If you are having pain from a kidney stone, it has dropped down into your ureter (the tube that channels your urine from your kidney into your bladder). Although this can be painful, we take a conservative approach to your stone. We try to let nature take its course and give you time, usually six weeks, to pass the stone on your own. Sometimes, due to the size and location of your stone, this will not be possible and we will plan to remove the stone. You will have to come to our office every few weeks so we can monitor the movement of your stone.
Pain control is our first objective. If you are hurting, take your pain medication as ordered. Do not think the pain will go away without it. If you are having nausea, also take your nausea medication. Strain your urine every time you pass your water. If you see blood in your urine, do not get concerned. This happens when the stone is moving and we actually expect it. Do not drink alcohol (beer, wine, or liquor), drive, or make important decisions when you are taking pain medication. Please note that this pain medication can cause constipation. Take a laxative and/ or stool softener as needed.
There are times patients need to be seen prior to a scheduled appointment. We want you to call us if your pain is not controlled with your pain medication even though you are taking it as directed. Call us right away if you are having a fever over 100 degrees, using a thermometer, for at least four hours. If you decide that you cannot tolerate waiting for your stone to pass then please call us and we will discuss possible plans with you.
Unfortunately, once you have had one stone, there is a chance that you may form future stones. When you pass your stone, please bring it to our office so we can send it off to study what it is made of. This will help us educate you to help prevent future stones.