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    How many people on here have had kidney stones?

    I have had stones in both kidneys and bladder. Is it just one of the perks being in a chair or am I just lucky??
    "Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you?"

    #2
    didn't for 23 years, then the last 2 have had them removed once and they are back within the next year, typical VA, took a year to get the first one's out.......

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      #3
      Here is my bladder stone from February of 2012...

      (I can't upload it, so here's a link)

      Bladder Stone

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        #4
        bladder stones develop when mineral masses develop from urine that becomes concentrated, sits in the bladder for too long then the urine chemicals clump together.

        http://www.craighospital.org/reposit...tonesecure.pdf

        here is a bladder stone prevention guide from Craig Hospital

        pbr
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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          #5
          I have had kidney stones twice...the second time a week before my wedding. I do not think you are alone in this.
          "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

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            #6
            I just had one removed in April after getting sepsis because it was blocking urine flo.

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              #7
              My son had bladder stones in '09, but nothing since.

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                #8
                Do kidney stones normally show on a KUB? I've been having mid back pain for about 8 months now. Had a KUB and UA done 6 months ago because the pain is centered right where the waistband of my NOT cut low jeans is and centered right at the spine there. I've pulled muscles there before from stretching too far down to grab dog toys or laundry but a week of Flexeril and moist heat that has always worked in the past did nothing. I'm an incomplete C6/7 with sensory and non-walking motor and scoliosis that has developed over, mainly, the last 10 years after almost a decade of several hours a day 5 days a week PT. Oh, and I had my neck CT'd and that area of my back xrayed after we were rear ended in 2010. The neck was fine with just a slight fracture of an osteophyte from arthritis and the pain subsided in about a month. The xray showed no vertabrae damage but I had radiating pain and the ER doc could feel the muscles spasm so Flexeril to help get me home as far as the pain. I was followed up by my PCP then and that pain stuck around for a good 6 months. If it's not muscular now and the KUB and UA were negative where do I head from here? Right now oxycodone helps but that stuff makes me either very sleepy or hyper as hell and effects my balance. I need to deal with a few things I can not leave for later right now so any ideas for hit and run tests trying to find or narrow down a cause would be helpful. I have dealt with referred pain before but short of this coming from trying to deal with scoliosis by a new supported back with side supports and a cut down on one side Jay Overfill cushion I'm at a loss on this. I really thought stones but I've never had them before. Thanks!
                Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                  #9
                  A good place to research kidney stones [nephrolithiasis] is on the following emedicine website:
                  http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/437096-overview

                  Stones may not be visible on a KUB x-ray if your bowels are constipated, you are obese [I am not sure about quad bellies] or are of a certain chemical composition. I have had kidney stones show up on CT scans and on ultrasounds but not show up consistently on KUB's.

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                    #10
                    C6/7 complete, thirty-two years post, no kidney or bladder stones. Over the years, I have managed my bladder with spontaneous urination (condom catheter), intermittent catheterization, and suprapubic catheter.

                    All the best,
                    GJ

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                      #11
                      Thanks Peggy. Good site. I am amazingly still under the weight that spells obese but would happily drop 15 pounds from specific areas. Now quad belly I do deal with and the chemical make up could be why they don't show on KUB. I just figured that was a cheap and fast screening test. Or, like GJ, I may be stone free and it is something else. I've already ordered a new back for my manual chair and if it goes away on our next trip...cause found.
                      Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                      Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                        #12
                        I had a kidney stone after about 45 years. I have had numerous small bladder stones. Fosomax triggered an avalanche of small stones. Only the kidney stone needed blasting.
                        Tom

                        "Blessed are the pessimists, for they hath made backups." Exasperated 20:12

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                          #13
                          I had them both before and after injury. Before SCI, I had three stones spread out over about ten years. All the stones were obviously crystalline, beer bottle color, and were found to be uric acid. I passed one without symptoms and the other two with significant pain. Then 4-5 months after my accident, I passed at least 8 stones into my diaper overnight without any symptoms. These were all small, smooth, white spheres and were analyzed to be calcium oxalate. That was four years ago and I've passed none since though I have one small one that shows up in scans.

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                            #14
                            Some people have a genetic predisposition to forming stones, and there are certain geographic "stone belts" where there is a higher incidence that in other geographic areas.

                            For people with SCI, you are at risk for stones. The risk is higher for those who use indwelling catheters, or who reflex void with a residual urine, or those who do intermittent cath and don't empty completely.

                            Everyone with SCI should have an annual screening for stones (ultrasound or CT of the entire urinary track). If stones are found, nearly always then need to be removed, as they protect bacteria from antibiotics, and can cause repeated UTIs, and stones in the kidney can damage the kidney, or if they pass down a ureter and get stuck, cause hydronephrosis (dilated ureter) which can also cause UTIs and damage the kidney.

                            (KLD)
                            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                              #15
                              I've had both. No matter how much water I guzzle I keep developing bladder stones. Started getting stones about a year and a half ago, around 13 years post-injury. I just chalk it up to being one of the "perks" of being in a chair.

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