Kidney Stones


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

I went to the emergency room (ER) 4 weeks ago with severe pain on my right side. After doing a CT scan, I was told I had a 4 mm kidney stone. After a week and a half, and not passing it, I called for a follow up and they scheduled it 3 weeks post my ER visit. I was told it was misread and it was a 6 mm stone and wouldn't pass, so scheduled for a surgery to remove. In the meantime, I still have dull pain constantly and if I work extensively, pain is worse. I had surgery today and was told the stones were no longer there, yet I was still in pain yesterday.

Comment from: Greg Gee, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 11

I had a large kidney stone removed with a stent left in (10 days was the plan). The stent caused excruciating pain every time I urinated, which was every 30 minutes. I was told to drink, drink, drink. After 2 days of no sleep despite heavy duty pain medicines and antispasmodics, and level 10 pain every 30 minutes, they removed the stent. Thank goodness, that solved the pain and frequent urination.

Comment from: MelLowe, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I have had kidney stones on and off for nearly 15 years due to being born with fused kidneys. The first stone I had felt like mini earthquakes in my lower abdomen. The pain gets so bad I projectile vomit anything including water, which always leads to having to go to the emergency room (ER). They give me an anti-inflammatory, pain medicines, and an IV. Then I have to set up surgeries because I usually cannot pass them on my own. I am currently dealing with this now. Rocking and pacing help. Stay hydrated.

Comment from: Scaredycat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I am sitting here at 2:30 am, unable to sleep due to some pain. I just had to go to the emergency room (ER) 2 days ago. I was diagnosed with infection and a kidney stone. I can so relate to all these people who describe the pain. I feel for you all. I've never felt such pain in all my life. It is, indeed, like some say, like having a knife in your side and someone keeps twisting it. I was given pain medicines, and after moaning and groaning (very loudly) for about 3 hours, it stopped, now I'm terrified it will happen again.

Comment from: Shazzyd, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I've been to the hospital and they think I have kidney stones. I'm passing pinkish blood and it is stinging. My bladder feels sore, and also, I'm not urinating much.

Comment from: Aprilmd1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I was just told I have staghorn renal calculus. But all I had done was an x-ray on my ribs. So I don’t understand how they can diagnose kidney stones with an x-ray on my ribs.

Comment from: Brenda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I have had many kidney stones and am almost 50 years old. I can tell you that the pain is unbearable and definitely worse than natural child birth. Mine are calcium ones and I'm still trying to figure out why I produce these blessed things. I have had 6 mm and below stones on both sides. I have had 3 lithotripsies and one emergency room (ER) visit with a stone lodged in the ureter. The last one was the worst pain ever. I woke in the night vomiting and stabbing low back pain on the side. ER sent me to the operation room (OR) immediately for the procedure.

Comment from: AussieStones, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

I am wondering if anyone else has had this, kidney stone pains for 2 weeks then it stopped. Maybe a little random pain here and there, but I never got the big 'yep, here it comes pain,' it just stopped.

Comment from: Littleb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I am 52 year old female. I have been suffering with a 3 centimeter kidney stone for 3 months. I had the procedure to break it up two weeks ago. My primary doctor dismissed me because I asked for pain medicines with my urine full of blood, two days before surgery. The day after the procedure a piece got stuck in my bladder. I was screaming and rushed to the hospital. They were giving me strong pain medicines the first day, and the 2nd day, Motrin. I have Medi-Cal. The lady next to me with a 3 mm stone broken the same day, had Blue Cross insurance.

Comment from: Sue, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I wonder if anyone has experienced bruising on the back related to kidney stones. The day of my surgery (stone stuck in the ureter), I woke with a huge bruise. I told them in the hospital but they say it’s unrelated. I did not fall so where did it come from! I am on day 7 with a stent (they took out 2 stones and in a lot of pain.


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Comment from: Gravel pit male, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 02

I have had kidney stones for 42 years. The worst in history compared to others, from 18 years of age to 60 years. I went on special, protein diets, no dairy products and no salt. They ran urine testing in labs for several years, my body had stones like a gravel pit. They could not figure out anything other than genetic reasons. Well, it turns out it was my cholesterol medication; now no more kidney stones for 8 years and I am healthy. Medicines have side effects.

Comment from: Metric , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 14

My pain started out as a minor discomfort in my right abdomen. As it got worse I would get really sweaty, cold, and nauseous. I was unable to sit or lie comfortably, even walking was painful. I went to the emergency room (ER) and turns out I have a 7 mm x 5 mm kidney stone. I was put on Flomax and Norco. Four days later the pain has minimized, however, I will be seeing a specialist for a lithotripsy.

Comment from: Sandra, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I have been diagnosed with a 3 mm kidney stone at the hospital. I was on morphine and Flomax 4 mg for 25 days and now on day 6, I still have pain on a scale of 5 out of 10. I’m not urinating well and drinking over 90 ounces of fluids. Wondering what can be wrong.

Comment from: Liz Fla, 55-64 (Patient) Published: August 11

I was in the emergency room 2 weeks ago today with a 7 mm sized kidney stone. I woke up at 4:00 in pain which has not stopped since. I am taking Motrin and Tylenol and nothing is helping. Wondering if I should go back to the hospital.

Comment from: wd, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

I had pain in my lower right abdomen and back, after dinner on Wednesday. It was a 7 on a 10 scale. Ice and aspirin were not much help. I had some pain urinating, excessive belching, and constipation for 4 days. I had some heart pain and could not get comfortable. I worked Thursday and Friday, and went to the emergency room on Saturday. The doctor was good at explaining about kidney stones. Most pain was when this 4 mm stone was passing through the ureter. Did not notice finally passing it. I was back at work Monday. I work in the hot outdoors.

