Stone Pain Relief
is said that kidney stones are more painful than child birth, whether
this statement is true or not is irrelevant. The fact is kidney stones
are unbelievably painful. A kidney stone attack will likely cause the
patient to have severe pain in the abdominal area at your back and
sides, below your ribs where your kidneys sit. It is often very
difficult to find a comfortable position and patients may writhe in
pain. Nausea, vomiting and bloating of the abdomen often occur.
pain may radiate to the groin region and be associated with a frequent
urge to urinate. There may be visible blood in the urine. If your
doctor thinks the stone can pass on its own, and if you feel you can
deal with the pain, your doctor may suggest a home kidney stone
treatment, for small stones, most people don't need any treatment other
than taking pain medicine and drinking enough fluids. If your pain is
too severe, if the stones are blocking the urinary tract or if you also
have an infection, your doctor will likely suggest a medical procedure,
such as lithotripsy, or surgery to deal with the stone.
Anyone can get a kidney stone, but some people are more likely to get
one. Men are affected more often than women, and kidney stones are more
common in Caucasian people. Overweight and obese people are more likely
to get kidney stones than people of average weight. In the United
States one in eleven people have a kidney stone.
Urine contains chemicals which are supposed to prevent crystals from
forming. However, some people seem to be more susceptible to kidney
stones than others. If you are prone to kidney stones, there are
several factors which contribute to their formation such as not
drinking enough water (12 glasses per day), urinary tract infections;
certain types of medications will promote kidney stones, consuming too
much vitamin C and D, calcium oxalate or food high in uric acid in your
diet. Inactivity or bed rest for longer periods of time seem to
stimulate kidney stone formation.
How can I decrease the risk of kidney stones? Drinking enough fluid
will help keep your urine less concentrated with waste products. Darker
urine is more concentrated, so your urine should appear very light
yellow to clear if you are well hydrated. Most of the fluid you drink
should be water. The single most effective way to prevent and treat
kidney stones is to make sure you’re drinking enough water.
Actually, the number one risk factor for kidney stones is not staying
hydrated, as it prevents your urine from dissolving minerals and acid
salts. Most people should drink more than 12 glasses of water a day.
Water is better than soda, sports drinks or coffee/tea. If you exercise
or if it is hot outside, you should drink more.
Kidney Stone Treatments
some Lemon to your water - This is a natural treatment that
conventional nephrologists have gotten right. Lemon water is known as a
cleansing drink, the main reason it is helpful in reducing stone
formation is its citric acid content. Citric acid inhibits stone
formation and breaks up small stones that are beginning to form.
Citrate binds with calcium in the urine, reducing the amount of calcium
available to form calcium oxalate stones. It also prevents tiny calcium
oxalate crystals that are already in the kidneys from growing and
massing together into larger stones. It makes the urine less acidic,
which inhibits the development of both calcium oxalate and uric acid
stones. You’ll need about a half a cup of lemon juice added to
water throughout the day to get the same benefits as taking a potassium
citrate pill, which is one of the standard pharmaceutical treatments
for kidney stones.
remedies listed above are not intended to replace medical care. If
you’re experiencing a lot of pain from kidney stones, see your