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What is a kidney stone?
A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in a kidney out of substances in the urine.
A stone may stay in the kidney or break loose and travel down the urinary tract. A small stone may pass all the way out of the body without causing too much pain.
A larger stone may get stuck in a ureter, the bladder, or the urethra. A problem stone can block the flow of urine and cause great pain.
Kidney stones may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a pearl. Some stones are even as big as golf balls. Stones may be smooth or jagged. They are usually yellow or brown.
Kidney Stone Symptoms:
If you have a kidney stone, you may already know how painful it can be. Most kidney stones pass out of the body, but sometimes a stone will not pass. It may even get larger. Below are some signs of a kidney stone:
Extreme pain in your back or side that will not go away
Blood in your urine
Fever and chills
Urine that smells bad or looks cloudy
A burning feeling when you urinate
An Abdominal Ultrasound test is used to detect kidney stones.
If you have a stone that will not pass by itself, there are a few ways to get rid of them:
Surgery, Shock Waves, Tunnel Surgery or Ureteroscope
To lessen your risk of forming a new stone, it is important that you drink at least three to four quarts of fluid throughout the day. This will help keep your urine less concentrated Less concentrated urine reduces the risk of stone formation. Most of the fluid you drink should be water.
If you have had a calcium stone, your doctor may ask you to cut back on the salt and sodium in your diet. Extra sodium causes you to lose more calcium in your urine, putting you at risk for developing another stone.
If you have had a kidney stone that contains oxalate, some evidence (research) suggests that limiting high oxalate foods may help reduce your chance of forming another oxalate stone. Foods that are high in oxalate include: peanuts, tea, instant coffee (more than 8 ounces a day), rhubarb, beets, beans, beets, berries (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, etc. ), chocolate, Concord grapes, dark leafy greens, oranges, tofu, sweet potatoes and draft beer.
Reducing the amount of animal protein may help as well. Sources of animal protein include beef, chicken, pork, fish and eggs. Most people need only four to six ounces of high protein foods and three servings of milk or cheese a day.
Author: Robin Badillo