I have a friend whose young teenage daughter has been struggling with kidney stones for a few months. She has been prescribed very strong pain killers. My friend is afraid that her daughter is becoming dependent on them. She is afraid that her daughter cannot tell what is actual pain from the kidney stones or her body urging for more pain killers. Its been about 3 months that she has been taking them. The type of kidney stones her daughter suffers from cannot be zapped or treated so the doctors keep prescribing more pills to help ease the pain. I am not an expert by any means but I told my friend to not worry so much. I thought I would turn to this forum to see if anyone has any insight.