Comment from: Ihatestones, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I woke up with extreme pain one day and went straight to my doctor. I was screaming, crying, sweating, vomiting, and feeling like I was going to black out at any moment. I got a CT and it turned out I had a 5 mm kidney stone. I had a lithotripsy to break up the stone and I urinated it out in fragments. Two weeks later, I had the same pain on my other side. I went to the emergency room and it turned out I have another 5 mm stone. I had a stent placed in. The pain caused by the stent hurt as much as the stones. It feels like you are going to die.

Comment from: Stone cold crazy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 08

For those asking about kidney stone symptoms, I have had the following symptoms. Yes, you can experience severe/moderate/mild gas and bloating, and you can feel/be constipated. Yes, the pain can reach places you wouldn't think they should be present (legs, testicles, stomach, feet, just about anywhere south of the boarder). It can feel like sciatica. You may vomit and a stent can cause an infection and lots of pain (I'll never have one installed again). Yes, you may experience ringing in the ears. And yes, they are terrible!

Comment from: NintendoDeerPark, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 02

One night back in 2018 I was asleep in bed. It was the middle of the night. I had this sharp pain in my lower back that continued into the next morning. I thought I had thrown my back out. So I texted my sister and she called me to tell me she was coming to take me to the hospital. I didn't throw my back out. It was a kidney stone, and it hurt terribly. But the medicine they injected in me made the pain gradually taper off.

Comment from: Bex, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I arrived at work feeling fine, and within a matter of minutes I had fainted, then vomited due to severe left hand side abdominal pain. My colleague took me to the emergency room where I was still continuing to vomit in the waiting area. They gave me a dose of morphine for the pain and rushed me for a CT scan which revealed I had an 8 mm stone in my left kidney. They tried lithotripsy procedure which moved the stone into a more dangerous position and I had to undergo emergency surgery.

Comment from: Al M, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 17

I suffer from chronic calcium oxalate kidney stones. Everything I was advised, including massive amounts of citrate, did nothing for me. After close to 2 years of extreme daily pain I stumbled on something that really works. Hydrangea root. I use the Nature's Way brand though other brands may work as well. I can't say without getting another ultrasound whether it is shrinking or eroding my stones but I can say that I am not in pain. My pain began to subside shortly after taking this.


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Comment from: Val, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I woke up at 2 am with urgent need to urinate a very large amount. I had discomfort in my right side and lower back on same side. No sleep, no way to get comfortable sitting or lying down. I couldn’t urinate. Threw up around 6 am, all liquid. Lots of burping. Went to the emergency room at 9 am and had CAT scan, etc. I passed a 7 mm kidney stone around noon. Felt so much better. Next day my left side was feeling similar, and CAT scan showed 5 mm, so just waiting and drinking tons of hot water with lemon.

Comment from: Jae S, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I was lying in bed. I started feeling what I thought was a stomach cramp. Before I knew it I was on the floor curled up in a fetal position. I could not move. If I moved the pain became worse. My mother had to call 911. The ambulance came. I had to be carried down 2 flights of stairs. I could not talk. I hope I never experience kidney stones again. I have had 2 C-sections and I never felt pain like that. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. It’s like being shot, stabbed, and punched over and over.

Comment from: Jamey C, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 25

I'm going through the worst pain of my life! I have severe pain in lower back, testicles, stomach and legs from my kidney stone. Let me be very clear on this; when I say, the worst pain ever, it is like thinking the kidney is shutting down, I mean it! I had the surgery to remove a kidney stone that was lodged in the tube right before my bladder, but I may hurt worse now that they got it out. I guess I'm just swollen but it is just as bad as the stone. I am in excruciating pain. My wishes go out to all going through this. I bet my diet changes now. Good luck!

Comment from: Michael G, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 14

I have had stable retained kidney stones, discovered 16 years ago with no symptoms. I had an abdominal CT for an unrelated issue. I decided to try to get them removed in 2007. The urologist tried unsuccessfully. I was a pilot and had to be medically re-certified every 6 months. Once a year I had to get an ultra sound to track the stones. I have had zero symptoms since I discovered them in 2004, till this month. I retired 2 years ago and have not been getting the ultra sounds.

Comment from: BadPain, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 30

Kidney stones are a way of leveling the field between men and women as men are more likely to get them. I have had 1 or 2 a year since 25. They usually come in the early mornings. Sometimes it starts with testicle pain. Sometimes you only notice it when it is exiting from the bladder. Those are the best. Some come out the same day. And the rest take days, sometimes up to a week to pass into the bladder, those cause a level of pain I can’t even explain, and they come in waves.

Comment from: ybtone, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

With kidney stones I had dark urine like iced tea while hydrated, but no pain. Then tightness in my lower back, increasing pain coming in waves that lasted an hour. Before bed, exactly the same thing. The pain went from the back to the side to the groin; dull pain moving forward made much better by heating pad. Passed the stone today with minimal pain. More shocking that something solid was in my penis. It startled me but only kind of burned coming out. I had a very small stone per ultrasound.

Comment from: Stefank, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

I’ve passed 2 kidney stones this year, one from each side. The second time I didn’t want to miss work so they installed a stent to help with the passing. Huge mistake! I told the doctor that I’m a laborer and he said it was fine to return to work, so I did. The next morning I woke up with pain more severe than the stone itself and had to be admitted for 4 days due to infection and from the stent moving up and down in my kidney.

