How I Cope With Kidney Stent

I have a kidney stent that was inserted one (1) week ago and will have it removed at the end of two weeks.


It is slightly uncomfortable but I manage the pain through drinking 2 quarts of water a day.

Drinking water really helps but it keeps you looking for a bathroom. The urge hits without warning.

I also try to walk daily, about 3/4 or 1 mile.

I have no pain when I walk. I'm walking to avoid blood clots. I walk at a comfortable pace. Presently because of the cold snowy weather I walk on the treadmill.

I also spend a lot of time reading for pleasure.

We can get through this; it's like having a very small pebble in the shoe... Mind-over-matter.

Good luck! I will tell you about the removal of the stent later.

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Feb 26, 2014
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by: CCrosthwaite

It does get better as time goes by when dealing with a kidney stent. They are uncomfortable, but you can live with them.
My stent was inserted in June 2013 and removed in September 2013. Still there are times that it's very difficult to wait when the urge to go hits. Hopefully, that will get better with time. I was fortunate not to have another inserted with the last lithotripsy last November, but wondered if it would have been easier when passing the large pieces. With the help of my urologist and his nurse, along with pain killers, we all got through it. I was drinking about 90 ounces of water daily, it seemed to help a lot.
I too was walking right up until the time of the third lithotripsy and then had some other health issues and personal problems to deal with. Hope to get on track over the next few weeks...we'll see. Still drinking lots of water and green tea.
Good luck with the stent removal. It's not nearly as bad as some say and is very quickly removed. You'll want to take it easy for a few days after as you will probably be passing fragments if kidney stones were your issue, but even if they aren't, taking it easy and listening to what your body tells you is a good idea as you might be a bit sore for a few days afterward.

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