By Nardine Saad
2:19 PM EDT, April 29, 2013
"Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has been hospitalized for kidney stones.
Ortiz-Magro, 27, the MTV reality series' resident "juicehead" who rose to stardom because of his tumultuous relationship with Sammie "Sweetheart" Giancola, tweeted about his illness Saturday with just one word: "Hospital."
His rep confirmed to People that he was indeed suffering from kidney stones and was admitted to an Orlando, Fla.-area hospital Saturday night. He was there promoting his new beverage, Smush Cocktails, at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America convention. That's when "he started feeling uncomfortable," his rep said.
"He's in a lot of pain and is expected to remain there for several days," the rep said.
Giancola, 26, is also said to have been on her way to the hospital to be with him.
Kidney stones can have various causes and "can affect any part of your urinary tract — from your kidneys to your bladder," according to the Mayo Clinic. They tend to form when urine becomes concentrated, allowing minerals to crystallize and stick together. Passing the deposits can be quite painful.
And Ron-Ron knows all about that, because he said in response to some of his followers that he had both a kidney stone and infection.
"Wouldn't wish this feeling on anyone!," he tweeted Sunday, adding "worst feeling dude so uncomfortable."
One of his followers suggested that he have some protein to alleviate things, but Ortiz-Magro responded, "I have to bc I can't hold any food down from the pain."
Ouch. Get well -- and get fist-pumping -- soon, Ronnie.
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