrochlorothiazide (a blood pressure med) that I think lowered my calcium and a potassium/magnesium supplement. Bottom line, I haven’t had a kidney stone in 17 years. If I couldn’t afford those pills I would rob gas stations (just saying). Find an old timer who isn’t enamored of all the new technology.
Holy crap. THOSE ARE HUGE!! My sympathies.All I have had is ones small enough, each time, to (painfully) pass on their own. The world record for stone size is not one I think anyone would want!!!
I hope they are successful in breaking them up into little pieces so you can pass them. You must have had them for a while for them to get that big. Cripes. No fun at all. And I hope the “opioid crisis” doesn’t prevent doctors from giving you good pain control!! Hope you get rid of them quickly and without surgery!!! Good luck.
Sympathies as well. When I passed a small stone, whatever it was I got at the ER (injection, not an opiod) was amazing. All I remember was the Dr said that it was a drug specifically for kidney stone pain. I was so glad such a drug existed.
The opiods I was given were limited to 3 days, so the Doctors are doing their part to curb abuse. We as a society/patients need to adjust expectations to manage pain, not eliminate it.
@chienfou@mike808 My husband has one kidney and a stone decided to block the passage between the bladder and kidney. He was writhing in pain one moment and telling me he was going to work the next! They gave him small dose of fentynal (sp?) Because the normal kidney stone drugs weren’t recommended for single kidney patients (i am sure there is a better way to phrase that, since he is married). Never again … Nope, he was weird on that…
Best part, when they removed the stent, firstly I made the doctor laugh uncontrollably while he was using the little grappling hook to find the thread to pull! Second, I exclaimed when I saw the stent was the diameter of a straw, dude, quit your bitching that is nowhere near the size of a baby’s head! It is a good thing this dr likes me, or I would be banned from the room from now on…he laughed sooo hard at my husband. Honest, I do love my husband!!
my uncle has had stones for years, though nothing THAT large… he’s the reason that they no longer do Lithotripsy in our town. they did so many treatments on his one functional kidney, they basically liquified it. 2-3 years later it’s still bruised and healing, (and occasionally peeing blood)
a year ago, he ran into a local friend up in Toledo, asked why he was there, the guy was in town for Lithotripsy.
“why didn’t they just do that back in Lima?”
oh, they don’t do it in Lima anymore, they gave one guy so many treatments they nearly killed him!
“That was me! after the last treatment, I was in so much pain they just kept giving me more and more opioids until I Overdosed and they brought me back with Naloxone”
eventually they figured out that something was wrong with his parathyroid that was causing him to develop so many stones, and removed it.
Vilas Ghuge (India) had a kidney stone removed from his left kidney on 18 February 2004 by Dr. Hemendra Shah (India) at R. G. Stone Urological Research Institute, Mumbai, India, which measured at its widest point 13 cm (5.11 in).
Those with underlying conditions aside, do you guys just like not drink water or something? I’ve known people who drank 1-2 cups of liquids a day max, and those are usually the people with kidney stones.
@RiotDemon I’ve never had one (knock on wood), but then again I only have either one tea or coffee in the morning, and then about 50-80 ounces of water throughout the day. Sometimes I might have some juice, or a few beers, or an amino shake after working out, but most of my consumption is plain old water.
I can’t imagine living life and just drinking a few cans of soda a day and nothing else, even though I have a friend who used to do that.