Comment from: HurtsGoToER, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 25

With kidney stone I had severe abdominal pain of 6, then up to 10. I went to the emergency room and the pain went down with opiates and anti-inflammatory medicines. I was puking all over the place. The pain went mostly away at the end of the next day so I stopped the opiates, and it came back again at 7. I resumed opiates and it helped with the pain greatly. I went to the regular doctor and got a relaxer that could help stop cramping and ease the stone out. Heard on net that 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar could help dissolve the stone in the urine so it won’t hurt coming out.

Comment from: Mamma, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I've had a few kidney stones. My first was a 6 mm lodged in my ureter. My kidney shut down and I was septic. I thought I had a bad back ache and my husband was hitting my back like a shiatsu massage or something which sounds odd. Then I thought I had the flu and jacked the heat. Hospital said when I came in I was dying. I had lithotripsy and a stent. The 2nd one was 5 mm so I asked for it to be removed. I lie here now with severe pain in my flank all the way down my leg and urine looks like another stone has developed.

Comment from: Art, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 13

With kidney stones I had pain on my lower back that came around to the front over my hip bones and it was off and on pain with a lot of gas. I have pain in the lower left abdomen coming around to the side and white blood cells in my urine.

Comment from: Adam, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I was told I had a 4 mm kidney stone a week ago. There was pain in my back, and now in the testicles. The stone still hasn’t passed.

Comment from: Serg, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 28

Unfortunately I’ve had several kidney stones. In fact, I just had surgery last month to remove 8 more stones. My experience has been a nightmare, to say the least. Aside from stones I am a very healthy person and I work out 4 days a week and I try to eat healthy. My symptoms were very simple. Pain ranging from minor to severe in the mid to lower back area. I also experienced discoloring in my urine from yellow to orange.

Comment from: bsites, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I have had 18 kidney stones and I believe I’m working on number 19. I’ve had four ureteroscopies to blast larger stones. I have unbearable stent pain following the surgery and hope I never have to experience that again. I have cut my sodium way back and drink a lot more water but I’m pretty sure I have another stone still in the kidney. The larger stones cause deep pelvic pain, similar to when your uterus contracts after childbirth. I plan to get a KUB (kidney, ureter and bladder) test on Monday to confirm. Ugh!

Comment from: Intotheverted, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

I'm experiencing sharp jarring pain that makes me tremble from the pain and tremble from the thoughts and fear of it striking down my lower back side again. I don't know if it's a kidney stone but I just got over a kidney infection. Read up on what I can do at home to help myself anyway possible. Read apple cider vinegar diluted in distilled water or pomegranate juice mixed with distilled water will help. I tried them both in tap water and do feel better.

Comment from: Bahp7, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

Before I had the horrendous side and back pain and dry heaves from my 5 cm kidney stone, I had an occasional very odd feeling of my bladder vibrating. I ignored it but now I wonder if that was an early symptom.

Comment from: Painman, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

My high school graduation was rewarded in the middle of the night with the sensation of being punched in the right side of my back by a boxer and kicked in the crotch by a well-trained cage fighter. I then about ten days later produced a bouncing baby kidney stone! I was so proud.

Comment from: Bren714, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I had severe back, flank and groin pain from my kidney stones. I made several emergency room and doctor visits. The physician’s assistant said it was bursitis and gave me shots. I staggered out of the doctor’s office to the emergency room. I was treated for sciatica because I had had L4 L5 spinal fusion years prior. Still no relief, and I went to the doctors every day for a week. After an x-ray he said it is kidney stone and to drink lots of water! He wrote a note to return to work. I was throwing up and had excruciating pain in flank and groin. I went to urgent care. It showed 3 kidney stones and gallstone. Small stone syndrome.

Comment from: Jason, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 06

Kidney stones woke me up at about 2:30 in the morning with the most excruciating pain. Thought I had pulled a muscle in my back so I tried using a back massager on the area. This did nothing for the pain. Then I began pacing around the room. Throwing up took away the pain temporarily. The family managed to get me to the emergency room where the doctor confirmed a stone. That lasted a few hours until it reached the bladder. The following week I had a urinary tract infection from the stone that was almost as painful.

Comment from: JLHubbard80, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

I passed my first kidney stone while in hospital waiting for a completely unrelated issue (compound fracture of the left leg). It was by far the most painful experience I have ever had. That was about a month ago and since then I have passed 5 more, 3 within 48 hours. All I can say is drink plenty of water, and take the pain medicine as directed. These are no joke. Like I said I was in the hospital for a broken leg, and I would take 3 more breaks instead of another stone!

Comment from: Wayne, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 03

I have had 4 attacks of pain from kidney stones which have occurred every 4 to 5 weeks. Each time they have lasted slightly longer - started around 20 minutes but the latest lasted 45 minutes, and then came back every hour for 5 hours. I can't get a urologist appointment till October. Pain is so intense you can barely breathe. Hospital won't scan unless you arrive as the attack is taking place. Never wait, get straight there as nothing you can buy will stop the pain. Waiting for the next attack is like a time bomb.

Comment from: LindseyB , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I at first thought I had strained or pulled a muscle in my back. Over the course of several hours, the pain from kidney stones dramatically increased and I couldn’t ease it no matter what I did.

