My husband has a kidney stone!!!

@4ofmyown (1119)
United States
March 29, 2009 4:33pm CST
And has had it for over 2 weeks now! When he first started feeling it I took him to the ER and they did a MRI and told us he was getting ready to pass it and sent us home. By that evening we were back (different ER this time) and they admitted him for pain management. After 2 days of being in the hospital and getting pumped with fluids to help him pass it they released him. This was a Thursday night and I was driving him back to the ER at 5:30 Friday morning in worse pain than before. Come to find out the kidney stone was stuck and completely blocking all the urine on that one side...his kidney was twice the size it should have been. The did surgery to get the stone out but couldn't get it because there was too much swelling. They put a stent in from his kidney to his bladder to keep the urine flowing. He has had that for 2 weeks now and is having another surgery tomorrow morning to remove the stent and hopefully the kidney stone. If they can't get it tomorrow then they will put the stent back in and try and break up the stone later...hence he will have to have surgery for a third time. He has not been able to work during this whole thing, luckily he has disability at work! And, I love him being home with me but I feel horrible that he has to go through all this again. Oh yeah, did I mentioned...there is only one way in to get the kidney stone from a man. He is definitely not happy about going through this multiple times! I have never had a kidney stone, but have heard it is awful! Have you ever heard of a situation like this?
4 responses
• United States
29 Mar 09
Well, I personally have not had to deal with a kidney stone. However, my husband has had them multiple times and when they take the xray or MRI, that usually helps to break it up. They usually send him home the same way though with pain pills and uristat pills to help pass the stone. In time, he usually passes it. Ever since the last time, which was the worst, he has been adjusting his diet to ensure he won't get another one. I am so sorry that your husband has to go through all this. It must be somewhat humbling as well as painful to have to keep going through this. I must say that he is very blessed to have you as a wife though. You are sticking by him and caring for him very well and with a great deal of love in your heart. Props to you too. Hang in there my friend. Just try and have him drink lots of water. From what I have heard, it helps to prevent kidney stones from recurring. I wish you both the best of luck in this step in life and you wil be in my family's prayers. *hugs* If you need someone to chat with just send me a message. Livy J
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
29 Mar 09
Thank you for the kind words. I have heard that diet can play a big part in the development of kidney stones, I am going to have to talk to his Urologist tomorrow about it. The water drinking he has been doing, quite a bit. He tells me he feels like a fish.haha
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• United States
3 Apr 09
Yeah it does feel a little weird to have to drink all that water. However, water helps produce urine and thusly helps push it out. One doctor once told us not to eat too many salty foods. I don't know if that really works but my hubby has cut down on salt and he hasn't had one since. So, we may be doing something right. It is good to ask your urologist about diet because you are right. Any time my hubby got one they would give him a flyer of foods to avoid or cut down on. Keep me posted about what the urologist says because I would like to know as well. Knowledge is power. Hopefully, we can avoid them from now on. How is your husband doing lately? Any better? Livy J
@irishmist (3820)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Sorry to hear about your husbands kidney stone. Some years back I has a bunch of kidney stones at one time, after many X-Rays the doctor decided i should have a liprotrpsy ( not sure I spelled that right ). Well anyway it is not actually surgery, they put you in water and do some electrical thing or other which breaks up the stones so that you can pass them easily, and they also kept me overnight. Luckily all went well for me. Hope everything works out for your husband.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
5 Apr 09
That procedure was one of the options but his Urologist wanted to try and get it one more time. He said breaking up the stone is less successful than to actually go and get it. My husband was disappointed because he did not want to go through the procedure again but they did and they got the stone!!! We are really happy but we just need to watch for future stones.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
30 Mar 09
yes a few years ago with thought my 85 year old mother in law was going to die, turns out she had a kidney stone, they made her suffer for two weeks with it, thinking it would flush out, then it didn't and they took her in to have it broken up and they couldn't get it it kept moving around, she went back home and suffered more, but then it must have passed on its own because she got better.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
30 Mar 09
That is good, it too bad that she had to go through that for so long. I heard that they can be pretty miserable, some say worse than labor pains. Hopefully, it does not come back or happen again to her.
@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I have personally not had a kidney stone, but my mother n law has had many of them and multiple surgeries to remove them. I hate to hear your going threw such a mess, and your poor husband. He's gotta feel aweful. Best wishes with the surgery tomorrow.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Thank you so much for your good wishes. I have heard that once you have had them once you will probably get them again. My husband had one about11 years ago, so he knew right away what it was. Thanks again for your comment.