Kidney stone and no insurance...What can I do?
May 8, 2013 6:28 PM Subscribe
I don't have insurance and I seem to have collected a kidney stone. Already seen a doctor, but what more should I do?
posted by zinful to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm just going to start out by saying that I'm scared witless.
Started out with pain yesterday afternoon that kept me awake practically all night. It got so excruciating by this morning that, after driving to work and cancelling my classes, I took my rolling, crying self to a critical care clinic because I know they're cheap. The doc shoved around on my stomach and back and checked my urine...turns out that I had blood in my sample and am presenting as a kidney stone patient. They don't have scanning machines or ultrasounds there, so he gave me anti nausea meds, Percocet and something to encourage urination, with the admonishion to go to the hospital tomorrow if the Percocet doesn't do much. Basically, supposed to wait and see whether I pass it, and if that doesn't look like its happening, hospital up.
I do not have any insurance at all. I'm in the US, 30 years old, a lady, drink too much coffee and smoke cigarettes but exercise semi regularly and eat well. I can't afford all the fancy scans--I barely afforded my scripts today. I'm trying to make the Percocet last longer by also smoking marijuana (it's ok, I live in WA state), but I know it's going to run out before I want it to nonetheless. I have 18 more pills left.
The doc couldn't give much information as to when this will be over. Basically, a couple days to a week, and I swear I'll die if this takes a week. We have no idea how large it is and whether it'll actually pass at all. So, I have a couple of questions:
Should I be running head first into the debt of going to a hospital anyhow? I feel like I must be sorta ok if a doctor felt comfortable sending me home with some pills and orders to drink water, but I'm spooked anyhow. He said that I needed to hospital-up if I stopped peeing, but still felt as if needed to, and/or if the pain increases (I can't imagine that pain being worse than it was, so ok sounds reasonable).
If it turns out I am physiologically able to "flush it out", will that part hurt worse than it has thus far? I can manage the kidney pain with the medicine, but I'm afraid of the pain being worse right before it gets better, and running to the hospital (($$$$$)) just to expell it into their toilet instead of my own.
Should I be smoking pot? Will that make it worse somehow? I'm scared and angry about the no insurance thing, since it functionally means I lack access to the contempory method of treatment. Would bassy loud music placed against my torso help, or is it not vib-ey enough? How about a Hitachi Magic Wand? I'm desperate here, and admittedly a little loopy. I hate pain, and this is really scary.