The state of the art for stones has changed. For an attack, the best current treatment is not narcotic pain meds, but a drug called Toradol, given by injection (oral doesn't work). For most people, it works miraculously in about 15 min. The effect may be quite long lasting, as well, and a person may feel no more pain until it passes out of the body.
Toradol is related to ibuprofen, but is the only one that is injected. It is not as strong as narcotics, but it's potent anti-inflammatory effects appear to relax the ureter (the tube in which the stone is stuck). It is actually the spasm of the ureter that causes the pain.
For some, narcotics work poorly. For some, one works better than another, and it is unpredictable. However, for all, the narcotics wear off in a few hours, and the problem is not fixed.
The hot new thing the last few years for treatment after the initial pain is relieved, is Medical Expulsive Therapy, which is the use of drugs to assist the body in pushing the stone out.
Dean...All i know is if i were in anything close to the type of pain you are describing .. I'd get me some morphine.. f*#k it .. load me up and wake me up when it's over. Or maybe that Toradol that ken mention plus morphine.
Puking on the hospital floor, sniveling like a newborn babe, including the wailing.
After morphine (God bless poppies!), I apologized to the nurse for all my carrying on.
She said, "Nothing to apologize for. I've had three kids and one kidney stone. I would give birth to the three kids one after the other instead of having another kidney stone."
The level of pain is beyond description to those that have not experienced it. It's like you become pain itself.
The amazing thing about morphine (in my experience) is that it doesn't take the pain away. It's like you still know the pain is there. But in some weird way, it's no longer YOUR pain. It's like you can say, "There is pain," but it's not "attached" to you; like it's no longer troubling you. It's "distant." At least that's what the experience was like for me.
I hope you've gotten passed it by now! (lame pun intended)
Yes, and it was a little bitty tiny stone. I thought I was dying, I was curled up in the fetal position for a full 18 hours before it passed. Goes to show that there is a price to pay for habitually not drinking enough water.