But one stuck in the bladder causes a lot of pain! The first question I always get when I mention I have a kidney stone and that I have a history of them is "Is it worse than childbirth?". I always want to laugh. I have pretty much lost count of the number of stones I have passed in the past couple of years. When pregnant, I apparently am very subject to them and now I have the experience of getting one while not pregnant. It is not fun. This is the longest I have ever had to deal with one and I have had it. I am tired of feeling bad and not being able to do the things I am used to doing. After 2 1/2 weeks of travel, the stupid thing has settled in my bladder and is now stuck. I am trying awfully hard to pass it here at home as I have NO desire to go to the doctor's office or the hospital. But, if it hasn't passed by tomorrow, I might be left with little choice. The pain is awful and I'm not sure how much more I can take of it.
So, to answer the question, "Is It worse than childbirth?" Yes, yes it is. And coming from someone who has had them DURING childbirth, I feel that I am experienced enough to answer that question. At least with childbirth, you can have an epidural and at the end you get a cute little baby to take home. On the other hand, with a stone, no one spits up on you and there are no diapers to change. Hmmm....Nope, stone's still worse.