it started days ago as a sharp pain on my lower left abdomen, i tried to ignore the pain until one time it woke me up from sleep. i had a medical consult last friday fom an internist from one of the local hospital near our place. she assessed my condition and took my medical history and i told her that i had kidney stones – she gave me anti-spasmodics to relieve the pain and requested blood work, urine and a k-u-b ultrasound. i have been on the same situation before years ago, so i already knew. when my lab results were done i checked it myself, my creatinine was normal and my ultrasound read like this:
the right kidney measures 10.4 x 4.6 cm with cortical thickness of 1.0 cm with non-shadowing echogenic focus at the mid cortex.
the left kidney measures 10.6 x 5.7 cm with cortical thickness of 1.6 cm with shadowing echogenicity at the upper 3rd measuring 0.3 cm.
no hydronephrosis noted.
impression : nephrocalcinosis, right. nephrolithiasis, left.
nephrocalcinosis is a disorder in which there is excess calcium deposited in the kidneys. nephrolithiasis on the other hand is the condition of having kidney stones.
i then consulted with a urologist, he prescribed me a number of medicines to take saying we do first the “conservative approach”. he also scheduled me for a ct scan (stonogram) just to make sure if more stones are present which were not visible in the ultrasound.
they say if you’re a stone former, it cannot be eradicated in your system. obviously, the not-so-friendly stones are back again to haunt me.