- Pain medication. Your doctor might suggest over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) to ease the pain. Or, your doctor might prescribe pain medication for you to take while you're passing the stone.
- Focus techniques. When the pain surges, it can help to focus specifically on something else. This doesn't make the pain go away, but focusing your attention elsewhere can distract you. Try these tricks: Breath focus: Count to 4 each time you inhale and exhale. Focus on your breath coming in and going out. Meditation: Clear your mind while you focus on a specific word, phrase, or mental image. There are books and CDs that give instructions on how to do this. Distraction: Focus intensely on a spot in the room, a mental puzzle, a movie, or music.
- Warmth. For some people, using a hot water bottle or heating pad -- or taking a hot shower or bath -- can ease the pain somewhat.
Family or friends. When you're in a lot of pain, the people around you often worry and want to help. Let them listen, take over some of your daily responsibilities, or help in some other way.