Finally Stone Free!
by Charlene Crosthwaite
After dealing with a 1.7 centimeter stone, a blockage, a stent, two lithotripsies, then another blockage and a third lithotripsy, I'm finally Stone Free!
I had a CT scan to check the renal oncocytoma that is located on my left kidney to see if it had changed in size over the last few months. I was thrilled to death to find there has been no change in the tumor. But the surprising thing was that no stone was there either.
Back in March I visited my urologist and was told that the 4 mm stone was still located in the lower pole of my kidney. I asked if it was small enough to pass without intervention and my urologist told me that I shouldn't have a problem after seeing the size stones I had passed in December.
Then about three weeks ago my side bothered me again, but not too badly and it felt like I might be getting a UTI (urinary tract infection). After a few days the slight burning stopped and the pain eased.
Since I hadn't been straining my urine, I had no way of knowing if anything passed. It was really mild compared to what I dealt with last summer.
Hopefully it is truly gone.
I continue to follow a low oxalate diet. Continue to consume plenty of water and lemonade (glass of water with about a quarter of a lemon squeezed into it and sugar substitute). I'm also sticking with the Theralith supplement that I slowly built up to four tablets per day.
If these things will keep me from making more stones and going through that agony again, I'm all for it! I've also added a bit more calcium to my diet by way of calcium rich food, especially cheese (my favorite is low fat string cheese).