Appreciate comments on my case -
2 months back, had my first stone incident. Rushed to ER, where a CT scan was done. 3 stones were detected - one in ureter, and 2 in kidney. Doctor could not reach the stone so he ended up putting the stent and asked me to drink water (he predicted stones to be uric acid stones). Then I went for ultrasound every 10 days. 1st ultrasound said I have only 2 stones remaining. 2nd ultrasound said I had 1 stone of 6mm remaining. 3rd ultrasound said I had 1 stone of 8mm. Assuming ultrasound is not very accurate in getting the stone size - I assumed that it would be 7mm stone. All this while stent was inside my body. So basically, after 1 month of the incident, I had a 7mm stone left in my kidney, and stent was in in place.
Then I took some medication that supposedly breaks the stone (eastern medicine). I went for my KUB after 20 days of taking the medicine. KUB showed 3 stones with largest being 6mm. The other two were 5mm and 4mm. Now, I am confused as to what happened. Did the 7mm stone break, or ultrasound just did not detect the other 2 stones.
In any case, my doctor advised ESWL. We went for it in the hope that all the 3 buggers will be powdered in no time. Guess what, none of the stones could be crushed. The biggest one got 1500 shocks and could only be chipped a little. The other two were practically same size as before.
Now, my stent is removed, and I supposedly have 3 stones (2 months after the first episode). I passed some gravel (5-6 tiny pieces). After that nothing. I am planning to give those pieces for analysis. Not sure what these stones are made of, that ESWL could not shatter.
My doctor is too relaxed about this (and practically unapproachable to talk in details) and hence I am posting my story here in hope that someone may have experienced similar thing and might share what to expect next.