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Hi, I'm doing a project on Kidney Stones. the question is, when you get Kidney Stones, how does it affect your digestive system?

Hi, I'm doing a project on Kidney Stones. the question is, when you get Kidney Stones, how does it affect your digestive system?

They don't. : Being kidney stones stay within the urinary system (kidneys, ureters and bladder) they should have no direct effect on the digestive system. Indirectly, though, if you have stone that's stuck and causing severe pain, you could get something called "reactive ileus" wherein the GI tract contractions slow down precipitously. ...Read more

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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Seriously- renal stones are the result of postive and negatively charged particles in urine binding together and precipitating as solids- most frequently as calcium- oxalate. This happens most often when the urine is concentrated- ie when you are dehydrated. And trying to pass these stones from the kidney to the bladder is incredibly painful. ...Read more


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I have kidney stones. Due to this my digestive system remains disturbed. I am suffering from regular constipation. What should I take to get rid of?

I have kidney stones. Due to this my digestive system remains disturbed. I am suffering from regular constipation. What should I take to get rid of?

Please see your Dr.: First, see your doctor and discuss this problem with her/him. High fiber diet (beans/lentils, whole grains, vegetables and fruit with the skin where appropriate). Plenty of water - up to 2 liters a day. Consider a stool softener. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to distinguish kidney stone pain from digestive problems i had one 3 years ago.Pain came back last year, went to doctor he said it's diges and now?

How to distinguish kidney stone pain from digestive problems i had one 3 years ago.Pain came back last year, went to doctor he said it's diges and now?

Pain from kidney: Stones start from the midback and moves to the front/abdomen while digestive problems always start in the abdomen. Blood work, urine test, xrays/ultrasound may help in the diagnosis. Take care! ...Read more

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I weigh 90kg & have been on Tamsulosin for 3 wks to help kidney stone pass. No longer need to take it - how long before it is fully out of my system?

I weigh 90kg  & have been on Tamsulosin for 3 wks to help kidney stone pass. No longer need to take it - how long before it is fully out of my system?

Tamsulosin: generally medication is cleared from the system and for half-lives. with a half-life of 15 hours that means tamsulosin should be cleared from your system within three days ...Read more

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How do kidney stones affect you?

How do kidney stones affect you?

Pain: Having had a stone myself, nothing quite compares. Stones usually only hurt if you try to pass them. If they are in your kidney they may cause blood or get chronically infected. ...Read more

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How do kidney stones affect your kidneys?

How do kidney stones affect your kidneys?

There are a couple: Of ways. They can cause bleeding. Pain is the most common way. Infection is also a possibility. But the largest issue is that of obstruction. If the kidney becomes blocked, the consequences can be serious. Hopefully this is not an issue for you. ...Read more

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I have 6mm kidney stone in my kidney and am in pain dr say u shouldn't b in pain. It's in ur kidney is it possible that it could b stone?

I have 6mm kidney stone in my kidney and am in pain dr say u shouldn't b in pain. It's in ur kidney is it possible that it could b stone?

Obstruction = Pain: Kidney stones that are within the kidney and not causing any obstruction to the flow of urine are generally not symptomatic. If a stone blocks the flow of urine, pressure builds up above the stone causing stretching (hydronephrosis) and deep pain. That said, sometimes a stone can be obstructing a single calyx (see image) and can cause pain, even though the stone is not within the ureter. ...Read more

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I have a kidney stone and can't urinate, should I be worried?

Kidney stones : For sure you have to be worried because if there is an obstruction secondary to the stone this might lead to kidney damage and with time might lead to chronic renal insuficiency and eventually to kidney failure if repetitive obstructions are neglected. Please seek medical attention asap. ...Read more

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Can i take laxatives while taking meds for kidney stones? I haven't had a normal bm in over a week.

Yes: You can use MiraLAX or polyethylene glycol powder a capful in water or juice daily, a dose of sennokot or milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or take a stool softener docusate all available over the counter without need for a prescription. Drink more water. ...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


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