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I have an auto immune disease not sure which one. I have had none stop kidney stones. Is there a certain one I need to be tested for?

I have an auto immune disease not sure which one.  I have had none stop kidney stones.  Is there a certain one I need to be tested for?

Stone chemistry: You should get the stone analyzed to know the type of stones you have and consult a urologist. Autoimmunity is unrelated to stones.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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I have Bright's disease, chronic kidney stones, and a mass on my kidney. Can they be connected?

I have Bright's disease, chronic kidney stones, and a mass on my kidney. Can they be connected?

Possibly: If you have Bright's disease then it is best you see you Nephrologist or get a referral from you Primary care physician ...Read more

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I had 5 times kidney stones in my lifetime, I have risk of getting acute and chronic kidney diseases in future?My age is 20.

I had 5 times kidney stones in my lifetime, I have risk of getting acute and chronic kidney diseases in future?My age is 20.

Yes: Kidney stones cause kidney damage in two ways, one by increasing the risk of urinary tract infections and two, by blocking the flow of urine and causing pressure back-up and damage. It is important to find out the make up of the stones, such as uric acid stones, calcium stones, etc. Treatment to prevent recurrent stones will depend on the underlying reason for stones, including hydration. ...Read more

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What are some reasons that your spleen would be enlarged? I have celiacs disease and just recently had a kidney stone would that cause spleen issue

What are some reasons that your spleen would be enlarged?  I have celiacs disease and just recently had a kidney stone  would that cause spleen issue

True True Unrelated: Kidney stones are not causative of enlarged spleen. It would be best if you had blood work to look for the common causes for such a problem, especially if the liver is enlarged as well. ...Read more

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Polycystic kidney disease and kidney stones, are they related?

Polycystic kidney disease and kidney stones, are they related?

Kidney stones: No but they can occur together. Cysts in the kidneys are not necessarily polycystic kidneys which is an inherited familiar disease. ...Read more

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Does kidney stones go along with having lupus and mixed connective tissue disease?

Does kidney stones go along with having lupus and mixed connective tissue disease?

No, ....: To find and establish a connection of a disease with others is essential in medical care with a mind of prevention, but not easy. In the case of kidney stone with le, I have exhausted my recollection of studies, articles, professional meeting and discussion over my 45-yr study and practice in urology, but I have never come across such concern that you raised. So, i would say "no." for now. ...Read more

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My paternal grandma died of kidney disease. Is that hereditary? My dad has kidney stones and now i do.

My paternal grandma died of kidney disease.  Is that hereditary?  My dad has kidney stones and now i do.

Kidney disease: Most kidney disease and kidney failure comes from longstanding, poorly controlled high blood pressure and/or diabetes. Both of these diseases and chronic kidney disease can run in families. Nowaadays, it is rare for kidney stones by themselves to cause kidney failure. Regardless, it is a good reminder to carefully control high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney stones and kidney disease. ...Read more

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Does a person who tends to get kidney stones have 'kidney disease?" Seems like my Urologist told me I have it. What steps 2 take to be healthy?

Not really: "Kidney disease" usually means actual long-term damage to the filters or tubules. Kidney stones can cause tubular damage if the kidneys get infected as a result. Your best move is to drink plenty of water, enough so your urine is never dark but always near-clear. Specific stone compositions have specific regimens that may help. ...Read more

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Is there a correlation between hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's disease and kidney stones?

Is there a correlation between hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's disease and kidney stones?

No: but theoretically taking thyroid replacement can increase urinary excretion of calcium- but this is just theoretical. ...Read more

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Is there a specific classification of "disease" for a person that has chronic kidney stones? (i develop an average of 30+ yearly sizes 2mm to 10mm.)

Is there a specific classification of "disease" for a person that has chronic kidney stones? (i develop an average of 30+ yearly sizes 2mm to 10mm.)

Kidney stones: Those who form stones could have a metabolic disorder allowing the to form. A full workup with either a urologist or a nephrologist could determine if there is underlying disease as the cause. ...Read more

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Can a kidney stone with stent and lithotripsy (2months later) cause 4th stage kidney disease?

Can a kidney stone with stent and lithotripsy (2months later) cause 4th stage kidney disease?

Kidney disease: You need to see the urologist who placed the stent to get further information as soon as possible. If your kidney function was normal before the procedure, you have acute kidney disease which needs to be evaluated. If the urologist finds nothing wrong, go to a nephrologist to see if you have some kidney disease not related to your kidney stone or stent placement. See these doctors quickly. ...Read more

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I have stage three kidney disease. Have been passing small black masses the size of kidney stones but cannot be analyzed. Dr. Has no clue. Any ideas?

I have stage three kidney disease. Have been passing small black masses the size of kidney stones but cannot be analyzed. Dr. Has no clue. Any ideas?

Collect them: The small black masses could be clots, fungal balls, tumors, tissue from the urinary system. I suspect that stone analysis did not look at these other possibliities.
Suggest submitting them to pathology for evaluation with a history and specific question. ...Read more

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Can Stage 3 kidney disease & kidney stones cause minor anemia & low TIBC? Thank you.

Can Stage 3 kidney disease & kidney stones cause minor anemia & low TIBC? Thank you.

