Getting Stoned Is Not What It Use To Be

What It Looks Like To Be Stoned

"The Thing" of the Fantastic Four got stoned. By eric_19m on photobucket.com
"The Thing" of the Fantastic Four got stoned. By eric_19m on photobucket.com

Question about Getting Stoned

Have you gotten stoned lately?

About ten percent of the general population will experience this. Usually once it happens, expect it to continue. Men are four time more likely than women to get stoned. This is more common for women who have passed the age of 50.


My Husband Got Stoned

Here is my husband’s story. Though it might sound like my story and how I missed being on the internet. This leads up to the part about getting stoned.

After a fun filled evening with relatives, my husband waited until early morning to get stoned. Read on and you will know why he did this.

It was a busy week. We had relatives visit from out of state. Fortunately this part of our family stayed at my sister-in-laws house. Still, our house needed a good cleaning.

This meant cutting back on my online activity in order to get everything done. It was refreshing to allow time for outside activity and converse with people other than the internet type.

Every day we enjoyed their company and either had dinner out or at someone’s house. It was nice to have real conversations with adults face to face.

Thursday night, we drove the nearly 2 ½ hour drive one way to pick up our daughter from college for the weekend. That is when my husband had a bright idea. (No, it wasn’t to get stoned at this point in time.)

Friday, we would have dinner at our house. At this point, I am thinking that there is more work to be done and my house needs to be cleaned to perfection. From the cell phone, gleeful family members are accepting our invitation. Making it sound like we don’t do enough of this entertaining.

After all the calls were sent out, I said to him, “You do realize that tomorrow is your birthday? Since this was not a pre-planned party, we should yell out surprise to the guest. Like a reverse birthday party.”

As it so happened, my sister-in-law picked up a cake for both, my husband and his brother, who’s birthday is five days later. It turned out to be a great time with our delicious chicken dinner, cake and ice cream. It was late at night when everyone had left; giving the impression that this night was a success.

Then it happened...as if the evening with the family wasn't enough...

It was 3:30 am and my husband got stoned. Several times during this period, he had the dry heaves and sharp stomach pains. Three hours later, he couldn’t take much more and woke me to take him to the hospital.

At the emergency outpatient, all we needed were the flicking lights, eerie music and the darken hallways that one sees in the horror movies like Halloween. No one was at the front desk. Not a single person in the waiting room. Not one sign of a worker anywhere. We yelled out several times with my husband doubled over.

Then finally a lady came to the desk and told us that this was not her job to be up at the front. She would have to find someone.

This all seem to take forever as we sat in the waiting room. In the meantime my husband had sweat pouring down his face and in excruciating pain. At one point, he yelled out, “What kind of hospital is this?”

Two hours and a CT scan later, we were told that he had two kidney stones, with one making its way down the ureter tube. The doctor gave him a prescription for pain medication and sent us home with the notion that these would soon pass.

Since that Saturday morning, it had not been a comfortable time for him. Our remaining family get-togethers had been more of me and our daughter (until she had to go back Sunday).

If you haven’t guessed by now, this is a different type of getting stoned then doing drugs. The intro statistics refers to kidney stones.

My husband got stoned with kidney stones. A week or two from this time, the hospital will send a questionnaire/evaluation form on their performance. Can't wait to fill this out.

Kidney Stone and How it Travels

If a stone is small enough, surgery is not required.
If a stone is small enough, surgery is not required.

Passage of a Stone

Four days later two of the stones passed for my husband. He claims that it was worse than having a baby. I seriously doubt that. But it possibility is the closest a man will come to the pain of giving birth.

He thought it was over, but the next day he had stomach pain. Seeing the urologist today (7/22/2100) reveled that there were three stones. The third stone has not yet entered the bladder of this writing.

Supplements and Juice For Kidney Stone Maintenance

Many natural supplements in pill form claim to dissolve or prevent kidney stones. This is information that I have read on these products. The last time my husband had kidney stones was several years old. By time we order any of these, it may be over.

