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I am fairly sure I have a kidney stone. First symptoms were 4 days ago with intense pain. (Controlled by old supply of Hydrocodone) Pain went away until tonight. Pain is now back but lower and increasing. I have been drinking lots of water, juice, and coke. Frequent urination has been clear to light yellow. At what point do I move beyond pain meds and go into a doctor?

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Could you please provide some additional details so that I give a more solid opinion. You can reply as a followup

1. Where exactly is the pain ? side of the abdomen / left side / mid abdomen / elsewhere ?

2. How long does one pain episode last ? Is it a colicky kind of pain ? (on and off)

3. Any nausea / vomiting / fever / loose stools ?

4. Do you have the pain coming to your groin ?

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Patient replied :

1. The pain seems to center on my left lower abdomen in the area of the bladder or right above it.

2. I have been pain free for the last 3 days with only slight discomfort. Tonight it is best described as a constant pulsing pressure but radiates from time to time causing discomfort just above the left testis. The pulses of pain usually only last a few seconds to a minute or so.

3. On Saturday I did have nausea. Today No nausea or vomiting. Temperature is 98.5. I feel like I am constipated but stools have been relatively normal.

4. Other then as described above no pain in the groin.

Additional information: I am now feeling a nearly constant need to urinate but am finding that my bladder is not full. Urination is successful but only in very small amounts.


Thank you for the additional information.

The pain and other symptoms are suggestive of Nephrolithiasis - Ureteric or Kidney stone.

Now to your specific question - to wait (for spontaneous stone passage) or to get medical help -

I would recommend you to get in touch with ER / your Doctor. There are several reasons (1) The pain has been there already for 4 days (2) Your Doctor will most likely order and Xray / Ultrasound. This will help in identifying the location and size of the stone. Not all stones will pass naturally. Size and the location of the stone will give a better idea on whether to wait or not (3) Some stones which can cause obstruction to urine may cause strain to Kidneys which should be prevented. (4) Your Doctor may prescribe you medications like Tamsulosin which can help and ease the stone passage.

Hope this helps
Feel free to ask followups
Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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