Category Archives: Kidney Stones

Dear Doctor, my problem is frequent kidney stones formation that became more frequent recently. I had to make ESWL once yearly in the past 4 years, stone formation became faster. I formed 2 stones 8 mm and 1cm in 3 months. I analyzed it twice and its formed of ca oxalate. I need to know what to do to prevent stone formation. Please help.

I would recommend that you see a nephrologist and have a 24 hour urine to determine why you are forming calcium oxalate stones.  There may be a specific treatment for your problem but you must have further testing before specific … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Diet/Nutrition, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Symptoms and Side Effects, Treatments

I have a 9 mm kidney stone. Please tell me what truly is a low oxalate diet. There is so much conflicting info on the internet. I’m taking chanca piedra too. Please help. I don’t want to all those procedures. The stone is my ureter.

A low oxalate diet is generally not very effective in treating a kidney stone that is already present.  In most cases, a urologist is the best person to consult for treatment of an existing stone.  Once the stone is passed, … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Diet/Nutrition, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Symptoms and Side Effects, Urinary Tract Infection/Pyelonephritis

I got frequent bladder infections from ages 16-23 (despite following all the advice of peeing after sex, wiping properly, etc.). I had a brief reprieve 24-25. Then from 26-30 it seemed to move into kidney infections. I never consulted a doctor about these specifically as kidney problems since the first several years didn’t include flank pain or pain while voiding so urinary system problems didn’t even occur to me. (I did consult a few doctors about the symptoms in general who told me I was having panic attacks/psychosomatic issues.) This last year (30) I’ve had a textbook case on kidney infection symptoms at least twice (Flank pain, nauseated but no vomiting, fatigue, unusual urine.) I know kidney stones run in my family as my mom got sepsis from a stone blocking a UTI from exiting the kidney. I’m wondering: 1. Since antibiotic resistant UTIs are becoming more common amoung young women, does it seem likely that chronic or recurrent UTIs will become a more common cause of later stage kidney disease in the future? 2. If there are no other risk factors for kidney disease (no diabetes, normal bmi, etc.) do you think that persistent urinary tract infections still put a relatively healthy Caucasian female at risk of future CKD and if so, when and how would you recommend monitoring for it? 3. What do you make of my UTIs shifting from the bladder to the kidneys? Thank you.

I cannot provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I cannot confirm that you have had kidney infections based on the information that you present.  Symptoms alone cannot provide a specific diagnosis.  You must be examined … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Symptoms and Side Effects, Treatments, Urinary Tract Infection/Pyelonephritis, Urological Issues

I had pyeloplasty operation last year. The left side kidney showing hydronephrosis. But this same kidney having 2 stone sizes 1.2 cm each. Which treatment is good for this weak kidney for removing this stone?

The question that you ask is a urological question and is best addressed to a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform surgery.  You should consult with a urologist, who is a surgeon, and has expertise in the … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Treatments, Urological Issues

I was diagnosed with a bilateral non obstructing renal calculi on the left measuring 7 mm. The urologist prescribed lithotripsy to destroy the kidney stone. I have no symptoms, and I have no idea how long I have had the kidney stone. My concern is that the procedure may not work, and worse, might damage my kidney. Can you please give me advice regarding this? I’m not sure if I should proceed with this procedure.

Small and non-obstructing stones that do not have any symptoms can be monitored without lithotripsy, but there is some risk that they would move and cause a blockage.  It is best if you discuss your concerns with the urologist.  There … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Treatments

My husband has had kidney stones in the past and just developed one again last night. We are scheduled to fly tomorrow. Is that possible?

If your husband is having severe pain, travel is not advised.  I suggest you consult with your physician.  

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions

I have recently had a 8mm kidney stone removed from one kidney and I have another smaller one in the other kidney which the doctor felt he should leave it alone for now as it might flush out by drinking a lot of water. I am worried that the stone will not come out and start getting bigger which would mean I would have to have another stone removed once again, not to mention the pain. What can I do? I have also been feeling a lot of pressure on my abdomen which makes me feel like going to the toilet very often only to find that there is hardly any urine. This is extremely uncomfortable. Do you think I might have a bladder infection even though I am taking antibiotics?

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you describe.  You need to be examined by your physician.  From your description, you may have a number of different possibilities and this must be evaluated by … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Urological Issues

Yesterday, I traveled in a car near 50 kilometers and back home at night. This morning, blood was in my urine with a small amount (near 100 ml), then suddenly stopped and continue to normal urine. This was also happened the same 4 to 5 times. Once I was traveled 700 kilometers, then whole the day I found blood in my urine. I took an ultrasound test and urine test, and show it to a doctor & take medicine 7 days. But not cured. I am facing the same problem. Other information about my health is that: 1-I had hepatitis C & I have completed my treatment with injection 6 month ago & it was cured. 2- I have 6mm stone on right kidney and causing that I feel pain once in every 2 to 3 months, especially when I move in bed and this pain is only for 5 seconds and feels like a needle insertion. Dear Doctor, please tell me why this blood comes with my urine? and why it comes only after traveling?

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis based on the symptoms and signs that you describe.  The stone in your kidney can cause bleeding but I do not know why it would occur only if traveling.  I suggest that … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Treatments, Urological Issues

I have stage 3 kidney disease. I have been having pain in behind my rib cage in my back. It almost feels like a fist in my back but in my rib cage. Sometimes the pain is really bad. Would this have anything to do with my kidney disease?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  You should see your physician for a complete history and physical examination.  Pain over the kidney area is an uncommon presentation unless you have infection, … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Symptoms and Side Effects

Dear Dr.Spry, Yesterday, morning, I felt the worst pain ever in my belly. I didn’t know it was due to some stone or what. Later my ultrasound test had shown the following results: Kidney : “right kidney measures lenght 9.1 cm, cortex (2.0 cm), MILD DILATION OF PELVI-CALYCEAL SYSTEM AND UPPER URETER ON RIGHT SIDE. [6mm] STONE SEEN AT RIGHT LOWER URETER. no mass is identified Overall Impression: RIGHT MILD HYDRO-URETERO-NEPHROSIS DUE TO OBSTRUCTION BY [6mm] STONE AT RIGHT LOWER URETER.” PLEASE TELL ME, Will this stone pass it on to bladder and finally come out from my body by taking medicines, and drinking much water and lemon water. Or there is need of some surgery??? Also please tell me about a diet, which things I should not eat, and which should i eat. Should I drink 1/2 or 1/4 liter milk daily? and yogurt or not? Which meats I should not eat?

The stone in your ureter is likely causing your pain and should be evaluated by a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform kidney stone surgery.  A urologist is a surgeon and has expertise in managing kidney stones. … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions