Re: kidney stone story
I've been processing a kidney stone about every six months for the past three or four years. The first was by far the worst, but the last one was pretty bad, too.
I have had worse pain, though. I was in a car wreck many years ago, and some time later discovered that I had torn a hole in my diaphragm. My colon apparently wanted to go exploring and tried to move up, through the small hole, into my chest cavity. It managed to partly make it.
The pain was close, but the stones haven't been quite as bad as that.