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Yep, it is true.  I am passing my third kidney stone.  I had two while I was pregnant and the doctors believed they were calcium stones brought on by pregnancy.  Welp, they were wrong.  Apparently my body should go into the diamond producing business since it decides to make them by itself.  So after I pass this beauty I get to go back to the urologist and try to figure out why my kidneys like to do this.diamonds

So needless to say I have been a bit β€œme focused” lately.  The last two days have been torture.  I think the stone is currently in my bladder which means it is on it way out. Woohoo! However, if it doesn’t manage to come out by itself I will have surgery on Friday.  I am certainly praying that it comes out on its own, because that process definitely sounds awful. 

So how is your week?

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  1. Beckie, that’s terrible! I really hope you don’t have to have surgery, and that you can find out what is going on. It would definitely be a blessing to know how to prevent them from occurring in the future.

  2. Oh, Beckie, I feel your pain! I had a kidney stone while pregnant, too. I’m hoping you can pass it sooner than later!!

  3. My dad got them regularly too, and my husband had a bout of kidney stones 1 year ago. They certainlyl don’t look like fun!!! Now tell us, does the pain REALLY compare to that of childbirth? (That’s how they explain it to men since they will NEVER really understand childbirth!)
    Hope you pass it the natural way!

  4. Oh no!! I am so sorry to hear that! That sounds…AWFUL! Wish I could be there to help you out! Praying that it will pass quickly and easily so that you don’t suffer more!

  5. Oh, i completely feel your pain…literally, I have been getting kidney stones since i was 12. I thankfully havent had one since ’96, and i never had the luxury of having them removed, i had to pass each & every one of them. Drink lots of water, stay away from caffeine & dark liquids, it has worked wonders for me…knock on wood. Best of luck! And speedy recovery!

  6. I too have just recently suffered through this the last few months. They are AWFUL! Luckily mine seem to be passing fairly quickly and they think they have been caused by too much red meat. πŸ™ I feel for you and hope they go away soon if not completely. You can only hope, thinking about you!

  7. Beckie, I can so relate… I have passed two on my own. The first one took nine days. I was a zombie woman from the meds. My poor kids… The stones I’ve had recently were too big to pass. I can’t count the number of lithotripsies, x-rays, ultra sounds, urine tests, I’ve had. It is terrible. I now see a nephrologist who’s done tests and has me on potassium and hydrochloride everyday to help prevent the stones from forming. I hope yours passes quickly and that you won’t need surgery. And that the doctors can figure out the ‘why’ so you don’t have to go through it again. I will pray for you!!!

  8. OH wow! I am so sorry to hear this! We will definitely keep you in prayer… I’ve never had them myself but do know they are extremely painful (a good friend has them on occasion…)

  9. My dad and sister both get them so I only know your pain second-hand. I hope you feel better soon and do not need surgery!

  10. I know your pain(3 myself that had to be blasted, still make small ones but they pass ok) and I would much rather have a baby. It’s the same pain but babies are more fun to play with. Ever try to dress up a kidney stone. Not easy! I’ve also cursed every male on earth to have at least one so he can get a taste of what we go thru!!! My prayers are with you.

  11. Beckie, honey, hang in there! I’ve never had a stone, but I had a raging pyelonephritis that nearly killed me after my youngest was born. So miserable. πŸ™ Hugs, friend! I wish I were closer, and I’d stop by to help!

  12. I had kidney stones in my early 20’s. The were caused by an enlarged parathyroid (you have 4 on the outside of your thyroid and they regulate the calcium in your body). Mine were so big that I couldn’t pass them and had to have them surgically removed (which I don’t complain about because who wants to suffer through passing kidney stones?). I hope they figure out why you are having them! I know it is painful and not any fun to deal with.

  13. OOh, so sorry for you! My husband has a kidney stone about twice a year and he is absolutely miserable with them. You’re right about the bladder meaning you’re close to the finish line. Hope they can help you figure it out. By the way…do not be tempted to look at it when you pass it! It is so horrible, like a little ball of razor blades πŸ™

  14. Yuck! I am praying your body will get itself under control and behave itself for you! Praying for no need for surgery too.

  15. Beckie, I’m so sorry. I’ve passed 7 kidney stones and it is NO fun. I too had the first one when I was pregnant with my daughter. I had another one at 8.5 months pregnant with my son. It is awful. Hang in there. I don’t usually comment on here, but I feel so bad that you are going through this. I hope you don’t have to have surgery and the stone passes soon!

  16. I will be keeping you in my prayers. I’ve never had these, but I did have over 1,000 gallstones and had my gallbladder removed five years ago. Before having it out the pain was so immense I thought I was dying and of course doctors thought I was too young (24 yrs at the time) to have gallbladder problems (but I knew better because it runs in my family) and I was right, unfortunately. Having it out was the best thing I’ve ever done. I know you this is much different for you and I can only imagine the pain you are in, but I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you the best~

  17. Oh No! Say it ain’t so! I’ve had them twice, the first time when I was pregnant with my daughter and the last time approx. 8 yrs ago, so I guess that means I’m due again. I’m sorry to hear that. I know how badly it hurts. Please take care of yourself. You deserve being “me” focused for a whle.

