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Kidney Stones

 

Kidney stones are deposits that form in the bladder or kidney. These deposits usually dissolve in the urine but sometimes they turn into solids. They are formed when specific substances such as calcium and uric acid crystallize and clump together. They resemble small stones, similar to gravel. These are able to pass out of the body in the urine and usually go completely unnoticed with no symptoms. However, larger stones irritate and stretch the ureter as they move toward the bladder, this causes agonizing pain and blocks the flow of urine. Some stones can be very large and can remain lodged in the kidney, which creates an even more serious condition. Symptoms include:

Nausea and vomiting
Profuse sweating
Sharp pain
Blood in the urine

If there is an infection present:

A frequent urge to urinate
Fever
Painful urination
Cloudy urine which can be odorous

If you have suffered with kidney stones before, you are likely to get them again. Therefore it is important that you try to prevent it through various ways.

Causes

 

Kidney stones can be hereditary, it can also occur in people suffering from urinary tract infections, gout, and certain bowel disorders. Not drinking sufficient amounts of water can also cause it. Consistently using antacids, dietary deficiencies in magnesium, Vitamin B6, and excessive amounts of Vitamin D are all factors in the formation of kidney stones. A blood and urine test will be performed to confirm the presence of kidney stones and determine the possible cause.

Dietary Considerations

A daily supplement of Vitamin A, B6, and C, magnesium, kelp, silica and lecithin taken daily can help. Avoid eating and drinking organ meats, celery, chocolates, sardines, anchovies, grapes, green capsicum, tea, brewer’s yeast, beans, spinach, asparagus and strawberries. Try eat a low-protein diet, avoid antacids, Vitamin D supplements, and foods containing calcium oxalate (too much of this can cause the stones to worsen). Reduce your salt intake, drink plenty of filtered water every day and ask your doctor about limiting you calcium intake during this time.

When to seek further professional advice

 

If you think you are suffering from kidney stones, you notice blood in your urine or if you are experiencing any difficulty with urination or pain.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

 

These remedies have been found to help relieve the pain of kidney stones. Practitioners of Chinese medicine sometimes prescribe star fruit (Averrhoa carambola) as it helps relieve pain and promote urination.

Traditional Treatment

 

If you suffer from any of the above symptoms you should seek the advice of your doctor and he will then advise you on the best course to follow. Bed rest and medication or pain killers are usually advised. Your doctor will need to perform a test to confirm the composition of the kidney stone and will then advise the best type of treatment. If complications do occur, such as an infection or a total blockage, the stone will have to be surgically removed.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-23