Category Archives: Kidney Stones

I went to the hospital last week with elevated blood pressure, when it got to 195/120 they gave me nitro. They ran a CT of my chest and it says Incidental 4 mm Non Obstructive Left Renal Calyceal Calculus. I understand that is a kidney stone not causing any problems. Then they ran a ultrasound that revealed mild right pelvocaliectasis, the doctors said there is a blockage fluid causing swelling of my right kidney. The urinalysis showed blood, urine 2+ and RBC Urine 5-10 (norm 0 – 4). My creatitine was 1.24 and my GFR was 49. My blood ammonia level was 48 on 7/25/16. I am having massive headaches, pain in my right side and back and my blood pressure has not stabilized. I have had nausea and vomiting intermittently since I was released. I was advised by a urologist that while these are abnormal they are not abnormal enough to be concerned about. Do you think I have any reason to investigate this further or just wait for the symptoms to pass. I am going to PCP for help with the blood pressure.

The problem that you identify is a urological problem and must be evaluated and treated by a urologist.  I cannot make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  Further testing may be needed by the urologist.  I … Continue reading

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Does a kidney have to be removed if it has a filtration rate of 17% because it has a staghorn calculus size 4 x 2.5 x 3 cm?

The question that you ask is a urological question.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform surgery.  You must consult with a urologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Hello, I am looking for an explanation of why I have experienced UTI’s at least monthly since my early teens. I am a 28 yr old female with no significant medical history other than preterm labor for both of my pregnancies and eventual hysterectomy at age 22. I have been experiencing these infections and experience blood in my urine very frequently. I have never sought treatment other than to get antibiotics which I don’t always do as I have gotten used to it happening so often I have a supply of over the counter UTI pain relief (AZO) which I now need to take 4 of to get relief and about 30 minutes after taking them experience crippling kidney pain that is beyond description but only lasts for 5-10 minutes and then just goes away. I was diagnosed with kidney stones last week after an ER visit and still have not passed them. Am I just prone to these infections or is it something more significant?

Urinary tract infections (UTI’s) should not be this frequent.  You should be evaluated by a urologist to determine if you have abnormal anatomy that would predispose you to frequent infections. For more information on UTI’s click here:  

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Birth Defects/Urinary Tract Abnormalities, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Treatments, Urinary Tract Infection/Pyelonephritis

Hi, my question is I have cysts and a small tumor on my left kidney and the right kidney has kidney stones. What I can do?

The problem that you pose is a urological question.  You should consult with a urologist.  This is a surgical problem.  I am a nephrologist and not a surgeon.  A urologist is a surgeon and best able to evaluate and recommend … Continue reading

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I have kidney stones in both kidneys. Have history of stones and stent placement one year ago which stayed in for 6 weeks. I was stone free but now I have them again. Seems from CT scan that stones are only in kidneys. Not traveling out. I have had severe pain on left side and saw ER doc and then urologist. Urologist told me as long as stones are only in the kidney they shouldn’t cause pain. I am in massive pain that comes and goes and I am nauseated and have been throwing up off and on for over a week now. Should I get a second opinion or just go with what the urologist says and wait it out? Thanks so much.

The question that you pose is a urological problem.  I am a nephrologist and do not have any expertise in the management of kidney stones in the kidney.  You may need to see a nephrologist and see what is causing … Continue reading

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My 12 year old daugther is suffering from nephrocalcinosis. What is this kind of sickness? What should I do to help her to recover?

Nephrocalcinosis is a disease of kidney tubules that causes calcium to deposit in the tubules of the kidney.  This disease is commonly a congenital disease (she was born with this abnormality) but can also be caused by such things as … Continue reading

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I have been battling ongoing kidney infections and kidney stones for about 8 months now. As soon as they are treated, they seem to come right back. I am not seeing on my radiology report that there was a fetal lobulation documented, and now just a lobulation. What does this mean? I’m not getting the answers I need. Should I be worried?

Fetal lobulation is present in the fetus (unborn child) and also at birth.  This means that there are lumps and bumps on the outside of the kidneys.  Some people do not outgrow their fetal lobulation and it is generally a … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Medication and Kidney Disease, Treatments

I have a kidney stone in my bladder, just big enough that it won’t pass. It causes me a lot of pain, no bleeding, just hurts. What are my options?

This is a urological problem and must be evaluated and addressed by a urologist.  I suggest you consult with a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and do not have any expertise in bladder stones. For more information on kidney stones … Continue reading

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I have some magnesium supplements. I am taking twice per week the triple recommended dosage, which would be roughly 1000 milligrams Will this cause kidney stones / failure?

If your kidney function is normal, then magnesium supplementation may not be a problem.  If you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), then magnesium supplementation may lead to toxic levels of magnesium in the blood.  Hence, I would recommend monitoring magnesium … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Failure, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Medication and Kidney Disease, Medication and Kidney Function

I have just been diagnosed with stage III kidney disease and I’m 53 years old. I do have an appointment to see my physician Monday but trying to get some info before then. My blood pressure is good. Just passed some kidney stones but nothing really painful. Symptoms…weird taste in mouth, back pain left side. Are there things you can do, eat or take that will prevent it from getting worse or at least slow it down? My guess is it can’t be fixed.

The goal of treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is to slow down the deterioration in your kidney function.  This treatment is best prescribed by your physician.  I suggest you discuss this with your physician.  You should be aware of … Continue reading

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