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A 37-year-old member asked:

i have a kidney stone, but the doctor says i should wait a year; is this normal?

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Dr. William Rosas
Urology 61 years experience
NO!: A kidney stone, once diagnosed by x-rays, mri, ultrasound etc. Should be treated asap. A small, asymptomatic stone can be treated with hydration, exercises and repeated x-rays. Larger stones can damage the kidney and you may lose a kidney if you wait 1 year.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

Could a broken up kidney stone clog more holes and make the situation worse?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Yes: If one has a large kidney stone and is broken up with surgery (laser, lithotripsy, etc.), the smaller fragments can drop into the kidney tube (ureter) and cause obstruction and pain. This can lead to another surgery if the stones are large or if there are many stones piled on top of each other in the ureter since they may not pass spontaneously.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

How long can a kidney stone be stuck in my ureter before any damage is done?

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Dr. Phillip Porch
General Practice 40 years experience
Difficult to say: In studies on dogs in the past, if a kidney was completely blocked, there was some irreversible damage that stated to occur at 2 weeks. If the obstruction is not 100%, you probably have longer before seeing any permanent effects on the kidney.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How long does it usually takes for a kidney stone to pass?

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Dr. Phillip Porch
General Practice 40 years experience
Most in 2 days: Most stones if they are going to pass will pass in the first 48 hours. The chances after that start to decrease. The chances probably never go to zero but after a week, the chances are probably around 50% of it ever passing.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What exactly happens when a kidney stone passes out of the kidney?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Kidney stone moves: Once the kidney stones passes out of the kidney, it goes into the kidney tube called ureter. It then makes it way all the way down to the bladder and then it is expelled while urinating. During this process, the stone can cause a significant amount of pain and possibly bleeding in the urine.
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A 61-year-old female asked:

Is it normal to feel ill and tired after passing a kidney stone?

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Possible: Pain, uti, anemia if there is heavy bleeding.

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