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Is 2-3mm considered to be a big kidney stone and can it pass without you knowing it?

Is 2-3mm considered to be a big kidney stone and can it pass without you knowing it?

Not big: A 2-3 mm kidney stone is not considered large but still can cause a tremendous amount of pain. These smaller stones will usually pass. It is stones over 3mm that may need help passing although even some larger stones will pass on their own as well. ...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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How big is a 4mm kidney stone?

How big is a 4mm kidney stone?

about: It is a little larger than 1/8 of an inch. ...Read more

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Is a 5 mm kidney stone considered big or small?

Borderline: Small enough to possibly pass on its own (usual case), too large if it gets stuck ; requires medical intervention. Good luck!. ...Read more

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What happens when a kidney stone is too big to pass?

What happens when a kidney stone is too big to pass?

Kidney Boulder: Your doctor may recommend a procedure called extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (swl). Swl uses sound waves to create strong vibrations (shock waves) that break the stones into tiny pieces that can be passed in your urine. If that doesn't work then the stone can be surgically removed using small telescopes and instruments inserted through a small incision in your back. ...Read more

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How big does a kidney stone need to be before I get a shockwave?

How big does a kidney stone need to be before I get a shockwave?

Depend...: Shockwave rx (eswl) for urinary stone is advised for less than some 1.5 cm. But the stone density and past response to eswl may sway this fix rule. Besides, the frequency of using eswl has change and evolved over the past 10-15 yrs due to the availability of fine, smaller instruments coupling with the best-ever optical visualization, resulting in some 65% of stones ... By scope, not eswl today. ...Read more

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What would happen if a kidney stone was too big to pass but it went untreated?

What would happen if a kidney stone was too big to pass but it went untreated?

Depends: A large kidney stone that does not pass may obstruct the flow of urine from the kidney to the bladder, causing the "urine collecting system" of the kidney to dilate or expand. If this happens for a prolonged period, damage to the kidney may result, decreasing its overall function. Stones more than 5 mm may need treatment and should be addressed by a urologist. ...Read more

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How do I tell when I've passed a kidney stone? Will I see a big thing in toilet?

Pain reief,see stone: Reief comes when a painful kidney stone is no longer obstructing & has likely reached the bladder. Stones small enough to reach bladder, usually 6mm or smaller are then small enough to exit when you urinate. Often can be felt passing thru urethra. It can be caught if you filter your urine or can be seen in toilet bowl. It will be small, often only 2-4 mm in diam., even if it felt like a rock. ...Read more

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Have got kidney stone measuring 0.5mm. Is it big size as the pain keeps coming and going on my side. Is the size big to worry of?

Have got kidney stone measuring 0.5mm. Is it big size as the pain keeps coming and going on my side. Is the size big to worry of?

Small ones are more: Likely to induce pain. Why? Because stone surfaces are composed of crystals with sharp surgaces plus ureters are typcally both very sensitive to irritation & constrict in response to pain, thus visious cycle. Big stones in renal pelvis do not readily enter ureters. Small stones more easily pass into ureters. Always catch stone to identify which of 4 types with goal to help prevent recurrances. ...Read more

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Nonobstructing kidney stone measuring 0.7 cm. Is that too big to pass or will I need surgery?

Nonobstructing kidney stone measuring 0.7 cm. Is that too big to pass or will I need surgery?

Lithotripsy: The stone may be too big pass on its own. Discuss with your doctor if you may be a candidate for lithotripsy. The procedure uses sound waves to break up the stone so that the fragments may pass in the urine. ...Read more

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What are the options to remove a kidney stone if it is as big as a crab apple?

Multiple: If a large stone is in the kidney, the urologist may recommend a percutaneous nephrolithotomy (pnl) where the stone is blasted with an energy device that is inserted through a small incision in the flank. Some stones 2, .5cm or less would respond the shock wave therapy. Also, an ureteroscopy could be performed, with the understanding that the patient may need additional procedures to be stone free. ...Read more

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I'm a dude I have a kidney stone its 2mm big. Can i masterbate with it in me, it's still passing? Will it hurt if I do masterbate before it passes?

Should Be OK: Masterbation should have no effect on the stone passing down the ureter. If it helps to relieve congestion of the prostate gland (the source of much of the ejaculate fluid), then passage through the prostatic urethra might be a little easier. ...Read more

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12 mm kidney stone lipotripsy didn't work want to do a pcnl anyway of passing the stone when is it to big for my kidney. Grew from an 8 mm two years ago?

12 mm kidney stone lipotripsy didn't work want to do a pcnl anyway of passing the stone when is it to big for my kidney. Grew from an 8 mm two years ago?

No.: Unfortunately stones more than 5mm cannot usually pass on their own, so intervention is often needed. If lithotripsy did not work, then percutaneous therapy may be needed. ...Read more

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Is there anyway you can find out how big a kidney stone is without going to the doctor?

Is there anyway you can find out how big a kidney stone is without going to the doctor?

See answer: The size of a kidney or ureteral stone can only be determined by an imaging study: ct scan, kub, and renal ultrasound are the most commonly used imaging studies. Ct: most accurate study for detecting the presence of a stone in kidney or ureter. If the stone is visualized on kub, this is the most accurate for correct size. Renal ultrasound: least commonly used and not best for ureteral stones. ...Read more

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What to do if I have severe pains under my rib cage in my back. Could this be a big kidney stone?

