Self Help

Pain Relief

  • Soak in a hot bath, use a hot water bottle or heat pad. The heat is a good form of pain relief.
  • Keep busy, talk to people, use diversionary tactics. This may sound easier than it is to do but for long term or persistent pain this is a good habit to get into.
  • Keep drinking. This is a recurring theme. Although it may increase the pain in the short term, it will make the pain go quicker.
  • Go for a run, walk round the block or go swimming. Again, although you may not feel like doing this, if you are able it helps to relax the muscles and reduce the muscle spasms.

Some Suggestions For Moving Stones Quickly

With all stones it is important, before you make the decision to encourage the stone to move, to ensure that the stone is small enough to pass through your tubes and not to cause an obstruction. For stones that are too large to be passed naturally other forms of stone removal are probably best. Take advice from your doctor before trying any of these methods.

  • Get and use pain relief promptly. Don’t wait until it is really bad. The quicker you take the medication the more use it will be.
  • Stand on your head to move the stones from the bottom parts of your kidney (this may sound strange but this has been suggested to several people)
  • Keep drinking. This may be the last thing you want to do with renal colic, but it is the only way to keep those stones rolling.
  • Go for a run or walk round the block. Again, probably the last thing you want to do but it gets the muscles in that area moving.
  • Have a beer. Be careful that the stone isn’t too large but this one way many cystinurics expel the stones.
  • Drink Oolong Tea, the chinese tea you get in restaurants. It helps to clear out the system.

See also question 13 in the FAQ for more suggestions