Uriflow Natural Treatment for Kidney Stones - 60 Capsule

Uriflow

Uriflow reports that it was featured on national TV on “Today’s Health. It states that it alleviates kidney stone attacks by actually working on the stone itself. It breaks down the stone into smaller fragments, preventing damage to the urinary tracts as it moves out and preventing stones from forming again. It also increases the flow of urination to help flush out the ureter tubes. Uniflow claims to prevent stones from forming again. It has a proprietary formula of natural herbs, which has been researched, development and tested according to their claim.

Renavive

Renavive has some of the same ingredients as Uniflow. Phyllanthus Nirui is the first ingredient listed in their blend. This herb is said to break and eliminate kidney stones. Tribulus Terrestris, listed in both works as a diuretic and disintegrating properties on the kidney stone. It consists of botanical ingredients that relieve the pain of kidney stones by going directly to the source.

Renavive Natural Treatment For Kidney Stones 60 Capsules

Renalon Kidney Stone Relief

Renalon Kidney Stone Relief claims to have the potential to prevent the onset of kidney stones. It may assist in the recovery time from damage caused by the passing of stones. Renalon claims to provide with the best option for maintaining kidney health and reducing your chance of stone formation.

Renalis Kidney Stone Free Relief Aid

Renalis Kidney Stone Free Relief Aid has the same claims for preventing the onset of kidney stones. Taking the supplement will aid in Speeding the recovery time from damage caused by the passing of stones. Renalis claims to promote the health of the urinary tract, reducing urinary calcium levels, and assisting with the passage of developed stones, with the natural herbal ingredients taken daily.

Stone Free Herbal

Stone Free is an herbal combination to support the kidney and gallbladder. It contains a blend of turmeric root, dandelion root, ginger root, lemon balm, marshmallow root, parsley root and licorice root.

Botanic Choice Ultra Kidney Complex Capsules

Botanic Choice Ultra Kidney Complex Capsules work to help the nephrons, kidneys and urinary tract filter and discharge wastes, properly and naturally. Eliminating unnecessary, unnatural chemicals in your system that we consume with foods, liquids, and even the chemicals you breathe every day. Many of these toxins are filtered through the kidneys. If there is an overload of these toxins, the kidneys are working on overtime, causing a breakdown in their function.

Botanic Choice Ultra Kidney Complex Capsules

Important Juice

Lemon Juice raises citrate levels in the urine, which might protect against calcium stones. Add one-half cup of pure lemon juice to 64 oz of water. Drink this every day.

Blackcurrant Juice reduces the acidity that is associated with uric acid stones, thus preventing this type of kidney stone from forming.


(Be sure to read the first two hubs below (course you can read all of the hubs), these two are follow-up and tie in hubs.)

Kidney Stones

Education of Kidney Stones

Learning everything there is to know about kidney stones is the best way to prevent stones in the first place.

Symptoms of kidney stones (though not always):

Pain felt in the left side of the back and left side of the belly.

In some cases, pain may move to the groin and testicles.

Abnormal urine color

Blood in the urine

Chills

Fever

Nausea

Vomiting

Dry heaves

Treatment:

Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, or as instructed by the physician.

Medication can help in relieving the pain and the increasing the flow of the urine.

Some medication can help in aiding the reduction of the stone.

Surgery if the stone is too large and the last choice, if all else fails, though this is less evasive then it once was.

Four types of kidney stones:

Calcium stones are most common and found more often in men. Calcium usually combines with oxalate, phosphate, or carbonate to form the stone. Certain foods contain oxalate.

Cystine stones can form in people who have cystinuria. Cystinuria is caused by too much of an amino acid called cystine in the urine. After entering the kidneys, most cystine normally dissolves and goes back into the bloodstream. People with cystinuria have a genetic defect that interferes with this process. Cystine then builds up in the urine and forms crystals or stones, which may get stuck in the kidneys, ureters, or bladder.

Struvite stones are mostly found in women who have a urinary tract infection. These stones can grow very large and can block the kidney, ureter, or bladder.

Uric acid stones are more common in men than in women. They can occur with gout or chemotherapy.

