My Kidney Stone
A few weeks ago I was experiencing some kidney pain. I am prone to kidney infections so I thought that was the issue. I took some of the medication that I have for the infection and tried to wait the pain out. While using the bathroom I heard a “tink.” When I looked in the toilet I couldn’t believe my eyes! It was a kidney stone. I didn’t even know I had one. I had been experiencing some pain in my back but hadn’t thought twice about it. Now, much to my disbelief, I was staring at a kidney stone that had come out of me!
If you’ve never had a kidney stone they can vary in shape, size and pain. Some kidney stones (or pebbles, as I like to call them) come out a pretty gold color. Others are black and some are brown. Most are yellow or brown. Some are jagged around the edges while others are smooth. The reason you have a kidney stone determines the shape and size.
The Cost of a Kidney Stone
All joking aside having a kidney stone can be a costly thing. Not only are you in an immense amount of pain (or most people are — I was lucky), but you will also have to pay tons of money to resolve the issue. Most of the time getting rid of a kidney stone involves multiple blood tests, urine tests, CT scans, MRIs, specialist visits, prescriptions and lab analysis. All in all, a kidney stone can cost someone without insurance $12,000 to $15,000 before the issue is resolved.
That is an astounding amount of money (especially when you think about how small a kidney stone is). Medical costs have been on the rise for years and many people go into debt trying to stay healthy. What if you could sell your kidney stones to make up for that cost?
How Much is Kidney Stone Worth?
Some countries (Turkey, China and Japan specifically) use the kidney stones in packaging. Odd, I know. If you are willing to sell off your kidney stones you’ll only get about $3 per stone this way. If you are looking to make thousands with your kidney stones you’ll have to be William Shatner or another high-profile celebrity (Gene Simmons sold his for $15,000).
The best way, in my opinion, to “make money” from kidney stones is to avoid having them all together. They can be an unnecessary expense, costing you thousands of dollars and, in reality, you won’t likely be able to sell them at all. Be sure you are drinking plenty of purified drinking water and decrease the amount of soda, alcohol and sugary drinks in your diet. In addition to eating better make sure you get plenty of exercise. Saving the money kidney stones will cost you is the best way to benefit financially from kidney stones.
For ways to stay healthy and never have to go through this check out these articles.
Have you ever had a kidney stone? Did you try and sell it?
Meet Amanda! She is an editor and writer extraordinaire with a passion for sharing information that helps people and communities to better themselves in some way. As you may be able to tell by her work on Plunged in Debt, she loves keeping up with celebrities and, more importantly, what they are doing with their wealth.
She has written for a number of other online publications and you can also catch her on our sibling sites: Saving Advice, Budget and the Bees, and Our Debt Free Family. In addition to writing online, she also freelances for local newspapers in her hometown of Charlotte, NC.