Category Archives: Kidney Stones

My 24 year old daughter is epileptic. Her Neurologist is making an effort to control breakthrough seizures. She is on 3000 mg Kepra, 300 mg Vimpat, and now adding Topamax gradually, starting off with 25mg/day increasing to 100mg/day by day 10 (eventually to wean off at least one of the other two meds). The Doctor recommended she drink a lot of water to help prevent kidney stones due to that side effect from Topamax. So, what I’m wondering is: 1. Is there a lesser risk with a low dosage? 2. Are there any other preventative measures to take to help avoid the stones? Thank you for your opinion and help.

It is true that Topamax (topiramate) can cause kidney stones.  It is important to stay well hydrated and drink enough water so that the urine is clear while taking the medication.  I do not know of another treatment.  The dosage … Continue reading

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I’ve had reoccuring kidney stones for the last 4 years, surgery twice because they were 7mm and 2 stints. Almost a year ago I went to the ER bc I thought I had more stones. I didn’t have any stones, but they said I had a 4cm tumor on my left kidney. I went to a specialist with the tests from the hospital. He couldn’t find anything. I’ve been having alot of flank pain for the last 3 months. I went back to the hospital again for “stones” and I was told my left kidney is enlarged. I had a knot I could feel. Now the swelling is getting worse. My feet, knees and are swelling. When they swell I get this horrible rash. I’ve been taking fluid pills so thats helped. I’ve been throwing up, I’ve gained 23 pounds in 3 months. But the weight isn’t coming off. I’ve been eating healthier and exercising for the last 4 weeks when I’m feeling OK. It’s not helping. I just keep gaining. In the last week my body has been aching like I have the flu. Going to the bathroom more frequently. Sometimes I have a lot of urine and sometimes I don’t. Like a UTI. I’ve never had these symptoms at the same time. I never thought to tie all of them together. I just thought they were seperate issues. My dad tied it together. Last night when I’d lay down I started having chest pains and a hard to time breathing. But only when I lay down. I know you can’t make a diagnosis and I am going back to the Dr. I just wanted to know if there are any other tests they could be running? Does it sound like a renal issue or could it be something else? Is there anything I can be doing at home?

I cannot make a diagnosis without performing a complete history and physical examination.  I am unable to link your prior history of kidney stones to your current symptoms and weight gain.  I do recommend that you limit your salt intake. … Continue reading

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My mother (age 35) has stones in her kidney and she had completed an kidney operation once before 5 years. She is suffering now with same problem. We can’t see her while she is suffering. Please tell me the way or processes to prevent them from kidney. One important thing is she will be working for 12 hours a day or shall we say any suggestion to take her rest?

The prevention of kidney stones requires that you know what is causing the kidney stones.  Your mother should be evaluated by a kidney specialist (nephrologist) and see if it can be determined what is causing the stones to form.  There … Continue reading

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During a CT scan for another problem, the dr could see several kidney stones (one about a half inch!). I’ve never known they were there and they’ve never caused a momental of pain. Now that I know they’re there, I’m terrified of when they’ll pass. Is it possible that they’ll never cause problems. How long before most start to pass??

The treatment of kidney stones that are present within the kidney is a urological problem.  As a nephrologist, my expertise is the prevention of kidney stones, but if stones are present, you must consult with a urologist to determine the … Continue reading

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Since I am prone to calcium oxalate stones, would using cider vinegar be helpful?

Cider vinegar contains acids which must be eliminated by the kidney.  I do not know of any information that suggests that cider vinegar will prevent calcium oxalate stones.  There is some information about lemon juice and lime juice as preventative … Continue reading

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What is the treatment of kidney stones inside the kidney which can’t filter out?

If there are kidney stones within the kidney, you should consult with a urologist to see if they require surgical treatment.  If the stones do not require surgical treatment, then consultation with a nephrologist may be appropriate.

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My younger sister has had a GFR between 45 – 50 for several years without a referral to a kidney specialist. We have a family history of kidney stones, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. My sister only has had diagnosed kidney stones once. No other diagnoses of risk factors. She has however been on multiple anti-psychotic medications for 25+ years for anxiety, panic disorder, and depression. She has had multiple drug reactions over the years. Do you know if these type of medications are risk factors for chronic kidney disease?

Kidney stones are a risk factor for chronic kidney disease (CKD).  There are psychiatric medications that can be associated with diabetes and kidney disease.  I can only suggest that she consult with her physician about the cause of her CKD.

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l had kidney stone two months ago. Can I eat potato or tomato? Is it harmful?

Potatoes and tomatoes are not harmful to people with kidney stones.  I recommend that you restrict the amount of salt in your diet.  You should limit the sodium intake to less than 2300 milligrams per day.  You should drink enough … Continue reading

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My son is 45 yrs old and has William Syndrome. He has had multiple times with kidney stones (most of which he passes on his own), He just had a renal ultrasound because his blood test came back with a creatitine level of 2. His ultrasound found hydronephrosis and renal eortical thin echogenicity of both kidneys. We just set up an appointment with a doctor at the University of Pennsylvania as we have received no help (except operations here in NJ) … How important is this to have an immediate operation, or can we use the techniques we have used before to help pass the stones.

Williams syndrome (also called Williams-Beuren syndrome) is a genetic disorder that can affect the kidneys and urinary tract. It can result in high blood calcium and recurrent kidney stones.  I have no experience with this syndrome.  Your son should be … Continue reading

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I was diagnosed 2 years ago with CKD, after going septic from a UTI. While I was at the hospital, they did a KUB and stated that both my kidneys were packed with stones due to my body’s inability to reabsorb the calcium. I am not currently taking any medication except for vitamin D3 and iron for my anemia. I also take synthroid for hypothyriodism. Is there anything that I should be doing and is there anything to dissolve the calcium stones?

Yes, I recommend that you drink enough water that your urine is clear.  I also recommend that you drink water that is sufficient for you to get up once at night and then drink water in the middle of the … Continue reading

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