That is insane! Where are you? The US? Here in the UK I give the Drs my stones and they couldn't care less. Also like you sometimes the stones are so small it's impossible to catch them. I only know I've passed them because the pain eases.
You must have rights, if you've been diagnosed then your body must have already 'proved' that you have msk. Sho on earth would want to pretend they were this ill? X x x
Julie it is possible that your chronic pain is not actually caused by passing stones...
for many of us with MSK we have chronic pain even when there are no stones showing in the ureters or when there is no infection on the urine tests or cultures. You will find all the info explaining these issues and possible treatment options here. I just want you to know I have talked to 100's of patients just like you from around the world. Read through the posts here and the healthpages and I think you will find your story written over and over in these pages. OK, we may all very in age, economic status, number of children, single or married, race or male and female but the symptoms are the same over and over and over.
Please, get a drink of water, put your feet up and read through the pages here....
go to the healthpages on the top right hand side of this page. Then send me a private message and I will e-mail you some pdf articles to help you understand some of the issues.
If you live in the US, I have unlimted long distance so I would be glad to call and talk to you...
to explain what can seem hard at first and hopefully help to equip you to give your doctor the tools and resources he needs to be able to silence the scorners in his group that do not understand or believe you. Keep in mind doctors are held to a very strick scrutiny when it comes to pain meds. They also tell us what they are taught in mediccal school etc. about MSK etc. in honestly most just don't know. However since we have joined together and share info and resources I hear more and more doctor's treating patients and more patients getting some of their quality of life back!
Welcome and hang on!
Talk to you soon!