Category Archives: Kidney Stones

Both my Mother and Father had kidney stones, are they hereditary?

If your father and your mother both have kidney stones, you are also very likely to get kidney stones. The tendency to pass kidney stones is passed down in families.

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My boyfriend was diagnosed with a kidney stone on Saturday. The ER doctor said that it is either in the bladder or close to it and that it should pass the rest of the way with no problem. Sunday he experienced not being able to ejaculate during sex. Today, again, he experienced the same thing. He has no trouble getting an erection and feels the urge to ejaculate but nothing comes out. What is causing this?

If your boyfriend has a stone, this could be causing blockage of the tube from the bladder through the penis known as the urethra.  If this is the case, your boyfriend should be examined by a urologist.  A urologist is … Continue reading

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My husband has suffered kidney stones 20 years. Since Nov 14, he has had nothing but trouble.  He started with a stone in his right kidney 6mm.  He had a stent fitted and then had a operation in Jan 15 to take it out.  While having the operation, they found a 7mm stone in the left kidney which they left in for some reason? He had another stent fitted for 6 weeks of discomfort again. He had an operation in May for that one, which they said they had taken out, however he has been admitted again yesterday as the pain started again, and he was told there is a 6mm stone in his urethra.  Surely he can’t have reproduced another stone so big so quick?

The problem that you describe is a urological problem.  This is a problem for a surgeon.  I am a nephrologist and not a surgeon.  Your husband should be consulting a urologist to remove all of his current stones.  Once this … Continue reading

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Doctor My mother was suffering from urine infection since two months. Regular antibiotics were given by the doctor but problem remains the same. Then doctor suggested the ultrasound and found some problem with left keydney. The IVP test was done its findings says POORLY EXCRETING LEFT KIDNEY WITH UPPER URETERIC CALCULI. Then doctor suggest two ways: One that some pipe will be inserted in the kidney for ten days so that infection and stone will be drain out….and if this doesn’t happen kidney and stone has to be removed. Another doctor said open surgery will be beneficial for draining the infection. Please suggest us what will be the best treatment for my mother? Her age is 64.

The question that you ask is a urological question.  This question should be addressed to a urologist, who is a surgeon.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform surgery.  I have no expertise in the area that you describe. … Continue reading

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My mom has a uric acid kidney stone. What kind of healthy grains can she eat? A lot of (potatoes, yams)? I am getting confused because the websites I am looking all all give conflicting advice. I do not think that always eating a lot of white non-whole grains is that great.

I suggest that your mother follow a DASH diet.  This diet is low in salt and can help to prevent kidney stones.  You can review the DASH diet at:

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I have a strange back pain in my lower abdomen. I have no nausea or vomiting right now, although I had those symptoms yesterday. Do I have kidney stones?

Kidney stones are only one possibility.  There are many causes of abdominal pain and nausea with vomiting.  I suggest you contact your primary care physician for examination if your symptoms persist.

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Can untreated kidney stones contribute to or cause kidney damage?

Yes.  Kidney stones that block the kidney or stones that might be associated with infection can cause acute and chronic kidney injury.

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I have a malfunctioning kidney on the right side. Doctor’s believe I was born with it as my symptoms started when I was around 5/6 Years of age. I suffered with a reflux which caused damage to my Bladder. A bladder repair was done when I was around 8years old after much suffering and different medication. I am susceptible to Urinary Tract Infections and they have got worse in the last 7years. I now have 3 stones in the malfunctioning kidney which they say is too thick to blast or breakdown. I suffer with many symptoms like fever cold chills, fever, sharp shooting pains, feeling nauseous and sometimes vomiting. I am tired even after a good night’s sleep and normally awaken with swollen eyes. The problem alongside all of that, is I am not feeling pain in the left kidney which functions at 85% when last checked. My right kidney function has varied over the years 7%, 10%, 15% fluctuating up and down with no rhyme or reason. I am due to see the consultant in July and want to be able to put my case forward to do something beneficial to improve my quality of life. Should I be worried that my good kidney is getting pain? I look forward to your response.

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  Your description sounds like chronic pyelonephritis with a staghorn calculus.  This problem is generally dealt with by both a urologist and a nephrologist.  You may … Continue reading

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I have stone of size 3mm in my right kidney. I go to the doctor he told me this small size no problem but I ask for medication but doctor has not given any. Please give suggestion as to what can I do?

A kidney stone of only 3 millimeters (mm) should pass with just drinking extra water.  Stones less than 5 mm will generally pass with conservative medical management.  If you drink extra water, the stone should pass without much symptoms.  You … Continue reading

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I’ve had five episodes of kidneys stones over several years, the last one in 2011, when I was told to drink 4 oz of lemon juice a day. I make my own “lemonade” with Splenda and I keep my fluids up. The issue is that I travel a lot and don’t always have access when traveling to lemon juice and splenda. Taking Potassium Citrate has been recommended for those times I’m away, but i’m unsure of what dose I should take per day. The tablets I just got are Potassium Citrate 99mg tablets. Thanks for your thoughts.

Lemon juice contain potassium citrate and Vitamin C.  It is thought, however, that the potassium citrate is the active ingredient that prevents kidney stones.  The question you ask is difficult to answer because lemon juice contains a variable amount of … Continue reading

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