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Can a urine test show you have kidney stones?

Can a urine test show you have kidney stones?

No but suggests: Urine test in persons with kidney stones usually shows red blood cells under the microscope. However, if the stone is dormant and small it may show nothing. Occasionally, a stone will be accompanied by infection. Then whites cells may show in urine bec of infection not bec of stone. Also persons may have red blood cells in urine bec of different reasons than stones. A doctor will differentiate. ...Read more

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Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more

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Should i contact a different doctor for adrenal mass went to a urologist after a CT scan for kidney stones showed an adrenal mass. Urologist sent me for a MRI and had me do a 24 hour urine test to see why i had kidney stones. I am more worried about the

Should i contact a different doctor for adrenal mass went to a urologist after a CT scan for kidney stones showed an adrenal mass.  Urologist sent me for a MRI and had me do a 24 hour urine test to see why i had kidney stones.  I am more worried about the

The most common: Adrenal mass seen in about 15% of patients is an adrenal adenoma which is a benign tumor. It is easy to characterize on MRI because we can show there is fat in the tumor. This usually (94% accurate) means that the adrenal tumor is benign. But we make sure by following the tumor with additional MRI studies, which do not use harmful radiation. Ultrasound is not as accurate for followup. ...Read more

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Treating Kidney Stones (Checklist)

Drink 2-3 quarts of water a day
Daily
Use over the counter naproxen or ibuprofen for pain relief
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Let your doctor know if you have a fever or can't hold down food
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Can urine test detect signs of kidney stones ?

Can urine test detect signs of kidney stones ?

Yes: Urine tests can show blood in the urine and sediment which can be associated with kidney stones. ...Read more

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I have been having left pain in my kidney area for the past 4 days. Can a urine test be normal and still have kidney stones?

I have been having left pain in my kidney area for the past 4 days. Can a urine test be normal and still have kidney stones?

It is possible: You may have stones that are moving within the kidney and causing episodic mild obstruction if they are located near the junction of the kidney and the kidney drainage tube (ureter). The key question is whether your pain occurs with changes in position (twisting upper body, bending or standing from a sitting position). If this is the case, the pain may be back related (musculoskeletal). ...Read more

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Treating Kidney Stones (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Take ibuprofen or Advil if necessary
3x day
See your doctor
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Consider drinking one part apple cider vinegar to two parts raw honey
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Was sent for Urine test 8weeks after questionable very small kidney stones was sent for ?uti came back WBC 8 RBC 114 Casts 2 what does this mean?

Casts questions: A urinary tract infection when it involves the kidneys or ureters (the draining tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder) may produce a 'cast' of the ureters known as white blood cell casts. It may indicate a urinary tract infection is present not just in the bladder but also in the kidney and ureters. If tx with appropriate antibiotics does not solve the problem urological referral is needed ...Read more

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Treating Kidney Stones (Checklist)

Increase fluids until you urinate 6-8 times per day
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Increase citrate in your diet. Lemons and limes are 100% citrate.
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Take B vitamins. B-6 specifically prevents stones.
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Take Magnesium 500mg to prevent calcium oxalate stones.
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My blood test showed higher level of protein. Was sent for urine test and showed protein in urine. I have had three kidney stones, but none currently.

My blood test showed higher level of protein. Was sent for urine test and showed protein in urine. I have had three kidney stones, but none currently.

Protein in urine: Requires follow up with quantification of amount - there are two ways to do this: cup of urine with protein to creatinine ratio mg/mg -- or a 24 hour urine collection. Both are meaningful. Blood tests need interpretation, also. High protein in blood could indicate an evolving disorder that requires characterization with electrophoresis. Urine protein should be characterized with electrophoresis. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Suzanne Doud Galli
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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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