Woman in agony after she passes 63 kidney stones - KCTV5

Woman in agony after she passes 63 kidney stones while hospitalized

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MERRIAM, KS (KCTV) -

Anyone who's ever had a kidney stone knows how painful that can be, but one Kansas City area woman knows that pain very, very well.

Sarah Calderon used to indulge in foods like beer and wings on occasion, but she's now adjusting to a new lunchtime routine.

"I have my vegan cheese that has protein in it," she said.

Instead of a menu of options, she's now ruled by a list of restrictions and foods she can't have any more.

It's all because of her body's tendency to make the small, but unreasonably painful kidney stones.

"This is a big one," she said as she held one of the stones in the palm of her hand.

The one she held in her hand was too big for Calderon to pass, so she had to have it surgically removed at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She said her largest kidney stone was eight millimeters big.

But she said things got really bad last week when doctors had to remove a stent they were using to keep her passages open because it developed a blockage.

"He pulled the stent and it felt like I had five kids because, what he didn't know, is there were five calcified kidney stones that had formed to the stint," Calderon said.

And Calderon said removing the stent essentially opened the flood gates. By her count, she said she passed 63 stones over the next three days in the hospital.

"It's just one after another, after another, after another, and I was just holding on to my hospital chair like 'oh my gosh,'" she said.

It's hard to say if some of the stones she passed were broken pieces, or separate stones each, but the effect was obvious.

"There's nothing that compares to this, absolutely nothing, this is the most painful thing," Calderon said of her experience.

So she's switched to an all-vegan diet to keep from developing calcium deposits. She hopes the diet change will be enough and she won't lose a kidney.

Now she's warning others while holding on to her physical proof, a reminder of just how bad it can get.

"Everyone get checked up," Calderon said. "A lot of people have kidney stones that don't even know they have them."

Calderon's doctor said that dehydration, especially in extreme heat weather, can be a big cause of kidney stones.

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