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A 38-year-old female asked about a 38-year-old male:

what can you do at home for someone who is passing a kidney stone. having difficulty going to the bathroom. in a lot of pain. should we go to er?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Go to the ER: Yes. Please go to the ER. You are having intolerable pain.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: ER should provide pain relief at a minimum. Renal stones can cause severe pain and there is no need to put up with it. Please go the ER.
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Fluids: Take fluids as much as you can, OTC pain meds. If unable to keep fluids down and/or pain unbearable consider going to closest ER.
Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes, go to the ER: They can definitely and quickly control the pain of passing a kidney stone in the emergency room. It is concerning that you are having trouble going to the bathroom, too. Go to the ER for best results. I wish you the very best.

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My husband has kidney stone that is in ureter the pain has moved down. Need the quickest way to make it pass?

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See a urologist: Drink lots of water and take Flomax (tamsulosin) to help dilate the ureter. See a urologist if pain is severe, he may require a ureteral stent.
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How much will it hurt to pass a 3mm kidney stone? How long is the pain going to last?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Varies: Depeds on many factors like the diameter of passageways, type & location of stone, amount of water excretion, your pain threshold, etc.Rough stones like oxalate hurt more than phosphate smooth ones. Some hurt for "one second" and hear the stone cling in the commode, others suffer longer. Occasionally, it never passes and never hurts. Drink lots of water and follow with urologist to remove if need.
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How soon does the pain begin when you have a kidney stone stuck somewhere?

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May never begin: It appears that you know that you have a stone but feel no pain. If so, you may never feel pain unless the stone moves. Many stones never move.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Why do people often feel pain when a kidney stone passes into the ureters?

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Dr. Paul Aitchison
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Spasm and trauma : The ureter may spasm which may hurt. The urine may be blocked which causes increased pressure in your collecting system and pain. Or the trauma to your urothelial lining can cause pain.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Where do you feel the pain from a kidney stone?

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Dr. Alok Agrawal
Nephrology and Dialysis 34 years experience
Depends: The site of obstruction by stone determines where the stone is. Upper ureteral/ renal pelvic obstruction leads to flank pain or tenderness. Lower ureteral obstruction causes pain in lower part of abdomen going to genital area. The pain is mostly colicky- rather than continuous, severe pain comes and goes.

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