Why Do I keep Getting Kidney Stones?
What are kidney stones?. How do I get kidney stones?. Where do they come from?. Why it’s so painful?. Why Do I keep getting stones?
If you ever had kidney stones you probably remember it, right?
My passion is to help you to make your life better. Pain can destroy your life. My goal is to provide you with the most accurate information I can about this condition.
Read more to learn about the different types of kidney stones
In this article, you will learn what foods and drinks you should avoid to prevent having kidney stones.
And about why you are still keeping getting kidney stones?
I heard the pain can be worse than childbirth extreme pain of the abdomen and back.
It can quickly escalate to cramping, sharp pain, or burning during urination.
A lady nurse told me:
It is by far the worse pain a man can ever feel since a man can’t go through similar labor pain.
But, first I think is important for you to know the types of kidney stones you may have experienced.
Here are 4 major types of kidney stones:
- Calcium stones
- Uric acid
What causes Calcium Stones?
This is the most common form of kidney stones.
It is mostly due to higher levels of oxalate. One of the symptoms that can form kidney stones.
But what is oxalate?
Oxalate is a natural substance found in nature and in many foods.
- Bran Flakes
- Potato chips
- French fries
- Nuts and nut butter
In addition to calcium oxalate stones
Uric acid Stones
Another common type of kidney stone is
Uric acid stones
Did you know?
Uric acid stones are more common in men than in women?
Today 2 million women compared to 6 million men are suffering from it.
Why such a difference?
Because uric acid can result from an imbalanced diet.
For example, if your diet is high in purines, which are found especially in animal proteins such as:
This is one of the reasons you should limit your purine intake.
What are the symptoms of calcium oxalate complications?
The main symptoms of calcium oxalate crystals in the urine you may experience are:
- Pain in your side and back that can be extremely painful
- Pain when you urinate
- Blood in your urine, which can look red, pink or brown
- An urgent and constant need to urinate
- Nausea and vomiting
What about struvite stones? A condition that is caused by urinary tract infection.
Often form in women because of a bacterial infection.
Your doctor may recommend you to keep your urine free of bacteria by giving you some antibiotic.
Cystine stones, have you heard about it?
Typically, cystine stones are caused by a rare disorder called cystinuria.
When too much cystine is present in the urine some kidney stones can form.
Symptoms of this disorder typically begin between 10 and 30 years of age.
This kind of disorder occurs in approximately 1 in 7,000 to 1 in 10,000 people in the United States.
Signs and symptoms of cystinuria you may experience in case of stone formation.
These may include:
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Flank pain
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Chronic or acute renal failure ( rare )
You should consider drinking 3 to 4 liters of water per day.
Staying on a low-animal-protein and low sodium diet.
And obviously taking the medication recommended by your doctor.
In order to adjust the pH of your urine, be sure to regularly check your cystine level.
What are the first signs of kidney stones infection?
Here are eight signs and symptoms that signal that you may have kidney stones:
- Pain in the back, belly or side
- Pain or burning during urination
- The urgent need to urinate and you can’t
- Blood in the urine
- Going to the bathroom often for a minimal urination result each time.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fever and chills
How long does pain from kidney stones last?
According to the American Urological Association
The full journey of a small kidney stone takes between 1 and 2 weeks if a stone makes it to the urinary tract.
It will most likely pass within 2 days.
Do you want to know how kidney stones are formed?
Mainly when your urine contains more crystal-forming substances than the fluid in your urine can dilute.
Such as calcium oxalate and uric acid.
Oxalate is a naturally occurring molecule in abundance in plants and humans, therefore too much can lead to kidney stones.
Can I die from kidney stones?
A risk with kidney stones is increased if you are dealing with infection, which can lead to sepsis. (Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection).
Sepsis and septic shock can result from an infection anywhere in the body
- Influenza or
- Urinary tract infections
Worldwide, one-third of people who develop sepsis die.
What you should be aware of
If your kidney stones go untreated?
However large stones, especially those, that fill your kidney or stones that remain untreated after a long period.
This situation if untreated, can actually, cause permanent damage to your kidney, and may lead to kidney loss.
Sometimes, this damage occurs without any symptoms, which is why it is important for you to see your urologist if you think you may have kidney stones.
I knew a man named Robert, he was telling me his nightmare of passing a kidney stone.
Can you believe? it took him 2 months!
From one morning in October, when he woke up with awful pain, having wine-colored urine, to mid-December when he passed the stone
After the initial pain, his symptoms eased.
But in the week leading up to the stone passing, it became uncomfortable to urinate and also had a constant urge to go to the bathroom.
It started out very subtle and became more intense in the final days just before passing the stone.
A week ago, Robert, started experiencing symptoms again, had this pattern, where he had a day or two with symptoms.
Include the persistent urge to urinate and having sometimes mild irritation spread out over his whole lower urinary tract, particularly the urethra.
Finally, Robert decided to see his urologist
Nothing conclusive the doctor said. Now Robert is going back at the end of January for an x-ray and follow up.
What can be the size of a kidney stone to pass?
Usually, about 5mm can pass through the urinary tract and out of the body on their own with little or no pain.
But larger stone can be quite painful though!
