When they say that most men think they are dying when they get a kidney stone, it is no lie. I prayed for a quick death during my fist kidney stone attack. Of course God didn’t answer. They say comparatively, it is the closest thing to giving birth that a man can experience. I’m not so certain how true that is. I’ve heard some labor periods last more than twenty hours. Of course pregnancy is a natural occurrence under certain conditions and circumstances. But what causes a kidney stone, and how are they treated?
First it’s important to know what are kidneys are for. They separate unneeded waste from our body so that it can become urine My kidney stone attack lasted maybe three hours before I made it to the E.R. Once the painkillers took, I felt no pain at all. I have heard women say that they felt no pain during a pregnancy, but for some reason I imagine those cases are rare.
The majority of kidney stones form when there is too much calcium in our urine. The foods and drinks we consume can help create kidney stones. I was amazed to find out that spinach, apple juice, and even chocolate contain certain minerals, acids or enough calcium to can heighten one’s chances of getting a stone. Of course some drinks are good for kidney stone prevention, like ginger ale, but water is the most preferred substance. I was also told the too much sleep, and overall laziness can cause threatening kidney stones. Apparently lacking sufficient movement and exercise a stone may lay dormant long enough to grow large enough to be a threat. This will be a problem when the stone finally tries to pass.
Kidney stones develop in us more often than we might think. Most of them rarely get the chance to develop enough to become a problem. They generally pass through the urine stream before collecting enough mass to block off passages out of the kidneys.
Kidney stone treatments differ. Doctors used sound waves to bombarded my grandmother so that her stone might break. This treatment is called extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. Water is used during this procedure to help pinpoint the stone. That treatment didn’t work, so eventually she decided to drink water until the stone passed. That’s exactly what happened. While her kidney stone was smooth, mine had spikes, and caused two weeks worth of uncomfortable bleeding. It also caused a problematic infection. I required two surgeries. During my initial visit to the hospital doctors surgically implanted a ureteric stent between my bladder and kidney to alleviate the blockage.
I was supplied with medicine in order to take out the infection, and for pain. In the end my kidney was blasted with a laser during a procedure called ureteroscopy. I never found out what the cause was. I believe the coffee I drank just prior to the attack might have been the cause. I haven’t had coffee since that day, over three years ago.