Yup, I've got kidney stones. My urologist called last night with the results of my CT scan earlier this week. It appears that my issues (most likely) are not related to my bladder at all, but from stones in my kidneys. I'm relieved to know it's something fairly common and treatable.
I was pretty shocked by this news since I haven't had any pain. The post-exercise hematuria I mentioned in earlier posts has been the only tip-off that something’s amiss. From the stories I’ve heard about kidney stones, I thought I’d be in agonizing pain if I had them.
M’s first question was “Well what caused them, too much running?” I didn’t think to ask the doctor what may have caused them. I’ve heard a lot of women develop kidney stones while they’re pregnant, and assumed that was the reason.
My dad’s been pestering me to get checked out, so I called him next. He was also surprised by the news considering I’ve had no pain and don’t fit the risk criteria. He’s a doctor and said it’s probably dehydration that caused the kidney stones, although he’s not too familiar them (his specialty is far from the kidney). It would make sense that I started having problems at the end of a hot Georgia summer.
The hematuria is being caused by the stones bouncing around in my kidneys. So, while running in the heat and getting dehydrated may have helped the stones develop, if it weren’t for running I wouldn’t have known about the stones until they tried to pass. YIKES!
The urologist said it’s fine to keep running, I just need to drink a LOT of water. The stones are too large to be treated with medication, so I’m scheduled for a lithotripsy treatment next month. While I’m out, they’ll also do a cystoscope to check out my bladder one more time and insert a stent to help the fragments pass. Sounds awesome. Can't be worse than my HSG though. Hopefully one session is all I’ll need.
In the mean time runblondie will be chugging a lot of H20.
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