Out of the Blue

I woke up last night with a sharp pain in my abdomen, which I would describe as agonizing, which says a lot, as I am freakishly stoical about pain. A quick look at the Wikipedia reassured me this was not appendicitis, as I was missing many symptoms, not to mention the pain was on my left side. It took almost an hour to go away, and it probably wouldn't have been much longer before I gave in and went to the emergency room. I'm still fine now, and my best guess is that I may have been suffering with a kidney stone. I'll probably see my doctor about this Monday, which I can deal with: I am just happy this didn't require that trip to the emergency room, as I have a tremendous aversion to hospitals.

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Jun 19, 2011, 12:34
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2011, 12:34
Jun 19, 2011, 12:34
 
You get through it and do what you can. Been fighting them all my life. Been fighting the fighting to try to get a job with benefits so that if they occur again, I can (hopefully) be saved from bankruptcy. So far, the doctors have been really nice, waving fees and doing what they could for me. I've cut every expense possible (even buying video games and meat) to attempt to stay afloat.

I have a few video games left in the meantime I've just started - Metro 2033, Fallout New Vegas, Assassin's Creed I. Not like any of the $50 games out now are worth it.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 19, 2011, 11:43
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2011, 11:43
Jun 19, 2011, 11:43
 
Clarification - obviously not "nothing" as it was actual pain for a while, but prob nothing big I'm thinking. Hope it works out.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 19, 2011, 11:40
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2011, 11:40
Jun 19, 2011, 11:40
 
jimnms wrote on Jun 19, 2011, 05:25:
You know you're getting old when a gaming site you've visited for years (decades?) is discussing gas, kidney stones, pains and ills instead of games.

We don't discuss games here, we just complain about them and the people who make them, then do some industry analysis using abbreviations like "IP".

As for the pain, sounds like gas buildup, especially since it came and went. Constant pain is something you should check out, one hour pain is nothing.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 19, 2011, 09:52
Fion
 
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Jun 19, 2011, 09:52
 Fion
 
I 'passed' several gallstones in my early 20's, easily the most painful experience of my life. The pain was more toward the diaphragm and lasted hours and hours. The last one left me nearly unable to breath the pain was so bad. I eventually saw a doctor and a quick x-ray confirmed it and he gave me some pills to dissolve the rest of them. I hope I never experience it again.

So blue I know how you felt. You should be thankful you managed to sleep through a lot of it.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 19, 2011, 08:34
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2011, 08:34
Jun 19, 2011, 08:34
 
Haven't you complained about stomach acid problems / reflux isues before? If I am remembering that correctly I'm betting a gallbladder issue -- two people I knew well had issues in that area. Best wishes on getting a resolution.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 19, 2011, 05:25
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2011, 05:25
Jun 19, 2011, 05:25
 
You know you're getting old when a gaming site you've visited for years (decades?) is discussing gas, kidney stones, pains and ills instead of games.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 19, 2011, 03:31
Cutter
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2011, 03:31
Jun 19, 2011, 03:31
 Cutter
 
Remember when Al Sweargen had to pass one the hard way? OUCH!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 19, 2011, 01:55
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2011, 01:55
Jun 19, 2011, 01:55
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kanniballl wrote on Jun 19, 2011, 01:02:
Kidney stones suck. I've had 3, on my left side. My dad has had a bunch, and a bunch of relatives on my dads side have them chronically (his brother, his nephew, his father, etc).

My pains were always on my lower left back, but I guess side or maybe even the front are possible.

And if the stones starts moving on it's own the pain can migrate to a lower and more central area on "its way out."

They are not fun.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 19, 2011, 01:02
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2011, 01:02
Jun 19, 2011, 01:02
 
Kidney stones suck. I've had 3, on my left side. My dad has had a bunch, and a bunch of relatives on my dads side have them chronically (his brother, his nephew, his father, etc).

My pains were always on my lower left back, but I guess side or maybe even the front are possible.

And if the stones starts moving on it's own the pain can migrate to a lower and more central area on "its way out."

They are not fun.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 19, 2011, 00:40
nin
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2011, 00:40
Jun 19, 2011, 00:40
 nin
 

I'm passing a kidney stone right now. After 15 or so, you get used to them. (My largest was 9.7mm, unpassable though. $27,000 in doctor bills [no insurance]).


You know, when I read that, all I could think of was "Damn, I should be thankful".

I feel really bad for you right now...hope everything goes ok.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 19, 2011, 00:31
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Jun 19, 2011, 00:31
 
ExitWound wrote on Jun 18, 2011, 23:39:
I'm passing a kidney stone right now.

No pun intended there by your alias!? heh....
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 18, 2011, 23:39
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 18, 2011, 23:39
Jun 18, 2011, 23:39
 
I'm passing a kidney stone right now. After 15 or so, you get used to them. (My largest was 9.7mm, unpassable though. $27,000 in doctor bills [no insurance]). Pains can be in the back, in the front, both, or other places. The pain will come and go as the stone blocks urine flow out of the kidney. If the stone is irregularly shaped, and allows drip past it, you may not feel ANY pain. And despite what people may think, actually passing it out is painless. Good luck if it is!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 18, 2011, 23:13
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 18, 2011, 23:13
Jun 18, 2011, 23:13
 
I had my appendix out years ago as a lad, but I must say, sometimes certain foods will give me a bout of gas pains/intestinal pains that is worse than when I had my appendix out. So bad to the point of being in a fetal position - there is no worse pain I have experienced - and I had slipped discs in my back.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 18, 2011, 22:30
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 18, 2011, 22:30
Jun 18, 2011, 22:30
 
I prescribe booze - it helps with all common types of stone. Emma, Joss and Flint are all far easier to live with after a large dose of alcymahol. I dare say Kidney will be too.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 18, 2011, 21:54
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 18, 2011, 21:54
Jun 18, 2011, 21:54
 
Wow, so Blue isn't having problems with his teeth anymore?

I swear to Christ, he is one unhealthy mother fucker.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 18, 2011, 21:48
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Jun 18, 2011, 21:48
 
nin wrote on Jun 18, 2011, 20:38:
Hoop wrote on Jun 18, 2011, 20:31:
It's quite common for these things to be just gas.

I've found, in the last few years, I've had more chest pain associated with gas. Thankfully it passes, but it can be a bit uncomfortable.

I went to hospital with what I thought was appendicitis, Doc said na go home & it will "pass", I still get uncomfortable when Gandalf yells "you shall not PASS!"

Of course admitting this will make heroes of us all to our fellow gamers.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 18, 2011, 20:38
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Jun 18, 2011, 20:38
 nin
 
Hoop wrote on Jun 18, 2011, 20:31:
It's quite common for these things to be just gas.

I've found, in the last few years, I've had more chest pain associated with gas. Thankfully it passes, but it can be a bit uncomfortable.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 18, 2011, 20:31
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Jun 18, 2011, 20:31
 
It's quite common for these things to be just gas.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 18, 2011, 19:22
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Jun 18, 2011, 19:22
 
It could be a tumor?
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Jun 18, 2011, 16:28
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Jun 18, 2011, 16:28
 
Dirwulf wrote on Jun 18, 2011, 16:03:
For your sake, I hope its not a kidney stone. Because if you have to pass it...and you thought you were in pain before...

ive heard modern tech has ways of breaking them up first so its easier than it used to be, not sure about it tho
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