My friend asked me to write about my experience with and knowledge about getting kidney stones. Kidney stones—universally despised, almost universally experienced. They’re something everyone experiences in some capacity. Maybe you’ve had one yourself; maybe you have a friend, family member, or partner experience it. Kidney stones don’t see differences between people. They are the great equalizer, causing enough of a commotion to bring both old and young people to tears.
I’ve only ever had one kidney stone in my whole life, but that’s not saying much; I’m an 18-year-old dude, and my first stone happened when I was 16. Yeah, I know— “drink more water, dummy” was a common line at the family dinner table in the weeks following my experience. When I complain about stomach pain, my mom speeds to the grocery store to buy dozens of packs of bottled water (despite the fact that our tap water is perfectly fine). It’s not that I don’t like water, but that soda just tastes better. I digress.
I started this blog to catalogue my own experience with kidney stones, but to also provide useful information for those in the throes of panic and pain. I figure that, hey, I’m young, I’ll probably have another stone at some point in my life; why not try to educate myself on the issue so I don’t fly into a panic the next time it happens? Here, you’ll find helpful tips for handling the pain, making informed decisions, and trying to figure out what the heck is happening to you body.