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What is more painful, kidney stones or gallstones?

What is more painful, kidney stones or gallstones?

Kidney: Stones in the kidney are usually not painful or minimally painful. Stones passing into the ureter can cause ureteral colic which is generally considered one of the most severe pains a person can have. ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Which is more painful: kidney or gallbladder stones?

Which is more painful: kidney or gallbladder stones?

Probably kidney : Many people who have suffered through a kidney stones describe as the the worst pain of their life. ...Read more

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Are kidney stones about as painful as it gets? More painful than gall stones?

Are kidney stones about as painful as it gets? More painful than gall stones?

It certainly can be.: Both conditions can cause variable and excruciating amounts of pain. Biliary colic is usually of a different character than renal colic caused by kidney stones. But as a physician who has treated patients suffering from kidney stone pain, it can be incredibly, debilitatingly painful--sometime even triggering uncontrollable vomiting for which the patient requires intravenous hydration. ...Read more

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How painful are kidney stones while passing?

How painful are kidney stones while passing?

Very: Because of the innervation of the ureter from multiple spinal cord levels, the pain associated with ureteral spasm or colic is some of the most intense pain known. ...Read more

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Can vicodin be used for kidney stone or gallbladder stone pain?

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Can vicodin be used for kidney stone or gallbladder stone pain?

Yes: Many pain medications can be used for kidney stone or gallstone pain, including vicodin. Please see your doctor before taking any opioid. ...Read more

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Large kidney stone in kidney. Deciding between a laser lithotrypsy or arthroscopic direct removal. Ureter stents very uncomfortable for me. Thoughts?

Large kidney stone in kidney. Deciding between a laser lithotrypsy or arthroscopic direct removal. Ureter stents very uncomfortable for me. Thoughts?

Lithotripsy limited: To breaking up the stone and it must still pass. The stone can grow and get worse if that is all that is done. Removal has less overall risk, despite stents... ...Read more

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22days post ureteroscopic kidney stone removal&stent placement still passing stones not on CT ? Scans show nonobstructing stones how can this be?

22days post ureteroscopic kidney stone removal&stent placement still passing stones not on CT ?  Scans show nonobstructing  stones  how  can  this be?

Possible: It is good to pass the stones- obstructing or non- obstructing is only a matter of size of the stone and diameter of the ureter ( which is the tube from kidney to the bladder) small size stones may not be seen on ct. Check with your doctor- if kidney stones is a recurrent issue, may benefit if you see a nephrologist who can do some special tests and advise preventive measures. ...Read more

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Other than kidney stones, what are some causes for kidney pain?

Other than kidney stones, what are some causes for kidney pain?

Pyelonephritis,: Congenital or acquired ureteropelvic junction obstruction, kidney cyst or cysts, kidney abscess, obstructing kidney tumor, retroperitoneal fibrosis, uretero-vesical juction obstruction, severe vesico-ureteral reflux. ...Read more

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Can non-obstructing kidney stone be painful?

Rarely: It's unlikely because stone pain comes from blockage of urine flow. Some stones can move in and out of an obstructing position and cause intermittent pain. ...Read more

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Which one increase risk of gallbladder cancer: acalculus cholecystitis(no stone) or fistula in gallbladder and intestine? ?

Which one increase risk of gallbladder cancer: acalculus cholecystitis(no stone) or fistula in gallbladder and intestine? ?

Both conditions: By themselves probably do not increase chance of gallbladder cancer. If it does, it is still very very low. Even if you have gallstones, chances of developing gallbladder cancer is very low. Unfortunately, once you develop gallbladder cancer, chances of survival are quite low. ...Read more

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What are gall bladder or gall stone symptoms?

What are gall bladder or gall stone symptoms?

Pain w/meals, cramps: Gallbladder pain is usually describes as colicky (cramping) that comes in waves, stimulated by fatty meals, as such meals stimulate the gallbladder to contract, causing pain. It is on the right side under the ribs (and liver) but can radiate to other places.It is more common in women in their 40s, and being overweight increases risk. Often symptoms are recurrent over time.If bad, can have fever. ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged kidney and kidney stones?

