I have had a large kidney stone that was first noticed about 7 years ago - at the time it was about 5mm. It has now grown to 11mm and is in the same location. However, about a year ago (stone was about 9mm), I started noticing blood in my urine. I went through some tests - had an ultrasound, CT, x-ray and blood work and the urologist I had at the time thought it was the stone causing the blood even though at the time, I didn't have any pain and it wasn't trying to pass. Now there is pain in my left flank - it doesn't happen all the time and I've been x-rayed again since last year to determine if the stone has moved and it has not. It has grown slightly larger - to 11mm.
I guess I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced anything like this? Is it really possible to have sporadic pain and blood in my urine from a kidney stone that hasn't moved at all? Will it damage my kidney long-term if I leave it be? My (ex) urologist really wanted to break up the stone which I understand isn't pleasant and doesn't always guarantee the same procedure won't need to be repeated. I refused since the stone wasn't (and still isn't) moving.