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I get random,very sharp pains under my left shoulder blade that last seconds.I know I have a kidney stone there,Is that it moving? thanks!

I get random,very sharp pains under my left shoulder blade that last seconds.I know I have a kidney stone there,Is that it moving? thanks!

Unlikely related: Most likely the pain is unrelated to the kidney stone since the kidney stone pain would most likely persist. They often cause blood in the urine which you may or may not see. Most often it does change the color of the urine, however. ...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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I have kidney stones and now pain when I eat could something be wrong Besides the stones? I also am having a sharp pain behind my right shoulder blade

I have kidney stones and now pain when I eat could something be wrong Besides the stones? I also am having a sharp pain behind my right shoulder blade

? Gallstones: While unrelated to kidney stones, it's not impossible to also be experiencing colicky pain from cholelithiasis. Gallstone pain is typically precipitated from the ingestion of fatty foods, and is manifested as pain under the right rib cage and penetrating toward the back ("under your shoulder blade"). Gallstones are typically radiolucent and, therefore, need to be seen on US or CT scan. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones cause shoulder pain?

Can kidney stones cause shoulder pain?

Possible : It is possible to have an abdominal problem cause pain in the shoulder but as far as kidney stones causing shoulder pain, it is unlikely. ...Read more

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How to properly treat neck shoulder arm pain caused from kidney stones?

treat the source: If you truly have shoulder pain from kidney stones, the proper treatment would be to get rid of the kidney stones. ...Read more

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I had a kidney stone before but it was passed before 10days, but there is slightly pain left in my kidney or may b in ureter. i don't knw the reason ?

I had a kidney stone before but it was passed before 10days, but there is slightly pain left in my kidney or may b in ureter. i don't knw the reason ?

Stone: I would suggest a urinalysis and an exam to make sue you don't have a UTI. You may need an X-ray to make sure it's not a new or residual stone. Also you should have a CT Urogram or IVP if you've never had one to make sure there are no anatomical issues. ...Read more

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What can b done to lessen kidney stone pain?

Narcotics: Narcotics (opiates) are the mainstay for pain relief. Examples includes oxycodone, morphine and dilaudid. Additional choices such as tylenol can help. Alpha blockers such as Flomax or uroxatral (alfuzosin) can relax the ureters and assist in stone passage. Remember to drink fluids to produce 2+ liters of urine daily. If admitted, request a pca (patient controlled IV anesthesia pump). ...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 to have a 1.5 inch kidney stone surgically removed. How long will i b in hospital typically and how large will the incision be?

I have to have a 1.5 inch kidney stone surgically removed. How long will i b in hospital typically and how large will the incision be?

Ask Doc...: Nowadays in the us, open surgery to remove kidney stone of 1.5 inch still can be done with telescope with stone breaker through 1-2 incisions of 1.5-2 cm over the flank/back safely with 0-2 days of hospital stay. But, occasionally, open surgery is needed for unusual technical and anatomical difficulty. For individual details, ask attending doc timely. Best wish and luck... ...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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How to get a kidney stone?

How to get a kidney stone?

Metabolic issue.: Kidney stones are initiated by metabolic derangements in the handling of urinary oxalate, uric acid or calcium, for example. These derangements can be hereditary, and they allow for crystals of these substances to form. These crystals serve as a nidus for stone creation. ...Read more

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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

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How often is kidney stone pain?

How often is kidney stone pain?

Depends on site: If the stone is in the ureter (kidney to bladder tube), there is something call "peristalsis", which helps move things along. That would mean a periodicity to the pain: every few minutes. However, if the stone is in the kidney, and blocking the exit, it may be a constant pain; if it is in the urethra (exiting), it may be excrutiating and constant! ...Read more

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What makes a kidney stone grow?

What makes a kidney stone grow?

Depends: Depends on the type and the reason for the stones. Generally hydration (6-8 glasses of water per day), and citrus juice (lemonade/orange) are helpful. See a urologist if you have recurrent stones (all of the time), for a metabolic stone workup which will examine your urine. ...Read more

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How to remove 9 mm kidney stone?

How to remove 9 mm kidney stone?

ESWL,fluids,etc.: Whatever can dissolve or break down the stone is used to remove it. For example, eawl or extracorporial shock wave lithotripsy use shock waves to break up the stone from outside the body. Meanwhile patients are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids to hopefully pass the stone on the urine. If these and other things fail then surgery might be done, as a last option. ...Read more

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How to get a kidney stone passed?

Kidney stones: Medical "expulsive therapy" involves using one or more medications (tamsulisin, ketorolac etc) to dilate and/or relax the ureter, in conjunction with pain control and vigorous oral hydration. The success rate of this approach depends on the size of the stone, your particular ureteral anatomy and your willingness to endure some discomfort in the process. ...Read more

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What causes a black kidney stone?

What causes a black kidney stone?

Black kidney stone: The only sure way to tell what a kidney stone is made of is to send it off to a lab for analysis. Once it is complete, you will have a non-speculative answer to your question. ...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


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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