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.

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Is it possible for a kidney stone to grow from 3mm to 2cm in 2 months?

Doubtful. If the 3mm value was from an x-ray and you had a subsequent ct or ultrasound it is possible that the subsequent exam could have demonstrated a larger, but uncalcified matrix that would not show up on a plain x-ray. Read more...

Is it possible for a kidney stone to grow 4 more mm in 5 months? Thank you.

Possible but... That pace of stone growth is possible, but careful comparing the condition and quality of films taking with or without ct may help verify its growth. For individual difference, ask and talk with experts for detailing why.... Don't be shy. Best wisher ... Read more...
Yes, definitely. Stones enlarge because of high concentrations of different "salts" in your urine. You need adequate fluid intake to generate 2+ l of urine/day, and avoid foods that increase your excretion of those salts. Decrease protein to decrease urinary uric acid excretion. Decrease na+ intake to decrease ca++excretion. Don't restrict ca++ intake too severely, though; that may increase urinary ca++ excretion. Read more...

What to do if I have a kidney stone and have not yet passes it,,, is it possible that it can grow while just bein in there?

Yes . Depending on the size and location of the stone, it may or may never pass. Large stones may become problematic while many small stones may never become clinically significant. Depending on dietary and medical management, stones may or may not enlarge with time. Your urologist or nephrologist can help advise you more specifically with respect to your stone. Best of luck! Read more...