This post might be TMI (too much information) but i decided to write about what I learned from my experience for my posterity or anyone else who will have the bad fortune of dealing with kidney stones. My father and two of my brothers have had kidney stones and I'm thinking it might be in our Harris genes. All I can say to my youngest brother is: Watch out!
I found the best website that simply explains everything that I needed to know about kidney stones. It is found on the Intermountain Healthcare webpage. They posted a pamphlet on the subject that you can get to it by clicking here.
Here are a copy of a few pages that I found helpful:
This page explains what a kidney stone is.
My kidney stone did not pass on it's own. After a CAT scan I found out that it was 6mm in size. It was lodged in my ureter. After my stone was removed, it was tested and determined that it was a calcium oxalate crystal.
After 3 weeks of not budging, my urologist advised me to have an ureteroscopy and have that stone taken out using a tiny snare or "basket" which is explained below:
After the kidney stone was removed, the doctor put in a ureteral stent. More pain:(
At my last doctor visit I was given guidelines on how to prevent future kidney stones.
Please pass the water. :)