Patient Comments: Kidney Stones - Symptoms

For kidney stones, what were the symptoms and signs you experienced?

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The most common symptom of kidney stones is a very sharp, severe pain in your lower back or abdomen. You may also have pain while urinating, blood in your urine, feel nauseated, or vomit. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: iowaguy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I'm currently going through my second kidney stone passing. The first time, I didn't have any idea what hit me, just sudden, excruciating pain in my lower back, some nausea, and I went to the emergency room. This time, I've noticed a dull ache in the kidney area for about the last week to ten days and thought I was getting ready to go through the pain again. This morning I woke up, went to the bathroom, and was immediately hit with the familiar agony of a kidney stone leaving the kidney. The pain was intense, but after a couple hours and a couple of aspirins, it dulled to the point I could move and function. My third urination of the day brought about the first urine that showed signs of discoloring. It was an orangish color, not the brown/red of last time, so I'm hoping this stone is smaller than the 7 mm stone I passed last time. Outside of aspirin and water, I'm going to attempt to pass this without any medical intervention or prescription painkillers, more due to budget than willpower to tell the truth. Will update this later in the week after I expel it and let everyone know the rough size, how long it took to pass, and whether I was able to withstand it without medication.

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Comment from: Jamacapier, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I"ve not experienced labor pains but with this 1st kidney stone yesterday, I sure can sympathize with mothers! In the ambulance I kept thinking I was experiencing appendix pain. After 7 hours in the hospital and an MRI and CT scan, I was told that I was the bearer of a 4 mm or 1/8th inch kidney stone! The attending physician discharged me with a suppository (indomethacin 100 mg) which includes morphine. You must hold it in for 30 minutes minimum. It was amazing how quickly the excruciating pain disappeared! The stone passed soon after because of the inflammation being toned down by the suppository.

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Comment from: kidney stones hurt, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I had kidneys stones when I was younger, it felt worse than child birth. This was my second time and I felt like someone was taking my insides out. Plus with the vomiting and the pain I wanted to die.

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Comment from: IKES48, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 28

I've had kidney stones 5 times. Twice I had been told there was no stone (after CT scan and x-rays). Both of these times I went home in pain and about a week later I passed a stone at home. The last one was 3/8th of an inch. How they missed these stones is beyond me. The urologist had put his hands in the air and told me he didn't know why there was blood in my urine or why I was in pain and sent me home. I lived on Norco for days. I now take water pills and Rapaflo to help prevent them.

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Comment from: Music Teacher, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

My symptoms of kidney stones were backwards. I woke up one morning with nausea, vomiting, and a fever and just assumed that I had the flu. Throughout the day I noticed a burning sensation in my pelvic area, so I thought I had a urinary tract infection. I went to the doctor and they confirmed infection. I started taking an antibiotic but there was no improvement after 4 doses. I was still nauseous and vomiting. I went back to the doctor and got another antibiotic. I started to feel better, but then it got extremely painful with an urgent sensation to urinate along with back pain and chills. Within minutes, I had excruciating pain in my right lower back. A CT scan in the emergency room confirmed a kidney stone size 5.2 mm.

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Comment from: Sycamore Gal, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I felt a sharp pain in my lower left back, usually after eating. I assumed it was due to fecal matter as I have had problems with constipation for years. Milk of Magnesia and elimination worked for about a week, and then nothing worked. The pain not only stabbed me in the back at intervals, but my entire waistline area, front and back, became extremely painful to any pressure. I also had some chest pains, which really scared me. A CT scan and labs at the doctor office showed nothing. My doctor advised I go to the local emergency hospital. Finally, on a ultrasound, the stones showed up. Apparently I have a bunch of small stones that are still in the kidney. I was told to "flood" them out with water and cranberry juice, as much as I could handle. I have had not nausea and 600 mg of Advil seems to help the pain somewhat. At night I am also took a pain pill with codeine so I could sleep. So far, no stones, but it is just one day. Will keep urinating into the strainer and hope this is over soon.

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