Comment from: Much Relieved, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 12

I woke up on Saturday feeling good, but with a bit of lower left back pain (intensified greatly later). About 4 or 5 hours later it felt like I'd been kicked really hard in the testes (especially the left one) and it lasted all day (fun) in spite of 2 extra strength Advil. For the next 3 days I took both Advil and Tylenol to get through the pain and sleep. Wednesday, I finally went to my doctor, he diagnosed kidney stones, and prescribed a drug to relax the smooth muscles. The next day 4 or 5 stones a little smaller than rice grains passed.

Comment from: Viviana, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I just experienced my first kidney stone. I woke up screaming one night, went to the emergency room, got medication but was told it was ovulation pain (even though I had blood in my urine). Two days later I was back with the worst pain and they found a 15 mm (not kidding) stone. Honestly, the pain was terrible, I screamed and cried all the time. I had tramadol, oxycodone and acetaminophen administered. I had to have it removed yesterday with a stent put in place. I am having a horrible night, cannot sleep.

Comment from: Sandypony, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I have had kidney stones several times, and this time I was told there is one in each kidney. Lately I have had urgency and blood in my urine. I am guessing it must be the stones. There is just mild flank pain however and in the past the pain was very bad. I wonder if the stones can cause these symptoms while sitting there in the kidneys.

Comment from: Gavin, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I drink an approximate 4 to 5 liters of bottled mineral water a day and should be the last person to get kidney stones. However I started to get incredible kidney pain 2 weeks ago, so much so I struggled to go about my daily tasks. At first I thought it could be drinking too much coffee so I quit coffee and drank Rooibos tea instead. Within 3 days I noted mucus in my urine, the next day I passed two kidney stones about 3 mm in size. The next morning another one. The pain disappeared overnight. Now I am fine.

Comment from: JTLeRoy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 23

It started with the lower back pain on my right side. I assumed I had twisted and pulled a muscle and then slept on it badly. At first the pain was dull and came in waves every night 12 to 6 am. After 3 weeks the pain was persistent and agonizing. Light exercise helped. One morning I was very nauseous and suddenly began vomiting and went to the emergency room. I had a 5.5 mm kidney stone. The kidney pain was unimaginable. I was sweating and drifting in and out of consciousness; I truly thought I was going to die.

Comment from: Jess, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I have left flank renal pain. I have kidney stones they say are staghorn that are not blocking or passing. I am 26 weeks pregnant but get sharp abdominal pain that starts from the left side and feels like it’s slowly slicing my belly, then stops at my belly button. I’ve been in and out of hospital. They have cleared infections but pain is still present, no idea why. They also have no idea what’s causing this.

Comment from: Miriam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I have an 11 mm kidney stone in my right kidney and am on a waiting list to get it removed. Initially, there was blood in my urine but no pain. I can't believe how debilitating the pain and discomfort has since become. Although I've had a handful of severe attacks over the last three months (lasting a couple of hours each time), they were manageable compared to the current constant dull ache in my right side.

Comment from: Kikismama, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I first started noticing that in the middle of the night I would have to get up about every 30 minutes to go to the bathroom. Then about four or five days of dealing with this, I woke up in the midnight with the most excruciating back pain. I've heard some people say kidney stones are worse than labor, but I did not think it was worse than labor. It was extremely painful, but it was a completely different kind of pain. And I will say that it is not as painful as having a pinched nerve or herniated disc in your back.

Comment from: Karkas, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 14

I want to say kidney stones is awful. I am getting pains from my belly down to my knees. My testicles are not ok right now. Very painful. I have been to the emergency room three times in a month. I have been waiting to pass it and the only thing I have seen so far has been blood in urine and burning urine. My legs are having spasms. I can tell you the second time in hospital went very bad because I felt like I was dying; by the way hospital staff was very nice.

Comment from: Sandyk, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

With kidney stones I had pain building in severity in back, side and groin, was nauseous and faint. Eventually I had excruciating pain, similar to contractions.

Comment from: Vellybean, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

For several weeks I had lower back pain. It wasn't disabling, just there. After three weeks, my right lower back hurt so bad I thought an ovary had twisted or something. I tried to wait it out. I took a hot bath. I got out of the tub and proceeded to start vomiting in the toilet. The pain in my back was severe. I woke my husband up and asked him to drive me to the emergency room. I then threw up more there and gave a urine sample. The pain was so bad, I could barely walk and talked very quietly. They did a CT scan and found out I had a 4 mm stone that was in my tube that goes from the kidney to the bladder. They gave me pain medications and anti-nausea medication. Once the pain was lessened, I was sent home with pain medication, anti-nausea medication, super strong Tylenol, and a medication that was to relax the walls of the tube. They told me to drink a lot of liquids with real lemon juice in them. It took three more days for it to move to my bladder and then came out with no issues. I am still waiting to find out what it is made of. I am 52 and it was my first stone ever. I hope I never get another one. It was worse than having a baby and I did all natural child birth with my two boys. Worst pain ever!

Comment from: Nunya, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

My 36th birthday present was excruciating, life-changing pain, first in my bladder, then in my kidney. The first occurred on a Thursday morning. It woke me out of sleep at 4:30 am. My bladder was spasming a lot. By 6:30, I couldn't wait any longer for the urgent care center to open so I went to the emergency room (ER). I've had urinary tract infections (UTI) before, but never so painful. I essentially urinated blood into the sample cup, which freaked me out. The doctor said there was some infection but my symptoms were more like a kidney stone, so he offered me a CT scan. I declined thinking it was just a terrible UTI. I tried to work, but eventually went home when ibuprofen wasn't killing the pain anymore. Friday morning, my birthday, I woke up in the worst pain I will probably ever experience in my life. I wanted to die. I was screaming and writhing. I got a hold of my mom and she took me to the ER. Thankfully the pain passed after about 20 minutes. They did the CAT scan and found one stone about to enter my bladder and another in my kidney. Right as I was about to be discharged I had another attack. Thank goodness I was still there and on IV. They gave me Toradol earlier but the pain cut right through that so they gave me Dilaudid. It took some time to fully kick in but it was a life saver. I passed a stone, pain free, later that night. I guess I'm supposed to sit around and wait for the second to drop into my ureter a day, week, month, or years from now. Fun.

