I am a 53 yoa male, very obese, 5-9 360 lbs. About a year ago I spent two of the hottest weekends of the year painting the inside of the house. I was sweating profusly and drinking water throughout the day. The day we finished I treated myself to a lot of beer and Cheetos, and went to bed. I woke up very early the next morning with an upset stomach, vomited up the Cheetos and spent the next couple of hours on the toilet with an intense need to pee and poo, even after I had cleaned everything out. I had increasing pain in my abdomen which began to be centered more and more on my left side. The pain increased past the point of unbearable and my wife drove me to the ER, where they gave me a CAT scan. When I got up from the table the pain was gone, and they told me I had passed one stone and a second was still in my left Kidney. Fast forward to present day. I have been having pain in the same area off and on, nothing serious but enough to make me notice. Early this past Monday morning I woke up with the same nausea and pain as before, from a year ago when I had to go to the ER. It would come and go in waves or surges for about two hours, with nausea increasing. I was still able to keep water down so I drank as much as I could stand. Suddenly, the pain and nausea went away. There was a bit of pain left but it had gone from about a 7-8 to barely a 1. I thought I had passed the second stone and was free and clear, but later that day I went to the bathroom and saw fresh blood in my urine. I've been drinking lots of water and most of the time my urine is clear, but most afternoons it gets very dark and cloudy and tinged red, but no more fresh blood. The pain in my side has increased to about a 2 noticable but manageable most of the time. I guess the question(s) I have are, does this match anyone else's experiance and if so, how did it work out for you? How long can I expect it to take the stone to pass, or is it a 12 hours to two month spread? Is my stone stuck in one place or does the blood in my urine mean its slowly moving and just scraping the uretha as it works its way down? Do any of the home remedies for passing a kidney stone really work or are they, as I suspect, a load of crap? Also, I have no medical insurance or means to pay for add'l trips to the hospital, I still haven't paid for the last trip, so unless or until it becomes life threatening going to the Doctor is not feasible. Thanks for any tips.