Having a kidney stone may be an excruciating experience. If you have never had one, but have seen one that someone has passed, you probably are wondering what all the fuss is about for something so small. All you should do is pray that you never have to get to the experience of passing one as it is more agonizing that you are able to imagine. If you find yourself developing one, here are a couple of kidney stones therapy options to explore.
Pain medicine: When the stone is less than 5mm, your doctor will probably issue you pain medication to enjoy this period. During the process, make certain that you are drinking tons of fluids as the another thing that you don’t need to do is dehydrate as it will only make matters worse.
Alpha-blockers: When the process slows, a physician will sometimes prescribe Alpha blocker to accelerate the entire procedure. They will relax your muscular tissue which should provide the stone to pass a little easier.
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy: If the stone is too big to pass on its own, physicians will generally perform ESWL. This will literally send shock waves to the stone in the hopes of breaking it up into smaller pieces to be passed on its own. If it is productive, the broken pieces could then be passed in the urination stream.
Ureteroscopy: When the stone cannot pass on its own or ends up getting stuck, the doctors will use a scope that is inserted through the urinary tract to break it up and then leave a tube in its places to make the passing of the stone easier. It will leave more room and hopefully result in a less painful passing.
Surgery: This is the final resort and a thing that is only done if all else fails. Your doctor will more than likely have tried every other alternative at this point, with no success. Surgery is always something to be taken very seriously no matter how routine the procedure is and this is why this is the absolute last option to pursue.