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So yesterday, I came back home from college to visit with my family for the weekend, and for the majority of the day, everything was going well. A few hours after I went to bed, I woke up with a sharp pain in the lower left portion of my back, to the point that I thought I was going to vomit. It was absolutely impossible to ignore, and when I explained it to my mom, she believed that it sounded like I might have had a kidney stone, so we went to the Emergency Room.
We got there around midnight or so, and by that point, the pain had escalated to a level that I can't describe. I was hyperventilating, shifting around the back of the car, but nothing would help. Needless to say, things were really busy around the ER, so after an hour or so, they took some blood, did a scan, etc. I'd say around 3:45 to 4 AM, I was finally called back. I know that many people have experienced far worse, but those 3 to 4 hours of extreme pain were absolutely unbearable. I kept feeling like I was going to vomit, I was sweating all over, and in general, freaking out. By then, I found out that I had a 2 mm kidney stone, They gave me some medication to sort of numb the urinary tract, and then gave me a small dose of morphine, which essentially did nothing. After the doctor had prescribed the medication they had already given me, as well as some pain medication, I had an I.V. put in, to help get some more fluids in me, after which they gave me a larger dose of morphine, which did nothing other than make me vomit on the way back to the car,I was sent back home with the medication to help pass the kidney stone.
I have to admit, the actual passing of the stone wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. The medication was really good, because I didn't even feel the stone, and I just kind of saw it in the strainer. As of now, I've only had mild pains in the same part of my back, but the pain medication they prescribed me has done a pretty good job of keeping it at bay.