2:05 am. There's a little something going on in my left side towards my back. Kind of a spasm. It's probably because I ate something with gluten. Try to go back to sleep.
2:10 am. The pain is a little more intense. My intestines hurt like bowling balls going through them. It must be Covid-19 because the plumber came yesterday and I forgot to wear my mask. I take Arsenicum (homeopathic remedy) for digestive upset.
2:26 am. It frigin' hurts. Oh. OH. OOOOOOOOH!! "This is a kidney stone (yes, I've had them before)" I tell myself between panting like they teach you in childbirth classes. It's time to bring out all of the kidney stone home remedies, BECAUSE I HURT and am going to have to go to the hospital soon.
2:30 am. I drink a name brand soda that has phosphoric acid (skipping the asparagus for now), sip liquid Magnesium, drink a quart of water, swallow Chanca Piedra tincture, dissolve Berberis homeopath remedy tablets under my tongue and I'm STILL IN PAIN.
2:45 am. Writhing in pain, I discover that it is almost gone when I bend backwards. Yes, backwards! It also feels better when I push on it. So strange because it's never been like that before (eight or so episodes of passing stones over 38 years).
2:55 am. Brilliant idea - search the web for HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY, KIDNEY STONE, BETTER WHEN BENDING BACKWARDS. Eureka! Dioscorea/Wild Yam. Only trouble is - it's almost 3 am. Still panting while bending backwards and pushing on the pain, I search through all the homeopathic remedies only to come up empty. Wait, there are about 80 combination remedies that were discontinued that I bought and put on the top shelf just in case I might need one. Maybe one of them has Dioscorea. 67 bottles later, I find one for Colic that has it as one of seven ingredients. Ripping off the packaging and cap, I downed the appropriate dose ...........and nothing........ for about 2 minutes. And then, just as quickly as it came, it left.
3:10 am. The pain was started up again. OK, so take another dose. It worked in about 2 minutes.
3:30 am. A little pain. One last dose? Let's go for it.
3:45 am. Asleep.
When I woke up the next day, I found the article that led to my middle of the night treasure hunt. It was written by a famous New Zealand homeopath who quoted my personal family homeopathic physician for assisting in his own kidney stone relief with Dioscorea. The universe is so cool.
Three cheers for the internet, for people sharing their tribulations and of course for the universe.
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