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In 2009 a Hungarian man named Sando Sarkadi had a kidney stone that was 17cm in diameter, and weighed 2.48lbs, surgically removed from his body. Whether it was more painful than childbirth is anyone’s guess, but there is no doubt that kidney stones can be excruciating, and can leave many grown men rolling around on the bathroom floor.

In doctor-speak the condition is called nephrolithiasis and the name of the severe pain caused by kidney stones is renal colic. Most stones can be passed normally through urination but some can grow to be the size of golf balls, in which case they usually require surgery. The stone develops when excess minerals such as salt, calcium and potassium, which would normally be broken down by the chemicals in urine, bind together in the urinary tract.

The causes of kidney stones are not always obvious, but are often linked to dehydration or urinary tract infections. Simple treatments are often the most effective and include keeping the body hydrated, in order to flush out the stone, or reducing the amount of calcium in the diet.

Kidney stones are more common amongst men than women, and 60% of those who have passed a kidney stone will develop another one within seven years. The easiest way to prevent this is to keep an eye on the colour of your urine. The darker it is, the more dehydrated you are.

Gallstones are formed by lumps of cholesterol that get trapped in the gallbladder and cause intense flashes of pain that can last anything from 1-5 hours. It is not known precisely what cause the gallstones to form, but it is suspected that an imbalance in the chemical make-up of bile inside the gallbladder cause excess cholesterol to form and coagulate into small lumps.

Up to 1 in 10 adults in the UK will have gallstones, but most do not display any symptoms. Treatment options for the most serious cases normally involves removal of the gallbladder, a dramatic sounding but relatively routine operation. Human’s can comfortably function without a gall bladder.

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I had a 4cm Kidney Stone in the tube to the bladder that gave pain as a "gallbladder spasm." Does anyone know why??





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Do I need to shave before gall bladder surgery





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hie..I am 21 yr old girl there is so much pain in my stomach and I cant control my urine more than one min... what should I do?? is der any serious problem ?? what are the precautions plz tell.. ty





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Hi I fell pregnant a year ago and in June I had my first attack after a few attacks the hospital finally gave me a scan and found gallstones when having the baby I got. My gallbladder removed but I still have attacks and keep getting pancreatius and there are no stones shown left to be causing it... Does anyone d know what it could be as the hospital just don't want to help. This is the third time I have had an attack now and I'm so frightened of them





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I have the same problem right now the hospital don't want to help me I had a kidney stone and I still get them attacks

Are you taking codeine? E.g co-codamol. Since having my gallbladder removed I can't tolerate codeine as it gives me so much pain.

How much does it cost for gall stones surgery and laser surgery?





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Hi am a 54 year old lady admitted to a&e on sat with pain in my side so bad I was vomiting, rolling about and screaming. Spend 5 days in the hospital having one more attack of intense pin lasting 6hrs. Still feel sick,not eating and generaly unwell. CT Scan showe stones in both kidneys.. How long will i feel poorly.. Am terrfied it will return.Am a home now





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i symphathise how your feeling i have stones in both kidneys had op to have a stent put in very much discomfort operation was a week ago yet i still have no appetite and get tired very easy im afraid to say this is the third belt of stones now in 60 years

Ok So I have suffered from kidney stones since 2003 I didn't have another until 2008 that year I had two and have passed one a year since. I 2008 it was 8mm and had to be removed 4 days go I went to the ER with another at 1st I was told I have a 6mm stone that is infected was admitted. Later that day I was told the scan was read wrong the 1st time and it passed. now I constantly feel bloated on that side do you think the stone could just be trapped in my ureter not completely blocking the flow of urine? It is the 1st time this has happened and I am super annoyed with my dr. any ideas?





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I've passed a stone once a year since passing my first stone at 19. I am now 35. I know the pain right away now from having them for so long. I am currently experiencing the same feeling now that you are and I think you're right. I believe the stone is trapped in the ureter but not completely blocking the urine which is why the pain is not as intense and comes and goes as the stone moves a little. I recommend flow max which opens the ureter to allow the stone to pass freely depending on how large it is.

I lived in a foreign country for a few years and tried really hard to filter my water, but alas, not hard enough. Since then I've been dealing with the worst kidney stones and yes, I have rolled on the floor in my bathroom. Luckily I have an excellent urologist that has been helping me out.





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Hi, I have had abdominal pain and either constant diarrhea or constipation. I sweat at excessively at random and get sick quiet often. I passed a small round object which resembled a nut (hadn't eaten anything like this as my diet has become quiet restricted.) does anyone know what this may be? Gallstones?





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Won't be gallstones as you don't pass them and it is an intense pain under your ribs . maybe kidney stones

Hi im a 21 year old male and iv been getting kidney stones about every 3months for the last 3 or 4 years I wanna know is this a bad thing or does it happen to most people?





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Kidney stones are stone-like lumps that can develop in one or both of the kidneys. The medical name for stones in the kidneys is nephrolithiasis. If the stones cause severe pain, this is known as renal colic.  Read More »

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