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Natural Kidney Stone Relief

Kidney Stone Pain Relief 

It 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.


 The 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.

Add 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.

The remedies listed above are not intended to replace medical care. If you’re experiencing a lot of pain from kidney stones, see your doctor immediately.


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