What causes an enlarged kidney and kidney stones?

Obstruction.: A kidney that is obstructed by a kidney stone can swell in a condition called hydronephrosis. This can, over time, affect the function of the kidney. Kidney stones can form when solutes in the urine come out of solution. The exact cause in an individual is usually not known, but there is likely a genetic component and known risk factors such as dehydration, high-salt, high-protein diet. ...Read more

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Can a benign kidney mass cause kidney stones?

Can a benign kidney mass cause kidney stones?

Yes and no: A benign kidney mass, the most common is called a simple cyst, does not cause kidney stones. Stasis of urine, diet and genetics cause stones. If there is calcium (or stones) within the mass then it may not be benign and a pre and post contrast ct or MRI is needed to determine what is going on. ...Read more

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Male/42/w/30yrs multiple renal stones(calcium oxalate)why do my recent nonobstructing stones cause hydronephrosis/10outof10 pain/hematuria& no uti?

Male/42/w/30yrs multiple renal  stones(calcium oxalate)why do my recent nonobstructing stones cause hydronephrosis/10outof10 pain/hematuria& no uti?

Oxalate stones: Are often the result of crohn's disease related to the lack of absorption of bile salts in the diseased ileum. You shouldn't have hydronephrosis if there is no obstruction but certainly they can cause lots of pain and hematuria. Hope you are improving. ...Read more

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How often is kidney stone pain?

How often is kidney stone pain?

Depends on site: If the stone is in the ureter (kidney to bladder tube), there is something call "peristalsis", which helps move things along. That would mean a periodicity to the pain: every few minutes. However, if the stone is in the kidney, and blocking the exit, it may be a constant pain; if it is in the urethra (exiting), it may be excrutiating and constant! ...Read more

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Do gall bladders always require surgical removal because gall stones are present?

Do gall bladders always require surgical removal because gall stones are present?

No: Gallstones can be found incidentally in many people who will never have problems with them. If you aren't having symptoms and there aren't any concerning findings on the imaging study that diagnosed them, they can be safely observed. Calcification of the gallbladder wall or stones larger than 2cm diameter are some findings that should encourage removal. ...Read more

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10mm and 9mm kidney stones are normal size stones?

10mm and 9mm kidney stones are normal size stones?

Normal?: What is normal size stone? Normal is not to have kidney stone. 9-10 mm stone is called large since we do not expect that stones in this range can pass spontaneously and needs interventions such as lithotripsy. Please talk to a urologist. ...Read more

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What are the general treatments to remove gall stones or kidney stones? Thanks.

What are the general treatments to remove gall stones or kidney stones? Thanks.

Different: Gallstones are usually addressed by surgical removal of the gallbladder. Kidney stones usually pass on their own, particularly if temporarily put on an Alpha blocker to dilate the ureter. If not, lithotripsy can shatter it so it can pass, or a cystoscopic procedure can extract them. ...Read more

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Symptoms of an inflamed appendix vs. Symptoms for kidney stones?

Symptoms of an inflamed appendix vs. Symptoms for kidney stones?

Right sided abd pain: It can be difficult to differentiate, especially if the kidney stone is on the right side. Your doc will make the diagnosis by integrating all the information from your history, physical exam, lab results and imaging. ...Read more

Kidney Stone (Definition)

Solutes precipitate and combine to form stones formed of calcium oxalate usually around a nidus of uric acid. Other solutes that form stones are ca and mg phosphates, cystine, and uric acid staghorn calculi form in the presence of chronic urinary tract infections. Stones can be painful, may require ...Read more


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Kidney Stones (Definition)

A condition in which small, hard mineral deposits made of minerals and acid salts form inside the kidneys.They can be extremely painful until they pass or are broken up ...Read more