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I have a 0.7 CM non-obstructing kidney stone at the right side of my kidney. Can it be carried through water therapy? Its been almost a month.

I have a 0.7 CM non-obstructing kidney stone at the right side of my kidney. Can it be carried through water therapy? Its been almost a month.

Probably not..., but: The described 0.7-cm size is large than what professionally advised to wait and see. Generally speaking, some 85 % of stones of <0.4 cm would pass through ureter in 2 wks; but it doesn't mean the <0.4-cm ones would always pass and the >0.4-cm ones would never pass. Yet, if stone-related pain is tolerable and the dilation of ureter.Kidney is not severe, few >0.4 cm stones may pass in 1-4 months. ...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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Can someone tell me if shockwave therapy for kidney stones is painful?

Can someone tell me if shockwave therapy for kidney stones is painful?

Not really painful: Extracorporal lithotripsy is not really painful.They sit you in a water tank and use ultrasound to break the stone and it can be a little uncomfortable but you are given sedation and some are given anesthesia. ...Read more

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I have kidney stones. Should i get a stent in the kidney or shock wave therapy?

I have kidney stones. Should i get a stent in the kidney or shock wave therapy?

You might need both: Shock wave therapy, or lithotripsy, is the primary therapy for large kidney stones that cause symptoms such as pain or recurrent infection. If stones dislodge from the kidney and migrate into the ureter, shock wave therapy is not used. Often after shockwave therapy, a stent is placed to help the passage of the residual particles from the kidney to the bladder and to prevent obstruction. ...Read more

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Recently I have been identified with Gall & kidney stone. Kidney stone is cleared after flush therapy. Gall stone any medicine available. ?

Recently I have been identified with Gall & kidney stone. Kidney stone is cleared after flush therapy.   Gall stone any medicine available. ?

Sort of: There is a medicine called Actigall (ursodiol) that helps some people. It only works on certain types of gallstones, and if it works, it is needed for life because the stones will re-form if it is stopped. Nothing is necessary if you are not having problems with it though. Most people who have symptoms decide to have the GB removed. ...Read more

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Is 6mm kidney stone removed by water?

Is 6mm kidney stone removed by water?

Here are some ...: Largely, 85% of patients will pass a 4-mm stone through the ureter in 2 weeks; of course, it comes with price of pain. Meanwhile, a smaller stone than 4 mm doesn't mean it will pass and >4 mm up to 10 mm doesn't mean it will never pass. So, historical virification of the side and size of stone passed may be very useful for observation and reassurance. For individual detail, ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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Is it normal to retain water with kidney stones?

Is it normal to retain water with kidney stones?

Usually not: It is important to keep drinking water to minimize the effects of the stone. Retaining water is not typical unless the water intake is significantly increased. ...Read more

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I drink 2 liters of water daily but i don't feel the urge to go to the toilet until night,i have kidney stones,is this the cause?

Water: The amount of urine that you drink is certainly what is recommended. The fact that you don't feel the urge is not related to kidney stones. Having kidney stones can cause pain, nausea, vomiting and lead to dehydration. If the stone is causing blockage, that can certainly also decrease urine output from that kidney ...Read more

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Doc doubted kidney stones and suggested D3 tabs and loads water. Is it correct?

Doc doubted kidney stones and suggested D3 tabs and loads water. Is it correct?

D3 and water: Is always good. Kidney stones can be made out of many things. Regardless, staying well hydrated ALWAYS makes it harder for minerals to precipitate into stones, D would help calcium go into your bones instead of your urine. If they are uric acid stones, L-methylfolate, B12, & active B6 (P5P) will reduce your blood homocysteine and uric acid levels which will help without having to take a drug. ...Read more

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Daily how much water drink to avoid kidney stones and constipation?

Daily how much water drink to avoid kidney stones and constipation?

1-2 Liters of water: 8-10 glasses of filtered water daily. May add coconut water 4-5/week. Plenty of fresh vegetables & greens should help constipation. ...Read more

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Could the filtered tap water i'm drinking be causing my kidney stones?

