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I have a 7 mm kidney stone will it pass on its on or will it get stuck ? I'm due to fly in aweek scared with the stone !

I have a 7 mm kidney stone will it pass on its on or will it get stuck ? I'm due to fly in aweek scared with the stone !

Depends: Is it still a kidney stone of has it passed into the ureter and is now a ureteral stone? If it is just sitting in the kidney it will probably stay there for some indeterminate time, maybe, "forever". If in the ureter, it can cause pain and blood in the urine as it makes it way down. The chances of stone passage for stones 5-7 mm, 60%; for stones 7-9 mm, 48%. Good luck. ...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


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Is it safe to fly with a 1 CM kidney stone?

Is it safe to fly with a 1 CM kidney stone?

Kidney stone: Yes, as long as you are not the pilot. A 1cm stone, if mobile, can cause colic and obstruction if it gets in the beginning portion of the ureter. Statistically very unlikely to successfully pass such a large stone into the bladder. ...Read more

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I am flying in 2 weeks with a 4mm kidney stone which is in the bottom of my kidney. Minimal to no pain. Will the flight altitude make the stone move?

I am flying in 2 weeks with a 4mm kidney stone which is in the bottom of my kidney. Minimal to no pain. Will the flight altitude make the stone move?

No, but...: Changing altitude will not alter the odd for this 4-mm stone to move, but its timing of moving and dropping is entirely unpredictable so air pilots are advised to be stone-free. As to air passengers, it is up to their choice and risk. Besides, personal past history of stone disease may be a good reference to project how possible a stone in kidney may move, but still not 100% certain. Best wish ... ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly with kidney stones?

Is it safe to fly with kidney stones?

That's fine.: Meaning it's not that high altitude or pressurized cabins will make kidney stones more likely to pass. However, I don't think you'd want a stone to coincidentally get stuck while trying to pass while you were in an airplane. This would give you tremendous pain and there'd be nothing you could do about it. Chance worth taking? ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly with a 2mm kidney stone lodged in the lower pole calyx of the right kidney?

Is it safe to fly with a 2mm kidney stone lodged in the lower pole calyx of the right kidney?

Yes : If you are going to a place with good health care. If going to third world country, they may not be able to help you if it moves into your ureter. ...Read more

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I have a 4 MM Kidney Stone. That is stuck in my bladder, and I'm wondering if it's safe to Fly? The pain is really really BAD. Pain meds no help

Would not fly in pai: How long ago did stone pass? 4 M&M should come out but you may need doctors help. Pain should be less unless stone us impacted (stuck) in ureter or urethra. ...Read more

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5mm kidney stones that hasn't passed and is causing tremendous pain what do I do?

5mm kidney stones that hasn't passed and is causing tremendous pain what do I do?

Get seen!: Kidney stone pain is horrible! Go to an ER now and get help with the pain and help passing the stone. Why suffer? ...Read more

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How long does it take for kidney stones to pass and when should I go to Dr if it doesn't?

How long does it take for kidney stones to pass and when should I go to Dr if it doesn't?

See your doctor.: Kidney stones hurt and you should have pain medication to get you through them. Doctors usually get imaging on the stones to find out their size. If they are more than 7mm they're not likely to pass, less than that they likely do in less than 2-3 days. If they don't there is also medical treatment that ranges from lithotripsy to surgical removal. ...Read more

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I have a kidney stone and i don't think I have the pain thresh hold to pass it would they do surgery to remove it?

I have a kidney stone and i don't think I have the pain thresh hold to pass it would they do surgery to remove it?

Depends upon: Size of stone, location, presence or absence of blockage & degree of pain. Best to discuss your individual case with your urologist. ...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