Passed a kidney stone - UPDATE
Light posting this weekend as Saturday morning began with a kidney stone attack. If you haven’t had them, there’s no point in trying to describe and if you have, well, you already know. In any case after about 20 hours I finally passed the stone, and now I feel as if I have been beaten up, by experts.
I did snag the stone though, an interesting one about 3mm and ripping jagged on one side. All of the stones I passed 14 and 15 years ago were controllable by morphine. This is the first one where morphine did not work. We had to use something called dilaudid, which did work but they couldn’t give me enough of it to relieve the pain – something about how it would make me stop breathing. At the time, I didn’t really care.
Anyway, back to carrying a water bottle around. Kidney stones are a symptom of chronic dehydration and apparently I’m not drinking enough water.
UPDATE: never could resist taking a challenging picture, so there is one of the stone, below the fold…
This stone is half the size of the largest one I’ve had, but it was more painful (judging by morphine not working this time) and my urine was a lot bloodier. My current half-assed theory is that my ureter was damaged and scarred by the previous stones, especially the last one, which was on the same side and had to be removed surgically.
Clearly there are two minerals in this stone. The tan-colored spikey portion is familiar to any kidney-stone sufferer as calcium oxalate – better known as the abrasive mineral in Bar Keeper’s Friend scouring powder. But I do not know what the smooth rounded dark section is made of – that is new. Analysis will tell.