Thought Id post about this, since I cant go out and enjoy my tractor, or much of anything else right now.
Ive been dealing with kidney stones for quite a while now. Had my first one about 13-14 years ago, and seem to be on the every few years recurring stone theme.
Anyone else have this kind of fun?
The latest made an appearance about 6 months ago, and got bad enough that I went to the doctor in May. Didnt want to go on vacation with this mess after all. Well, turns out they wanted to do the shockwave lithotripsy, which Ive not had before. The machine is owned by a private company that transports it to local hospitals once a week. They called 15 hours before my scheduled surgery and wanted a pre-payment. Nope. I dont pre-pay much of anything, and certainly nothing thats going to involve insurance.
Anyway, I cancelled the surgery appointment, and went about my business until last Saturday. About 2pm, they (I actually had two on the right side) made their appearance known again, in a BIG way. I had the laser surgery yesterday, and they are gone, but I now have a stent in place until Wednesday or Thursday.
Ill say that each time Ive had one has been a bit different, but they all are at the least very uncomfortable. At times its almost like having a stone again, but its not constant, and I know it will end when the stent comes out so that helps.
What Ive figured out in my case is that its stress related, and may be food/drink related too, but that I can fix. My stones are Oxilate stones, so I need to avoid foods with oxilate, or at the least cut back and make sure Im drinking a LOT of water. Lemon juice helps too.
The stress part I cant do much about, as it seems to coincide with the kids toddler stages, lol. Sounds funny, but kids will be kids, and they can be very stressful at times. In my case, when my first was between 6mos and 2 years I had stones. None until my second was about 1-2, and I had them for about a year or so. None until the latest child. He will be 3 at the end of the month, and I assume that things will die down a bit soon. By 4, I assume everything will be fine.
Diet changes are fun, Ive tried in the past, but nothing much helped.
What Ive learned from all of this:
People with good intentions will tell you all about how to avoid stones while having no clue what they are talking about.
Trust me when I tell you that people who havent had them know what causes them, and they all say its coke or some such thing. They are wrong. You need to know what kind of stones you have and plan accordingly. Even then it doesnt always work. If you are prone to getting stones, you are just going to have to do your best at keeping over hydrated.
I was told something the other day that made sense, that avoiding brown drinks is best for those prone to stones. Thats coffee, tea and coke (pop).
For me, the coffee isnt a problem, as Ive never been a coffee drinker. Coke on the other hand, not so easy. I did give it up once before and had no change in stone production, but shortly after began drinking tea. This time around, none of the above. Or at least my plan is none at home. We dont eat out often, but I figure when we do, a coke on those rare occasions wont hurt. In discussing this with my doctor, the tea has oxilate, so thats a big no no, and the caffeine in the others acts as a diuretic and dehydrates you, and that doesnt help with stones.
Not drinking those things certainly wont hurt my waistline.
Lots of foods have oxilate or cause it in your body. This will be a hard one for me too, unless I just go with pizza for every meal.
Ive decided that since I am not getting any younger, that I need to be on somewhat of a diet anyway and this will help.
I also plan to start exercising more too, outdoor work is good, but its not always the same thing. Most of my work outdoors is back and arm work, no legs, etc. Im considerable older than most people with a 3 year old running around, and Id rather be in pretty good shape as he gets older and wants to work with me. Regular exercise reduces stress too, and in my case, Ill take all of that I can get!
By the way, this is surgery #6 over that time span for stone removal. Ive passes several others. Best guess is 15 or so stones passes or removed.
I can say too that for those who dont know, and have heard the pain is bad, its worse than you think.
My sister had her kids naturally, and said stones are worse than childbirth.
In my case, Ive broken my back and my shoulder blade in a motorcycle accident, and this is WAY worse. Some are worse than others, and Ive had a few that were nothing more than a mild annoyance. But then I have a high pain tolerance, so theres that too. When I broke my back/shoulder, I went back to work 3 days later. One of the stones I had to have removed was 10mm, and I had that one for about 7 months before I finally gave in and went to the doctor.