  18. Ick! Im so sorry to hear about your kidney stone. I have never had one [knock on wood] and I can’t even imagine the pain. Sending good vibes to you that it passes before Friday!

  19. Wishing you the best of luck Beckie! My 3 year old passed a kidney stone two weeks ago and apparently all the tests run are saying he is fine. (not totally believing that) I just found out that I get to have my 6th surgery today for the removal of a cyst. I hope things improve for you…I am working on getting things on the right track in my neck of the woods.

  20. I can’t imagine – it sounds painful. I hope it’s not!! I will send up a prayer for you. I actually only have one kidney, isn’t that weird?

  21. So sorry!! My daughter gets those a lot and it is very painful for her. I hope that you don’t have to have surgery. Mostly, I hope that you feel better soon!!

  22. Ouch, so sorry to hear this! πŸ™ Praying it passes quickly and painlessly- and no more stones!

  23. So sorry : ( : ( Terrible. Take care of yourself and don’t feel like you have to push yourself to blog, we’ll be here waiting for you to get all better!

  24. Hang in there. If you do have to have the surgery, don’t worry, it shouldn’t be as bad as they make it out to be. I had a retrieval done in 2007 on a stone that was between my kidney & bladder. You’re asleep, so it’s not that awful- soreness afterward. If you have to get a stent, that will be uncomfortable for a few days. But overall I have to say I was just happy to have that stone outside of my body! Best wishes!

  25. Ugh! SO sorry you are having to deal with kidney stones. They are complete torture! I just had my second round of them in January. I had lithrotrypsey surgery to have them blasted and WHAT A RELIEF! The procedure was pain free and I was back to my old self about 2 hours later. I am definitely praying for you! πŸ™‚

  26. OUCH!!!!! My prayers are with you! I had to have surgery to remove mine because those were not vacating alone. Uncomfortable, but it’s better than the pain you’re enduring now!

  27. I had gallstones when I was pregnant and let me tell you that was a treat. So I can’t imagine kidney stones. I’ve never been in more pain with the gallstones so I wish you all the luck. It could be worse. You could have just had a hysterectomy like me & keep getting migraines every couple days! You’re in my prayers that you don’t have to have surgery. Get better & don’t worry about all us out in bloggy land! Hang in there.

  28. Oh Beckie, I am so sorry! I got kidney stones with my pregnancies, and I know how awful they are. Praying that yours will pass without surgery. *Hugs*

  29. Oh girl I’ve been there. It took me over a month to pass a large stone and it hurt like hell. Kidney stones and Kidney problems run in my family. My moms had them, my grandma, a few of my aunts. It sucks. I really hope you pass it soon. My mom recently had outpatient surgery to take out stones and open up the tubes that go from the bladder to the kidneys so that she can pass stones easier. I know it’s a lot, so just know that I’ll keep you in prayer.

  30. I just needed to say… I feel your pain! I have spent the last three weeks “dealing” with stones. First was the fun trip to the ER, then a week later having a stent put in, then finding out my body didn’t take to the stent and I had an allergic reaction and my kidney swelled double, three days in the hospital before they came to the allergy conclusion…. Hang in there and it if feel wrong, tell someone ASAP!

  31. Yuck! I get them all the time…everyone says it’s like having a baby…not so! At least if you’re having labor pains, you get a baby…not a rock! And yes, I’ve had surgery…not fun, but better than the alternative…leaving it in there until it passes (if ever!) My stones are calcium oxalate…I was told to stay away from strawberries, broccoli, peanut butter, etc. I love peanut butter! Anyway, hope you feel better soon and they find out what’s causing them!

  32. Ugh, no fun! I’ve had some before and had to have the surgery-soooo not fun:( Hopefully yours will pass and you won’t have to go through all that!!!

  33. After months and months of pain from kidney stones and a hundred and one doctor appointments and tests, I was told that it is genetic and I will get them again especially if I ever have babie. I how they find out what causes yours so you can avoid those things.

  34. One more thing, water with a little lemon (especially first thing in the morning on an empty stomach) is really good for urinary problems. It’s really mild and tastes yummy too. It’s good at flushing things out. I use it to prevent those nasty UTI’s.

    Hope all is well!

  35. Hope that it came out on it’s own..I completely feel for you. I have had many kidney stones on both sides, which I was told is impossible, except that my dad has them on both sides too.The last time I had one, I was feeling weak and fatigued, went to the dr. and requested a blood work up.I took my vitamins and my labwork came back all crazy. It sent off a lot of alarms for them and they thought that I had diabetes, the next day took more vitamins and a protein shake. I guess the high protein triggered it for me, was doing ok I can handle it to excruciating pain and had to be driven to the hospital again. The Er doc did all the tests and prescribed me Flomax to help flush out the stone. It did the job because it was still able to pass. Followed up with my Uro and he also suggested fresh lemon aid once a day, (he said that the studies suggest that it helps with all the different kinds of stones)I have been fine with out a crazy trip to the hospital and take I take flowmax when I get that feeling again.
    Hope that this info may help in the future and you are stone free, except for the stones that come in small boxes.

  36. I did end up passing it with the Flomax as well. I am going in this week for a blood and urine analysis to see why my body produces them.

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