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Why is it that milk can give you a kidney stone?

Why is it that milk can give you a kidney stone?

Not likely: Milk and other dairy products usually has very little to do with kidney stone formation. Unfortuanately, many health care providers still tell patients this. ...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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Could you give me some information about kidney stones?

Could you give me some information about kidney stones?

Huge subject: Can be metabolic, infective, hereditary, related to dehydration. Or urinary stasis. Calcium & uric acid stones due to xs of each chemical in urine > with dehydration & low fluid intake. Subjects w stones need full work-up to discover cause, prevention & optimal treatment. Often cause blockage & severe pain (mild -> worse than childbirth) treatments include medical, surgical/cystoscopic & shockwave. ...Read more

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Will the symptoms of kidney stone always give you pain?

Will the symptoms of kidney stone always give you pain?

Unfortunately not : Some times with only bloody urine, UTI symptoms, and once in a while with fevers and sepsis in the er. ...Read more

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Will giving my husband a massage help him pass a kidney stone faster?

Will giving my husband a massage help him pass a kidney stone faster?

Perhaps: To the best of my knowledge there are no research studies on this, but kidney stones can be very painful and spasms of muscles around the ureters could make it more difficult to pass. Massage can reduce muscle spasm and thus make the stone easier to pass. Consider chanca piedra, an herb that can help dissolve stones; golden coin grass can help too. See http://bit.Ly/1l9vrku ; http://bit.Ly/1f32xev. ...Read more

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Can tea really give you kidney stones?

Can tea really give you kidney stones?

Evidence is scanty: The pop idea is that iced tea is loaded with oxalate the causes stones. Some foods (famously rhubarb) have very high levels & do seem linked with stones. I searched the nih database for the past two decades and found one uncontrolled study in an obscure eastern european journal, two finding green tea drinkers have fewer kidney stones & couldn't find the hyped 2012 "loyola" study. ...Read more

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Will a heating pad give any relief for kidney stone pain ?

Will a heating pad give any relief for kidney stone pain
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It can but careful!: Heat can relieve the pain; have to be careful as it can cause burns. It may also cause some chronic changes in the skin if used for a long time. It is better to get treated. ...Read more

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Hi, I have an 8mm kidney stone in my left kidney that has recently started giving me discomfort. Which procedure is best? SWL or Ureteroscopy?

Hi, I have an 8mm kidney stone in my left kidney that has recently started giving me discomfort.  Which procedure is best? SWL or Ureteroscopy?

Here are some...: Nowadays, transureteroscopic laser stone-breaking with/without post-procedural stent is what I prefer, but the practice in managing symptomatic renal stone has evolved & changed and professional proficiency may sway how kidney stone could be handled. So, ask your urologist although through ureteroscopy is what I prefer. More? Contact me and I can help you. ...Read more

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Kidney stones are regrowth even after removal of it. Give me some advice to get rid off it and please suggest some medicine?

Kidney stones are regrowth even after removal of it. Give me some advice to get rid off it and please suggest some medicine?

See a nephrologist: If kidney stones are recurring, probably need to see a nephrologist. May need further testing to find the cause and for specific treatment based on the test results depending on the type of stone and chemical concentrations in urine. ...Read more

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Woke up with dull pain on left back side, can this be Kidney Stone? Can Kidney Stone give dull pain for a day? When to go to hospital?

May be, but...: More info is needed so to deduce what you got, but getting the health-related things for good medical care has not to be that hard by following instructions described in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. When is the time to see doc? You decide after perusing the suggested article; but if pain is unbearable or starting fever & chill, that is an emergency - to see doctor right away. Best... ...Read more

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I'd rather give birth than pass another kidney stone. Are my kidneys at risk with the stress of chronic attacks and passing stones?14 in 10 months.

I'd rather give birth than pass another kidney stone. Are my kidneys at risk with the stress of chronic attacks and passing stones?14 in 10 months.

Kidney injury: Fortunately, a kidney needs to be completely obstructed for a prolonged time (ie. 1 month) before any permanent damage occurs. However, frequent stone passage may increase risks of infection and scar tissue formation within the ureter. ...Read more

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Can consuming taro/colocasia give you kidney stones? I didn't know it could because of oxalate and ate a dish rich in them? Will I get kidney stones?

Can consuming taro/colocasia give you kidney stones? I didn't know it could because of oxalate and ate a dish rich in them? Will I get kidney stones?

Here are some...: The factors contributing to urinary stone formation chiefly result from genetic factors, which could not be altered. Have you been a recurrent stone former? If not and with other pertinent factors, I would not worry about what you may eat or drink as long as being in moderation. To delve into how to handle life reality, go to http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter05.html . ...Read more

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I have kidney pain when I drink coffee. I'll stop drinking it but do you think it will give me kidney stones, and is this normal?

I have kidney pain when I drink coffee. I'll stop drinking it but do you think it will give me kidney stones, and is this normal?

Unclear.: "Kidney pain" is rare and usually only accompanies significant illness, like infection or stones. It is not clear that your coffee is causing pain in your kidneys, and coffee is not well related to flank pain in general. Kidney stones have both genetic and dietary predispositions; they are rare in people your age. Please see a doctor to determine the true cause of your flank pain and discuss. ...Read more

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My mother has a 5.8mm kidney stone. What is the water level that she has to take daily. And kindly please give other diet info to pass the stone away.

My mother has a 5.8mm kidney stone. What is the water level that she has to take daily. And kindly please give other diet info to pass the stone away.

No specific amount: Where is the stone? If in the ureter, a stone this size has about 15% chance of passage. Alpha blockers may relax the ureter to give more room for the stone to pass. May take a few days to a few weeks to pass. Endoscopic basket extraction is the next step depending on factors such as hydronephrosis, pain control.... Space is limited so "google" some of these terms.Diet will not help passage. ...Read more

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Can a 500 mg dose of vitamin c give you kidney stones or is it unlikely?

Can a 500 mg dose of vitamin c give you kidney stones or is it unlikely?

Yes: Kidney stones are comprised of various minerals, and chemical factors of an individual's urine will affect which minerals can precipitate out to form stones. For instance, increased urinary concentration of oxalate can increase the risk of calcium oxalate-based stones. The body metabolizes Vitamin C into oxalate, so theoretically Vitamin C supplementation can increase one's risk for stones. ...Read more

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12mm kidney stone?

12mm kidney stone?

Big one: It will require intervention to excise. Also, get your calcium and parathyroid hormone levels checked. ...Read more

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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