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Old 12-21-2009, 08:46 AM
 
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Hi, I know kidney stones are a popular topic on this board but I have an inquiry about my situation (and yes, I have a call into my urologist and I'm waiting to hear back, just curious to hear opinions from others; and please, no horror stories, I've heard from everyone about how bad passing a stone is!).

Anyway, back in September I started to urinate blood quite heavily. My doctor ordered a CAT scan and a large stone was discovered, approximately 7mm. The urologist said it would not pass on its own and suggested the procedure where the smash the stone with ultrasound. I asked if we could wait a bit before we did that just to see what happens and he said yes, shouldn't be a problem.

So now, a few months later, he had me go for another CAT scan. Shockingly (at least to me), the stone doubled in size in 3 months to 14mm. I haven't been able to speak to him live about it since the results came in, but another doctor in the practice said "we need to deal with this", but also didn't seem to suggest any urgency behind it.

My concern is that I'm headed out of town on Thursday of this week and will be 400 miles away at my in-laws. Obviously if something serious develops I can go to the hospital up there but what I'm wondering is, is an "attack" imminent? The reason I ask is that I have had some slight pain in my back in the last few days. Mostly stiffness/dull ache. I know that obviously the pain will be more intense if the stone drops, but I'm wondering if this is the first stage?

Also, how/why would this stone double in size in such a short period of time? A few months ago the urologist said it may get "slightly bigger", but certainly didn't think or suggest that this was a possiblity.

Again, I'm waiting to hear from my doctor, but just curious if any others have any thoughts on this, thanks.
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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One factor is that it's not known what kind of stone it is. If you'd had the lithotripsy done, the urologist would have asked you to strain your urine (they'd give you the device) and bring in the stuff you strained out to identify the material making up the stone.

That's important, because, depending on the kind of stone, you could have altered your diet to decrease the stone's increase in size or help to reduce it. Not knowing what kind of stone it is made it impossible to do this. The diets for the different types of stones are completely different.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:06 AM
 
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What I was wondering is if a multivitamin that I've been taking the last few months could be resulting in it growing so much?
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:49 AM
 
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My 1.6cm stone was discovered on CT Scan in October, 2014. I told the doc I wanted to wait 6 months, as it must have been there for years. He reluctantly agreed. I decided in February to have ESWL done as I reconsidered the doc's reluctance to wait. I had an x-ray of the stone and it had not grown. I had the lithotripsy done 4 days ago. So far, so good. I take a multi-vit daily (Centrum 50+) and it didn't cause MY stone to grow.
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Old 07-27-2016, 04:24 PM
 
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My 1.6cm stone was discovered on CT Scan in October, 2014. I told the doc I wanted to wait 6 months, as it must have been there for years. He reluctantly agreed. I decided in February to have ESWL done as I reconsidered the doc's reluctance to wait. I had an x-ray of the stone and it had not grown. I had the lithotripsy done 4 days ago. So far, so good. I take a multi-vit daily (Centrum 50+) and it didn't cause MY stone to grow.

How are you doing since your lithotripsy? My 1.0 cm stone almost doubled in size to 1.8 cm. I am scheduled for a lithotripsy in two weeks and needless to say I am very nervous....not so much about the actual procedure, more so about the stent! Do you know what type of stone you had? Thanks!
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