Comment from: MB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I'm a 53-year-old woman. I went to the emergency doctor on Saturday because I thought I had a urinary tract infection (UTI); pain on urination, urgency. She said there was no bacteria in the urine, but that there was blood in it, and that I should follow up with my doctor. Sunday I felt fine, but Monday morning about 4:45 after I got up for work I was in agony. I had severe stomach pain in my lower abdomen on the side where I thought the UTI was. I called in sick to work and started trying to find someone to drive me to the emergency room. After maybe 45 minutes to an hour, though, the pain abated. I went to the doctor’s when it opened, and they said I had likely passed a kidney stone, and that I should catch the stone in my urine if I could, and see a urologist. Tuesday morning I had the same agonizing pain; lying on my side, moaning, sweating. This lasted again for about an hour. Then it went away. Wednesday I woke up with no pain, and lo and behold, there was the kidney stone. It was only about the size of a grain of rice; I can't believe something so small could cause so much pain. Anyway, I wanted to share my story because my pain wasn't constant and unending. It came in early morning, and then disappeared, leaving me feeling fine for 23 hours of the day. I didn't find any descriptions online that mentioned the pain might be so sporadic and inconstant.

Comment from: Kimmy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I had my first kidney stone 19 months ago at age 54. The pain bolted me upright in the bed and I had pelvic floor pain similar to the bearing down of childbirth with intense bladder urgency. The pain was in my left back and started radiating down my side at which point I had uncontrollable shakes and chills and then sudden violent vomiting. I had no idea what was going on but thought I might die. I have had natural childbirth to one of my four children and this was worse. I had to be treated for an infection (wonder if this caused the stone to pass). Six months passed and I had another. Then almost a year later they began again. I finally went to the emergency room when two came just 19 days apart. They confirmed that I had one passing unobstructed through the left ureter and another in my right kidney. Since then I've had 3 more episodes in the past 10 days. I believe the stone they saw in the emergency room is lodged in the ureter. I am finally making an appointment with a urologist as I can't take the pain any longer.

Comment from: Tafox, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I have been experiencing kidney pain for two weeks now. A trip to the emergency room and I was told I have a kidney stone, after a CT scan. The doctor said the stone should not be causing the level of pain that I'm experiencing as I have no other symptoms except nausea. It's also hard and painful to sleep on the affected side I am not sure why. I was not given any advice when I was discharged from hospital so am in the dark as to how long I need to put up with the pain. It’s time for a second opinion.

Comment from: Leanne123, 35-44 (Patient) Published: June 02

I suffered with my first kidney stone when I was 8 months pregnant; yeah, fun! It took a while to pass but it eventually did on its own. Since then I've had a couple more stones. Two weeks ago I was hit with that familiar pain in the back that wrapped around the side. I had the sweats, vomiting and shakes. Plus I had a bad infection with lots of blood in my urine (going on 3 weeks now for that). I went to emergency and had x-ray, ultrasound and CT scan. It was determined that I have a kidney stone just over 3 mm. I wonder if it is possible to pass this sized stone without any pain. I still have blood on and off and will be referred to a kidney specialist soon.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I went to bed feeling just fine. I was still awake and turned from my side to my back. Just like that I had terrible pain in my lower left side. After about 5 minutes I got up so I wouldn't wake my husband. Nothing would relieve the severe pain, and I didn't have a clue what it might be. Finally I woke my husband and he took me to the emergency room (ER). They got pain medicines into me immediately, did a CAT scan, and yes, a kidney stone. Once everything was under control they sent me home with more pain medicines. I had pain all that day, it subsided in the evening, and I passed it early the next morning. The pain was worse than labor and I've had 4 kids. I never had anything like it before. I have at least 3 more stones.

Comment from: BusyMomO2, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

My first ever kidney stone was on 10/6/14. I went to the emergency room in severe pain in my left flank radiating to my groin area, pain over the tops of my thighs, and passing blood in my urine. A CAT scan showed a 5 mm stone in the distal left ureter (above the bladder). A month later, saw the urologist and had a follow up CAT scan which showed 'no stone in distal left ureter'. The urologist said I must have passed it and not noticed. However, from the onset of the stone attack, up until now, March 25, 2015 (almost 6 months later), I continued to have symptoms of urinary frequency, burning, urgency and stinging. Several urinalysis tests showed no bacterial growth. I was treated with prescription medications for pain and Uribel to calm inflammation. Today, March 25, 2015, I finally passed the stone! I was astonished that a stone could remain in my bladder for so long! I never had this type of experience in my entire life, nor had I ever heard of anyone passing a stone past 4 to 6 weeks maximum. Lucky me! Not. I had been taking super strength aloe vera capsules 2 weeks prior to passing the stone. I feel that I may have somehow dislodged the stone after so many months. I am lucky I did not develop serious infection considering how long the stone was in my body!

