Coping With A Kidney Stone

Anyone who has ever suffered from a kidney stone can tell you that there is no pain quite like that which is caused by passing a kidney stone. In fact many people will tell you that it's even worse than the pain of child birth, which can be bad enough on its own.

So what are kidney stones?
Well to put it simply sometimes the salts and other minerals in your urine stick together and form what is called kidney stones.

These stones can rang in size from the size of a grain of salt to even ping pong ball size. Most of the time people usually don't even notice these kidney stones but sometimes they may break loose and enter into the ureters which are the ducts leading to the bladder. You can usually expect this to cause severe pain.

Kidney Stone Symptoms:
* Blood in the urine.
* Frequent and painful urination.
* Nausea and or vomiting.
* Severe pain in the back, belly and or groin area.
If you experience any of these symptoms it's always best to seek medical attention as there are also other medical conditions that may have many of the same symptoms. But if you've ever experienced kidney stones in the past then you probably already know if you have them or not.

coping with a kidney stone
coping with a kidney stone

Kidney Stone Pain Relief

For small kidney stones your doctor will most likely recommend that you wait for the stone to pass on its own. This can unfortunately take anywhere from a couple of days to even a couple of weeks. During this time you will need to drink a lot of fluids in order to help flush out the stone.

Best pain relievers:

For severe pain relief your doctor will most likely prescribe something like morphine or Percocet, typical pain relievers like Tylenol are of little to no use for pain relief for kidney stones.

Otherwise if you're out of luck and for some reason can't go to a doctor try taking ibuprofen to help manage the pain. For moderate pain relief this may be all that's needed.

Use heat to help manage pain:

You may also find it helpful to apply a heat pad or hot water bottle to the area where you're experiencing the most pain. If you don't have a heat pad or hot water bottle you can also try taking a hot bath. I've been told that the hot water trick can sometimes buy you a couple of hours of relief from the pain, just make sure that you don't get it so hot as to burn yourself.

In closing the best pain relief from kidney stones is of course passing the stone, unfortunately your probably going to go through a lot of pain before this happens. If you would like a little more information on kidney stones you might want to check out his link on Wikipedia.

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MonetteforJack 5 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

My mom had kidney stones. To get rid of it, she did the following:

1. Drank lots of water to help flush the stones out

2. Drinking coconut juice or coconut water, in the tropics is believed to be therapeutic for the urinary and the reproductive systems. My mom was advised by her doctor to drink coconut water 2 to 3 times a week to dissolve the kidney stones and eliminate surgery. A month later, the stones were gone WITHOUT surgery.

3. Also, salty diet is a NO-NO.

I hope this would help anyone suffering from stones. I voted up and useful. Thanks!

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Karen N 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for stopping by and all of the helpful tips!

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mamilne 5 years ago from Canada

Gravel Root is a herb that is very useful in crushing kidney stones. Majority of stones tend to be calcium based and if this is the case, than it maybe a sign that the body is deficient in magnesium. Magnesium balances calcium and will help to keep it in liquid form, thus preventing stones from forming. Hope this maybe useful for you as well!

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carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

I have heard the "horror" stories, but thankfully, I've never had the experience. You gave good tips and solid advise. I pray that anyone who's suffering, soon finds relief. Great hub.

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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

I never had one, but daughter has had several...ugh!

As commented, Gravel root is helpful as is lots of water and magnesium. Daughter also uses a vibrator on lower back after hot baths and that seems to help relieve the pain.

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