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Dr. Aiman Shammas
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Fluid Retention (Definition)

It denotes the presence of excessive water in intravascular space - vessels & interstitial space - among cells, due to poor automatic water movement and distribution by poor perfusion by low BP from hydration or/+ weak heart, poor osmotic pressure from malnutrition, poor water excretion from kidneys, & poor lymphatic drainage. More? Ask your doctor or contact me; I ...Read more


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Will drinking too much water cause kidney stones?

Will drinking too much water cause kidney stones?

No: Quite the contrary. Water intake is one of the most important aspects of prevention. ...Read more

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Does drinking carbonated water cause kidney stones and if not is there any difference in the benefit of drinking water between flat vs seletzer water?

Does drinking carbonated water cause kidney stones and if not is there any difference in the benefit of drinking water between flat vs seletzer water?

Minerals, hydration: Ample hydration is the best prevention, whether still or sprkling water. Seltzer os carbonated watsr, no minerals. Mineral water (fizzy or not) has extra minerals that may or may not affect stone formation. Club soda is seltzer with extra bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). Effects may vary with thpe lf stone. Generally bubbles dontmatterr ...Read more

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I drink 2 liters of water daily but I don't feel the urge to go to the toilet until night, i have kidney stones, is this the cause?

I drink 2 liters of water daily but I don't feel the urge to go to the toilet until night, i have kidney stones, is this the cause?

Water: The amount of urine that you drink is certainly what is recommended. The fact that you don't feel the urge is not related to kidney stones. Having kidney stones can cause pain, nausea, vomiting and lead to dehydration. If the stone is causing blockage, that can certainly also decrease urine output from that kidney ...Read more

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Powdery pee as well as weak flow. Might be kidney problem. For 5 mnths I had water retention in lips. Any tips or ovr counter drugs to stop swell look?

Powdery pee as well as weak flow. Might be kidney problem. For 5 mnths I had water retention in lips. Any tips or ovr counter drugs to stop swell look?

Here are some ...: For durable benefit, it's most advisable to seek a professional evaluation so to know what is going on in you and counsel for how to handle similar events in the future. One thing for sure is it's not that difficult to figure out what it is. So, bring the detailed info of symptoms stressing their quality, quantity, and sequence of events over time to Doc for analysis, physical exams, & tests ... ...Read more

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My child is 21 and has water retention because of kidney problems. What can be done to reduce the condition?

My child is 21 and has water retention because of kidney problems. What can be done to reduce the condition?

Water retention: Sounds like he has nephrotic syndrome from protein loss in the urine due to a kidney illness. The nephrologist is the best source for treatment of this problem that depends on the specific anatomical and pathological etiology. ...Read more

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If I have high slighty high uric acid and water retention and ankle pain could I have kidney disease? The ankle pain started first a few months ago.

If I have high slighty high uric acid and water retention and ankle pain could I have kidney disease?  The ankle pain started first a few months ago.

Could be gout: There could be many things contributing here. One possibility is the problems are not related... The both water retention and ankle pain could be from being overweight if that is a concern. Another possibility is that you can have gout, which is when elevated uric acid deposits crystals in joints which cause pain. You should review these findings with the doctor that ordered the lab. ...Read more

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I have water retention in my lower extremities and arms + face... I recently had a baby and is 4 mths. I have had kidney problems too? Need advise please

I have water retention in my lower extremities and arms + face... I recently had a baby and is 4 mths. I have had kidney problems too? Need advise please

Get Seen!: When you have edema (swelling) everywhere it is often termed anasarca. It can be caused by kidney failure. Some women after pregnancy will have a deterioration in kidney function. Also, heart failure can cause fluid retention and can occur after pregnancy. I would stop eating any salt since this will increase the volume in the blood space and worsen swelling and avoid nsaids. Get checked out. ...Read more

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Can you get kidney stones from drinking well water?

Can you get kidney stones from drinking well water?

Thanks for asking!: This depends on the mineral constituents of the well water and your family history. Renal stones tend to run in families and are often due to subtle abnormalities in various biochemical metabolic pathways. This could make a person susceptible to stones depending on the make up of the well water. Well water should always be tested if individuals have had or have a family history of stones. ...Read more

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I used to have regular headaches and I've recently started drinking 6 lts of water for kidney stones. But observed no headaches. Any reason?

I used to have regular headaches and I've recently started drinking 6 lts of water for kidney stones. But observed no headaches. Any reason?

Dehydration: From your question, one can deduce that you often had a low level of dehydration from not drinking enough water which led to the headaches. With the increase in water, headaches gone. It could be a coincidence; however, lets hope that you have just discovered a wonderful reason to drink your water. ...Read more

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4 mm kidney stone no more pain in back but severe pain in penis. I have good flow but it hurts after flow slows down. Been drinking ton of water.

Kidney stone: The stone has moved down the ureters and through the bladder and is in the urethra. The pain is referred to the genitals. ...Read more

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Is 6mm kidney stone removed by water?

Here are some ...: Largely, 85% of patients will pass a 4-mm stone through the ureter in 2 weeks; of course, it comes with price of pain. Meanwhile, a smaller stone than 4 mm doesn't mean it will pass and >4 mm up to 10 mm doesn't mean it will never pass. So, historical virification of the side and size of stone passed may be very useful for observation and reassurance. For individual detail, ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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Is it normal to retain water with kidney stones?

Is it normal to retain water with kidney stones?