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Have you Passed a Kidney Stone? 70 comments

Tori Maltby profile image

Tori Maltby 6 years ago

Excellent Hub - Never thought I would enjoy reading about Kidney Stones so much!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks Tori. My husband doesn't enjoy kidney stones though.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Very useful information cleverly presented. The pain caused by kidney stones is indescribable! I had it once and I really thought my final hour had arrived. It was excruciating and somehow it is difficult to tell what it is. The pain just takes over the whole body, or did in my case.

Thanks again.

Love and peace

Tony


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks Tony. Hope you don't have to go through that again.


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Susan52 6 years ago

Fortunately I've never experienced having to pass a kidney stone, though I know I have some small ones (seen on CT scan). Poor husband. I hope he's well now and he's one of the few who never have to deal with kidney stones again.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

I hope not either Susan. He does have one more to pass though. Usually, once you have them, a chance of them coming back is good.


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WhiteOak 6 years ago from Georgia

I have been to the hospital twice with them, so I know what your husband was going through. Good write-up with a good visitor targeting title!


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NoRR4Me 6 years ago

Hey Sandy, this is a very informative hub on kidney stones. I'm sorry about your husband's kidney stones. Hopefully the 3rd one will dissolve or be less painful than the others.


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zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

Awesome hub Sandy and very informative video. Great job.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

Sandy this was everything, funny, informative and useful, so to me it is awesome. My daughter's ex (also the father of my beautiful granddaughter) is plagued by these stones more than once a year! I had no idea there were supplements that would help so I am sharing this on Facebook, where he will hopefully give it a thorough read.

I hope the last stone goes quickly!


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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas

I have had a similar experience with my husband. Middle of the night, excruciating pain, and the emergency room were symptoms of our kidney stone experience. I don't want to do that again! Not fun! A great hub, thanks for sharing!


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WannaB Writer 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

What an informative and useful article you've written. Fortunately, neither my husband nor I have been stoned that I know of, but now I'm wondering if that might not have been why I was so sick a couple of months ago. I blamed it on an accidental overdose of Motrin, but it felt like appendicitis on the left side. No one knows for sure what it really was.


Rhonda (pukeko) 6 years ago

What an interesting article. My favorite line was your reaction to your hubby saying it was more painful than having a baby.


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David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

Well done, Sandy. It seems every article you write comes out more elegant and well formed than the one before it, and the information gets better too.


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lightning john 6 years ago from Florida

Hi Sandy, I know all about this, for I went through the same thing two months ago. What really works is asparigus. If he can stand it even drink the juice of the steamed product. It really works.

I really feel for the guy, it is a miserable experience!


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ThePartyAnimal 6 years ago

You got me on the title and then I was hooked - your poor hubby - that from what I have heard is not a fun experience as the other kind of getting stoned - lol. Great Read, Sucky Hospital, Felt the Pain and glad hubby is better.


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Good information. I hope I never have to go though this kinda pain. Good article


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thank you everyone for your comments. It is good to know that some of you can relate. Thanks for the advice lightning john. I can just see me forcing asparagus juice on him.:) We are still waiting for the third one to pass. At this moment, he isn't feeling too bad.


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Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

Kidney stones are the worst! They put me in the hospital last summer. Worst pain ever, and yes, worse than labor!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Sunnyglitter, it is good to get your opinion on this. Hope you don't have to go through it again.

I wonder how this compares to someone who had natural childbirth with no pain medicine. I was medication free during childbirth. Though everyone I know went with the Epidural.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

What an ordeal. Man, does not sound like fun at all. AT ALL! I can understand your husband's child birth analogy entirely.


Brittany 6 years ago

So funny and interesting. You caught me with the title and knew it had to be good!


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prey 6 years ago from places you should hope we never meet

OK this is far too strange. Great Hub indeed and while I got stoned off heroine daily for 24 years, have been clean for some time in recovery and cannot get dope stoned again, nor do I want to.

Anyways, it's all strange because my partner set up an airport and my computer to the bed with having still being stoned. Many times before kidney stones have painstakingly taken over my ability to function. So true most cases if symptoms continue for any length of time, 1st step is to flush them out - IV how fun, so the selene moves it/them elsewhere usually worsening the pain.. Which I know in men is 100 times worse given the longer passage out!

