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Are kidney stones about as painful as it gets? More painful than gall stones?

Are kidney stones about as painful as it gets? More painful than gall stones?

It certainly can be.: Both conditions can cause variable and excruciating amounts of pain. Biliary colic is usually of a different character than renal colic caused by kidney stones. But as a physician who has treated patients suffering from kidney stone pain, it can be incredibly, debilitatingly painful--sometime even triggering uncontrollable vomiting for which the patient requires intravenous hydration. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Seriously- renal stones are the result of postive and negatively charged particles in urine binding together and precipitating as solids- most frequently as calcium- oxalate. This happens most often when the urine is concentrated- ie when you are dehydrated. And trying to pass these stones from the kidney to the bladder is incredibly painful. ...Read more


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What is the difference between gall stones and kidney stones minerals?

What is the difference between gall stones and kidney stones minerals?

Big difference: Gall stones are most often composed of cholesterol and bile pigments whereas kidney stones are composed predominantly of calcium oxalate, but also calcium phosphate, uric acid, magnesium ammonium phosphate and rarely cystine. ...Read more

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What is more painful, kidney stones or gallstones?

What is more painful, kidney stones or gallstones?

Kidney: Stones in the kidney are usually not painful or minimally painful. Stones passing into the ureter can cause ureteral colic which is generally considered one of the most severe pains a person can have. ...Read more

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What is effective for treating kidney stones and gall stones?

What is effective for treating kidney stones and gall stones?

Here are some...: The cause and treatment for kidney stone and gallstone are entirely not the related. There are 3 ways of treating kidney stones including ESWL, percutaneous nephrolithotripsy, & transureteroscopic laser lithotripsy, depending on the size of stone, renal anatomical structures, and the availability of professional proficiency and institutional facilities. For treating gallstones, laparoscopic... ...Read more

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What are the general treatments to remove gall stones or kidney stones? Thanks.

What are the general treatments to remove gall stones or kidney stones? Thanks.

Different: Gallstones are usually addressed by surgical removal of the gallbladder. Kidney stones usually pass on their own, particularly if temporarily put on an Alpha blocker to dilate the ureter. If not, lithotripsy can shatter it so it can pass, or a cystoscopic procedure can extract them. ...Read more

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Is an MRI without contrast on the abdomen good at diagnosing pancreatitis, gall stones or blockage, kidney stones? Does. Contrast make a difference?

Is an MRI without contrast on the abdomen good at diagnosing pancreatitis, gall stones or blockage, kidney stones? Does. Contrast make a difference?

not the 1st choice: Ultrasound is first imaging exam done for gallbladder problems. Ct without contrast for suspected kidney stones. Ct with contrast best for pancreas. The results of any imaging test should be evaluated in light of other lab(blood or urine) tests and your primary symptoms to accurately discover the problem. ...Read more

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Intermittent pain on left side/flank under rib and sometimes a Visible small muscle twitch below my sternum on left side. Gall stones No kidney stones?

Intermittent pain on left side/flank under rib and sometimes a Visible small muscle twitch below my sternum on left side. Gall stones No kidney stones?

It could be muscle: strain, inflammation of the stomach or spleen etc. Gallstones or gallbladder and liver inflammation present with right upper quadrant pain, not left sided discomfort. Kidney pain is usually located at mid-back and a Urinalysis will show blood and/or pus cells. Go see your Dr for a thorough exam. God Bless you! ...Read more

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Hello i have kidney stones and gallstones and the pain gettin worse but i dont have time to go the doctor these days how to cure it home ?

Hello i have kidney stones and gallstones and the pain gettin worse but i dont have time to go the doctor these days how to cure it home 
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No home cure.: Unfortunately there's no home remedy for kidney stones or gallstones. If your kidney stones are small enough, you may pass them on your own, but outside of that there's nothing you can take or do that will make them go away. ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


Kidney Stone (Definition)

Solutes precipitate and combine to form stones formed of calcium oxalate usually around a nidus of uric acid. Other solutes that form stones are ca and mg phosphates, cystine, and uric acid staghorn calculi form in the presence of chronic urinary tract infections. Stones can be painful, may require ...Read more