Kidney Stone Pain Relief

Here you'll find some immediate kidney stone pain relief  tactics to take the edge off the pain while you, or someone who is writhing on the floor moaning "Mama", passing a kidney stone.

It may feel like you are dying and have been stabbed in the back with a switchblade, creating severe lower back pain and/or lower flank pain. But it may just be a tiny kidney stone making its way down your ureter on the way to your bladder.

The first thing I do to attack kidney stone pain is to take several Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin).  I'll leave the amount up to you, but during my last episode I popped six to eight 200mg tablets (1200-1600mg) Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) and started pacing the floor while drinking as much water as I could without vomiting.

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I asked my Dad, who has been a Nurse Anesthetist for 35 years, how much Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) would be a recommended dose and he said about four 200mg tablets (800mg) pills taken every eight hours.  Any more than that and there is a greater possibility of internal bleeding or other complications.

Ibuprofen is a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID).  I prefer Ibuprofen over Acetaminophen because of its anti-inflammatory qualities.  Technically, Acetaminophen is not a NSAID.

As the kidney stone travels down the ureter and is large enough to be felt, it causes the tissue on the inside of the ureter to become inflamed and therefore prolonging the passing of the kidney stone.

Here is where, in my mind, Ibuprofen is the preferred pain killer.

Acetaminophen Warning:

The FDA has released a warning regarding acetaminophen usage and possible liver damage:

Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States for treating pain and fever—in 2005, consumers purchased more than 28 billion doses of products containing acetaminophen, and the hydrocodone–acetaminophen combination product has been the most frequently prescribed drug since 1997. However, exceeding the maximum recommended dose of acetaminophen (4 grams per day) can cause serious liver injury—even death


Applying heat will also provide some pain relief.  Hop in a warm bath, hot tub or shower.  Wrap yourself in a heating pad or water bottle.

Like I said, I drink as much water as I can without vomiting.  I've experienced vomiting in about half of my kidney stone attacks.  Once the kidney stone is in the bladder, the pain is gone!  However, you may continue to feel some discomfort both in the lower back, due to an inflamed ureter along with the possibility of a urinary tract infection.

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