Comment from: Marie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I have been suffering from kidney stones for 2 years. I had a stone removed from my left side. I still have kidney stone and I have been taking potassium citrate and allopurinol for 2 years. I had an ultrasound done last week and it showed a blockage, then I had to get a CT scan. I am in so much pain in my back and side, and my left leg and thigh hurt so badly. I have an appointment to see my doctor on Friday but I am in so much pain I wonder should I go to the emergency room.

Comment from: Kcerio, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I have had four kidney stones and everyone was as excruciating as the last one was. On January 12 I went to the emergency room (ER) and was shaking like I was having a seizure, and vomiting. They gave me Toradol and Dilaudid and that helped with the pain. I had a CAT scan and sure enough there was a 3 mm stone on the left side. I was admitted to the hospital and I also had a kidney infection on the left side. They had fluids, antibiotics, pain medications, and Flomax going. On the 14th they took me to the operating room and they put a stent in. My urine looked like cranberry juice after that (blood). On the 18th they came in my room and were sending me home. I signed the discharge papers and had to wait for my ride for an hour and half so I lay down to rest and ten minutes after I signed those discharge papers I had another stone on my right side! What are the odds! I never left my room or got dressed they readmitted me and down I went for another CAT scan, and sure enough a stone on the right side! Anyway I was finally discharged on January 21st. I came home and went back for scan 2 weeks later and to the urologist and the stone on my left side has gone back into my kidney! I am scheduled to go in on March 2nd and they are taking my stent out and going into my kidney and taking out the stone. They say that's the only one I have! I can't keep doing this! I cannot take the pain.

Comment from: nadine, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

The only symptom I experienced was a nagging pain in my right side. It was not as painful as childbirth. I also went to the bathroom a lot. I did experience hematuria that was visible in the urinalysis. I did everything I had always done. The kidney stones were discovered by CT scan. One of them had to be shocked to break it up. I haven't noticed any passing of the stone yet even though I have been drinking lots of water. I still have to see the urologist next week to find out what is going on. Will post more when I have been checked out.

Comment from: runswithsquaws, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 29

I had a kidney stone about a year ago. It was the worst pain ever. I've had 2 back surgeries and would rather have another one than deal with stones. Anyway, I had another stone yesterday. It started out manageable, and throughout the day it got worse and worse. At about 8 pm I ran a bath (the water was the hottest I could stand) and it eased the pain tremendously. Afterwards I put a heating pad on my groin area and that helped also. But that is only a temporary fix. I eventually had to go to the emergency room (ER) where they found out it was a 5 mm by 6 mm stone. After 4 milligrams of morphine and 8 milligrams of Toradol I felt better. What I'm trying to say is 99 percent of the time you will end up in the ER. I waited until I literally would rather die than go through the pain till I went, and it could've been prevented if I'd gone earlier to prevent the excruciating pain. The urologist gave me a new medication to break it down and they passed easy. Also he advised that at least 2 glasses of lemonade a week will drop the probability of getting another one 60 percent. If you have kidney stones all I can say is it’s going to hurt really badly, and don't wait to go to the ER, get help.

Comment from: MEMORY56, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

Post laser lithotripsy on 9/10/19, I was told they had to dig through some tissue to get 90 percent of the kidney stone. Now I have had serious leg pain for the last two months, thigh and calf afterwards. Wonder if it was compression boots issue on the operation table. But there is still pain, nauseous still, ongoing fatigue, sick to my stomach, and have to lie down. Wondering if anyone else is having this trouble so far out after surgery.

Comment from: Klidrkladr , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I wonder if anybody else has had gas and bloating with their kidney stones.

Comment from: Janet , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I have 4 stones in one kidney. They are causing no pain, but I have blood in urine.

Comment from: Albert, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 04

I have had a nagging ache in my left kidney for almost a month. The doctor prescribed antibiotics which helped a little even though a urine test showed no infection. Eight years ago I had kidney stones in both kidneys. As I hate hospitals and being messed about with, I experimented with putting a calcium tablet in cider vinegar and it disintegrated. Before going to bed that night I gulped down a quarter glass of cider vinegar and felt some activity around the kidney area. Before I lay down to sleep the pain had gone. I will be doing the same again once I am sure of what is causing the present ache. The urologist was about to treat me when the CAT scan came up clear. But I reckon the horrible taste was worth it.

Comment from: Hnlac, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I have been in constant pain for over 5 weeks. I have had two previous known/confirmed episodes of kidney stones. The pain ranges from dull ache in the flank from below my kidney into my mid-abdomen, with stabbing pain that takes my breath away. The last urologist I saw told me I have musculoskeletal pain, not kidney stones. I present differently from many stone sufferers (i.e., men), so my symptoms are discounted. I am scheduled for a second CT scan in 6 years, but will not be returning to my most recent urologist.

Comment from: Graiae, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I am currI am currently experiencing my first kidney stone. The pain began two weeks ago as a "nagging" twinge, similar to a UTI. Within a day, the pain was sharp, moving from my right back around to my lower right groin. As others have said, it felt like a thin, sharp blade or a knitting needles being stabbed and twisted. The pain would last about 10-20 minutes, and then subside to a dull ache before returning. I went to the ER, had a CT scan, and received the official diagnosis of a 3.3 mm stone with a "this will probably pass in 3 days or less" hint (oh, I hoped they were right!). I was given fluids and Toradol, which helped immensely, with oral pain medication for home. I have been drinking 3 quarts of clear fluids a day. Unfortunately, 2 days ago, the pain returned again at the front (sharp, stabbing) with dull, constant aching back up to my kidney. I returned to the ER (more fluids and pain medications) and with ultrasound, found that the stone is lodged at the entrance to the bladder, causing some "backup" of urine to the kidney. I am seeing a urologist, but still hoping fervently that the fluids will help the stone pass on its own. Pain levels are very similar to labor (I had no pain meds) during transition--about an 8 or 9 on 10 pt. scale, but they are intermittent for the most part. I wouldn't wish this pain on anyone!

