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739632 tn?1454264872

Is there are way to shrink a kidney stone while waiting?

I had my first stone last year. I didn't even know I had one until the intense pain sent me to the ER. Like others I got pain meds and a ct and told it was already in my ureter and it's 2mm. Didn't know what that meant of course. Was sent home with pain meds and passed a little bebe stone the next day and it was over. This time around it hasent been anything like the first. Had on and off dull pain since Xmas. Two weeks ago I finally landed on the er with pain but not as severe as the first year. Got a scan and they said there's a tiny stone on left kidney. Funny but my pain is on the right side but ok. I was relieved but also drugged up. So the Dr. Says it's a speck on the scan,very small. I asked him twice to maybe give me a size but he didn't. Just little he says.  I was again sent home with a small prescription of pain meds. So two weeks later and nothing is happening. Oh,and I did have blood in urine but no infection. I've been waiting pretty patiently and straining every single time so i don't miss it. How long can this take? Is there anything I can do to shrink it or break it up while I'm waiting? Anyone have a "tiny" stone that caused major pain when it passed? Any help or stories would be appreciated. I do not have insurance right now for a follow-up at this time and I also have no pain on the stone side. I have an ache on the opposite side where they found no stones or blockage.
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I'm sorry! I was told the smaller ones usually cause more pain!  Keep drinking a lot of water.  If it's less than 3mm they won't blast Ben with litho.  
Are you seeing a specialist?  If not I would recommend one.  
I'm probably no help and will probably freak you out more! But my last stone they said it was less than 3mm and after it passed it measured at 5mmx5mm.  So they can be wrong.  Sorry if I'm just spreading more myths but I was told to take several teaspoons of olive oil and every time I do it paSses within a day. ( take that info. Lightly, not acientific!!)
739632 tn?1454264872
Does taking olive oil supposedly help while it's in the kidney still?  Ugg..so nerve wracking wanting it to pass but also not wanting to get it moving. Lol
Were you at home when it passed or hospital highly medicated? That's another thing..I'm wondering if the hydrocodone they gave me will even help when it starts moving. Thank you Lilly for your help. 5mm..yikes.
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I was at home for the 5 'mm.  My husband was gone for work and I was taking care of my son so not on any meds.  Really not in extreme pain.  Just felt like I had to pee every second of the day and finally it came out!  

You should go have it checked and see where it is again.  They say it causes the most pain passing through the uters.  
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Angelina20,
First, the pain occurs while the stone is actually passing through your kidney, usually caused by the jagged edges of the stone irritating the very sensitive nerves inside the kidney. Secondly, there is no way that I am aware of to shrink a stone while waiting for it to pass. I know nothing about the suggestion that Lillyrose321 mentioned about drinking olive oil to help a stone pass either. If it has worked for her though, it may work for you and may be helpful. Keep in mind however that she may have passed that stone the day after drinking the olive oil regardless of drinking the olive oil or not. As to your general question about having passed a 2 mm stone rather quickly and now you apparently have a stone in the same size catagory that is hanging around and not passing near as quickly as your first, YES that can definitely happen. Why, I can't answer for you, but it definitely happens. Over the course of the last 35 plus years, my stones will cause me tremendous pain and usually require a trip to the ER, but all passed within a day of going to the ER and passed on their own. In the spring of 2015, I was diagnosed with three stones, the biggest of which was 5mm, which is well within the range of being able to pass on their own. After three months they didn't pass and I had to have a Urologist remove them surgically in outpatient surgery because I couldn't handle the continued on and off pain and not knowing when it would hit me. Your Urologist can do the same procedure for you if it doesn't pass on its own, but I suspect the fact that you do not have insurance may have something to do with why that option hasn't been suggested to you by now. Unfortunately that could be what you're dealing with until the stone passes on its own and that could literally take months to happen. Please let us know how you are doing and when your stone passes. Good Luck!!
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Angelina20,
First, the pain occurs while the stone is actually passing through your kidney, usually caused by the jagged edges of the stone irritating the very sensitive nerves inside the kidney. Secondly, there is no way that I am aware of to shrink a stone while waiting for it to pass. I know nothing about the suggestion that Lillyrose321 mentioned about drinking olive oil to help a stone pass either. If it has worked for her though, it may work for you and may be helpful. Keep in mind however that she may have passed that stone the day after drinking the olive oil regardless of drinking the olive oil or not. As to your general question about having passed a 2 mm stone rather quickly and now you apparently have a stone in the same size catagory that is hanging around and not passing near as quickly as your first, YES that can definitely happen. Why, I can't answer for you, but it definitely happens. Over the course of the last 35 plus years, my stones will cause me tremendous pain and usually require a trip to the ER, but all passed within a day of going to the ER and passed on their own. In the spring of 2015, I was diagnosed with three stones, the biggest of which was 5mm, which is well within the range of being able to pass on their own. After three months they didn't pass and I had to have a Urologist remove them surgically in outpatient surgery because I couldn't handle the continued on and off pain and not knowing when it would hit me. Your Urologist can do the same procedure for you if it doesn't pass on its own, but I suspect the fact that you do not have insurance may have something to do with why that option hasn't been suggested to you by now. Unfortunately that could be what you're dealing with until the stone passes on its own and that could literally take months to happen. Please let us know how you are doing and when your stone passes. Good Luck!!
739632 tn?1454264872
Thank you for your help. I hear some about the olive oil helping them slide out quicker when I did some reading. I mean, ill give it a try once it's in urether since what harm can come of it. That is when and IF it moves.  Ill give it awhile since I have no pain from it, I'd rather give.it a chance.to come out naturally since it is small. The worst is definitely not knowing how or when it hit..I'm kind of high strung. Lol
I posted a photo of my ct scan copy. If you're able to take a look at it,maybe you can tell me what size you think it is. My guess is now around 3mm although Idk if they appear bigger in photos. Also the location...
Thanks again. Hope you're doing well.
739632 tn?1454264872
I'm a bit confused on why it's being suggested to me to consider getting that procedure done...ahh I forgot the name.. begins with an L, to break up the stone. Curious..shouldn't i give it a chance to pass on its own?? Sounds a bit ridiculous to me honestly. Again...I have NO pain with it in kidney.  My pain is on the other side so not related I don't think.
Avatar universal
Whether or not you would choose to get any procedure done to remove any stone you may have is purely your call, unless the particular stone has special circumstances attached with it causing you severe health or future health problems. Additionally, in my case as I stated, I went three months and didn't have those three stones pass on their own. The pain hitting me whenever it wanted to kept me from doing a number of activities I wanted to because I worried the pain would hit me at very bad times. I was scheduled to go to Canada on a fishing trip and couldn't take a chance on that pain hitting while I was in a remote area, so I opted to have them removed. If you can live with the uncertainty of when the pain will hit you, by all means, wait it out to pass naturally. In my case, it was driving me crazy and I wanted the unknowing part over ASAP.  
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