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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. 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 also. 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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Is kidney stone caused by coffee?

Is kidney stone caused by coffee?

The reverse: Actually, coffee can lead to more dilute urine which can help prevent kidney stones. ...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

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


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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