Comment from: Painful Mom, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I had no warning signs, I just turned from cooking breakfast and told my Husband I had a painful spasm in my back on the left and then I fell to the floor in agonizing pain. We happened to call an ER doctor who was a friend and she told us if it doesn't stop soon to go to the ER. So my husband helped me to the car and off we went. There was blood taken and a CT scan and thankfully they finally gave me pain meds! So after all was done and I was released we went to the health food store and got something called "Stone breaker.” It broke my stones into smaller pieces and I was able to pass them the next morning easily. They said to keep taking it to help break the others down. It works wonders. I thought there was nothing that would help. So I hope this helps someone else out!

Comment from: missjo123, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 01

I had pain that woke me up from my sleep in the middle of the night that went down into my side, from mid rib cage down my right side. It was the "loudest" most extreme pain that I had ever experienced. I had to leap out of bed, and actually pace the floor, it was so horrible. I got down on my knees and squatted on the floor. I did anything to relieve this pain. It went away in about 5 minutes, and for that, I was so thankful. For the next day, I was alright, but two days later, again about the same time in the middle of the night, I woke with the same sharp excruciating pain in my right side. This time, after 5 minutes, it didn't let up. I was nauseated, dry heaving. My husband and I were just newlyweds of 2 months, and had just been in our new house 2 nights, when I was admitted into the hospital with a kidney stone. About a month later, I started noticing pinkish urine, low back ache, and a deep pelvic ache. I got another one which I managed at home, and with this one, it was all left sided, which caused pain into my back, down my side, and into my pelvic and groin area. This one was found to be lower in my ureter than the first. It is odd how they can feel so different, depending on where they are. I suffered through 3 in 6 months. After those, now I know what to look for. Mine were caused by low citrate levels in my body.

Comment from: Summer, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I have had kidney stones several times and have had them blasted twice, which I would never have done again -- I felt bruised inside for weeks! I’ve had them removed twice, which wasn’t bad at all -- the worst was having the stint in afterward. I had to stay on pain pills until the stint was removed. When you have kidney stones, the only way I can try to explain how they feel is it’s like a nagging sharp pain as if someone is sticking a thin knife in you and slowly turning it. You try to sit one way to relieve it then another way, and it doesn’t work. I’ve always had to go in and have them removed, so if you have them, go in and have them removed rather than suffer for weeks and weeks trying to pass them yourself. You’ll start to feel much better once they’ve been removed.

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

I was an avid cyclist. Several 100 Mile rides per month with lots of sweating etc. Common scenario for athletic people, whether cycling, running, etc. Typically summer months so heat and sweating is a major element. Anyhow, began developing uric acid stones. Typically 2-4mm. Like most people, excruciating pain, vomiting, ER trips with IV's, etc. All passed "naturally.” Finally, went to University of Chicago and enrolled in their kidney stone program to evaluate my urinary system conditions. After analysis, they prescribed Polycitra-K. Mix it in my water bottle. The problem has diminished substantially! Hope this helps someone out there. I was ready to quit all activities after my second stone, but this supplement has allowed me to keep working out. I believe Urocit is a pill form of one of these supplements.

Comment from: Harsh, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

I have a stone in my left kidney 4.8 mm, and pain in my right leg. I don’t know the reason behind the leg pain.

Comment from: Lanny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

Don't mess around with kidney stones that you think are lodged. My mother died from that within 24 hours.

Comment from: rheller1, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I have a 6.5 mm kidney stone and was told by doctor I also have gallstones. Something came out of me in my urine just now and it is crystalline, looks like brown sugar, sort of solid but can be broken apart with a fingernail.

Comment from: wiechers, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 19

I decided to share my experience empathizing sincerely and whole heartedly with the vast number of people that have shared their experience. This is my second time around with a kidney stone. Second time that it had to be laser removed. The pain is something that is mind, life changing and really instills fears for months following the episode. All of you that have gone and or going through such an experience. I feel you with all my heart.

Comment from: Consumed with pain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I just experienced my first kidney stone. A CT scan showed I had two stones, a 4 mm stone ready to enter the bladder but they didn't mention much about the second one. I just passed the one and am trying to determine whether or not I should expect to pass the second one now or can this pain just creep up on me again a month or year from now.

Comment from: Orangefan5, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 11

I just found out that I have numerous stones in each kidney with the largest measuring 1.9 cm. The pain is excruciating. Unfortunately my doctor won't prescribe me anything for the pain and has said that she will refer me to a urologist. So now I have to sit and wait for who knows how long.

Comment from: 8mm, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I had my first kidney stone a couple of months ago. I had a stone that was too large to pass on its own (8 mm) and finally after 1 week of excruciating pain, the urologist finally removed it by laser surgery.

Comment from: Craig, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 11

My first stone was 7mm. What a life-changing event! I’ve been in pain before, but this takes the cake! I’m 59 years old and this pain is the worst in my whole life. I thought I was going to die.

Comment from: Momof2, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I’m currently three weeks out from my first kidney stone attack. I had two nights of being awakened by what felt like 'waves' of gas-like/colicky pains traveling from left flank towards groin area. I waited too long until I finally went to the hospital. A CT scan showed a 5mm stone in the left ureter.

