Everything you need to know as a new stone former in 8 minutes from Yahoo’s David Pogue

Being a new kidney stone former can be a frightening and confusing experience. Even if you manage to get medical care promptly, you may be left with a number of unanswered questions: What are your options for treatment? What should you expect during and after treatment? How you can prevent a stone from ever forming again?

Looking online it can be hard to find a trusted answer and while your urologist may provide you medically reliable information, let’s face it – not all doctors are great at translating medical information into something that’s easy to understand as a patient.

To help new stone formers in need, David Pogue, a noted technology news reporter from Yahoo, and himself a KidneyStoner, recently created a “user’s guide” for new kidney stone patients. He says he wrote it because when he was a new stone former, he wished he had an article just like it he could read. You’ll learn everything you need to know as a newbie in his 8 minute video. You can find it below.

We think it’s great. Accurate, easy to understand, and entertaining at the same time. Also, if you watch to the end you’ll see a small shout out to the KidneyStoners community. When you’re done with the video, you can read more in his full “Your kidney stone: A user’s guide” post.

David Pogue's Kidney Stone Video


About Dr. Mike Nguyen

Mike M Nguyen, MD, MPH, is a urologist and an Associate Professor of Clinical Urology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, CA. He specializes in the treatment of kidney stones with both surgery and dietary prevention and the in the treatment of kidney and prostate cancer using the latest robotic surgical approaches. He sees patients at clinics located in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and La Canada, CA. He is the founder of the www.KidneyStoners.org website.
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11 Responses to Everything you need to know as a new stone former in 8 minutes from Yahoo’s David Pogue

  1. Ruiz says:

    Im a stoner for the first time. I found your article very informative. Thank you for your sharing your insights on this painful experience,

  2. George says:

    Is it normal for a Nephrostube to be installed 1 week prior to PNL surgery? i thought it was done on the day of the surgery and maybe left on 1-2 days after? Ureterscopy was tried one month ago on my Mother but it failed to remove stone, it was too large. PNL will be tried now in one week.

  3. JoAnne says:

    I was in terrible pain. Couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, all the things mentioned. I finally called a nurse line, and she told me to go to the ER. They thought I had diverticulitis until they did a scan and saw the 6mm stone, which was stuck in my ureter. They called the urologist, who put in a stent and put me on morphine (yeah, pain was that bad), and some other med I don’t even remember. I was only in the hospital overnight (Of course, it was a weekend!). I went home, drank a lot of lemonade, and water. I am having lithotripsy on the 19th (and I guess the stent out too?), and I asked the urologist to get rid of the other stones (in the other kidney) before they cause the same problem. I have to wait until the first one comes out or I will go into renal failure. Can’t have that! I NEVER want this to happen again. Don’t know what happened.

  4. I’m having another kidney stone surgery I have a stent it’s the
    Most painful thing without
    My pain medication I would not survive

  5. “Killer Kidney Stones” article by Health Journalist, Maria Dorfner https://wordpress.com/post/mariadorfner.wordpress.com/8204

  6. Steve-O says:

    I have had a bunch of these laser ureteroscopy procedures, for stones ranging 4mm to 12 mm.

    The pain of the blockage was terrible, and having a stent in was also horrible. Both intolerable, had to use pain medication. Once the stent finally came out after about a week, no more pain medication was needed.

  7. Sara says:

    Hi –

    I’m looking to hear from someone who has had a kidney stone attack WITH blockage and subsequent emergency surgery with stent AND also elected to have a stone removed via ureteroscopy and laser. Meaning you’ve had an emergency surgery and then formed another kidney stone and elected to have it removed to avoid a future blockage and attack.

    I have a 7mm stone in my kidney – currently non-obstructing however it HAS given me pain. I have consulted with a leading expert in stones at Columbia Presbyterian and even though non-obstructing stones do not bother many people, the location of mine does indeed make it possible. And I had all the telltale discomfort.

    I don’t want to go through that again nor do I want it to become blocked. As I’ve read how excruciating that is. So I am going to elect to have it removed and I will have the dreaded stent. He’s told me about the drugs he will give me to keep me as comfortable as possible. Alphablockers (such as Detrol, I think that was it), NSAIDs, painkillers. He said it’s a matter of deciding whether to wait for the pain to hit me – and I worry about traveling etc and when it will happen. Or deciding to plan the procedure and being prepared to deal with the pain. He also said reactions to stents vary and it is impossible to know how I will feel.

    I’m just wondering if I will encounter the same degree of horrible pain others do with an actual kidney stone attack and blockage if I have this thing lasered out of me with a stent.

    Lastly I am NOT a candidate for shockwave. Due to the density of my stone – it is hard, and the chances of the entire stone being broken up and cleared is far less likely vs. the laser which is like 99%.

    I’m quite nervous.


    Read more: http://www.healthboards.com/boards/kidney-disorders/1031456-electing-have-kidney-stone-removed-advice.html#ixzz4aGx6LLxG

  8. LA says:

    Question for folks who’ve been through this….

    I am a female, I’ve passed several stones recently (SO not fun). I feel like I’ve gone past the worst of it but I have pain/burning when urinating. No back/side/abdominal pain. Just burning pain when urinating.

    Based on your experience, could this be just irritation from the stones or could there be one of those stinker stuck right at the opening?

  9. Denniscamarao144@yahoo.com says:

    I liked that video of 8 minutes on kidney. Simple and informational.

  10. scott says:

    Im having a lithotripsy procedure done next week. my stone is 15MM in left. kidney. its not in ureter yet so dr. said because its less than 2cm he could break it up and not need stent which im terrified of hearing stories of stents.im having pain on left side back area. is that possible if its not in ureter yet. will this work and be able to pass the dust easy once its blasted>

  11. mandy age 19 yr says:

    kidney stone 4.5 mm

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