A new personal best: 7mm

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  1. Dec 14, 2019 #1

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    ...unfortunately, that's in a kidney stone. Can't go fishing for it until next Friday so it's happy pills and gritted teeth until then. Ureteroscopic laser lithotripsy; soooo glad it's done under general. Not uncharted territory, been up this road before.
     
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    Sorry to hear that. I’ve been there many times before, including one failed ‘fishing’ expedition. It’s disappointing to wake up after the procedure only to be told, “we will need to try again next week”. Second try was with laser lithotripsy.
    Take care.
     
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    I was once having a stone removed and the surgeon looked at the x-ray and said "wow - you win, that's the biggest I've ever seen". Not what you want to hear as you are counting backward from 10. Had to make a small hole in my back and go get it. All turned out well thankfully.
     
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    "LASERS! COOL!"
    - is what I'd say to keep my mind off the general drag of it all.

    And seriously, I do cope with hospital procedures by trying to understand the procedures themselves as much as I can, from a staff point of view, and then considering myself some kind of "special" for being the astronaut lab rat at the center of it all. A twisted way of thinking perhaps, but better than complaining I think. Science is science, might as well make the most of it.
     
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    Yikes! That sounds extremely painful

    Sorry to hear of it ☹️
     
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    YIKES! I’ve had three. All passed naturally, so I don’t know exactly what you are going thru.
    To ease the pain:
     
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    Thanks for the thoughts, Foxworthy, and astronaut approach. It actually seems ok at the moment. Doc said it was 'distal ureter', which means it's at the end and maybe doesn't have anywhere else to move. I know it's still there, but not painful. Urine looked like orange kool-aid there for a while. If this keeps on, the only thing I really have to dread is the post-op removal of the stent, which I recall seems like it's about a yard long.
     
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    Wow, that's huge. I had one they had to fish for, I passed all of the rest. I've changed my diet and I haven't had one since. My best wishes to you, hang tough. I know how painful they can be.

    Jim
     
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    I had one back in 1993. The trip from the bladder on out was effortless. But the trip from the kidney down to my bladder was the most painfull thing I've experienced. A lady friend of mine had one and she said it was worse than childbirth. HAng tight & the best of luck.

    PS. I haven't had one since, thank God!
     
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    Dang, Gary, that just plain sucks.

    That's what the surgeon said about my first pilonidal cyst. The cyst itself isn't nearly as painful as I understand kidney stones to be, but the two or three days after the surgery were utter hell. I feel the second cousin of your pain.
     
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    Hope the first part of Luke 17:11 (KJV) applies to you soon!

    hang in there!
     
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    Luke 17:11 - could pretty much guess what that was.

    - meanwhile...

    At 10AM this morning, Rebel Alliance attack craft entered the Empire-controlled system and by navigating through an unshielded exhaust port, were able to laser-blast and destroy the Death Stone. The ambassador, who was being held hostage by Darth Stone, survived the attack and will recover.
     
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    Im on my second one this time at the tip of the tailbone. This one hurts.
    Glad to hear the stone is gone.
     
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    Oxalic acid = The Dark Side

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    I'll be honest- when I read the title, I kept thinking back to grade school where we would sharpen our pencils over and over again to see how small we could get them (and still be usable). This doesn't sound like the same amount of fun though. Get better!
     
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    When I saw the title of the thread before my morning coffee, I thought 7mm rocket?

    Yikes! A stone!
    Holy carp, feel better
     
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    (Have to use the tried and true Southern story preface...)

    No sh*t, there I was. Back in the 80s, I had a kidney stone. Woke up in the wee hours of the morning feeling like someone was hitting me in the back with a baseball bat and another person was swinging from the floor upwards between my legs. And they was swingin' for the moon, Alice! To the moon!

    Was still living in my parents' basement at the time, (yes, Shatner was speaking to me in that SNL sketch), so Mom and Dad drove me to what was then DeKalb Medical Center. I'm admitted and laying on a gurney in the hallway of the ER, looking like Death warmed over. If George Romero had stopped by, I might have had a lucrative career in his Living Dead series of films.

    Doctor stops by, looks at my chart and says, "Well, looks like we have a kidney stone!"

    I look this overly-cheerful medical professional straight in the eye and reply, "This, too, shall pass."
     
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