Category Archives: Kidney Stones

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

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

Hello, I had a CT scan 5 years ago before I had my gallbladder removed. I was told I have a ‘horse shoe’ shaped kidney, that they are fused together making it a ‘super kidney’. They told me I was born this way and I have lived my life not knowing. I haven’t had issues that I know of but is their any advice you can give me? Any knowledge about this as they just told me ‘drink lots of water’. I did have a UTI with low back pain one but antibiotics cleared it.

A horseshoe kidney is a congenital (you were born with it) abnormality which results in the bottom of each of your kidneys joined together and lying over your spinal column.  It is normally a totally asymptomatic condition.  The only problems … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Treatments, Urinary Tract Infection/Pyelonephritis

This is the result of a CT UROGRAM done in 10/2012. There are bilateral renal calculi. Specifically, there is an approximately 9 x 5 mm right upper pole calculus with focal prominent thinning overlying cortex consistent with sequelae of prior infection. There is an approximately 3 mm calculus centrally mid to upper pole left kidney. IMPRESSION: BILATERAL RENAL CALCULI, LARGER ON THE RIGHT WITH THINNING OVERLYING CORTEX CONSISTENT WITH SEQUELAE OF PRIOR INFECTION. NO RENAL MASS OR OBSTRUCTIVE UROPATHY. I’ve had shockwave done twice, once on the right in 2012 and once on the left last year. Recently I have been seeing my primary because of a UTI. I had an urinalysis done in office with the following results; Component Your Value Glucose neg mg/dL Bilirubin moderate Ketones trace mg/dL Spec Gravity 1.025 Blood large pH 5.5 Protein >=300 mg/dl mg/dL Urobilinogen 2.0 E. u> /dl EU/dL Nitrite positive Leuk. Esterase large Color red Pale yellow Appearance other, on period All of my pain is on the right side. I am nauseous, occasional vomiting, loss of appetite, and difficulty urinating. At times it is difficult to start a stream and at times only a drizzle comes out. The CT scan I had on 07/07/2017 did not show a stone on the right side. I have scarring in my right kidney due to a prior infection. So I am wondering is the stone that was originally there, able to hide behind the scarring and not be seen on CT? How does a 9 mm stone just disappear yet the 3mm one in the other kidney still be there? and if there is no stone, then why the crazy numbers on the urinalysis? Any thoughts would be helpful.

The problem that you present is a urological problem.  I am a nephrologist and have no expertise in the surgical management of kidney stone disease.  You need to consult with a urologist.  A urologist is a surgeon who deals with … Continue reading

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I’m having some pain on each side of my hips ( back). If I do much activity during the day, at night it is so painful. Even when I cough, I can hardly stand it. Could this be a symptom of a kidney problem?

Pain is a very unusual symptom for kidney disease.  Pain can be present with kidney stones, infection or blockage of the kidneys, but this is very unusual.  I recommend that you see your physician and be examined.  It is much … Continue reading

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

I have a lot of kidney stones. I also have a lot of blackberries right now, someone told me that Blackberries and raspberries cause kidney stones because of the seeds. I hate to have to throw them out. Is there truth to this?

Fruit and vegetables have greater amounts of potassium and should be helpful in preventing kidney stones.  I do not believe that blackberries and raspberries will increase your risk of kidney stones.  I suggest you drink plenty of water and follow … Continue reading

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Hello. I’m from New Zealand. I’d like to know is there a treatment plan for patients with primary hyperoxularia type 2 post transplant?

Yes.  There is standard treatment for patients with Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 2 prior to end stage kidney disease and for patients with kidney failure related to the hyperoxaluria.  You should be managed by someone who is familiar with the disease … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diet/Nutrition, Kidney Failure, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Nephrologist, Transplantation, Treatments

I had lithotripsy done on my left kidney May 17th. The doctor said it took an hour and a half. The kidney stone was 7mm and now is 4mm. I am experiencing hair loss, high blood pressure, retaining water especially my hands but i think I feel it in my feet also. My boobs are huge, weight gain and anxiety. I had anxiety before the procedure. None of the other problems existed. Could all of these problems I am having come from the surgery?

The question that you ask is a urological question.  I am a nephrologist and do not have any expertise in lithotripsy.  I have no experience in the long term effects of lithotripsy.  I suggest that you discuss your concerns with … Continue reading

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Hi. I am female, 45 old from India. I have done RIRS in my left for 1cm and 5mm kidney stones on 9 may 2017. After they put stent on my left side. I have taken CT scan before stent removal. The CT scan report shows 4.2mm, 2mm, and 3mm stones on my left kidney. The stent removes on 5/6/2017. Now my question is my kidney function is normal? But now no blood in my urine. and urine color is normal. and amount also. Another question is Why is it painful?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  The question that you ask is a urological question.  I am a nephrologist and I do not perform surgery.  I suggest that you discuss your … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Nephrologist, Symptoms and Side Effects, Treatments, Urological Issues

Recent fasting blood work came back with uric acid levels 7.2, up from 6.2 eleven months ago which was last episode of gout. Creatinine 1.8 with my eGfr 55. Last blood test results creatinine was 1.01 and eGfr was 62. I have type 2 diabetes with an A1C of 6.7 (for the last year). Previous year was A1C was 6.5. Also have high blood pressure which is well controlled. Have an appointment with my urologist next month to monitor renal oncocytoma which is more than 5 centimeters in size and to make sure I’m not making anymore kidney stones, which have caused two blockages. Do the numbers from the recent blood work indicate early kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is diagnosed by having an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of less than 60 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared and this need to be present for at least 3 months.  CKD can also be … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Diabetes, GFR, Hypertension/High Blood Pressure, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Symptoms and Side Effects

I am 72 years old and been getting kidney stones every 3 to 5 years since 1992. I am 74 inches with a 44 inch waist and weigh 235#. Due to a 2 inch curvature of the spine, I look like Homer Simpson with a beard. Because I require large amounts of salt tablets to get through the day without suffering from charlie horses and leg cramps at night, I am at a loss as to what I should do to prevent the stones. I also drink large quantities of dog grass tea as it is known to dissolve stones over a period of time. Presently, I have a large stone in my left kidney which my doctor tried to use lithotripsy on, but failed. He has suggested Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy, but after reading the complications associated with the procedure, I’ll suffer with the pain. What would you suggest to try to dissolve the stone and for a longterm solution?

The question that you ask is a urological question and should be addressed to a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and my expertise is in prevention of kidney stones, not in the surgical treatment of kidney stones.  One problem that … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diet/Nutrition, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing