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My husband had lithotripsy done 2 weeks ago for a large kidney

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My husband had lithotripsy done 2 weeks ago for a large kidney stone and has had persistent lower abdominal and back pain since then which is getting worse. He has lost his appetite and just feels awful in general. I'm at a loss as to what might be going on. We did call the urologist (after the 1st week) and he said it was normal and would go away.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 6 years ago.


Thanks for your question.

i understand your concern.

The pain he is experiencing is likely from small pieces of stone passing through the ureter.

sometimes the small stone piece may get stuck at PUJ junction ( this is a junction between pelvis & ureter). This can result in severe back pain & lower abdominal pain.

He should drink plenty of fluids.

Medication tamsulosin ( Flomax) is also helpful in passing the stones by dilating the ureter.

narcotic pain meds may also be used to control the acute pain episodes.

This pain usually subsides within 3-4 weeks.

But, if persistent pain in spite of above measures, he requires another urological evaluation.

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