Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Would somebody please invent a laxative for kidney stones?
I'm very fed up with my body at the moment.
As regular readers will know, I developed my first kidney stone (a milestone I wish I'd never experienced!) back in 2015. I had two procedures that year, lithotripsy followed by an ureteroscopy, to get rid of it. It wasn't fun, to put it mildly. Thereafter, I had a hiatus for a couple of years, but in 2017 another kidney stone formed. The local urologist was (in my opinion) very unprofessional in his approach, so I refused to proceed with treatment from him. Fortunately, the problem eased off on its own within a week or two, presumably the result of the stone passing naturally.
Over the past year or so, I've passed three more kidney stones au naturel, as it were. The pain's been severe enough to be a problem, but not crippling, so they were probably either small stones or fragments off a larger one. However, about two months ago I was hit with another serious bout of pain, and had to ask my local health care provider to schedule an appointment with a specialist. I wasn't prepared to trust the local urologist after my earlier experience, so I was referred to UT Southwestern in Dallas, where a very professional professor (there's a nice play on words!) checked me out. We'd scheduled an ureteroscopy for next week. However, my body, in a fit of independence, decided to act sooner. After hanging on to the stone like grim death for weeks, it finally let go of it over the weekend. My pain levels are now subsiding, and I'm beginning to feel like a human being again.
My question is: why can't someone invent some sort of laxative for kidney stones? If we could arrange to pass them at the first sign of trouble, think of how much pain and misery would be saved! I'm getting fed up with my body doing its own thing and expecting me to put up with it. On the other hand, I'm getting older, and I'm told I must expect more of that sort of thing as parts begin to wear out.
I think I need an internal organ mechanic. A kidney rebore, valve grind and top end overhaul sounds like a very good idea right now!