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by Gary W Robertson
Do I Have Kidney Stones?
"Do I have kidney stones?" This was the first thing out of my mouth when I saw my doctor a few years ago. I had heard of kidney stones before, and I knew that my dad had them once or twice.
Still, I didn't know what kidney stones were exactly, or the symptoms for them. For all I knew, my kidneys were just littered with stones that could cause sudden pain at any time.
My doctor calmed me down and explained a few things to me. After we were done, I went straight to the library and checked out a few medical books. As soon as I got home, I hit the books for the rest of the afternoon. Here's what I found out.
Let's get to the good stuff first. You may know what a kidney stone is, but you don't know the symptoms for it. Or you might know one or two symptoms, but don't realize that there are several others.
Here are the most common symptoms, so here's what to look for:
· Painful urination (sometimes very painful)
· Cloudy urine that also smells worse than normal
· Constant urge to urinate, no matter how many times you go
· Red or brown urine
· Severe pain in the lower back and your sides
· Nausea and vomiting
· Pain that comes in short waves
· Lower abdomen and groin pain
· No symptoms at all (if the stone is small)
Even though those are all common symptoms, the most common is the pain. Pain in your back, lower abs, groin and sides are usually what people experience. If you're having these kinds of pain, it could be a kidney stone.
When Should I See a Doctor?
It's difficult to give an exact "if _____, then you should see your doctor." This is because nobody can tell you what your body is doing, or how you're feeling. All I can do is give a few recommendations.
If you are experiencing some of the above symptoms and you're worried, go ahead and see the doctor. But here are a few times that you should definitely see them:
· Fever and chills accompany your constant pain
· Blood is in your urine
· Difficulty urinating (often happens from the kidney stone blocking urine flow)
· Nausea and vomiting paired with extreme pain
· Inability to concentrate or find a comfortable position due to pain
In these cases, the kidney stone may be a serious health issue. Although some can be flushed from the body without help from a doctor, sometimes medical attention is required.
Is Prevention a Possibility?
Some medical conditions can be prevented. In fact, most of them can. But there are a few out there that you can't really protect yourself from.
Luckily- kidney stones are preventable.
There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself. There is a chance you will still develop a stone, but your risk is much lower if you follow these tips.
First, drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. If you can, try to drink 10 or more. There are a few reasons for this, but the main one is to keep flushing urine through your kidneys. The more urine flow you have, the less likely a kidney stone will form.
Another good idea is to avoid eating too many animal products. Dairy products particularly can increase your chances of developing a kidney stone. This is because most kidney stones are made up of calcium, and dairy products have high amounts of calcium.
Finally, talk to your doctor about going on a medical water fast. When you spend time without ingesting solid food water, it gives your body's digestion system a break. It can then divert energy to more important things, like flushing out any calcium oxalate deposits in your kidneys. In other words, fasting can help your body remove the kidney stone before it gets too big.
How Do I Get Rid of Them?
After asking the question, a positive result can lead down a few different paths. You have a few options to choose from to cure this medical condition, and some are much healthier than others.
One option is to change your diet and "wait it out". Start drinking lots of water, and your body might flush out the stone on its own. This is the most natural method, but not recommended if you are in severe pain already.
Another option is to try a few herbal remedies or home treatments. There are a number of different things you can try, such as lemon juice, horsetail, dandelion root, and other things.
Finally, you can have a doctor help you out. Doctors can surgically remove large kidney stones, or use lasers to blast it apart. Obviously this is the most invasive option, but it is sometimes necessary to prevent the stone from causing permanent damage to the body.
Kidney stones are nasty. If you find yourself asking "do I have kidney stones", look at the symptoms and think about it. If your symptoms are extreme, see a doctor immediately.
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