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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:17 PM

 

Passed a kidney stone this past week. spent a couple days in hospital .With insurnace

the most that little stay with multiple scans, x-rays and medicine will cost 200.00

I can not imagine what someone would do if they didn't have insurance. I am a tough old goat.can wait most anything out, but the better half decided it was time to go during one of my screaming jags. Funny, I really don't remember the screaming jag.

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Reply Passed a kidney stone this past week. spent a couple days in hospital .With insurnace (Original post)
sad-cafe Feb 2013 OP
longship Feb 2013 #1
sad-cafe Feb 2013 #6
longship Feb 2013 #10
sad-cafe Feb 2013 #12
LiberalLoner Feb 2013 #13
sad-cafe Feb 2013 #14
safeinOhio Feb 2013 #15
sad-cafe Feb 2013 #2
SirRevolutionary Feb 2013 #3
LiberalLoner Feb 2013 #4
flamingdem Feb 2013 #5
LiberalLoner Feb 2013 #7
sad-cafe Feb 2013 #8
Bonobo Feb 2013 #9
sad-cafe Feb 2013 #11
xmas74 Feb 2013 #16
Snarkoleptic Feb 2013 #17
1-Old-Man Feb 2013 #18

Response to sad-cafe (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:24 PM

1. I passed one last summer -- no insurance, no opiates.

It took two months. Must have been a small one. Treated pain with ibuprophen and potable liquid muscle relaxant. Bloody urine for two weeks and it finally passed.

It was my fifth kidney stone attack. Twice had to be surgically removed. One by lithotripsy; one by LASER.

I hate 'em.

Don't take vitamins, especially vitamin C, which promotes oxylate. Stay well hydrated.

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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:25 PM

6. good to know about the vitamins

 

thank you

Maybe the Better half will lay off the daily geritol

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Response to sad-cafe (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:31 PM

10. Your doc may put you on low oxylate diet.

No more spinach for you.

That is, if it was an oxylate stone. Many are.

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Response to longship (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:45 PM

12. oh well, I will have to "suffer" without spinach

 

have a follow up next week to discuss causes, effects and all that good stuff.

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Response to sad-cafe (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:49 PM

13. Also avoid nuts and rhubarb

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:51 PM

14. I love almonds

 

that will be hard.

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Response to sad-cafe (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:14 AM

15. Drink lots of lemon juice

google it

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Response to sad-cafe (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:24 PM

2. guess the point of the thread was the importance of having Insurance

 

a side note, the modern conveniences have really improved. Internet in your hospital room, 24 hour menu if you are cleared to eat, phone numbers of your nurse and not having to click the call button and wait till someone notices it. WOW times have changed for the better.

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Response to sad-cafe (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:24 PM

3. Sorry to hear that sad-cafe

Unfortunately, I can imagine what they'd do though. I had a kidney stone a few years ago, no insurance, and the vile thing would not pass. I opted not to spend the full 5 days in the hospital because of money, so instead I went home. The pain was so horrific, I ended up going back three times that week just for a few hours each until they decided to operate.

All said and done it was a 20k surprise. I was younger and didn't have enough money for insurance at the time.

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Response to sad-cafe (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:24 PM

4. Ouch those do hurt, passed a couple myself. Hope u r better now!

I'm thankful for access to healthcare right now too. Got mri's of the spine and brain scheduled, nerve conduction tests, spinal tap. Docs best guess right now is either CIDP or MS. Both costly chronic diseases to have. I'm having trouble walking at this point. I was thinking today, what if I had no healthcare? What if I were homeless?

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Response to sad-cafe (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:25 PM

5. How can I avoid gettng one of these?

Big deductible until 2014

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:26 PM

7. Stay very well hydrated and avoid foods with high oxolate levels

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:28 PM

8. I have no idea. I did not know that was what was happening to me

 

until some tests confirmed it. I just knew the pain was something I had never experienced before and it was a bit strong.

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Response to sad-cafe (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:29 PM

9. Yes, but you must have good insurance

Plenty of people, notably self-employed, are paying close to a thousand dollars per month for insurance with an annual deductible that would mean they pay alot more than you, I think.

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Response to Bonobo (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:44 PM

11. its pretty good

 

I'm retired but the Better half covers us both. I think 400 bucks a month

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Response to sad-cafe (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 07:40 AM

16. I didn't have insurance at the time.

It was very painful.

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Response to sad-cafe (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:20 AM

17. A friend of mine has kidney stone 1-2 time every year.

He's a pro at getting service in the ER. When he's in pain and not moving quickly enough through the system, he just rolls onto the waiting room floor and gets immediate attention.

When my dad had a bout a few years ago, they offered Bud Light in the hospital room to encourage him to push fluids. Prolly use Bud Light to discourage folks from faking it for beer.

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Response to sad-cafe (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:58 AM

18. I have cancer and am on my second set of chemo drugs, have been operated on, and eat pills like M&Ms

I am in the hospital once every 3 weeks for three days each session, I was operated on at the Cleveland Clinic about a year ago to remove a major tumor, I have a daily diet of pills that would choke a pigeon, and in the last two years I've spent a total of $30 for the medical care and another $100 out of pocket for the drugs. My total bills have come to about a half a million dollars so far but of course that is no indication of how much my insurances are actually paying.

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