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What does a kidney stone look like when it passes?

What does a kidney stone look like when it passes?

Depends: Kidney stones have various composition. The color of the stone, which is quite small and irregular in shape, can be brownish, yellowish and rarely white. Some have integrated blood and are reddish. Always a good idea to collect the stone and give it to your doctor for analysis to help with prevention of another. ...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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Does some kidney stones look like a piece of plaque? And do you run fever after passing it?

Does some kidney stones look like a piece of plaque? And do you run fever after passing it?

Fever not normal: Stones can have varied appearances, but you should not have fever on passing a stone. Fever is suggestive of infection and you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it feel like when you pass a kidney stone?

What does it feel like when you pass a kidney stone?

Passing kidney stone: Relief, up until that point they can be very 'uncomfortable'. ...Read more

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What exactly does it feel like to pass a kidney stone?

What exactly does it feel like to pass a kidney stone?

Severe flank pain: Lucky if only moderately painful, sharp, stabbing & can be continuous, can be agonizing. Women who have given birth & had kidney stones report that kidney stone pain is worse. Pain can radiate round from back & into groin. ...Read more

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Sensation like I'm about to wet my pants. Did I pass a kidney stone, what to do?

Sensation like I'm about to wet my pants. Did I pass a kidney stone, what to do?

Here are some. ..: While a kidney stone passing and reaching the very end of the ureter, the patient may alter how s/he urinates and thereby feel some degree of urinary hesitancy. Besides, superimposed infection with cystitis may induce urinary urgency and frequency. Otherwise, kidney stone alone will not affect how you urinate. More? Ask Urologist timely in detail. ...Read more

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I have had a kidney stone pass before but what does spasm of rib cage feel like what s the difference in symptoms?

I have had a kidney stone pass before but what does spasm of rib cage feel like what s the difference in symptoms?

KIDNEY STONE: Rib issues are generally as tender as they are painful. Stones are more pain than tenderness. Kidney stone pain is not helped by position or rest either. ...Read more

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How long should it take to pass a 6mm kidney stone once it feels like it's near my clitorous and tearing me? Is flomax (tamsulosin) okay for females?

How long should it take to pass a 6mm kidney stone once it feels like it's near my clitorous and tearing me? Is flomax (tamsulosin) okay for females?

Varies: How long it takes to pass will vary. Most stones that are 6mm will eventually pass. If the pain is not well managed it can be removed endosopically (by working through a cystoscope). It is fine for a female to take flomax (tamsulosin) to help relax the ureter for the stone to pass. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What happens after my kidney stone passes?

What happens after my kidney stone passes?

You feel better: There will probably be some residual soreness. Any blood in the urine will gradually clear and you will feel better. ...Read more

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How do I pass kidney stones?

Time: If the stone is a passable size (5 millimeters or less), given time, the ureter which it is passing through will contract to pass the stone through into the bladder. You should maintain adequate hydration and be aware that most stones pass in the first 48 hours if they are going to pass on their own. ...Read more

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Can you pass 6mm kidney stones?

Yes, but.....: Yes, I have seen patients pass stone that is 9mm in diameter. However, many 6mm stones do not pass on their own. The likelihood of passing stone greater than 4mm decreases with increasing size. ...Read more

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How long do kidney stones take to pass?

How long do kidney stones take to pass?

Quite Variable: Several factors, primarily stone size and patient anatomy, determine how long a stone will take to pass. Larger stones generally take longer to get to the bladder. Stones larger than ~5mm are at higher risk of getting stuck in the ureter and requiring intervention to extract. Scar (stricture) in the ureter also decreases the chance a stone will pass. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long for a kidney stone to pass totally?

Constant production: Metabolic system constantly produce the stones.

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Can a kidney stone pass through your rectum?

Can a kidney stone pass through your rectum?

No: No, unless a patient has an abnormal connection between the kidney, ureter or bladder with the rectum. (ie: fistula). ...Read more

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Can 6mm size kidney stone pass through urine?

Probably: Kidney stones come in many sizes and shapes. 6 mm is not very large and should eventually pass. Straining urine with kitchen strainer every voiding should eventually catch the stone which likely will look like a blood clot. It can get hung up in the ureter causing significant pain. There are ways to get it out if trouble passing, see urologist for that. ...Read more

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Could you describe how do you pass kidney stones?

Could you describe how do you pass kidney stones?

Painfully: Kidney stones are more common in men, and have further to go along the longer male urethra.

Not all kidney stones are passed, some remain, some need surgical treatment for removal or ultrasound treatment in help of breaking them down to smaller, more passable size.

The kidney stones are passed by the fluid current along the ureter, and then by the bladder muscle's pressuring urinary stream. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a kidney stone to pass?

How long does it take for a kidney stone to pass?

Hard to say.: Depends on size and even then depends upon patient factors as well. Some stones never pass and some try to pass but get stuck. Somewhere between a few minutes and a few days is usually the norm. ...Read more

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Can you pass kidney stones naturally? If so, how?

Can you pass kidney stones naturally? If so, how?

Yes, but: You need your doc to follow you because passing a kidney stone can be an extremely painful experience. Also, if it gets stuck while moving it can be very dangerous. W/professional help you will be ok. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are kidney stones and what causes them to pass?

What are kidney stones and what causes them to pass?

Lots of fluid: Kidney stones are solid matter from overconcentration of substance from low urine volume/fluid intake, high secretion, low ph, and other factors. An increase in your fluid intake up to at least 2.5-3 liters per day can help dissolve the stone regardless of type. This increase in fluid will help it pass, if it hasn't on its own. ...Read more

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Could you tell me ways to pass kidney stones at home?