OK so I'm sitting here right now, stoned as stoned as I have ever been, had the flush yawn and the IVP, solution; bed rest, painkillers, drink lots, and in 5 days [lifetime] they are still jammed and I'm still stoned, they will break them into tiny pieces of sand via laser surgery. Very cool they can do this 10 days after the fact however as you know, even the sand will scrape finding its way out

Sandy, I'm telling you, I'm done getting stoned, and I hope I stop within the next few bloody hours [pun intended]

Do you think getting really stoned would change anything

OOO how I have heard how bad it is for men as you have also. ; one doctor told me for them passing a stone is comparable to childbirth [pain wise]

I think I'm so stoned I would keep on rambling but need to do some drinking!!!!!

Thanks, but so weird as I sit here cursing at no one. Yes weird. So Stoned.

Kimberly

ps; this is kimberlyslyrics was just writing under prey

be well


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

STILL STONED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

A very painful experience those stones, particularly related to men


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Wow - you had me from beginning to end on this one. Cleverly done and full of really good information :)


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Cute - totally cute way to tell us about his kidney stones. I have heard that they are 'to die for' in terms of pain and crazily, I only know MEN who have had them though I know for a fact women get them! Terribly difficult thing and especially if it is a large stone. I've done research but it escapes me now what foods you should avoid to keep from forming them (again) - hope that was his last time getting 'stoned'....yikes!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Excellent - I like the way you used a little reactance psychology to grab the readers - very clever :) My sister in law has had a terrible time with kidney stones over the year - the pain can be unbearable and sadly they keep coming back. Very sad and has us worried but she battles on. You have present an excellent hub and whilst I can't say I have experienced first hand what your husband went through I can second hand. Keep up the juices people :)


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks everyone for your comments and concerns. Still waiting for that third one. What I have read about kidney stones is that in some cases diary products (lactose intolerance) might have a key to stones. In a lot of cases, they don't know how some people get stones. Sometimes it is hereditary, though no one else has had them in my husband's family.

kimberlyslyrics, my heart goes out to you. Seems like you are really stoned! My prayers and blessings that you will recover soon.


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lxxy 6 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Wow! I'll keep this in mind...as my body ages...it's only about 60 days old in it's current incarnation. ;)


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Sandy, that was certainly an interesting story. Thank you for sharing. I rated it up and marked as useful. :) I learned something new and that's always a wonderful thing. :)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great info on kidney stones! Luckily, I've never had one. Thumbs up!


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mulberry1 6 years ago

I hope your husband is back to his normal self now. What an awful experience for him! Good information here too.


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Ign Andy 6 years ago from Green Home Office

I always don't want get stoned, especially this stone. Great hub Sandy.


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Enjoyed the read. I know your husband will beg to differ--he being the subject. Great way of introducing the subject and rated it awesome.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks everyone. This Thurs., hopefully we will find out what type of stones (4 types) and possible causes. In the meantime, it looks like it all has passed.


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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas

Finding out the type of stones is important to avoiding further episodes. My husband found out his type of stone, changed some things in his diet, and thankfully has not had any more stones. I pray that you also have some answers!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks Paula. I'm glad your husband is stone free.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Thanks for sharing all this information. I hope your husband is feeling better.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks Nancy. He finally is feeling better.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

sandy - you do have such a way of enticing the reader;) interesting I just went through the same thing with my brother a few months back. . pretty scary till they figured out it was stones. ..

I leave this hub with the song that is now in my head. .

"They'll stone you when you're trying to be so good

They'll stone you just like they said they would

They'll stone you when you're trying to go home

They'll stone you when you're there all alone

But I would not feel so all alone

Everybody must get stoned" ~Bob Dylan~


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

How shocking this bit about getting stoned, I'm shocked that it was that type of stone, OUCH kidney stones hurt and even MORE shocked to learn you have a daughter in college, I just assumed you were to young for such, who knew a college age daughter and kidney stones all in one week... well you know what I mean. Hope I never get kidney stones. UGH!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Wavegirl22, that is so funny. I almost put that song in this hub. Now I wish I did.

