Take good care of your kidney!

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NKTI, ER. calling office, telling them i cant go to work.
I just had a very unforgettable experience early this week. i was about to go to work, and while i was taking a bath, i felt avery sharp dull pain on my right flank. It was really painful i couldn't feel any comfort whatever position i make. Sensing that this was serious matter, i asked my friend to helpme go to the hospital. while walking i felt a little ease from the pain, but all throughout the trip to the hospital, it didn't stop.
while at the NKTI ER, i have to wait for the opening of the Ultrasound clinic, the doctor was suspecting kidney stones. i have to lay there for more than an hour, It was kinda weird, i have been a liason officer of a HMO for almost 4 years, i attended to hundreds of patients in their medical needs, but it was only now in my entire life that i am the patient.
NKTI, ER. then my sister.
..i was really in pain, but seeing other people more sick than i am, i just told myself to just suck it out,...
It was already 2pm when the doctors decided to admit me. I was shocked. Turns out my Left kidney developed fullness due to passing of stones, and they have to make sure if there are still stones, how big they are and what to do next.
I stayed at the hospital for only two days, After the CT-Stonogram's result was handed to the doctor, he told me that there are still stones that needs attention. i need to take some medicines for ten days, till they shrink otherwise i really have to undergo ESWL...i hope that's not an option...
anyway after that experience i realize the best way to beat this disease is to actually arm myself not just with medications, proper diet but also with knowledge with the disease itself.
so anyone out there who may have had or know somebody who has stones in their kidneys take time to read this....

Did you know severe pain in your back or side that won’t go away could be a kidney stone?
What is a kidney stone?

A kidney stone is a hard mass that forms in the kidney out of substances in the urine. Kidney stones may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a pearl. Some stones are even as big as golf balls. Most kidney stones pass out of the body with urine. But sometimes a stone will not pass by itself and needs a doctor’s care.
Who gets kidney stones?

You are more likely to get a kidney stone if

    * you are Caucasian
    * you are male
    * you are 40 or older
    * you have had a kidney stone before

How do I know if I have a kidney stone?

Kidney stones often do not cause any symptoms and pass through the body without being noticed.
NKTI, ER. and then they said i should get hospitalized...
But sometimes stones can cause great pain.
You should call your doctor if you have

    * extreme pain in your back or side that will not go away
    * blood in your urine
    * fever and chills
    * vomiting
    * urine that smells bad or looks cloudy
    * a burning feeling when you urinate

What can my doctor do about a problem stone?

Your doctor may use a machine that sends shock waves to the stone and breaks it into smaller pieces. The small pieces will then pass through your urinary system with your urine.

Sometimes a stone is removed through “tunnel surgery.” The surgeon makes a small cut in the back and creates a narrow tunnel into the kidney.
NKTI, with my good friend Gerald.
The surgeon then locates and removes the stone using a special instrument.

If the stone is in the ureter—the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder—the doctor may use a ureteroscope. This slender instrument is inserted into the urethra—the short tube that carries urine out of the bladder when you urinate—through the bladder, then into the ureter. The doctor will catch the stone with a small cage in the uteroscope and pull it out. Or the doctor may shatter the stone with a device inserted through the ureteroscope.

What can I do to prevent kidney stones?

Drink lots of water. Water helps to flush away the substances that form stones in the kidneys. If you have had a kidney stone before, you’re likely to have others. Talk with your doctor about other ways to avoid more stones.
NKTI, joking around. it could get boring in the hospital...

Where can I get more information about kidney stones?

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases
Information Clearinghouse
3 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892–3580
Phone: 1–800–891–5390
TTY: 1–866–569–1162
Fax: 703–738–4929
Email: nkudic@info.niddk.nih.gov
Internet: www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
jonatz says:
this is informative. thanks for the reminder. I hope you're doing better now.
Posted on: Apr 15, 2009
heidicat13 says:
Oh my God do I know your pain! I had them twice! But I must say passing the stone the second time wow! just shoot me lol It was easier the first time having Lythrotrypsy and having the stone busted up. Well now you know what a lobor pain feels like,but I will admit kidney stones do hurt worse because once the pain hits it is there til the stone is gone! At least when in labor you get little breaks here and there lol Sorry! I hope you are better now!
Posted on: Apr 06, 2009
Transitory says:
Hope you are recovering!
Posted on: Apr 05, 2009
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with my good friend Gerald.
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