Could you tell me ways to pass kidney stones at home?

Drink lots of water: Dr might prescribe tamsulosin to dilate ureter & make stone passage easier. Hope you have seen urologist to advise if stone/s is/are small enough for you to pass on your own. ...Read more

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How long does it usually takes for a kidney stone to pass?

How long does it usually takes for a kidney stone to pass?

Most in 2 days: Most stones if they are going to pass will pass in the first 48 hours. The chances after that start to decrease. The chances probably never go to zero but after a week, the chances are probably around 50% of it ever passing. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for kidney stones to pass?

Depends on size...: Larger kidney stones generally take longer to pass, and can take days. Contact your health care provider and consider a consultation with a urologist, if not already done, especially if it has been more than a couple of days.

Also, do you know you actually have a kidney stone? ...Read more

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In agony and need to know how long for kidney stone to pass?

In agony and need to know how long for kidney stone to pass?

Ureteral stone: The size of the stone does not correlate well to the intensity of the pain. The nearly unbearable pain of "ureteral colic" is from spasm of the muscular ureter. Although 50% probability to pass on its own within a few days, a 5- 6mm stone sometimes will get stuck and fail to progress. Usually after 5 days, I recommend having the stone extracted with a ureteroscope as an outpatient. ...Read more

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Is it normal to continously pass kidney stones over a month?

Is it normal to continously pass kidney stones over a month?

Unclear....: Do you mean having stone-related symptoms for > one month but still not passed yet or having passed many stones over a month? Taking more than a month or few months to pass a stone is does happen occasionally. The pace to pass a stone from kidney through ureter to bladder widely varies among individuals depending on the size & shape of stone and the functional state of ureter to propel the stone. ...Read more

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Can you advise me on kidney stones and when they should pass?

Can you advise me on kidney stones and when they should pass?

It depends: It depends on the size and location of the stone. Smaller stones, and stones located in the distal ureter, have a better chance of passing, and more quickly. It could be a matter of hours, or it could take a week or more. It may not pass, other treatments may be needed. ...Read more

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How long does it take for women to pass a 1 mm kidney stones?

How long does it take for women to pass a 1 mm kidney stones?

Few hours to days: How long it will take to pass a 1 mm stone depends on the location of the stone, size of the stone.1mm stone will pass faster and with ease than a larger stone. Imm stone can take few hours to days to pass. Most will pass without you knowing that you have passed within few hours if you are drinking increased fluids. ...Read more

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How long after lipotrisky does it take kidney stones to pass?

Lithotripsy/stone: Usually after the lithotripsy stones start passing within 24hrs. Though there are many exceptions depending on the size, location, and composition of the stone. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a kidney stone to pass?

How long is it supposed to it take for a kidney stone to pass?

Depends upon size &: Shape. Can't ever predict passage time. Stones larger than 6mm in diameter will often not pass. Stones stuck in upper ureter take longer & r less likely to pass than stones stuck in lower ureter. Small stones pass quicker withincreased hydration water is best) + tamsulosin can help ureter to dilate, which speeds up possible passage. Urologist is best person to advise & manage kidney stone problems. ...Read more

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How can I encourage my kidney stone to pass by september 2014?

How can I encourage my kidney stone to pass by september 2014?

Unpredictable...: Some 85% of stones may pass through ureter in some 2 weeks if its size is 4 mm or less. This does not mean smaller stone always passes or bigger one always never passes. Yet, not all stones will move out of kidney; it is unpredictable. So, who knows? Ask your doctor.

Note: more than 95% of kidney stones are not dissoluble with drugs although possible for those few but still very time-consuming... ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long it should take a kidney stone to pass?

? Size & location: Small stones pass quicker than large ones. Stones greater than 5 - 6 mm in diameter may never pass. Stones with spikes, even if small, may remain stuck indefinitely. Stones in lower ureter more likely to pass & pass quicker than stones in upper ureter. Good hydration & taking tamsulosin speeds up passage. Can not give you absolute or likely time span without details. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you pass a kidney stone with little pain, covered in mucous?

Can you pass a kidney stone with little pain, covered in mucous?

Yes.: It is possible for stones to pass without much pain. Few patients are this lucky. Passing a kidney stone is famously compared to childbirth. Pain occurs if the progress of the stone is held up, and the ureter squeezes against the obstruction. If the size & orientation of the kidney stone are favorable, is may pass without much difficulty. Matrix stones appear to be covered in a gelatinous coat. ...Read more

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How common is it to pass blood when you're eliminating a kidney stone?

How common is it to pass blood when you're eliminating a kidney stone?

Yes: Kidney stones may lead to having bloody urine. You should also be checked to make sure tha there are not other issues including bladder or kidney cancer. ...Read more

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Please help! Is there something that can help pass kidney stones fast?

Maybe: Medications called Alpha blockers have been shown to increase the likelihood of spontaneous passage of kidney stones in the distal ureter. I would recommend you speak with an urologist. Remember, if your pain is not able to be controlled, you can't keep any food or water down, or you are having a fever while passing a stone, go to the er immediately! ...Read more

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Why do people often feel pain when a kidney stone passes into the ureters?

Why do people often feel pain when a kidney stone passes into the ureters?

Spasm and trauma: The ureter may spasm which may hurt. The urine may be blocked which causes increased pressure in your collecting system and pain. Or the trauma to your urothelial lining can cause pain. ...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