If any of you ladies and gentlemen had been thinking that your lives were not complete until you had experienced a kidney stone, I'm here to tell you that you should consider your lives complete *right now.* I thought I was pretty good with physical pain. I had my shoulder fixed (lots of stuff wrong with it) three or four years ago, and was back playing bass in two weeks. I had a back injury in my 20s that was pretty severe. And any number of years ago I had a big-incision hysterectomy - and only ibuprofen afterward, due to an IV failure and an aversion to narcotics. I got through it. I wasn't smiling, but I got through it. However. The pain from a hard 2.5mm object somewhere it shouldn't be is absolutely in another league. I had no idea anything could hurt like this. It is beastly. For the first time ever in a hospital, I gave an answer greater than "seven" when they asked me how the pain was. I said "eight" when they asked me the first time. They put .5mg Dilauded in my IV. Ten minutes later, the pain was a ten. Ten! They came in with more Dilauded. Ten minutes later, I couldn't feel my limbs. But at least the primary pain was better. It's slightly better right now, which is the reason I'm up and typing. That's been the pattern the last three days - this is the time of day that's almost ok, and about 3:00 in the morning it'll get horrible. This morning when it got horrible I tried to walk it off, then threw up my diluted Gatorade, then got my snoring husband out of bed and told him to drive me to the hospital for my emergency appendectomy. Fortunately, it's "only" a kidney stone. My appendix is fine. The ER doc says I probably have three more days of this before it passes, if I'm lucky. Turns out the little bugger is stuck somewhere. Meanwhile I'm in a spiral of pain, nausea, and constipation - can't take the primary pain meds without eating, can't keep anything down (even the anti-nausea drug), both the alternate pain drug and anti-nausea drug cause constipation, the anti-nausea drug causes a fierce headache... you get the idea. Ok, back to bed. But I'll pee in a strainer first, not that it'll catch anything. I can tell you nothing's moved yet.