If a kidney stone is too big to be passed naturally – 6-7 mm ( about 0.23 to 0.27 in diameter or larger)
Then you will have to have special treatment in order to remove it.
This procedure could include:
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy ( ESWL )
This is the most common treatment for kidney stones in the U.S.
These are shock waves emitted from outside the body and are targeted at the kidney stone causing the stone to fragment.
The stones are broken into tiny pieces.
Is a Lithotripsy painful?
Most patients experience some degree of discomfort for a day or two after ESWL
The pain is usually described as a dull ache over the kidney or flank area
And typically at its worst the evening following surgery
What are the side effects of a Lithotripsy?
Risks and side effects you may have:
A fever or chill may indicate an infection if stone fragments get stuck that may provoke a blockage in the ureter.
If this is the case see your doctor right away.
What is the success rate of lithotripsy?
The Medical Researchers said the overall success rate of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy ( ESWL ) is higher than 90% for some clearance.
With patients remaining stone-free for up to 2 years.
Compared with ureteroscopic removal of stones.
ESWL leads to fewer complications and shorter hospital stays, that’s good news!
Did you know?
In the United States each year.
More than 300,000 patients seek emergency department care for kidney stones or renal calculi.
The average of American consumes nearly 5 times more food than the body needs.
And excess salt in your diet can contribute to a kidney stone.
Researchers propose new treatment to prevent kidney stones
A natural fruit extract is capable of dissolving calcium oxalate crystals
Oxalate crystal is the most common component of human kidney stones.
Believe it or not, this finding could lead to the first advance in the treatment of oxalate stones in 30 years!
How to use fruit extract?
Start with 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of extract per glass of whatever you’re drinking, then add more extract as desired.
Here is the way for you to pass kidney stone faster.
What you should drink, staying hydrated is key
1- Drinking plenty of fluids is a vital part of passing kidney stones, and preventing new stones from forming.
2- Water, you drink can help speed up the process.
3- Lemon juice
4- Basil juice
5- Celery juice
6- Pomegranate juice
7- Kidney bean broth
Normally urine contains chemicals
These chemicals do prevent the formation of crystals.
This is the reason you should consider taking lemon juice every day
Lemon juice is full of natural citrate
Here are foods that you should avoid on a renal diet.
(A renal diet is one that is low in sodium, phosphorous and protein).
- Canned foods
- Whole wheat bread
- Brown rice
- Oranges and orange juice
- Dark-colored colas
Consider eating less meat because too much protein can lead to kidney stones in two ways.
a) Animal protein boost uric acid
b) A high-protein diet reduces citrate levels
What foods to avoid if I have calcium oxalate kidney stones?
- Potatoes chips
- French fries
- Nuts and nut butter.
What are low oxalate vegetables good for you to eat?
- Brussels sprouts
- Green beans ( medium Oxalate )
- Parsnips, summer squash, tomatoes, and turnips ( medium oxalate )
Best for you to avoid if you have uric acid stones
Limit your protein diet
- Pork, especially organ meat
- Fish and shellfish
- cheese, and other dairy products.
- Foods to help you to lower uric acid?
Tips for increased uric acid levels
- Watch your weight
- Eat fresh fruits
- Whole wheat products, and some pulses ( high in purine ) every day.
You can enjoy
- Low-fat milk and dairy products daily
- Keep an eye on the purine content of food.
- Eat no more than:
- 100g of meat
- Fish and
- Drink water: plenty of water can flush out bacteria.
- Drink cranberry juice
- Coconut water
- Beer is very well-known for flushing out stones
- Watermelon Seeds are excellent for you.
Good for you as well is to use ROSEMARY as it is beneficial in reducing the formation of new stones.
Increase fiber in your diet
- Whole grains
- Green leafy vegetables
- Fresh fruits are a good option.
- You can consider vegetarian meals
- Take high citrate foods
Struvite stones dissolve in acidic urine, therefore consume fruits and juices.
- Try to supplement your food with vitamin C
- Limit your sugar intake.
Cystine is produced in the body from METHIONINE
Therefore a diet low in methionine can help you to reduce the amount of cystine passing through your kidneys
I suggest you to:
- Increase your fluid intake
- Reducing your salt
- Reducing the amount of amino acid ( known as methionine ) in your diet
Tips for you to increase your fluid
Drink one glass of water each hour adding a slice of lemon
That will help to alkalinize your urine.
At each meal, before and after, two full glass of water.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
Some moist foods are recommended such as:
- Fresh cheese
- Rice pudding
- Porridge/ custard
- A scoop of ice cream
- Small ice lolly
- Cook fresh foods as often as possible rather than ready-made foods.
- Increase the amount of fruit and vegetables, you can use fresh or frozen.
- Check food labels and try to choose brands that contain less salt.
- Protein is a very important nutrient in the body, therefore eat enough of protein to meet your body’s needs.
- Increase vegetable protein such as:
Ask your dietitian to help you figure out how much protein you need.
Stay hydrated, drinking more water is the best way to prevent kidney stones.
Explore herbal remedies, reduce your sodium intake. Eat more calcium-rich foods. Eat fewer oxalate-rich foods. Consume less animal protein and you will be fine.
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This information I provided to you is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition.
If you have any health problems or are taking any medication, you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to any change in your diet.