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Old 04-30-2003, 04:55 PM
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Thumbs up I go under the "gun" on Monday for this dang kidney stone.

Finally, I am going to get some relief. After nearly 8 weeks of every other day pain I can't stand it anymore. X-ray today showed it to be 12mm x 9 mm in size, making it nearly impossible to pass. Procedure is called Lithotripsy, shock waves are used to break up the stone allowing the sand to pass naturally. I honestly can't wait!! Sounds funny I know, but I'm so sick and tired of being sick and tired that a day or two off work will be welcomed.

Anyone ever had this procedure done? What can I expect? Dr. gave me a recipe of "this could happen" kind of things, but I'd like to hear it from someone who's been thru it.

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Old 04-30-2003, 05:46 PM
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Mike, never had a kidney stone and hope i never do. Like you, I would be glad that they are trying something to get rid of the damn thing.

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I've had lithotripsy twice. It was tougher ten years ago when I first had it, the last was about three years ago. It is a miracle cure, in at 8am, home by noon. The only bad thing is when they take the stent out. Now understand, this is a couple weeks after the lithotripsy. The stent keeps the urinary tract open at the bottom of the kidney and the top of the bladder to insure that pieces of the stone don't lodge there. Go into the doctor's office, get nekkid and lay on the gurney. They put a paper sheet over you with a hole for them to get ahold of Spike. Then they take about a three foot piece of pvc like hose and thread it up old Spike!!! The first time I had it, it wasn't flexible tubing, it was like a three eighths peice of copper tubing. The is a camera at the end of the tube and a set of grippers kind of like a mechanical finger. He will be looking in the camera, and when he get's ahold of the stent, he pulls back on the mechanical finger which is inside the tube. You'll think he's trying to start a 40 horse Merc. IF you're lucky, he'll get it the first time, if not, you get to start all over. Oh yeah, I left out the part where he said "you may feel some discomfort as I push it past the sphincter" YA THINK SO???????!!!!!!! I wanted to come off the table with a bionic elbow on his ass! Oh yeah, he missed the first time too.

In summation, the lithotripsy itself is no worse than a haircut, but getting that stent is problematic at best.

The first time I had absolutely no pain afterward........none at all. The second time I had just a very little discomfort, nothing aspirin wouldn't take a care of, but cry for Percosettes anyway.

The first time they told be there was a 50% chance of me redeveloping stones within 5 years, well extrapolate that out to ten years, and they were right on the money.
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The Dr. doesn't think a stint will be necessary in my case. I hope not after reading that!!!
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Mike-
Chris has been through the lithotripsy- no worries at all with this procedure other than it can make your body a little sore and tired overall, similar to a hard workout at the gym.
A VERY small price to pay for the relief of getting rid of that thing!
She has been stone-free since;- she drinks a great deal of water to prevent them coming back, and that seems to be working.
Good Luck- you will feel SO much better!!!
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Hope you feel better soon. The Doc will always tell you the worst case to cover themselfs.
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GOD DAMN CUDA!!!!! MY "SPIKE" hurts like hell now!!!!!! Foul hope it goes well man. Keep us posted.

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Foul hope you feel better soon.... After 8 weeks im sure you will be happy when that baby comes out...
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Mike- forgot one thing.......
Schedule yourself in for a real good enema and colonic the following day. Then you can truly say you're off to a 'fresh start'.
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