Kidney Stents Forever

by Michelle
(Stockton)

I was forty three (43) years old when I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Cervical Cancer. So, I went through Chemo and Radiation followed by a Radical Hysterectomy.


Unbeknownst to me, radiation therapy causes kidney, bladder and ureter scarring. So seven (7) months after cancer I went into Acute Renal Failure. VERY, VERY PAINFUL. That's when my Oncologist sent me in for a PET scan, and there they found severe kidney damage and severe ureter scaring bilateral.

The left side is the absolute worst. I have stents on both sides, but THANKFULLY only the left one caused excruciating pain for about a month after they replace my stents. I go in every three (3) months and get new stents followed by a four (4) day hospital stay for pain management.

If you are experiencing a lot of pain you may want to ask your doctor to prescribe Norco 10 mg along with Soma 350mg. The Norco decreases the pain significantly and the Soma stops the kidney spasms.

My stents are placed long term on the left side because of the extent of scarring and stricture. The right kidney is functioning quite well and the doctor is considering removing the right stent. However, the left one stays until my kidney completely stops functioning.

So to all the unlucky people who may have to have a stent, good luck to you and I pray that your pain isn't as bad as mine. God Bless You All.

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Oct 09, 2019
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Stents forever too
by: merrytee

Like some of the others who have posted on here I too have bilateral stents as a result of tumours in my abdomen. They have been in place now for nearly 3 years and are changed roughly every 6 months. They are not pleasant and cause a variety of symptoms including side, back and flank pain, intermittent bleeding especially after exercise, incomplete urine extraction, additional frequency of passing urine to name but a few. I have also had changes in my bowel habits but no one seems sure whether this is stent related or not. I was so fed up of trying to deal with all this I demanded to see a urologist to discuss the long term prospects for living with a stent. I had already researched metal stents and the overall consensus suggests that they eliminate many of the symptoms that occur when metal stents are used. Anyhow, this consultant was sympathetic and is looking into funding so I’m quietly hopeful that things will improve. Here’s hoping!

Aug 25, 2019
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Stents Forever as well
by: Anonymous

I to have a stent in my right kidney. I had cervical cancer in 2002. Due to radiation, chemo and radiation implants twice, it caused severe scarring. Caused me to have Renal Failure 😥 I go in the hospital every 3-4 months to have the stent changed. I’ve been doing it now for at least 7 years! This makes it at least 28 changes that I’ve had, if not more! It’s far kept me from being on the Transplant List and off Dialysis.

By God’s Grace and mercy, I’m thankful to be alive! I’ve learned to endure the pain but God is Greater! Praying for everyone that had to endure the pain of Kidney failure.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Nov 21, 2016
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Permanent kidney stent
by: Anonymous

I have a kidney stent on my right side due to (I guess a tumor) the docs don't really tell me they have said your kidney isn't draining right might be a tumor. Might be? Now its true I do have stage 4 Cancer and am under treatment but no one has ever confirmed a tumor for the kidney issue. Anyway they just say to me you are probably going to need this stent forever.tomorrow I am seeing a new urologist about this but let me tell you I want this out! For someone living with cancer this stent has been THE WORST part of everything!I've always had discomfort and pain with it but about 2 months ago I started experiencing severe pain with it.so much so that I can hardly walk or do ANYTHING at all. I pee a lot have incontinence also but the pain is like hot sharp knives stabbing me in the groin! I feel very ignored by my doctors at this time they act as if I'm exaggerating my pain. They have taken away ALL my pain meds. There were only 2 meds. Oxycodone which worked well and morphine which doesn't work.they tell me I have to wait to see a pain management doc which is months away! I'm at my wits end with this pain because I cannot work do any cleaning or anything fun. Just sit in bed or suffer greatly.I don't even know how to get this across to the new urologist.they just don't listen.but to take away pain meds and let someone suffer should be illegal.any advice from someone with these stupid stents? Oh also I do take toviaz, but its a sample I can't get it approved thru insurance but at first it did help now it doesn't touch this pain. It is used for bladder spasms and has no pain relieving quality to it. Just hoping someone has any advice.

Nov 07, 2016
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Kidney Stent
by: Anonymous

Know exactly what your going through I have permanent Stent in my left kidney due to radiation from cervical cancer .mine are replaced every 3 months this is my 5th one. I am also waiting for the decision to remove mine it is at 15 percent now was 25 2 months ago. These Stent are very uncomfortable. Praying for you keep up the fight

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