Yes: It can definitely cause anemia in what we call anemia of inflammation. It is also known as anemia of chronic disease. The kidneys secrete an important hormone called erythopoetin which helps with the production of red blood cells. For this reason, you have anemia of chronic disease. You should definitely have iron studies drawn and see if you are a candidate for medication. ...Read more

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I have had kidney stones for a month, been to the ER 4 times. Have had a fever, vomiting etc. Von whilibrands diseases, patela replacement, full hystrorectomy

I have had kidney stones for a month, been to the ER 4 times. Have had a fever, vomiting etc. Von whilibrands diseases, patela replacement, full hystrorectomy

Kidney : Kidney stones can be quite painful as you know, if associated with infection they can be lethal due to sepsis. You need to see a urologist asap. He may place a stent to divert urine around the obstructing stone. You may need to be treated with antibiotics and possibly hospitalized. ...Read more

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How do they test for renal disease?I have positive anas and protein in urine.Pain in kidneys and trouble peeping sometimes.Also have kidney stones.

How do they test for renal disease?I have positive anas and protein in urine.Pain in kidneys and trouble peeping sometimes.Also have kidney stones.

Kidney disease: Kidney disease is indicated by protein in urine, blood in urine, abnormal renal ultrasound, abnormal CT scan of kidneys, elevated serum creatinine, and kidney pain. Only one of these may be present. Or two. Or three. Or more. Requires interpretation in context. ...Read more

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Hi I had a kidney biopsy and was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease on the CT scan they found what appeared to be a non obstructive kidney stone but they are not a hundred percent sure that is what it is could this be something elsethey said that possib

Hi I had a kidney biopsy and was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease on the CT scan they found what appeared to be a non obstructive kidney stone but they are not a hundred percent sure that is what it is could this be something elsethey said that possib

2 separate problems: Your biopsy shows that the renal (kidney) tissue, that which makes urine, is itself abnormal. The kidney stone is probably unrelated to the renal disease but could cause problems in the future if it moves and blocks the kidney. Be sure to tell your doctor about this if you develop pain in the future. ...Read more

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Can you have benign microscopic hematuria that isn't caused by bladder cancer, kidney stones, kidney disease etc?

Can you have benign microscopic hematuria that isn't caused by bladder cancer, kidney stones, kidney disease etc?

Here are some ...: More than 100 reasons can be listed for microhematuria, i.e., >3 RBCs / HPF, and the odd from urinary malignancy is low at around 3 % in thorough work-up with imaging studies and cystoscopy, etc. Although Doc could not specifically give definite DX for all occasions, a proper attention to ?UTI, ?obstruction, ?stones, ?tumors, and ?kidney inflammation of a wide range of causes should well cover... ...Read more

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For 55+ female, how should early/mid stage kidney disorder or kidney stone affect CBC & serum creatinine results ?

For 55+ female, how should early/mid stage kidney disorder or kidney stone affect CBC & serum creatinine results ?

Kidney: If you have early kidney disease your creatinine level may be elevated normal is 1 HD when the number is 5 When you develop kidney problems many times you have anemia also Kidney stones usually do not case renal failure or anemia ...Read more

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I'd rather give birth than pass another kidney stone. Are my kidneys at risk with the stress of chronic attacks and passing stones?14 in 10 months.

I'd rather give birth than pass another kidney stone. Are my kidneys at risk with the stress of chronic attacks and passing stones?14 in 10 months.

Kidney injury: Fortunately, a kidney needs to be completely obstructed for a prolonged time (ie. 1 month) before any permanent damage occurs. However, frequent stone passage may increase risks of infection and scar tissue formation within the ureter. ...Read more

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I have a 5mm kidney stone. I'd like to know when, during elimination, will it be the most painful? Ureteter, bladder or urethra? I'm a male.

I have a 5mm kidney stone. I'd like to know when, during elimination, will it be the most painful? Ureteter, bladder or urethra? I'm a male.

Here are some...: If a 5-mm stone is inside kidney and not moving, you unlikely have pain. A stone of such size poses low odd for spontaneous passage, prior stone passage will help decide if worthwhile to act or wait. If act and it is visible with x-ray, shock wave may disintegrate it; if not visible or in ureter or still in kidney, holmium laser through urehtra and ureter is the choice, Remember nothing is free... ...Read more

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Will my Calcium/Vit D supplement cause more kidney stones? Some were really dark, some off white?

Will my Calcium/Vit D supplement cause more kidney stones? Some were really dark, some off white?

Unlikely : for most calcium oxalate stone formers, it is unlikely that calcium intake in general and calcium supplementation in particular will increase the incidence of stone formation ...Read more

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I had all the symptoms of a kidney stone 2 weeks ago. I took medication and it eventually went away. After two weeks all the symptoms came back. Is this normal? I'm in constant pain and can't even focus on work or school. I got an ultrasound done and it d

I had all the symptoms of a kidney stone 2 weeks ago. I took medication and it eventually went away. After two weeks all the symptoms came back. Is this normal? I'm in constant pain and can't even focus on work or school. I got an ultrasound done and it d

Kidney stone??: If you truly had a kidney stone it is supposed to be one of the worst back pains there is and it is usually treated in the ER by putting an IV live in you and pushing in fluids until you pee it out. They try to capture the "sand" analyze it and modify your diet, hoping that you won't make another. If you have one that didn't pass there are techniques to break it up from outside and then there is s ...Read more

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Can a kidney stone be 7 cm?

Can a kidney stone be 7 cm?

Can happen-unlikely: Unlikely in developed countries but it is a diagnosis that is made in some developing nations where the kidney pelvis is filled with a stag horn type calculus. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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