Kidney stones can be incredibly stubborn and have a knack for getting stuck while passing. Sometimes kidney stones get stuck due to their characteristics such as shape, size, or jagged nature. Other times, kidney stones get stuck due to natural narrowing in our urinary tract. The focus of today’s discussion will be identifying the three location that kidney stones have the highest likelihood of getting stuck and what we can do to minimize the chances of this or address the blockage if it occurs (jump and stomp method).
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve) are widely prescribed and in use by people suffering from kidney stones. While NSAIDs are perceived to be safe and offer easy access, low cost, and moderate pain relief, there are downsides to use of this drug that need to be taken into consideration.
Check out this video to understand what NSAIDs are, how they work, what problems they can cause, and what alternatives exist to address kidney stone pain.
Renal colic is the technical term for that immense, out of this world, pain that you experience with kidney stones. Many people think that it's the stone itself that causes the terrible pain. However, as we will find out in this video, there is so much more happening behind the scenes in our body that contribute to this intense level of pain. We will also discuss what treatment options exist to manage or eliminate the pain.
Calcium oxalate kidney stones are the most common kidney stone in the United States. These stones account for roughly 80% of the stones formed. So, they're a big issue!
The current belief in the medical establishment is that calcium oxalate kidney stones cannot be dissolved. However, a 2018 study from the University of Illinois has changed this. Calcium oxalate kidney stones do in fact dissolve within the human body.
We all know that smoking is bad news for our health. However, it gets worse if you have kidney stones 😧 Check out this video to learn the impact that smoking has on your ability to naturally pass your kidney stone.
Kidney Stones are tough enough as it is. But, when they get stuck at the Ureterovesical Junction (UVJ) or in the Bladder, the increased pain and irritation can lead to costly additional trips to the Emergency Room. The goal of today’s blog is to guide you through the process of flushing out a kidney stone naturally.
Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate kidney stones form due to an elevated concentration of oxalate ions in the urine without an associated elevation in urinary calcium. This condition is also known as Hyperoxaluria. The degree and duration of Hyperoxaluria determine the morphological subtype (Type 1a to 1e). Additionally, it is essential to note that Hyperoxaluria results from both genetic factors (inherited) and dietary factors (idiopathic).
What size kidney stone will pass?!? It's a question that we get asked all the time. In general, stones that are less than 9mm in mean diameter have a chance to pass unassisted. However, as you will learn in this blog, there is a very wide degree of variance in the information you will get from your Healthcare Provider.
The goal of this blog is to provide insight into the process of passing a kidney stone. In particular, we will address what you should expect at each of the four stages along the way. For the newbies, kidney Stones can be one of the most frightening experiences of a person’s life. The pain starts almost immediately out of nowhere and typically generates significant panic for the person experiencing the pain. The pain is so great that it commonly elicits a ride in an ambulance or a middle of the night emergency trip to the ER. Either way, not a ton of fun.
Phyllanthus Niruri (commonly known as “Stone-Breaker” or “Chanca Piedra”) has documented usage dating back over 2000 years in treating kidney stones. A recent study conducted in Romania sheds some light on the efficacy of Chanca Piedra. The study included 40 patients who received a mix of Chanca Piedra extract, magnesium stearate, and B6 vitamin twice daily for three months.
After the treatment, 25% of patients were completely stone-free, and 40% (24 of 60) of the total kidney stones included in the study had dissolved. Additionally, any remaining kidney stones saw an average 1.7mm reduction in size.
Cystine kidney stones form because of a rare inherited genetic disorder called “cystinuria.” Cystinuria impacts the reabsorption of the amino acid cystine which leads to the formation of kidney stones. Cystine kidney stones impact about 1-2% of the population (roughly 1 in 7,000 people worldwide). Unfortunately, cystinuria is a life-long condition that can be controlled. But, not cured.