Dealing with the Pain of a Kidney Stone

Below are some helpful tips for dealing with kidney stone pain:

 

– Drink a lot of water. Drink as much as your stomach can hold. Want to prevent kidney stones? You guessed the remedy: water. If you consume two to three quarts per day, you can flush out your urinary system pretty easily. Some of the research I’ve done suggests adding lemon juice to your water can help. I don’t know how much that does, but it will sure make everything taste a lot better.

 

– Over-the-counter pain relief is the best course of action if the pain is already manageable, or if you don’t want to go to urgent care. Most families have ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, &c) in the medicine cabinet. Acetaminophen—think: Tylenol—and naproxen sodium (Aleve) may also help.

 

– Calling a doctor is pretty important. Even if the pain hasn’t hit, or if you’re almost at the end of the process—a doctor can hint at a diagnosis and point you in the direction of a responsible course of action.

 

– Screaming and grunting helps, too. Maybe throw in a few curse words.

 

– If you end up at a hospital or at an urgent care facility, you will likely receive some sort of medical therapy. Doctors may provide medication to help pass the stone; alpha blockers relax the muscles in your ureter, which will help pass the stone quickly and with less pain. There will still be pain.

 

 

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