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What Are The Symptoms Of Kidney Stones

Apr 27, 2008
People may suffer from kidney stones without even knowing about it. Kidney stones form in the bladder and they are essentially crystallized articles of minerals that occur in your urine. Ignoring the early warning signs may result in serious negative health repercussions in the future, up to and including hospitalization and death.

While the dimensions of the stones remain small, they do not create any problems. However, if they increase in volume they start blocking the passage of other substances through the kidneys. Therefore the presence of stones in this organ may produce simple or complex issues affecting in the proper operation of the kidneys themselves.

Patients who suffered this ailment have reported small aches in and around the stomach areas. Then, after the stones start gaining in size, urinating became painful and stressful. Female patients also describe difficulties during menstrual elimination. As the kidney stones block more and more of the urinary tract, the pain intensifies up to a critical level.

While the normal reaction of people having severe stomach ache is to blame the food they ate or the drink they had, kidney stones are usually present when the ache I accompanied with the urge to urinate more frequently. The urine also produces stronger stench, seems murky and may contain blood.

Some other common symptoms of the presence of kidney stones include feeling chills or fever or an increase in infections which were absent when the stones were the size of a grain of sand and could easily pass through the urinary tract. A minuscule kidney stone will usually be eliminated from the body within 48 hours, but attacks have been known to last for over 30 days.

Home cures for kidney stones may include several natural ways to tackle this ailment: you should drink lots of fluids every day. This will hydrate your kidney and you will notice that your urine will alter itself to a clearer shade of yellow. If you suffer from kidney stones, avoid foods that have high calcium content such as milk and other dairy products, green vegetables with leaves. Also avoid chocolate and tea. Consult your doctor before radically changing your diet.

Medical experts normally have the same opinion that the recommended calcium supplements dosages should be nearly 1,200 mg per day. Yet, one study does indicate that women who took calcium supplements had a 20% higher risk of contracting kidney stones. Research indicates that dosages of calcium above 2,000 mg per day are directly related to the formation of kidney stones. Few experts argue that this higher risk occurs due to supplements that are often taken in the morning, either without food or with breakfast, which is typically low in oxalates. Risk of formation of such kidney stones is reduced if these supplements are taken after meals.

Most kidney stones can be treated by taking medicine. When they are too large, some stones require powdering or direct removal. There are different medical procedures that can be performed to eliminate the stones. As an outpatient, the stones can be transformed into powder by Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy. Larger stones can be removed directly by open surgery or the use of different
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