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Experienced my 2nd kidney stone yesterday. How can I prevent passing another? I'm 26 years old, and yesterday i passed a kidney stone. This was my second experience with a kidney stone, as i also passed one about 15-months ago. As anybody that has experie

Experienced my 2nd kidney stone yesterday. How can I prevent passing another? I'm 26 years old, and yesterday i passed a kidney stone. This was my second experience with a kidney stone, as i also passed one about 15-months ago. As anybody that has experie

Diet modification: You can have your urine analyzed for kidney stone risk factors. My usual recommendations are 1) increase plain water to at least 2 liters a day 2) decrease sodium intake 3) decrease animal protein intake 4) add a teaspoon of real lemon juice to diet daily. ...Read more

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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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Lemon juice can cause kidney stones?

Lemon juice can cause kidney stones?

No: Lemon juice and lemonade are recommended for prevention of kidney stones. Lemonade increases urinary citrate levels. Citrate helps block the formation of certain kinds of calcium-based kidney stones. ...Read more

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For kidney stone patients, is there any value of putting lemon juice in water?

For kidney stone patients, is there any value of putting lemon juice in water?

Depends: There are multiple types of stones, some form in acid pH others in alkaline pH. You may consult this site for dietary advice about kidney stones. www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov. In general drinking more water will help in preventing stones. ...Read more

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I have a stuck 3x7mm kidney stone in lower ureter(minimal/rare pain). Urine flows through. Can drinking lemon juice break up stone over time?

I have a stuck 3x7mm kidney stone in lower ureter(minimal/rare pain). Urine flows through. Can drinking lemon juice break up stone over time?

Depends on the stone: Depending on the chemical composition of the stone (such as calcium oxalate), lemon juice might help slightly, but probably not enough to dissolve the stone. If the stone is made of uric acid, lemon juice won't help. You may need lithotripsy (shock waves) or a cystoscopy to manually remove the stone if it doesn't eventually pass. If the stone is blocking the ureter, it could damage the kidney. ...Read more

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6mm kidney stone not passing-pain lessened but now very foamy bubbly (maybe sandy)urine after drinking lemon juice and vinegar-is this normal?

6mm kidney stone not passing-pain lessened but now very foamy bubbly (maybe sandy)urine after drinking lemon juice and vinegar-is this normal?

Bubbles: Foamy or bubbly urine is usually a sign of some protein in urine or a change in the PH of your urine (the vinegar and lemon juice). If your pain has decreased, it is likely you have passed the stone. 6 mm is at upper end of size that you may pass on own, have your urologist recheck an X-ray to see if stone still present. If it persists, there are ways for MDs to remove the stone. ...Read more

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Past 2months suffering from kidney stone..mild pain pain comes and goes.i get more pain after drinking lemon juice or apple cider vinegar... ?

Past 2months suffering from kidney stone..mild pain pain comes and goes.i get more pain after drinking lemon juice or apple cider vinegar...

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May need it out: If the stone is not passing on its own, you may need to have it removed by a urologist. There are many techniques available depending on the situation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is drinking 8 oz water with juice of a 1/2 lemon suppose to accomplish for kidney stone patients?

What is drinking 8 oz water with juice of a 1/2 lemon suppose to accomplish for kidney stone patients?

Here are some ...: Forming crystals and stones is a constant process and the most important factor to prevent recurrence is keep the concentration of all stone ingredients in the urine for stone formation always below their threshold to form crystals. So, largely, keep 24-hr urine output > 2500 cc constantly. Drinking the fluid like lemon is to supply one of the known stone inhibitors - citrate; so, it may help... ...Read more

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Why does beets juice causes kidney stones?

Why does beets juice causes kidney stones?

Oxalate Levels: Beet juice has high levels of oxalate. If you are prone to forming oxalate stones the beet juice could hasten the stone formation. ...Read more

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Does beet juice get rid of kidney stones?

Does beet juice get rid of kidney stones?

No: Beets contain oxalates, which can increase the risk of kidney stones. Therefore, beets should not be eaten in large quantities by anyone with a history of kidney stones or kidney disease. Eating beets can also cause urine to turn red temporarily which can look frightening, but isn’t a cause for alarm. ...Read more

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Is Noni juice safe to drink when I have kidney stones?

Is Noni juice safe to drink when I have kidney stones?

Noni juice: 33 F asks Is Noni juice safe to drink when I have kidney stones? ANS: most likely. But unless you need to spend money on juices that don't seem to help much I would avoid Noni juice. Wait till there are good studies from the Noni juice team showing it is safe. ...Read more

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When you have a kidney stone, is your urine usually bright lemon yellow?

When you have a kidney stone, is your urine usually bright lemon yellow?

No: A tinge of blood, perhaps. Weird-colored urine most often reflects something in the diet or especially medications -- some makers of overpriced vitamins spike them with stuff that changes the urine color so people will believe they're magic. I wouldn't wish a kidney stone on anyone and hope you'll get diagnosed / treated as required with a good result. ...Read more

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I am suffering from kidney stone which is now in distal ureter. Can i eat carrot or drink carrot juice?

I am suffering from kidney stone which is now in distal ureter. Can i eat carrot or drink carrot juice?

Sure: Nothing in carrot juice is relevant to kidney stone treatment. Drinking lots of water (which the kidney then eliminates) may help push the stone down the ureter. If you are a "stone-former" I suggest you get an evaluation by a nephrologist to determine possible preventive strategies. ...Read more

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I randomly and frequently crave salt and lemons. My kidneys don't filter correctly and I get a lot of kidney stones, could it be related?

I randomly and frequently crave salt and lemons. My kidneys don't filter correctly and I get a lot of kidney stones, could it be related?

See your doctor: It would be helpful to have one of your kidney stones analyzed. Regarding your cravings, be careful with excesses of anything, especially salt. The lemons will offer some citric acid to your system. Small amounts should not be a problem. Talk to your physician. ...Read more

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Does lime juice prove to be effective in dissolving kidney stones?

Does lime juice prove to be effective in dissolving kidney stones?

Depends: There are four major types of kidney stones and once you have a stone the chances of getting another one are 50%. Once the stone is passed, drinking lime juice can help reduce the risk and help if you have calcium stones according to the journal of endourology. See your eurologist. ...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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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