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Hi,

You guys have been so incredibly helpful and patient! So thank you!

Those of you who have had kidney stones: have you ever had one stuck in the urethra? I went to the ER 2 nights ago with severe left flank pain and bladder pain. I declined the CAT scan, but the urinalysis showed calcium oxalate crystals, trace blood and elevated red blood cells. The kidney/ureter pain has stopped, but I am still left with pretty bad urethral pain (I think it's the urethra). The pain is "inside" and very low. It's pain coupled with urgency. I'm wondering if there could be a stone lodged in the urethra, or how common that is? Also, what kind of pain did you have throughout the kidney stone "process?"

Thanks so much,

~Laura :)

P.S. I hope this is the right place for this topic...

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Hi Laura, I have a 26 year histoy with stones, not so fun as you well know. 2 weeks ago I alos was having just like you described, just terrible cramping in the bladder and flank pain, both sides. Doc ran a culture on my urine, said it was contaminated and gave me a prescript for a week. The cramping and urgency in the bladder went away in that week but flank pain remained so went back in. Doc felt I had passed a stone so I was sent for a KDB x-ray which showed my existing stones (two 8 mm stones) lodged high in my left kidney were still there.....thank goodness as there no way I am passing them. I have a CT scan set up to see if they can find any in the bladder as my bladder is still tender.

I suggest that you get the CT scan as this is a closer view of everything. If one is lodged it can cause a blockage or infection. It is possible you passed the stone. If it was very small you may not have realized that it passed. The very small stones, or crystals, are not always seen in a CT scan and definately not in a KBD x-ray.

I too had blood in my urine with the last trip to urology just this week.

Urologist has put me on a low oxalate diet....avoiding spinach, nuts, black tea, chocolate, etc. Also, just from years of doing this time and time again, I would highly suggest drinking only bottled water. I have found that stops alot of the irritation to the kidney. It won't stop the stone formation. Also, there is research that has shown that taking calcium CITRATE 20 minutes before a meal and magnesium CITRATE aftr a meal will help reduce the formation of oxalate stones. We were rcently talking about this in a post I made

Annette

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Thank you for all of the information! It definitely seems to feel better if I have a full bladder. I've been drinking the filtered water from my fridge. I'm surprised it hasn't run out of water yet (lol)!

Does the pain in your bladder feel like a spasm?

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Thank you for all of the information! It definitely seems to feel better if I have a full bladder. I've been drinking the filtered water from my fridge. I'm surprised it hasn't run out of water yet (lol)!

Does the pain in your bladder feel like a spasm?

The pain I was having in my bladder was some very strange intense crapping which started higher and moved into the bladder. I had never had it before. I have been off the antobiotics for the infection but bladder is still tender if touched. I have had a trailing effect before with stones where I could feel this awful pain running a line over the hips bones and down into the bladder. These stones (cystals) can be tiny but they have rigid little edges and I think that is what is so painful about them moving and I think that's probably what causes the blood in the urine. Once you've been thru it you never want to go thru it again. It's good to make sure a stone did not get lodged. Drink lots of liquids, it does help.

I would highly suggested bottled water too. Chlorine in the water was giving me continued boughts of kidney irritation. Even filtered I am not sure if it could take the chlorination out of the water. I can go several months on tap water but then it catches me, it's just not worth it.

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Thanks! I'm not sure about the water either but I'd rather be safe than sorry! The pain in my bladder finally went away yesterday. I've been drinking so much water

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