I had one small kidney stone removed in my left kidney (4th time). The doctor broke up the stone and then put in 2 stents: one for 2 weeks to help pass the stone and then a 2nd for 2 days to insure that everything passed, which according to the doctor it did. I took out the stent myself on Friday and the pain started up again. However, instead of the sharp pain of a stone, it is now a dull ache that comes and goes and moves up and down my left flank. Sometimes it's in my belly area, then will disappear for awhile and return on my left hip. I have been taking Tylenol (I cannot take Ibuprofen because of another med that I'm taking) and it sometimes cuts thru the dull ache and sometimes it doesn't. I am drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily. Heating pads do not work. I don't see the doctor for another 3 1/2 weeks. Is this normal? Can I assume it will finally subside? Or should I just go to the ER and have them look it over instead of waiting? This is driving me nuts.