Possibly: Stone pain is usually depends upon presence of blockege. There are other causes of such back pain, i. E spinal disc, muscular, aortic anurism, pancreatitis etc. Best to consult your dr., or go to an er if pain is very severe. ...Read more

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Monthsago had surgery to remove kidney stone and still get foam in my urine. Especially when I hold it. Is that normal?(big mocha+caffiene drinker)

Monthsago had surgery to remove kidney stone and still get foam in my urine. Especially when I hold it. Is that normal?(big mocha+caffiene drinker)

Unrelated: What you are seeing is likely normal. Passing foamy urine now and then is normal, for the speed of urination and other factors can influence this. But you should see your doctor if you have persistently foamy urine that becomes more noticeable over time. This can be a sign of protein in your urine (proteinuria), which requires further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have severe pains under my rib cage in my flank. Could this be a big kidney stone?

I have severe pains under my rib cage in my flank. Could this be a big kidney stone?

See below: These are symptoms that require a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after obtaining this informstion, can he/she adequately diagnose and treat you. ...Read more

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How long can it take for a big kidney stone to cause a kidney infection? A few days? A few weeks?

How long can it take for a big kidney stone to cause a kidney infection? A few days? A few weeks?

Depends on size: And location. You might have it for years and not get any infection. ...Read more

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Will staying adequately hydrated greatly reduce risk of developing a kidney stone? How big a factor does genetics play? I'm terrified of getting one

Will staying adequately hydrated greatly reduce risk of developing a kidney stone?  How big a factor does genetics play?  I'm terrified of getting one

Kidney stones: 43 M asks about hydra trio and kidney stones and genetics. ANS: depends on the kind of stones.
Some strongly inherited. Look at your family tree. No stones worry less. Tests in stone formers on hydration decreasing stones are not strongly positive. But those who live in hot dry areas more likely to get stones. ...Read more

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For about the past 3 years i have had to strain/push really hard to urinate. I'm 25yoF w/kidney stone on right side too big to pass. What could be wrong?

For about the past 3 years i have had to strain/push really hard to urinate. I'm 25yoF w/kidney stone on right side too big to pass. What could be wrong?

Urologist: You have had 3 years of difficulty with voiding. You had a kidney stone but that is not related. See a urologist. They will order a voiding cystogram. This will allow them to study your bladder which may be abnormal. You may benefit from treatment. You may need other tests. You may have had kidney damage. ...Read more

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Where to go urologist or nephrologist? Case for 5.5mm kidney stone non obstructive? Is it big or can pass by drinking water?

Where to go urologist or nephrologist? Case for 5.5mm kidney stone non obstructive? Is it big or can pass by drinking water?

Stone in kidney: This size stone may pass on its own if you drink 4-5 liters of fluid per day. Be sure to include at least one quart of lemonade or lemon extract added to water. If you use ReaLemon extract, add 5 teaspoons to each quart of water you drink. This will help. Minimize salt. Minimize animal protein. Push the fluids daily. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a kidney stone to grow from 3mm to 2cm in 2 months?

Is it possible for a kidney stone to grow from 3mm to 2cm in 2 months?

Doubtful: If the 3mm value was from an x-ray and you had a subsequent ct or ultrasound it is possible that the subsequent exam could have demonstrated a larger, but uncalcified matrix that would not show up on a plain x-ray. ...Read more

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How much will it hurt to pass a 3mm kidney stone? How long is the pain going to last?

Stone pain: Even small stone can cause tremendous pain....3mm stone has 70-80% chance of passing without doctor intervention... But still painful. ...Read more

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Can a 3mm kidney stone be passed w/o surgery?

Yes: Yes, I have seen many 3mm stones pass on their own. However, I have also seen and operated on patients who can't pass 3 mm stones. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take a 3mm kidney stone to pass through each stage?

Variable: Each patient is different. A stone may stay in the kidney for years or pass in a few minutes. ...Read more

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I passed a 3mm kidney stone last night but getting waves of severe pain in the same kidney for the last 90 min. Am I passing more stones?

Could be: If the pain has persisted for two hours, you may wish to visit an emergency department for pain relief. Your guess about passing more stone is as good any as the cause of pain. I would recommend a visit to ER. ...Read more

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Is ureteroscopy safe for 3mm kidney stone in lower pole for me? How many chances are there of complications? How soon will i be able to sail?

Renal stone: I am unsure why you would need an ureteroscopy for a non-obstructing lower pole stone? A 3 mm stone in the lower pole of the kidney, would need an eswl treatment at best. I would consider another opinion. ...Read more

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I have 3mm kidney stone. It isn't obstructing anything. I have 0 pain. We tried to get it out with meds but it didn't work. Is it safe to go on vacations?

Maybe: A small stomach that can be very problematic and will cause you pain if it gets caught in the ureter. Is also very likely that you can completely pass this stone make sure you stay very hydrated if you are going to a warm place for vacation it will be very important to drink a lot of water be close to medical attention if you have an acute pain from a stone in the ureter good luck. ...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