Wednesday, September 16, 2015

ROLLING WITH THE STONES

It has been a while since the last time that I was unfortunate enough to have a bout with kidney stones.
 
over the weekend, I was reintroduced to the unforgettable sensation of the lingering burning caused by a stone shifting to a different location or increasing in intensity. The location of the stone and its progress through your urinary tract can affect the type of symptoms you experience. Many people describe the feeling of kidney stones as a sharp pain on one side of the back or lower abdomen. The pain often starts abruptly and then lingers, becoming more intense over time. The affected area can also spread to include the groin area and lower abdomen. Nights like tonight the pain is so intense that it makes you vomit.

They solution to this periodic issue is watchful waiting. I drink lots of liquids, liters of Cranberry Juice and beer in the hopes that the stone will pass. Normally, I get a reprieve, the pain will pass after a while with the use of an inflammatory. 

The name of the game is to suffer and hope that the attack will end or the stones will pass without a trio to the germ infested hospital emergency waiting rooms where every germ known to man is lurking.
The visit to the hospital is to be avoided at all costs mostly because the end result is nearly the same,  a CT scan confirms the obvious,  I am sent home with a script for the usual drugs and the advice to drink liquids. When these things started about 14 years ago, the excuse to sit at home and drink a few beer was novel. 

I am slightly incapacitated at the moment. Typing with one hand, holding my lower right flank and employing my patented pain relief mechanisms of shifting around trying to find a comfortable position. the 
pain becomes so severe you can’t sit, stand, or lie down comfortably. 

My brother had a real difficult time with stones this past winter and spring. I think we got a crappy hand in the genetic poker game, but alas it could be worse. 

The cost of hospitalization, medication and lost work due to these buggers was an estimated $ 10 billion last year in the United States.

The timing sucks. I hope this bout passes quickly.




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