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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Kidney Stones (Overview)

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 broken up by ultrasound.


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What r kidney stone symptoms?

What r kidney stone symptoms?

Pain: Depends. Sometimes are symptom free for years but if they start to move from kidney down the ureter people can experience intense pain that can come and go but usually some degree of continuous pain. As the stone move down toward the bladder the pain may change from the midback area moving down toward the bladder. People say this is one of the worst pains. Go to er or see your doctor asap. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
64 Doctors shared insights

Kidney Stones (Overview)

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 broken up by ultrasound.


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How does kidney stone medicine affect sperm?

How does kidney stone medicine affect sperm?

It doesn't: It really doesn't affect sperm production. Sperm is produced in the testicles and renal stones are formed in the kidneys. ...Read more

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Treating Kidney Stones (Checklist)

Drink two to three quarts of water every day
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Use over-the-counter naproxen or ibuprofen for pain relief
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Let your doctor know if you have a fever or can't hold down food
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What exactly happens when a kidney stone passes out of the kidney?

What exactly happens when a kidney stone passes out of the kidney?

See below: When a stone passes out from the kidney it goes into the ureter which is a tube connecting the kidney to the urinary bladder. Depending on the size of the stone, it may either stay in the ureter and cause obstruction (with pain & blood in urine) or passes into the urinary bladder. From the urinary bladder it may eventually pass through the urethra to the outside. ...Read more

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What are the tests for kidney stone?

What are the tests for kidney stone?

Several: There are several tests used. The best test is the ct scan but has a lot of radiation. In addition, a kub x-ray, kidney ultrasound, and urinalysis are also used as adjunctive tests. ...Read more

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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain that your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain that your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain that your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize your weight gain, and lose weight if you are overweight
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Causes and symptoms of kidney stones are?

Not drinking enough: The most common cause of kidney stones is simply not drinkning enough water. However, there may be other problems as well, so it is important for you to see your doctor so that the appropriate tests may be obtained. ...Read more

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Managing Kidney Dialysis (Checklist)

Do not misss your dialysis sessions
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Eat low-phosphorus foods
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Eat a low-potassium diet
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Can you describe what kidney stones feel like?

Can you describe what kidney stones feel like?

Flank pain: Kidney stones cause pain in the back, the flank, the groin, and sometimes the urethra depending on the stone's location in the process of passing. It feels like the worst pain you have ever had according to many patients. ...Read more

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What are signs of kidney stones on sons?

What are signs of kidney stones on sons?

Likely white areas.: The sonogram/ultrasound is used to see stones that an x ray cannot pick up. They are seen as white/opaque area (s) and may be accompanied by strands/beams of signal around them like those seen with gallstones from the signal passing by/around them. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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Do you prescribe urocit k (potassium citrate) for the prevention of kidney stones?

Do you prescribe urocit k (potassium citrate) for the prevention of kidney stones?

Yes: It can be used to prevent recurrent kidney stones in patients with low urinary citrate. This measurement should be done by a specialized kidney stone laboratory. ...Read more

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Please suggest what food to avoid during a diagnosis of a kidney stone?

Please suggest what food to avoid during a diagnosis of a kidney stone?

None: There is no merit in trying to alter your diet until you see a urologist and determine the most likely cause of your stones. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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Not long ago diagnosed with kidney stone need help?

Not long ago diagnosed with kidney stone need help?

Drink plenty fluids: If the stone is sitting there and was found by accident, the most you can do for yourself is to drink a lot of fluids per day, at least 2 liters.
if you passed a stone, you should retrieve the stone and take it in to your doctor so they can do a stone analysis. That will guide specific therapy if it is available, and it is good practice to drink a lot of fluids to prevent a recurrence. ...Read more

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Why would a woman be prescribed flomax (tamsulosin) after having kidney stones?

Why would a woman be prescribed flomax (tamsulosin) after having kidney stones?

Sm. Muscle relaxer: 'flomax' (tamsulosin) is an Alpha 1a blocker that relaxes smooth muscle around the prostate to aid in urination in men with 'enlarged prostate' (bph). It is also used to 'relax the ureter' in aiding the passage of a small (<5mm) kidney stone. Kidney stones may occur in women, too, so it not unheard of to put a woman on tamsulosin. ...Read more

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Does anyone still use urocit-k for kidney stones?

Does anyone still use urocit-k for kidney stones?

Yes: Potassium citrate is a useful drug for prevention of many, if not most types of stone formation. Though there may be different metabolic defects in different people who form calcium oxalate stones, k-citrate has been shown to improve urinary citrate excretion and thus binding of urinary calcium. In addition, increased urine ph can help reduce uric acid stone formation. ...Read more

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Why flomax (tamsulosin) is used in kidney stones patients?

Why flomax (tamsulosin) is used in kidney stones patients?

Ureter: Because it causes the smooth muscle of the ureter to relax, making it easier for stone to pass if it is not too big. ...Read more

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Does pomegrenate juice prove to be effective in dissolving kidney stones? If yes, what makes it effective?

Does pomegrenate juice prove to be effective in dissolving kidney stones? If yes, what makes it effective?

No: But it can help prevent them. Studies have shown is can lower oxalate levels in the urine, which is a common reason why some people form kidney stones. So while it cannot help dissolve a stone that is already there, it can help prevent them. Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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What works for preventing kidney stones?

Increase fluids: The best method to prevent kidney stones is increasing your water intake. Depending on your stone type, avoiding certain compounds such as oxalate or uric acid will help decrease stone formation. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have kidney stones?

How do you know if you have kidney stones?

Imaging studies: Either x-rays (ct scan or kub) or an ultrasound can show stones. ...Read more

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What causes kidney stones?

What causes kidney stones?

Most just happen: Known causes are not drinking plenty of water, too much milk / antacids (rare), kidney infections (proteus bacteria), vitamin d abuse, some genetic tendencies to absorb too much calcium, and more. Your physician will check you for gout, cystinuria, and hyperparathyroidism. ...Read more

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

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

Renal stone: I am unsure why you would need a 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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Can I safely consume alcohol if I currently have a kidney stone?

Can I safely consume alcohol if I currently have a kidney stone?

A moderate amt is ok: Too much alcohol dehydrates the body and increases purines which lead to uric acid crystals and stone formation ...Read more

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Multiply 3 mm renal calculi? Does this mean kidney stones?

3 mm calculi: Yes, calculus is one stone; calculi are multiple stones; they are small if all are 3 mm or less; multiple 3 mm stones requires determination of cause; if not done, you require 24 hour urine testing for chemical analysis; and blood testing. Meanwhile, increase fluids to 3-4 Liters daily; add 4-5 tablespns ReaLemon Extract daily; follow low salt, low protein diet; reduce oxalate foods also; ...Read more

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Can you tell me how dangerous are kidney stones?

Can you tell me how dangerous are kidney stones?

Depend...: The magnitude of risks from kidney stones is related with the size and location of stone (s) and its (their) related side effects such as infection and obstruction to urine flow leading to kidney infection and damage. For individual detail? Ask urologist timely. Best wish... ...Read more

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Is drinking sprite, 7-up okay for kidney stones given the citric acid content in them?

Is drinking sprite, 7-up okay for kidney stones given the citric acid content in them?

NOT OKAY!!!: I don't think drinking soft drinks is ok for anyone! They have extremely high levels of sugar (esp. High fructose corn syrup) and if "diet" forms then have nutrasweet, which is even more toxic. Anyone who has any interest in being healthy should hardly ever drink this poison! And yes, the acidity worsens risk of kidney stones. See http://texasfarmersmarket. Org/the-hazards-of-drinking-soda/. ...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