Comment from: Riku, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

Well the first signs i noticed was the pain, but at that point it was just a dull pain, like the kind you get when you have a stomachache. This pain was on the left side instead of the stomach. The real sign I saw was when I went to use the restroom and my urine was dark yellow. Literally five minutes later the pain intensified and it felt like someone was squeezing my insides on the left side. Not knowing better, I tried to sleep through it, but I just rolled around in bed as the pain started to get worse. At that point I went to the ER and they did blood work and had me urinate in a jar for testing. They told me I had a 2.5mm stone passing and gave me pain meds as well as meds that'll make me go more frequently. After a couple days I seemed to have passed the stone. Sadly a couple weeks later, the pain came back.

Comment from: Zee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I have a 14mm stone and still I’m waiting for the doctor to remove it. The pain is the worst pain ever. I still have to wait a whole month to have it removed. I have tummy and back aches and pain on my right side.

Comment from: Termurr9, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

I had lower back pains that increased, and extreme back pains causing me to not able to stand erect, which sent me to the hospital. I was diagnosed with kidney stones that were passable requiring no surgery.

Comment from: Lucyp, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I passed my first kidney stone when I was eight years old. One minute I was walking around the house and the next I was lying on the floor screaming. After that I had kidney stones on both kidneys for five years. At one point I had 12 stones in my right kidney. Today, I was in pain all day but it was manageable. However, at midnight as I was getting ready to go to sleep, I felt it. This is the worst pain I can possibly imagine. I never throw up but I shake like crazy. The only thing that seems to help is to fill the bath tub with the hottest water my shower can give me and lie in there until the pain diminishes. I would not wish this pain on anyone.

Comment from: penny, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 28

My husband just had a kidney stone one day ago. It was an excruciating flank and radiated through the side of his abdomen and into his groin area. He finally passed the stone on Sunday night.

Comment from: valerie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I had pain in my back, leg and side. The pain was all on my right side.

Comment from: opawigeddove, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I have had kidney stones for years. I’m ready to go to the ER right now, the pain and vomiting are so bad. For some reason I belch a lot, too. I’m just tired of the pain and I want these kidney stones out.

Comment from: Angela, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I had four stones over the course of a year. The first one was mild but still very painful. In my most recent experience, I wasn’t able to get comfortable and I just wanted something for the never-ending pain. I went to the ER, where a CT scan found the stone about the size of a marble, which I was unable to pass on my own. That was a while back. Now I drink a lot of water and not much alcohol. I’ve been great!

Comment from: Stephie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

My kidney stones first started as a dull pain across my lower abdomen. Almost like a gas pain that wouldn’t let up, it seems like it would ease up if I rubbed my stomach. Next I started feeling a dull pain under my rib cage. Shakes and nausea followed.

Comment from: pworthi157, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I have had 13 stones pass in the past 12 years and currently have 2 more that I know of in my right kidney, which is showing signs of another episode. It is a constant low ache and I cannot predict when it will begin to move, but it is soon. Others have had me vomiting, on my hands and knees, and a couple I simply called my husband to let him know I was driving myself to the doctor's office as the pain was tolerable.

Comment from: Relieved, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

Kidney stones gave me the worst pain I have ever felt and I have born two children!

Comment from: jmar42, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

Excellent to-the-point information for a first-time kidney stone patient. This was very helpful.

Comment from: Kidney Stoner, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 07

Kidney stones pain can be as painful as labour pain... or even higher and indefinite. I had kidney stones twice in 3 years. Fist time I had <5mm stones and second time was 12mm. Second time stones gave me a lot of problem. It started when I about to board flight to Singapore from India. I was admitted to airport clinic and doctor didn’t allow me to board the flight and I was given 3 injections (may be pain killers) and sent to a main hospital by ambulance. Later pain reduced and I felt like I got second life! I had laser surgery next day to fragment the stones. After that, I can see stones passing through urine for next few days. Now I am taking as much precautions to avoid the next one. I suspect that, the stones formed due to high intake of calcium and not drinking water.

Comment from: logone, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I had a kidney stone episode a year ago. It lasted from 8am to 1pm and I finally called an ambulance to take me to the emergency room. I suspected kidney stones but had never had one so couldn't be sure. I begged for pain medication, the EMT's refused! By the time we arrived at the hospital I was completely broken down, gasping and sobbing in excruciating PAIN. I was barely able to walk in the doors by myself. The emergency room staff put me in a bed immediately and the doctor came in to see me. My stones must have passed to the bladder because SUDDENLY I was ok.

Comment from: ouch, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

When I developed kidney stones, I had a sharp, stabbing pain in my lower back the moved into my abdomen. The pain was significant enough to prohibit me from taking a deep breath, and the pain was so severe, it would cause my knees to buckle. The, all of a sudden, the pain would subside without warning and the pain would eventually return, but in waves.

Comment from: palafoxy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I had extreme pain radiating from lower abdomen and back. Nothing beats labor pain but this came very, very close.

Comment from: mstvm, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I have been experiencing pain related to kidney stones since 2001. In 2002, two stones were removed surgically. But since then, I am experiencing the pain almost every year. I wonder if there is a permanent remedy for this problem. The composition of stone was calcium oxalate (80%) and Calcium Phosphates (20%).

Comment from: Shannon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I passed my first kidney stone when I was 16. Since then I've had several. The pain starts to build up on my side, between my rib cage and my hip. It radiates from my back and feels like a build up of gas-like pressure. I've recently passed a kidney stone and for the first time had blood in my urine. I can usually manage the pain without a trip to the ER, but the blood in my urine scared me to the doctor's office.

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