Category Archives: Kidney Stones

Can a lemon a day be taken increase uric acid and serum creatinine level?

A lemon should not increase uric acid levels and should not increase the serum creatinine.  It will increase citrate elimination in the urine which can decrease the rate of kidney stone formation.

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I had lithotripsy on a kidney stone four days ago. They did put in a stint. Now, if I am not two feet near a bathroom, I pee my self and also my bed, is this normal?

The problems that you describe are urological problems.  You should address this to a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform surgery or lithotripsy.

Posted in Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Symptoms and Side Effects

My daughter aged 18 has been suffering from cystine stones for 5 yrs now fluctuating between right and left side.The medication she is taking, Captopril acc200 uralyte, Does not seem to be working. He told us there is medication that works, but it is not available. Please advise.

Cystinuria is commonly treated with potassium citrate and Penicillamine.  It is also treated with increased water intake and low salt diet.  I am not sure what medications are available for you.  You should discuss this with a nephrologist who is … Continue reading

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I have some inquiries about dialysis. My dad is 61 years old and he has chronic renal failure. He is in level 4 of this disease and he has 15% of kidney life. His Doctor told him that he needs to start the dialysis. If you could help me and giving me an advice of which type of dialysis would be the best for him to start? And also, can he wait until he reaches 10% of kidney function to start the treatment?.

The decision to start dialysis must be a decision that is made in consultation with a nephrologist who knows your father.  There are two types of dialysis.  There is hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.  Peritoneal dialysis is done at home.  Hemodialysis … Continue reading

Posted in Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions

Stones in left kidney, blocked blood so right kidney shrunk to less than 20% of original size. I had two stones removed in December.  No blood in urine after surgery but often very foul smelling urine. BP, blood sugar, other numbers good. Can still climb 6 flights of stairs 10x, but makes me crave sweets and eat more in general. Take small dose of anti-depressant and occasionally clonazepam. I teach English in Japanese University and regular hours make me feel better, but restarting after long breaks is tough. Should I train hard?  Stop medicine? Hope not because need them.  Have 7 year old son so worried about dying young

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  Based on the presence of kidney stones, I recommend that you follow a DASH diet.  You should follow a low salt DASH diet which you … Continue reading

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My mum is over 50 and got one kidney and she is having bad pain on her side and back. She is not passing water and she haven’t moved her bowels. Sir, what treatment she can get and how serious is this? She had stone in her kidney and it wasn’t functional fully.

If she has a kidney stone causing problems, this is a urological problem and must be handled by a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform surgery.  I suggest you consult with a urologist

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How long after shock wave is used to break up a kidney stone does the stone pass or is this predictable?

This is a question for a urologist.  A urologist does extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL).  I am a nephrologist and do not perform any surgery.  I have no experience with ESWL.

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I have medullary sponge kidney. I have 2 questions: Is this hereditary or genetic. Literature is contradictive. Because of MSK, I get stones frequently. Will this lead to CKD? I’m under the care of a urologist and nephrologist. My kidney is also lying on its side because of my scoliosis. They cannot get to the 8mm stone that is lying at the bottom of the pole.

A medullary sponge kidney (MSK) is inherited and thus genetic.  You are born with this disease, but it may not become apparent until later in life.  Nephrocalcinosis (calcium deposition within the kidney) can look like and act like MSK and … Continue reading

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My dad had shock wave procedure done six months ago. He is still bleeding heavily, occasionally, and passing clots. Is this normal?

This is a urological problem and a urologist must be consulted for this problem.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL). This is not normal and should be evaluated by his urologist.

Posted in Hematuria, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Symptoms and Side Effects

I am a 36 year old female. I just got a CT scan done and in the report they have diagnosed me as having a “tiny non obstructing calculus in right kidney”. How serious this problem is and what is the treatment?

If the calculus (stone) is not causing any symptoms at all, nothing should be done.  If you have pain and it is smaller than 5 millimeters in diameter, it will likely pass on it’s own.  If it is larger, you … Continue reading

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