On its own, a kidney stone attack is one of the most painful events described by patients. My female patients always declare that the pain from a kidney stone is worse than childbirth.
When a kidney stone drops and causes pain during pregnancy, it presents a unique challange. Care for patient must be balanced with preventing harm to the fetus or premature labor. Often, conservative treatment is successful in charaponing the patient through her pregnancy, and sometimes the patient will pass the stone even prior to delivery. Other times, intervention is required.
To read more on it, please visit my latest article in the online journal The Female Patient, Feburary 2010 edition at: