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Does Well Water Cause Kidney Stones
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
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
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
Possibly: Ingestion of large amounts of unfermented soy can encourage the formation of oxalate stones. See: http://articles.Mercola.Com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/29/six-ways-to-keep-kidney-stones-at-bay-from-the-harvard-health-letter.Aspx. ...Read more
Can daily passing of sand-like kidney stones be a cause of chronic lower abdominal pain? If so, how? They are calcium oxalate and phosphate stones.
Gravel in urine: Yes - irritates bladder; To DO: Avoid dehydration; Follow this Diet: avoid spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, and all dry beans; increase Citrate: orange juice 8 oz twice daily; ReaLemon extract: 5 tblspns per day; increase fluid 4 liters/day; only 4 oz meat/day; 4-5 fruits/day; maintain low salt; egg white 2 per day as protein; 25 mg HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) daily to reduce Ca in urine ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps: One of the treatments for kidney stones involves increasing the flow through the kidneys, and water may help some, but an IV of saline (salt water) increases it much more. Drinking salt water is not usually well tolerated, but large volumes of oral or IV fluids that contain various salts and water may help if the stone is not attached or stuck in the ureter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I reduce kidney pain resulting from kidney stones, cystine stones, and persistent renal pain, reducing it naturally by diet.?
Cystine stones: Cystine stones result from a rare genetic disorder that causes Amino Acid cystine to leak through the kidneys and into the urine to form crystals. Alkalinizing urine helps increase cystine solubility. You may want to take sodium bicarbonate tablets for this purpose. Keep yourself well hydrated and take pain/antionflmatory meds as needed. Talk to a urologist to see if the procedure can help you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Of course not: It tastes good, though. There are several sites promoting it as a 'miracle food' that are so silly that i think they must have been written as parodies or practical jokes. ('if we don't break down our water molecules to smaller sizes...') if you actually have some concerns about your liver and/or kidneys (perhaps some abnormal labs), your best guide is your physician. ...Read more
Longshot, but...: Maybe. I treated one patient, during my residency, who had stones composed of crystallized Guaifenesin (a cough suppressant). There are scattered case reports describing this in people who overuse these types of medications. The reason this might be relavent is many otc cough and cold remedies contain antihistamines, but may also contain guaifenesin. It's a longshot! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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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