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Can "stool balls" look like a Kidney stone in a X-RAY?

Can "stool balls" look like a Kidney stone in a X-RAY?

Yes: Especially if there is calcification in the stool ball. It will appear bright white on Xray, just like a kidney stone. Hope this helps! ...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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Is it possible that your kidney stone will pass through your stool?

Is it possible that your kidney stone will pass through your stool?

No: No, unless you have an abnormal connection between your kidney, ureter or bladder and the rectum (ie: fistula). ...Read more

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My husmy husband has multiple kidney stones and has had them for over 2years. Is it normal if he hhas blood in his stools? And she he go to emergency

My husmy husband has multiple kidney stones and has had them for over 2years. Is it normal if he hhas blood in his stools? And she he go to emergency

See DR: The blood in stool is not related to his kidney stones. Blood in the stool always needs to have an evaluation. If the amt of blood has not changed, then go to DR's office If it is worse then go to the ER ...Read more

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My husband's been having loose stools quite often . He's recently had problems with kidney stones and I'm just wondering if this Is connected?

My husband's been having loose stools quite often . He's recently had problems with kidney stones and I'm just wondering if this Is connected?

No, but...: Kidney stones are not directly connected with loose stools, but the drugs used for stone-related issues such as antibiotics, pain medication, or alpha-blockers, e.g., tamsulosin, may indirectly induce loose stools. So, trace down the onset of loose stools in association with the timing of starting medications, and bring those to Doc for review, analysis, more Hx, physicals, and possible tests... ...Read more

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I passed a kidney stone one week ago and psin meds constipated me. Now I have flat to penicil thin stool and excess mucus. What can cause this?

I passed a kidney stone one week ago and psin meds constipated me. Now I have flat to penicil thin stool and excess mucus.  What can cause this?

Constipation: This may very well be related to your bowel recovering from a bout of drug(likely opioid) induced constipation. Sometimes, when motility is acute affected it can take time for things to normalize. You may want sure your fiber intake is good, along with you staying hydrated, and active(activity helps constipation). If things fail to resolve in the next several days to week seek in person help. ...Read more

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Hi. I was put on a med for the last mth to hopefully help pass a kidney stone. ive experienced some severe pain at times but now I have quite a bit of blood in my stool .... is this expected to happen

Hi. I was put on a med for the last mth to hopefully help pass a kidney stone.
ive experienced some severe pain at times but now I have quite a bit of blood in my stool .... is this expected to happen

Not likely: There would not be any direct connection traditionally between passing a kidney stone and blood in stool. It's hard to distinguish what it might be in this venue. It's important whether it's bright red or dark/tarry. Regardless, it is worth getting seen by your primary physician as soon as you can. If the amount of blood increases or your feel dizzy/light-headed, go the to the ER. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones cause blood in stool?

Can kidney stones cause blood in stool?

Stones and BM: Kidney stones should not cause blood from rectum -- however, if you are bleeding thru bladder, then blood could enter toilet same time as a BM. ...Read more

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For the past few months, i've had small stones in my stool don't look like pics of kidney stones, more like small lemon seeds... Should I be worried?

For the past few months, i've had small stones in my stool don't look like pics of kidney stones, more like small lemon seeds... Should I be worried?

Wonder about food: It is sure not related to kidneys. Partially digested material? Go over everything you eat, you probably will find a reason for stool stones. ...Read more

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With kidney stones can it cause chest pain? Also is it normal to have tarry or black stool with 800 mg ibuprofin?

With kidney stones can it cause chest pain? Also is it normal to have tarry or black stool with 800 mg ibuprofin?

CP: 1. Kidney stones do not normally cause chest pain, it more of flank pain 2. Black tarry stools means you are bleeding in the gut. This is a medical emergency. You need to stop taking Ibuprofen immediately. 3. Go to er now. ...Read more

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Bloody urine 3x in 2 days other times clear. Stool, blood wrk nrml. I have 3 kidney stones. No pain. Feel lightheaded at times. Causes? I'm worried

Bloody urine 3x in 2 days other times clear.  Stool, blood wrk nrml. I have 3 kidney stones. No pain.  Feel lightheaded at times. Causes? I'm worried

Blood in urine: Given that you have 3 kidney stones, it is likely that the hematuria is because of the stones. Absence of pain is unusual but not unheard of. Other poss include cyst or tumor. Ultrasound would show these. And then a renal disease can bleed, such as glomerulonephritis. A check with ultrasound and U/A and blood work asap is warranted. ...Read more

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I have kidney stone and osteoporosis what calcium supplement i s best if any?

I have kidney stone and osteoporosis what calcium supplement i s best if any?

two are okay: Calcium citrate and calcium lactate. Both ultimately could increase citrate in urine which is a good thing. But need to have 24 hour urine follow up to make sure calcium excretion in urine is not substantial. ...Read more

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My spouse takes nine pot citrate ER tabs 100's 10meq daily to prevent kidney stones. Is there an alternative medication that is less onerous.

My spouse takes nine pot citrate ER tabs 100's 10meq daily to prevent kidney stones.  Is there an alternative medication that is less onerous.

Here are someā€¦: Thus far, potassium citrate has remained the most tolerable, available drug for urinary stone prevention. To make potassium citrate more palatable or tolerable, you may adjust its dose under professional guidance. Besides, maintaining a daily urinary output > 2500 mL and decreasing oral consumption of salt, red meat, & dairy products by some 50% are essential. ...Read more

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Advice for kidney stone?

Advice for kidney  stone?

Kidney stone.: Kidney stones up to 5mm in size will predictably pass on their own. Just drink plenty of water so you produce a lot of urine, dilate those ureters and allow the stone to pass. It may hurt while it's on its way out, but it'll pass. Bigger stones will likely get stuck and will cause tremendous pain and will have to be removed by lithotripsy or cystoscopy. ...Read more

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How to fight kidney stone?

How to fight kidney stone?

A metabolic work-up : The best way to fight stones is to understand your metabolism. I believe that most stone formres should have a metabolic work-up. This should include blood levels of calcium, 24 hour urinalysis (looking at calcium, citrate, oxalate, etc). Good intake of water avoiding certain foods (high in calcium, oxalate) and medications (citarte, diuretics) may be necessary to fight stones. ...Read more

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Kidney stone of 12mm size?

Kidney stone of 12mm size?

Yeah, that's big.: A stone up to 5mm in size will predictably pass, with variable degrees of pain. A 12mm stone is going to get stuck if it decides to move out of the kidney. You should get that stone managed before it starts to move. ...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