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Urinary Disorders

Kidney Stones and Spasms



I was diagnosed with stones on both sides and have passed stones previously. This time pain is in the right hip area/back. The pain is manageable with pain medication when I am up but at night I can only sleep for a couple of hours before I am hit with horrible kidney spasms. The MRI in the emergency room did not show I was passing any but this has been going on for ten days. Does this sound normal/typical? I have no medical insurance for further testing.


R. Bruce Bracken

Urologists allow ureteral stones small enough to pass to do so provided the patient has neither sepsis (severe infection that gets into the blood) or pain that the patient cannot tolerate. Even though you do not have insurance, it sounds as if it is time to get these stones out! There should be a hospital in your area that could help you if you do not have insurance.

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Response by:

R Bruce  Bracken, MD R Bruce Bracken, MD
Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati

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