Friday, May 18, 2007

Itching, Burning, And Crazy Pain

The battle is on in earnest with the kidney stone. It started in the middle of the night and now is causing tremendous pain in the upper left side of my back. I just took a hydrocodone so let's hope that helps.

Today's post was going to be all about the sunburn I got on Saturday. (Rich posted a great self-photo of his sunburn on his blog A Work In Progress.) It is at that odd stage where it's itching and hurting and peeling all at the same time. One of the few things in life that feels sooooo good...scratching an itch!

Oh, and my ex called out of the blue yesterday and left a message. Our last contact was early August so he must want something. I haven't listened to the message. I don't need a stomach ache on top of the back pain!

Update @ 4:15 EDT: I took another painkiller at noon. So far, no more pain. I don't know if that's because the pills are masking the pain or because there just isn't any more pain at the moment. I've been drinking water slowly. I know I have to drink to move the stone, but with each swallow I know I could be facing the agony that may accompany them. I spread out the drinking over time so it all doesn't hit my kidneys at once in case the blockage is in place. And I still haven't checked my voice mail.

Update @ 8:37 EDT: Still no pain and the pills should have worn off by now. I checked VM. "It's been a while..." type message. He's also been calling my best friend but hasn't connected with her either. I'm telling you, my dear readers, something is up. I'm not returning the call.


I get a large number of hits from Google searches on "Kidney Stone", "Lithotripsy", and other related terms. In an effort to make this subject easier to navigate on this blog, I am adding the following list of posts to every kidney stone entry to make them cross reference accessible.

If you are reading this because you have, or think you have, a kidney stone, I know your pain. Unless you've had one, and I've had some mild incidences and some really bad ones, no one can even imagine the level of pain.

Make an immediate appointment with an urologist. I am not a doctor and these are my experiences only!

You could be experiencing a kidney stone, but it may also be a urinary tract infection, a tumor, or other medical condition. Don't take any chances with your health!

These posts involve my passing of two giant 6mm stones this summer...three days apart! Wrapped in these posts are stories that detail my lifelong battle with them.

In the interest of clarity, these links are in temporal order.

First Signs Of A Stone May 7, 2007
What I Know About Kidney Stones May 8, 2007
A Discussion Of Lithotripsy May 9, 2007
Peeing Blood, No Pain May 11, 2007
Pain Returns May 18, 2007
Pain Again In The Back May 26, 2007
Bloody Urine Is Back July 12, 2007
Passed Kidney Stone #1 July 26, 2007
Passed Kidney Stone #2 July 30, 2007
I wish you well.


Michael said...

Feel better! :-( Enjoy the pain killers.

michael sean morris said...

You, mister, are a mess.

All I can say is: rest well and ride it out.

Oh, and cranberry juice is your friend.

dirk.mancuso said...

You have my total sympathy. I've had stones 4 times (passed them myself 3 times, had them removed surgically once).

Feel better soon.

(Oh yeah, my doctor once told me if I couldn't pass them to have a friend take me for a drive on a bumpy road and it might jar them loose. Just sayin'...)

Y | O | Y said...

Dirk -- You're just a pup! I've passed at least 10 that I can remember causing a LOT of pain...and been thru 2 lithotripsies.

I went for a walk last night with a neighbor and that may have wiggled it around a bit to move.

One thing I can tell you...NEVER use a (legit) vibrator/massager thinking that will move it or bring relief. I did taht once and I ended up in excruciating pain and bled internally like a stuck pig!

Amomma said...

you are too funny! I'm loving your blog. I feel your pain, just having had lithotripsy for a 13 mm. demon. It was only discovered when they were doing an xray to see why I was howling at the top of my lungs. The nurses kept asking if my husband beat me...then the CT scan showed a 6 mm one. Note to self: have hubby remove welder clothing and don a socially acceptable Ralph Lauren polo before escorting me to the ER. Otherwise, they'll put you in the prisoner room (citing lack of space) and ask you degrading questions. No matter that we pay $1k/month for our insurance. We weren't dressed appropriately, I guess.

Y | O | Y said...

13mm? Ouchity ouch ouch!