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: 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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Comment from: Tessa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I never knew I had kidney stones until I saw blood in my urine and went to see a doctor. They confirmed by ultrasound that my right kidney had 2 large stones and a cluster of small ones. They couldn't understand why I didn't have pain, but thinking back I did have dull aching pain in lower back round to the front, I had put it down to stitch after exercise that went back to when I was a child!

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Comment from: stoner, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 31

I have had kidney stones four times in my life. The best treatment is lipotripsy.I felt sore afterwards, but was able to go to work the next day. My urologist did not use a stent.

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Comment from: ca, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

Two and a half years ago I had sudden cramping pain in left lower abdomen. Within a half- hour was extreme pain requiring pain relief injection and a kidney stone was suspected. It took three months, three trips to accident and emergency, including two hospital admissions before the stone was found to be stuck and causing back pressure on my kidney. It was broken under anesthetic and a stent put in. The stent had to be removed a week later as it was too long and only irritated bladder more. I was really ill for about four months in total and lost around 20 pounds as I could not eat and was very weak. You are advised to drink loads, but that is not possible when you are constantly vomiting because of the pain. Child birth is easier (and faster). I now have another stone and have suffered recurring urinary tract and kidney infections every few months since the first stone.

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