I was diagnosed with kidney stones at age 33 (I'm not 35) and had 16 stones over 3mm in both kidneys. After ending up in the ER thinking I was dying, I was sent home with a diagnosis of prostatitis (looking back I had tell-tale kidney stone symptoms!). Imagine an ER doc telling you he has to check your prostate when you are in excruciating kidney stone pain! I ended up passing 2 stones within a week and have done many tests since then with no real answers or solutions other than "drink more water." I have passed 5 stones over the past 2 years and ended up in the ER again last week. CT showed a 6mm stone in the ureter and I had emergent cystoscopy with laser and basket removal of the stone. I also had a JJ stent placed for 8 days that ended up being horrible. I felt completely back to normal after the urologist removed it.
I still have 10 stones between 4-8mm split between both kidneys. He now wants to do lithotripsy to break up the larger stones. It seems there is controversy about long-term effects of lithotripsy & I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions or insight. Thanks very much for your comments.