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Staghorn kidney stone

Hi I started having severe pain in my left flank around 7 years ago and kept getting told that I it was just muscular. I had my daughter last year and since then the pain got a lot worse, so in May this year was sent for an ultrasound which discovered I had hydronephrosis of the left kidney. I was referred to a urologist and sent for a ct scan, the results of the ct scan which I got last week revealed I had a staghorn struvite kidney stone and that I need to be referred for a pcnl operation to remove it. I was at Gp today as the pain is horrendous and I occasionally pass out and also vomit with the pain, and was told that the staghorn is in fact on my right kidney (which I have very little pain on) I have the hydronephrosis and a small stone on the left side, I am worried now that if I have op to remove staghorn which I know I still need, that I will still have the pain on my left side, as don't think I can cope much longer, and would you normally get all this pain with just a small stone or could it be as a result of the hydronephrosis? Really would like some information or advice or just if anyone has been through this what was the treatment. Thanks in advance
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Thanks for the reply. I am not sure how big it is, or even how big the staghorn is. But yes amazed that a small stone is causing so much agony. I don't seem to get any answers from the medical profession is here as they keep passing me from one to the other. I am just hoping that when I get the surgery for the staghorn that they also remember to treat the small stone and hydronephrosis. x
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I can only comment on the part of your question that I know about and I'm familiar with. YES, a small kidney stone can cause you a tremendous amount of pain. Been there and had that personally, many times. The words "small stone" are themselves a question. How big is your "small stone"? I had one that was considered small and it was 2.5 mm and caused me a great deal of pain passing thru my kidney. I had others over the years up to 5mm that caused me no less pain than that 2.5 mm stone did. It depends on the stone, etc.
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