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Whispers
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Hi Guys, I had an awful night with hubby last night. About a week ago, he had blood in his urine, and he thought nothing of it, as it went after a day and he looked it up on the net, and read that it was fairly common and nothing to worry about.

Last night, he was in excruciating pain for an hour and a half, and I phoned NHS direct for advice. He'd been sick twice, had chills and was so pale and clammy, and was in tears over the pain. I knew it was bad when I saw him crying as my hubby 'never' cries. Once the Nurse phoned back and spoke to him over the phone, she diagnosed Kidney stones. He has been advised to drink plenty of water till it comes out and to take paracetamol for the pain, and also to go to the doctors and be referred for an X-ray.

It was mentioned else where by someone to hubby, that drinking Lemon Barley water can help to break the stones down, so they pass through easily. Does anyone know if this is true?

Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Margo.

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Amber Lady
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I'm sorry but I don't see how a nurse can diagnose kidney stones over the telephone, these symptoms could apply to several conditions and he really needs to get checked out, in person, by a doctor ASAP.

If it were my partner I'd be taking him to A&E.

With love,
Amber

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Whispers
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Hi Amber Lady,

Yes you're right it could be anything, but the Nurse spoke directly to hubby and was asking him a lot of questions. Seeing as hubby had every symptom of Kidney stones, (we've researched it on the net since) we are confident the Nurse's prediction is right. The pain stopped after an hour and a half last night, and the pain hasn't returned since. Hubby is up and about and it's hard to believe he was in pain last night, as he's back to his normal self. I phoned NHS direct as hubby refused the ambulance last night, 3 times I went to phone them and each time he told (begged) me not to. But he agrees if the pain had gone on for any longer he would have asked me to. NHS direct were fantastic, and we're so grateful for their help.

He goes to the Doctors tomorrow, and will talk it over with him, and ask to have an X-ray at the hospital.

Thanks for replying.

Margo.

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caringsoul
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Sounds like kidney stones. When he had blood in his urine he may have passed a small stone.

He will probably have a ultrasound, that will show one up.

I had a kidney stone 18 yrs ago and had lithotripsy, which shatters the stone into gravel and you drink plenty of fluids after that to flush it all out. All I had after that was a bruise on the area that was targetted. It all was no big deal and was home the next day. These days it maybe a day job.

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ChrisRams
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Kidneys and lemon barley water

To answer the question in your original question.

My father had a kick in his kidneys when he was aged 14, and he lost 10 months off school. For about 7 of those months he was confined to bed and drinking nothing but lemon barley water (which couldn't be Robinsons but made by steeping barley in water and adding lemon juice). This was the 1930s.

Anyway, he reckons that was because he had to drink so much water that his body was rebelling against it, and he had to have some nutrients hence the lemon barley water. He lost loads of weight of course!

I have kidney stones - the last one was 7 years ago, and to be honest I wouldn't wish the pain on my worst enemy. Worse pain than any of my miscarriages. Now your husband may be lucky and never get another one, I do hope so. Whatever the case, make sure he gets to hospital and gets it checked out. Good luck!

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My nephew was recently diagnosed as having a kidney stone but it was in the outer part of the kidney so it can't be treated with a laser. He's just been back to hospital and where the stone was is now just a shadow. It seems a recent sports massage has moved the stone! He's now got to have another x-ray to find out where it's moved to!!

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Whispers
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Thank you all for your replies. Hubby went to the doctors and had a urine test which showed blood in his urine. The doctor has referred him for a blood test and an ultra sound scan at the hospital.

We've read that it runs in families, and my hubby's dad had 36 stones removed during an operation years ago. Hubby's hoping he has just the one!

I really feel for you guys who have suffered with it, seeing hubby like that was awful.

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Reikiangel
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My sympathies to your poor husband. Mine had this problem a few months ago and was in agony until they gave him morphine at the hospital. The diagnosis was that he had passed a kidney stone and when he went for a scan a few weeks ago they told him he was clear, much to his relief as he never wanted to go through that pain again.
Unfortunately, on our first day in Spain last week he had all the symptoms come back which got worse during the day. Luckily we were staying with friends who leapt into action and phoned a friend down the valley who spoke more fluent Spanish than they did and asked them to meet us at the Doctor's clinic in the nearest town.
He was met at the door,taken straight into a treatment room where the doctor was waiting. He was examined, diagnosed with a kidney stone being passed, injected for the pain, vomiting and inflammation and two prescriptions(one for morphine and one for strong pain killers) and we were out again within half an hour. We could not fault the treatment,the cleanliness of the clinic and the care of the Spanish doctor and his nurse. The next day my husband was almost back to normal, although feeling a bit tender!
It seems he will have to be referred to a specialist now as this may have become an on-going problem, like your husband.

I wish him well

Love and light

reikiangel

xxx

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