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My Experience Getting Kidney Stone Treatment

This is an account of my journey from discovery of a kidney stone up through a lithotripsy procedure, and the issues I encountered dealing with doctors, clerical workers, health care facilities, and health insurance companies.

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In this post, I will cover my journey from the first appearance of a stone through getting a lithotripsy procedure.

 

Over the years I have passed 13 kidney stones and had 2 lithotripsy procedures.  It appears that I am genetically pre-disposed to kidney stones.  In addition I live in South Carolina which is in the "Kidney Stone Belt."   I do everything in my power to avoid getting kidney stones but they show up on a regular basis anyway.

 

After not having a bit of problem for over 5 years, in September of 2012 I came in from a long bicycle ride and noticed blood in my urine.  I immediately guessed that I was having another kidney stone.

 

I decided it was time to re-connect with my urologist, "Dr. V." (in the interest of avoiding litigation, I will not be using real names in this article.).  I made an appointment.

 

Since I'd been through this experience before and felt that I had a good relationship with my urologist, I didn't expect this occurrence to be any different than past interactions.  However, I was about to be introduced to the "new" health care, or what I am now moved to call, "medical issue management."

 

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Inflammation and the Kidneys (June 2014) Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients

Inflammation and the Kidneys (June 2014) Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients | Kidney Stones | Scoop.it
Inflammation and the Kidneys by Dr. Jenna C. Henderson** Townsend Letter, the Examiner of Alternative Medicine alternative medicine magazine articles are written by researchers, health practitioners and patients.
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Kidney Stones passed painlessly because of little-known herb | WholesomeOne

Kidney Stones passed painlessly because of little-known herb | WholesomeOne | Kidney Stones | Scoop.it
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A Look at the Causes of Kidney Stones - Health And Sport News

A Look at the Causes of Kidney Stones - Health And Sport News | Kidney Stones | Scoop.it
If you have kidney stones, it's good to know what caused them and how you can prevent them from coming back. There are several types of kidney stones, but the most common kind are calcium stones. We'll be discussing ...
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7 natural ways to prevent kidney stones | Natural Health 365

7 natural ways to prevent kidney stones | Natural Health 365 | Kidney Stones | Scoop.it
Does your doctor tell you how to prevent kidney stones? Discover 7 natural ways to maintain healthy kidney function and remain disease free.
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Faulty glands linked to kidney stones - Postnoon

Faulty glands linked to kidney stones - Postnoon | Kidney Stones | Scoop.it
Faulty glands linked to kidney stones Postnoon Washington: Excessive calcium levels, linked to formation of kidney stones, can be traced to the over activity of parathyroid glands (hyperparathyroidism), affecting women and the elderly, suggests a...
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Doctor Describes Kidney Stones Like Vince Neil's as 'Worse than ...

Doctor Describes Kidney Stones Like Vince Neil's as 'Worse than ... | Kidney Stones | Scoop.it
Following his successful surgery for the removal of the kidney stones that caused him to leave the stage on Sunday night (March 10) in Sydney, Australia,
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Kidney Stone Composition Linked to Insurance Status - Renal and Urology News

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Kidney Stone Composition Linked to Insurance Status.
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Kidney Stones Causes and Treatment Schemes | Doctor Tipster

Kidney Stones Causes and Treatment Schemes | Doctor Tipster | Kidney Stones | Scoop.it
Why kidney Stones occur and what are the treatment available?
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How to Prevent Kidney Stones Naturally

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There are a few strategies to help prevent kidney stones naturally; these aren’t necessarily the guidelines you’re going to hear from your nephrologist.
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Kidney Stones – How to Prevent Them?

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Kidney stones, or nephrolithiasis, are a very common kidney problem which is typically caused by poor diet, unhealthy way of living or hereditary reasons. The.
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Melamine Crockery can raise risk of Kidney Stones - Onlymyhealth

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According to a Taiwanese research, hot temperatures increase the amount of melamine we are exposed to, increasing the risk of kidney stones.
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Vitamin C in High Doses Related to Kidney Stone Formation in Men - Forbes

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Three-dimensional reconstructed CT scan image of a ureteral stent (left kidney, indicated by yellow arrow) in a 26-year-old male.
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Lithotripsy

About my lithotripsy procedure.

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I had a lithotripsy on April 4, 2013.  I have still not passed any stone fragments.

 

 

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Risk Factors For Kidney Stones « CBS Philly

Risk Factors For Kidney Stones « CBS Philly | Kidney Stones | Scoop.it
The risk of kidney stones is 10-15 percent in the United State - and some people are at greater risk than others.
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Complications From Kidney Stone Surgery Rising, Study Finds - Philly.com

Complications From Kidney Stone Surgery Rising, Study Finds
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The procedure -- called percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) -- involves making a small incision in the back and using a hollow scope to remove medium to large kidney stones.
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