Category Archives: Kidney Stones

Our daughter has kidney stones, and the Dr. says, both kidneys are full of stones. For a period of time she was able to pass the stones, but now she is not passing them. The Dr. is doing another 24 hr urinalysis study, and the same test that any urologist would perform. He is stumped. Would it be to our advantage to seek further treatment from a Doctor that specializes in kidney disease? Her father is a pharmacist, and has suggested for some time our need for someone that can help her. Our fear is that her kidneys will fail and she will go on dialysis. She is 41.

I am not able to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. There are many causes of recurrent and chronic kidney stones. The urologist is the person who is most likely to make a proper diagnosis … Continue reading

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Hello doctor, I have a kidney stone 9mm, is it better to take operation or not? Does it go by taking tablet and syrup?

The question that you ask is a urological question. I am a nephrologist and do not have any surgical expertise. A urologist is a surgeon who deals with kidney stones and performs surgery and lithotripsy.  I suggest that you consult … Continue reading

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Cause for concern? I’ve had bouts of intense kidney pain/spasms that last from 5-20 minutes for 21 years. (First time was during first pregnancy.) A CT scan a few years ago showed nothing. I am 48, female, and in great physical shape. I do take ibuprofen sometimes for a few days for eczema relief or joint pain. The pain grabs hold of that specific space in my lower back and makes me feel unable to move, function or do anything to help recover faster. I have spoken to my healthcare provider about this. He is puzzled; says it could be muscle spasms. Any ideas? Causes? Kidney/not kidney-related? Thank you!

Pain is not a common symptom of kidney disease. Pain can be found in kidney stone disease, infections and blockage of the kidneys. You have been evaluated for such issues and they do not seem to be present. The use … Continue reading

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Hello, I had a kidney stint removed today. This is the 3rd very large stone I have had to have surgery for since 2013. I had a 1cm calcium oxalate monodeydrate stone. Urology doctor does not understand why I keep making stones. I had gastric bypass in 2013. I lost 125 pounds. I have gained back about 30 pounds due to having total knee replacement. I have done a great deal of research on what to eat and what not to eat. The information is very conflicting. I eat pretty good and take vitamins. I do not drink milk and small amounts of cheese. I do eat chicken 4 times a week and maybe hamburger meet once or twice a week. Do you have suggestions? I do get a great deal of liquid intake each day and also eat a lot of ice. I have a full time job and consider myself healthy and active. Well other than the stones. I need a reliable place for information on how to eat without creating more stones.

The DASH diet has been shown to decrease the tendency to form kidney stones.  It is very important that this diet be combined with a very low salt intake. I recommend that you keep drinking water, limit your sodium intake … Continue reading

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Hello doctor. I am from Pakistan. I had stones in my right kidney and was discharged before 2 weeks, but I still feel pain in my kidney. My uric acid is 6.2. My blood urea is 43 and creatinine is 2.1. Please suggest what I should do.

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. You should consult with your physician and your urologist about your pain. I am a nephrologist and not a surgeon. I do not have any … Continue reading

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Can a kidney stone pass and fall out while a women is taking a shower? If so, do I need to keep it and give it to a doctor?

If this stone passed without pain, I doubt whether this was a kidney stone.  I suggest that you have the stone examined by your physician.  

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

I’ve just been diagnosed with MSK. I had a lithotripsy about 20 years ago for multiple kidney stones but was asymptomatic until about 90 days ago when I developed chronic UTI. Ultrasound revealed a new large non-obstructive stone and I was dx’d with the MSK. No family history but my BMI is 37. I’ve rapidly gained weight over the last 6 months even though I’ve been exercising more. I would like some tips on managing this disease and staying healthy.

Medullary Sponge Kidney Disease (MSK) is a relatively rare disease that you are born with.  The National Institutes of Health has an excellent site to learn about this disease at:  https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/kidney-disease/children/medullary-sponge-kidney You can also learn about this disease on our … Continue reading

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Hello, I am 32 years of age,158 cm height and 49 kg of weight. I have been diagnosis from kidney stone before 7 years and it is removed. Currently I feel some pain and went to see doctor. I am told that I have some infection and that my right kidney is smaller than the left one. And that the left one is doing more of the process and perform more load and I need to take care of it. My question is 1.What might be the reason for the change of the size? 2.how chronic is it to live with different size of kidneys? 3.What kind of foods do I have to take? And do I have to avoid? 4. How much of water should I take per day?

It is not uncommon to see kidneys of different size and in most cases, you were born with different size kidneys and this does not necessarily lead to any complications in life.  I recommend that you drink based on your … Continue reading

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I am 32 year old female that had recurrent UTI for about a year that caused fever, pain, and bilateral flank pain. It was then discovered I had a 10x7mm right kidney stone in the lower pole. Lithotripsy was performed with stent and the UTI stopped. Six months later I have a left 3mm stone and 1mm and 2mm stone in the right kidney. I constantly have flank pain- intensifying on days I don’t have high liquid intake. I have urgency and frequency. I am up in the middle of the night to urinate. I do have symptoms of kidney disease that have been long term but never correlated with kidney issues- swelling of ankles, puffiness under eyes at times. I have had a rash on the side of my face since the first stone. I’m noticing my skin is itchy without new cause. I have seen the urologist – which only told me the stones are passable to drink a lot of fluids and checked urine for infection. My primary doctor did run routine blood work and kidney function- and said everything was okay. Are these symptoms only related to the stones or do I need to proceed with further testing?

The symptoms that you describe are likely related to the stone disease and you will need to first consult with a urologist in order to resolve all of the stone issues.  If you continue to form stones, you may need … Continue reading

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Hi, I have kidney infection and my reports says that I have 2mm stone in right kidney and cortical cyst in left kidney. Last week I started this problem ( nausea and upset stomach) and after that I am having high blood pressure.

You must see your physician to determine the type of infection that you have involving the kidney stone.  Once the type of infection is known, then proper treatment can be recommended.  In some cases, if the stone is infected, the … Continue reading

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