So, yesterday I started having pains "down there" and I assumed it was most likely a UTI. I've never had one before but what people have described was similar to what I was feeling. I called the Dr. and they told me to go for a urine analysis and if I felt like I needed meds to call the answering service over the weekend to get some.
I peed in the cup and went to class still feeling some discomfort. Results on Monday, great. When I got to class (with a gallon of cranberry juice) I started feeling a lot more uncomfortable. I was there for 2 1/2 hours and went to the bathroom at least 6 times. Still thinking it was a UTI, I figured I'd give it the night and call for meds in the morning if I needed to.
I went home and promptly fell asleep on the couch. I woke up, now with pain in my side, just a little, but still scary. I thought "great, I really have a kidney infection" but I still decided to wait until the next day to call the doctor.
Well, I woke up sometime after midnight with SEVERE pain in my left side. It felt like something was going to burst. I imagine that apendicitis would feel something like that, but it was the left side. I just thought that kidney infections suck, but I don't want to bother the doctor right now.
Well, 2 or 3 hours passed with me on the floor with cold sweats. The need to pee but not really the ability to pee. I couldn't lay down, stand up, or anything, it just hurt. I thought I was going to lose the baby - it was worse than the pain I felt with my miscarriage.
I called the doctor and they insisted it was most likely a UTI, that I should take some aspirin (yeah right) and they'd call in a prescription for antibiotics. About 10 minutes later I was puking in the bathroom. Figuring that was not a good sign, I called the doctor again and said I was going to the ER because something was wrong with me.
I couldn't wake M up, so I called my parents to drive me there. On the way, I laid down and started to feel better. When we got to the hospital, the pain was mostly gone. Great, they're going to think I'm a crazy pregnant lady with a UTI who was being big baby. I peed about 6 and a half drops into a cup and waited.
Apparently, I had passed a kidney stone. At least I'm not crazy. I was in severe pain and I wasn't being a baby. Luckily it only took a few hours to pass instead of a few days (I thank the half a gallon of cranberry juice for that). The doctor told me that many people think kidney stones are worse pain than child birth. I find that hard to believe (although I was screaming and crying on the floor in the bathroom), but we shall see.
Hopefully this is the last time I have to go through this!