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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


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If I took 6 5/325 mg hydrocodone throughout the day yesterday (technically Wednesday) and have a urine screening for opiates/opiods Friday at 4:15pm, will I pass? My doctor is doing the test because I threw out my Percocet prescribed for my kidney stones

If I took 6 5/325 mg hydrocodone throughout the day yesterday (technically Wednesday) and have a urine screening for opiates/opiods Friday at 4:15pm, will I pass? My doctor is doing the test because I threw out my Percocet prescribed for my kidney stones

Same class: The drugs are on the same class. Don't try to game the system. If you truly need chronic narcotic pain medication, see a pain specialist, usually an anesthesiologist specializing in the treatment of chronic pain. The Best solution is to get to the root cause and fix it. If not possible, there are many alternatives to narcotics, which in the long term can make chronic pain worse in some patients. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is meth use and/or abuse of prescription pain killers associated with chronic kidney stones?

Is meth use and/or abuse of prescription pain killers associated with chronic kidney stones?

Not stones: Meth use does more than cause kidney stones -- it can kill your kidneys and the rest of your organs too. Depending on which prescription pain killers you're talking about, this is extremely dangerous as well. If you got very dehydrated during your substance abuse, kidney stones would be possible. ...Read more

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What size does a kidney stone have to be to cause pain?

What size does a kidney stone have to be to cause pain?

Can be tiny: If it works your way into your ureter, a 1 mm stone can be very uncomfortable. ...Read more

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What causes a kidney stone and how can you prevent one?

What causes a kidney stone and how can you prevent one?

Kidney stone: The causes are dehydration, familial, gouty nephropathy, inflammatory bowel disease, oral intake of calcium containing food or vitamin& parathyroid disease. This is accumulation of calcium, phosphate, urate, cysteine & oxalate minerals not excreted by kidney. Drink lot of water and treat the causes mentioned above. Thanks. ...Read more

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What's the major cause of frequent passing kidney stones?

What's the major cause of frequent passing kidney stones?

Many causes: In women the most common cause is not drinking enough water. In men, the most common is too much calcium in the urine and there are several causes for this. Find an expert in the metabolic evaluation of kidney stones, usually an endocrinologist, or go to a major medical center with a stone clinic. We can prevent over 90% of recurrences with proper evaluation and treatment of the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Is a phosphorous imbalance a likely cause for kidney stones?

Is a phosphorous imbalance a likely cause for kidney stones?

Possibly: Ask your family doctor, endocrinologist or urologist for guidance. ...Read more

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Please describe the major cause of frequent passing kidney stones?

Please describe the major cause of frequent passing kidney stones?

Many causes: If you have had multiple kidney stones you really should be consulting with a urologist and possibly an endocrinologist. Kidney stones can be caused by repeat or continued infection or metabolic states such as hyperparathyroidism. ...Read more

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Can hot tea cause kidney stones?

Can hot tea cause kidney stones?

No it does not: Tea is usually all water which is good to prevent & doesn't cause kidney stones. ...Read more

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Too much peanut can cause kidney stone?

Too much peanut can cause kidney stone?

Yes, IF...: If you are prone to calcium oxalate kidney stone formation, peanut butter was one of the high oxalate foods to moderate or avoid along with beans, beets, berries, green peppers, chocolate, coffee, colas, and wheat bran. Consider almond butter instead if you are an oxalate stone former. ...Read more

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Can a benign kidney mass cause kidney stones?

Can a benign kidney mass cause kidney stones?

Yes and no: A benign kidney mass, the most common is called a simple cyst, does not cause kidney stones. Stasis of urine, diet and genetics cause stones. If there is calcium (or stones) within the mass then it may not be benign and a pre and post contrast ct or MRI is needed to determine what is going on. ...Read more

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Does soda like coke dr. P. Etc cause kidney stones?

No they don't: #1 cause of kidney stones is dehdration sausing urine output to be low & concentrated. #2 is hypercalcuria, secretion of excessive amounts of calcium in the urine. Kidney blockage causing stasis or hydronephrosis, other causes: high salt intake, kidney infections especially with proteus, gout & high uric acid excretion, inflammatory bowel disease & high urate excrettion, cystinuria. Not coke & drp. ...Read more

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I have suffered with kidney stones for the last 10years I have no idea what causes mine or how to stop them forming?

I have suffered with kidney stones for the last 10years I have no idea what causes mine or how to stop them forming?

Doctor and water: In general more water helps, but there are specific types of stones and related causes that require an investigation to determine.
Your nephrologist or urologist can guide you through this challenging problem. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones cause chest pain?

Can kidney stones cause chest pain?

No: Kidney stones can cause lower abdominal pain or back pain, not known to cause chest pain. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones cause shoulder pain?

Possible : It is possible to have an abdominal problem cause pain in the shoulder but as far as kidney stones causing shoulder pain, it is unlikely. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones cause periods to be late?

Can kidney stones cause periods to be late?

Not usually: I am not aware of a relationship between kidney stones and changes in menstrual cycle. However, any stress can result in menstrual cycle changes. So, your body could be reacting to the pain and discomfort caused by the kidney stones to alter your menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones cause albumin in the urine?

Can kidney stones cause albumin in the urine?

Yes, but: It is important to rule out other causes. Diabetes is a common cause of albuminuria and reflects microvascular damage. ...Read more

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Do eating a lot of peanuts cause kidney stones?

Do eating a lot of peanuts cause kidney stones?

Maybe: These are one of a great many popular foods that contain a lot of oxalate which is a component of many kidney stones. I've looked at the evidence and I think that warning people about oxalate in the diet is mostly protecting onesself from liability. Drinking plenty of water would probably go a lot farther to preventing kidney stones than radically restricting your diet / making a fetish. ...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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What causes kidney stones? Is it hereditary? My mom had them and now my brother.

What causes kidney stones?  Is it hereditary?  My mom had them and now my brother.

Risk factors: Risks include: family or personal history of kidney stones, being an adult over 40, being male, dehydration, diet that's high-protein, high-sodium and high-sugar, gastric bypass surgery, inflammatory bowel disease or chronic diarrhea. Diseases that may increase your risk of kidney stones include renal tubular acidosis, cystinuria, hyperparathyroidism and certain urinary tract infections. ...Read more

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Egg protein can cause kidney stones?

Egg protein can cause kidney stones?

Egg protein: Egg protein itself will not promote kidney stones. Animal protein from muscle will promote kidney stones. Egg protein is pH neutral and is not going to release as much calcium from bone as muscle protein, which is acid and thus requires bone buffering after ingestion. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones cause anemia? Thank you.

Can kidney stones cause anemia? Thank you.

Not alone: A very bad chronic kidney infection kept going by a stone can cuase anemia of chronic disease. Very seldom is renal bleeding from a stone severe enough to cause iron deficiency. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones cause bladder incontinence?

Can kidney stones cause bladder incontinence?

No: Stones in the kidneys have no relationship to urinary incontinence. An ureteral stone near the bladder can however, cause bladder irritative symptoms. ...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


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Small, hard mineral deposits made of minerals and acid salts that form inside your kidneys. They can be extremely painful until they pass or are ...Read more