Katiem2, I am YOUNG! LOL! My daughter did share her cold with me. I still have it, though I am feeling better. I haven't had a cold in two years and very sick. Guess that doesn't compare with kidney stones.

Thursday, my husband got a clean bill of health from the urologist with a list of ten things he needs to follow. The doctor said that he should at least follow two of the things. Think I will share that on another Hub.


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

Sandy, Sandy, Sandy, Sandy!

WWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOO

I PASSED THE STONE!

OMG I HOPE I NEVER GET STONED AGAIN! THIS GIRL IS STAYING CLEAN, GOD WILLING

LOL

IT REALLY DID THOUGH

GOOD TIMES GIRL, GOOD TIMES LOL

CHEERS

PREY / KIMBERLY

WHOEVER, IM JUST HAPPY!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Kimberly, Glad you are clean now. :)


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Teddletonmr 6 years ago from Midwest USA

Sandy, you are a crafty writer my friend. You mention stoned and herb in the same sentence and my mind takes me to a place of Boones farm strawberry hill and some kind of homegrown herb,ha, ha, ha. Great to hear the ole man is feeling better, peace an love, hub up and useful.


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

LMAO, clean and so free! Thanks weird looking creature who I am so glad I found. This hubber is not stoned today!

A miracle!

xo

Kimberly


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adrienne2 6 years ago from Atlanta

Hi Sandy! Excellent article on kidney stones, love the way you drew your readers in with a catchy title.


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

SandySpider,

Great intro. You had me hooked with the title and the opening lines. And I really learned something here too!

Thanks,

~AC


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks for the recent comments. I'm glad it brought you in.


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

That was great! you had me at the title. lol


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Granny's House, glad you liked it.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America

OUCH, kidney stones! Great Hub though. Rated up!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Ouch is right! I haven't suffered from them, but my dad has had kidney stones so severely this year, he was vomiting from the pain.... Rated up and hope it helps some people!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks for commenting Patty and stephhicks68.


Linda Hanson 5 years ago

I know people are leary of products but I have to tell everybody what was happening with my husband. he became a quadraplegic 3 years ago and uses a super pubic catheter he gets stones all the time and his catheters use to clog with the sediment I tried diets lemon juice etc I read aout Renavive and decided what the hell well guess what it did work for us it took a while because his stones where huge but by dam it worked I can change his cath once a month and he wont need futere surgeries we aready had 3 and were told he needed another but we dont think he will, so I would definatley give it a try but give it a little time to work you may be surprised.


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Linda, I am glad that this worked for your husband.


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Hollanda 5 years ago

I LOVED THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Definitely I am following you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxx


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks Hollanda.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Provocative yet so informative~~ Voted UP and AWESOME~~ thank you, Sandyspider.


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thank you marcoujou for the vote up.


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Sandy, just like everyone else, your titled sucked me right. How clever you are. Fantastic. This hub deserves a thumbs up and all the other thingies too

Thanks for the laugh.

Tina


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed this Tina. Hope you learned something too.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Great catching title -- I bet it threw 99.9% of readers off... LOL..... OUCH ... i know quite a fews people who went through this pain.... Good health to You and YOURS


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks Neil for your comment.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

And of course I thought this was going to be about something else! lol An awesome hub and voted up!


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

I figured it would bring the hippies here. LOL


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tamron 5 years ago

Tricky Title! I actually enjoyed reading about kidney stones. Well illustrated Hub! Ping Ya!


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RTalloni 20 months ago from the short journey

Because of hearing about laws being passed for marijuana use I finally read this…great twist. Thanks for sharing your/husband's experience and for the good overview of the condition. Have used Stone Free after my own experience years ago. Stone passed in ER after being given a bit of morphine for pain--everything relaxed and voila. I began using the product because I didn't want to connect with a urologist. It may have to happen one day, but I am following good advice to avoid it. Your tips could benefit everyone and help them avoid a crises.


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Sandyspider 20 months ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

RTalloni Glad that everything passed well for you too. I do know from my husband that stones can be quite painful.

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