Could the filtered tap water i'm drinking be causing my kidney stones?

No: Folks with a history of kidney stones generally benefit from drinking plenty of water. I'm sorry anyone suggested that a simple water filter was a problem. ...Read more

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4mm kidney stone in bladder severe pain when flow of urine slows down. drinkin lots of water. when should stone pass on its own?

4mm kidney stone in bladder severe pain when  flow of urine slows down. drinkin lots of water. when should stone pass on its own?

Bladder stone: No telling how long. 4mm stone should pass but will be painful. If you do not pass it in next 5-7 days, discuss urologist going and getting it with a scope. Best of luck with this. OUCH!! Dr R ...Read more

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I was released from hospital 5 days ago with kidney stone. Was told 6mm. Been drinking lots of water. How much time is needed for stone to pass?

I was released from hospital 5 days ago with kidney stone.  Was told 6mm. Been drinking lots of water.  How much time is needed for stone to pass?

Depends: Spontaneous passage depends on size(diameter)of stone: Under 5mm:75%,5-7mm:60%,More than 7mm:under 40%. I am sure you were told to strain your urine. If no passage in 2 weeks it is probably a good idea to intervene by your urologist. Also if pain control is a problem. Location of stone is also a factor.Follow your urologist's recommendation. Best wishes for you. ...Read more

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I have a kidney stone and it just sits there no matter how much water I drink. Can I get rid of it through shockwaves or will it require surgery?

I have a kidney stone and it just sits there no matter how much water I drink. Can I get rid of it through shockwaves or will it require surgery?

Kidney stones: Both of those are options for treatment of the stone. The lithotripsy (shockwaves) uses sounds waves to break apart the stone thus allowing you to pass them. Surgical retrieval is basically just that. However, most of the time they are left alone unless they are causing a problem. Speak with your doctor or urologist ...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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I hear kidney stones can be incredibly painful. Does drinking lots of water (staying hydrated) greatly diminish the risk of developing kidney stones?

I hear kidney stones can be incredibly painful.  Does drinking lots of water (staying hydrated) greatly diminish the risk of developing kidney stones?

Kidney stones: 42 M from CA: Does drinking lots of H2O greatly dimenish risk kidney stones? ANS- formation of stones depends on many things. Dilution of stone forming chemicals is a way to stop. In theory at least. But evidence that increasing H20 decreases risk in general has not been tested that I am aware of. Worry about other things unless u/family have had stones. If so find cause of stones & Rx that. ...Read more

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Will drinking to much water cause kidney stones?

Will drinking to much water cause kidney stones?

No: Quite the contrary. Water intake is one of the most important aspects of prevention. ...Read more

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Can you get kidney stones from drinking well water?

Can you get kidney stones from drinking well water?

Thanks for asking!: This depends on the mineral constituents of the well water and your family history. Renal stones tend to run in families and are often due to subtle abnormalities in various biochemical metabolic pathways. This could make a person susceptible to stones depending on the make up of the well water. Well water should always be tested if individuals have had or have a family history of stones. ...Read more

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Does barley water help with kidney stones?

Does barley water help with kidney stones?

It may, but the idea: Is to pass more fluids through kidneys to wash particles away. This may be achieved by just drinking excess of 2-3 liters (quarts) a day. Barley, causes diuresis (like beer) hence the reputation. But citrated fluids e.g. Limeade, crystal lite, fresca, add citrate to urine which prevents particle aggregation making stones. I prefer the latter drinks. If chf, fluid intake needs doctor supervision. ...Read more

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Is it true that drinking coconut water can destroy kidney stones?

Is it true that drinking coconut water can destroy kidney stones?

Probably not: Although increased fluids are helpful in preventing kidney stones i can't think of any reason why coconut water would dissolve stones. ...Read more

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How many cups of water daily will effectively prevent kidney stones?

How many cups of water daily will effectively prevent kidney stones?

Drink enough water: So that your urine is watery, colorless and odorless. Depending on your size, muscularity, physical activity, and weather, the amount of water intake needed to keep urine dilute will vary. ...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