HI. I'm new to this forum and just wanted to touch bases with anyone else out there. I'm excited to find this and see that I'm not alone in this fight. I'm 39 years old and have been battling these stones for over 7 years now. At first my doctors just told me i'm a chronic stone former, but just recently they have finally used the MSK term. Sounds sily, but having a name for it makes me feel a little better than just this unknown reason for forming so many stones. I've had 28 sugeries so far including so many lithotripies, and 2 Percutaneous nephrolithotomies, not to mention numerous stents. i hate stents! my last surgery was just this past Monday. I take allopurinol, urocit k, lisinopril with htcz daily to "prevent" the stones, but obviously they don't work. I'm supposed to be on a low oxylate diet, but trying to do research on what to eat and what not to eat is insane! every web page says something different. I stay away from anything green. but there is a quality of life issue and i cheat to have some chocolate every once in awhile. I only drink water and lemonade. I have recnetly figured out that eating grapes and apples "may" have made me pass more stones. usually i form stones very quickly and very big. I work full time and am fortunate that my company allows me the time i need for the surgeries and recovery afterwards. but i worry all the time how much longer they will be flexible with me before just deciding to let me go. I can't imagine going through this without health insurance. my medical bills already are overwhelming and the constant calls from collection agencies are almost as depressing as the daily pain. My husband loves me, but this is stressful on him as well. He has to sit and watch me go through the pain and the constant vomiting. I'm fortunate that my urologist is understanding and doesn't hesitate to prescribe me the necessary pain meds whenever i ask - but i hate taking them. and i haven't found one that really does the job. either they make me vomit constantly or they don't last very long. This is a very frustrating disease. some days all i want to do is give up and have my own pity party. other days i feel strong enough to accept this hand dealt to me and push through it. Either way, I'm glad to find this forum and know that i'm not alone in this. I hope to learn from you all and maybe pass along anything that i've learned through my experiences.