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how much should we drink water to avoid kidney stone?

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Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Nephrology and Dialysis 31 years experience
Given prior history: In a patient with a previous history of kidney stones, the recommendation is to drink enough to void at least 2 liters/day.
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
See below: Generally you need to pass 2.5 to 3 liters of urine a day, so you need to drink a little more than that , any liquid will do, taking into account loss from sweat depending on climate.
Dr. Stephen Chinn
Urology 38 years experience
> 2 L of urine/day: Need to have an overall fluid intake to achieve a urine output of at least 2, 000 mls/24 hours. It is dependent on your activity, environment, clothing, ........ The average soldier in desert storm needed 3-12 gallons of water per day. Travel, especially on an airplane, requires additional fluids: why do you think the flight attendents are always offering you water.

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I have a 0.7 CM non-obstructing kidney stone at the right side of my kidney. Can it be carried through water therapy? Its been almost a month.

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Probably not..., but: The described 0.7-cm size is large than what professionally advised to wait and see. Generally speaking, some 85 % of stones of <0.4 cm would pass through ureter in 2 wks; but it doesn't mean the <0.4-cm ones would always pass and the >0.4-cm ones would never pass. Yet, if stone-related pain is tolerable and the dilation of ureter.Kidney is not severe, few >0.4 cm stones may pass in 1-4 months.
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Is propel okay to drink instead of plain water while passing a kidney stone

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Not likely...: Electrolyte-containing Propel water would not help a stone pass through ureter to bladder although vigorous increase in urine excretion by increasing oral fluid or diuretics or alpha-blocker has been touted, but not firmly proved, to speed up stone passage for decades. In general, a <4-mm stone may pass in 2 wks for 75-85% of times. More? Seek evaluation/ counseling timely.
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Been visiting country in east africa.I accidently been drinking unfiltered water 20days.tasted fine and look fine. Possibilities of Lead? Kidney stone

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Stop worrying : The locals drink it all the time. So do the animals. They are fine. You cannot eliminate every possible toxic exposure. Your body is surprisingly tough. People who tell you to worry yourself over every trivial exposure at not your friends; they are actually trying to make you feel sick. I hope you enjoyed Africa and her wonderful people.
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A 44-year-old female asked:

Past 27 kidney stone last year; I have past 10 stones this year with a scan showing I have 3 yet to pass; what to do to stop making them beside water.

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Kidney stones : The type of stone is important. This article describes the common types: http://www.webmd.com/kidney-stones/tc/types-of-kidney-stones-topic-overview. Is there a family history? Did you have kidney infections? Normal uric acid level? Are you on any long term drugs? Once these questions are answered, we can get to bottom of this.

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