Usually not: It is important to keep drinking water to minimize the effects of the stone. Retaining water is not typical unless the water intake is significantly increased. ...Read more

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Does barley water help with kidney stones?

Does barley water help with kidney stones?

It may, but the idea: Is to pass more fluids through kidneys to wash particles away. This may be achieved by just drinking excess of 2-3 liters (quarts) a day. Barley, causes diuresis (like beer) hence the reputation. But citrated fluids e.g. Limeade, crystal lite, fresca, add citrate to urine which prevents particle aggregation making stones. I prefer the latter drinks. If chf, fluid intake needs doctor supervision. ...Read more

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Is it true that drinking coconut water can destroy kidney stones?

Is it true that drinking coconut water can destroy kidney stones?

Probably not: Although increased fluids are helpful in preventing kidney stones I can't think of any reason why coconut water would dissolve stones. ...Read more

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How many cups of water daily will effectively prevent kidney stones?

How many cups of water daily will effectively prevent kidney stones?

Drink enough water: So that your urine is watery, colorless and odorless. Depending on your size, muscularity, physical activity, and weather, the amount of water intake needed to keep urine dilute will vary. ...Read more

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Doc doubted kidney stones and suggested D3 tabs and loads water. Is it correct?

Doc doubted kidney stones and suggested D3 tabs and loads water. Is it correct?

D3 and water: Is always good. Kidney stones can be made out of many things. Regardless, staying well hydrated ALWAYS makes it harder for minerals to precipitate into stones, D would help calcium go into your bones instead of your urine. If they are uric acid stones, L-methylfolate, B12, & active B6 (P5P) will reduce your blood homocysteine and uric acid levels which will help without having to take a drug. ...Read more

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Daily how much water drink to avoid kidney stones and constipation?

Daily how much water drink to avoid kidney stones and constipation?

1-2 Liters of water: 8-10 glasses of filtered water daily.
May add coconut water 4-5/week.
Plenty of fresh vegetables & greens should help constipation. ...Read more

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Could the filtered tap water I'm drinking be causing my kidney stones?

No: Folks with a history of kidney stones generally benefit from drinking plenty of water. I'm sorry anyone suggested that a simple water filter was a problem. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have water retention condition? I'm 5'4, about 9 stone and slim but always have rather puffy calfs/ankles?

How do I know if I have water retention condition? I'm 5'4, about 9 stone and slim but always have rather puffy calfs/ankles?

Kidneys: Water retention is common among those with kidney issues or other medical issues. Although the calfs/ankles may get "puffy", this may just be your normal body type. Sometimes during pregnancy, you may experience body changes, but you are young and from the list of medical condition you provided, it's unlikely you have serious problems. ...Read more

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4mm kidney stone in bladder severe pain when flow of urine slows down. Drinkin lots of water. When should stone pass on its own?

4mm kidney stone in bladder severe pain when flow of urine slows down. Drinkin lots of water. When should stone pass on its own?

Bladder stone: No telling how long. 4mm stone should pass but will be painful. If you do not pass it in next 5-7 days, discuss urologist going and getting it with a scope. Best of luck with this. OUCH!! Dr R ...Read more

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I was released from hospital 5 days ago with kidney stone. Was told 6mm. Been drinking lots of water. How much time is needed for stone to pass?

I was released from hospital 5 days ago with kidney stone.  Was told 6mm. Been drinking lots of water.  How much time is needed for stone to pass?

Depends: Spontaneous passage depends on size(diameter)of stone: Under 5mm:75%,5-7mm:60%,More than 7mm:under 40%. I am sure you were told to strain your urine. If no passage in 2 weeks it is probably a good idea to intervene by your urologist. Also, if pain control is a problem. Location of stone is also a factor. Follow your urologist's recommendation. Best wishes for you. ...Read more

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I have a kidney stone and it just sits there no matter how much water I drink. Can I get rid of it through shockwaves or will it require surgery?

I have a kidney stone and it just sits there no matter how much water I drink. Can I get rid of it through shockwaves or will it require surgery?

Kidney stones: Both of those are options for treatment of the stone. The lithotripsy (shockwaves) uses sounds waves to break apart the stone thus allowing you to pass them. Surgical retrieval is basically just that. However, most of the time they are left alone unless they are causing a problem. Speak with your doctor or urologist ...Read more

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My mother has a 5.8mm kidney stone. What is the water level that she has to take daily. And kindly please give other diet info to pass the stone away.

My mother has a 5.8mm kidney stone. What is the water level that she has to take daily. And kindly please give other diet info to pass the stone away.

No specific amount: Where is the stone? If in the ureter, a stone this size has about 15% chance of passage. Alpha blockers may relax the ureter to give more room for the stone to pass. May take a few days to a few weeks to pass. Endoscopic basket extraction is the next step depending on factors such as hydronephrosis, pain control.... Space is limited so "google" some of these terms. Diet will not help passage. ...Read more

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I hear kidney stones can be incredibly painful. Does drinking lots of water (staying hydrated) greatly diminish the risk of developing kidney stones?

I hear kidney stones can be incredibly painful.  Does drinking lots of water (staying hydrated) greatly diminish the risk of developing kidney stones?

Kidney stones: 42 M from CA: Does drinking lots of (H2O) greatly dimenish risk kidney stones? ANS- formation of stones depends on many things. Dilution of stone forming chemicals is a way to stop. In theory at least. But evidence that increasing H20 decreases risk in general has not been tested that I am aware of. Worry about other things unless u/family have had stones. If so find cause of stones & Rx that. ...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


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