Category Archives: Kidney Stones

I have a stone that needs ureteroscopy with laser performed. My doctor mentioned that sometimes the opening is to tight to get the instruments up in there on the first try. So they put a double J stent in and let that stay in a while to expand the ureter, then reschedule the surgery for the final procedure. I only want this stent in me for the shortest required time possible. So how long would be the minimum time before final surgery ? And after surgery they put a new one in as well. I think this is required for at least 7 days.

The questions that you ask are surgical questions usually asked of a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform surgery.  I suggest that you address your questions to your urologist or seek a second opinion from another urologist.

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Yesterday I had sudden pain in my back so I went to the doctor. He did an ultrasound and x-ray and tells me that I have a stone of 4mm. In the report, this is written – (mild hydronephrosis with hydroureter due to 4-5 mm right lower ureteric calculus) Can you tell me what that means in detail and about any eating precaution.

I suggest plenty of water and a low salt diet.  You should keep your sodium intake to less than 2000 milligrams per day.  The ultrasound merely indicates that you have a stone incompletely blocking your right kidney leading to a … Continue reading

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What food should one avoid for kidney and gall bladder stones?

I do not know a diet for gallbladder stones.  In order to avoid kidney stones, I am a strong advocate for the DASH diet.  I suggest you follow a 2000 milligram sodium diet for daily consumption and that you follow … Continue reading

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My C.T. SCAN KUB (PLAIN) showing a LEFT RENAL CALCULUS. Report saying “There is a calculus noted in the lower pole measuring 12mm”. I afraid any solution to dilute the stone, by medicine rather than surgery? Could you suggest the best method? I have a choice to remove the stone.

Most of the time, a 12 millimeter kidney stone will have to be removed by a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and do not provide surgical intervention for kidney stone patients.  A urologist is a surgeon and provides intervention for … Continue reading

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I have a calculus in kidneys and bladder. What are all the foods which I can eat?

I am a fan of the DASH diet to prevent kidney stones.  You should follow a low salt diet with less than 2000 milligrams of sodium intake per day.  You can review the DASH diet at:

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I have had kidney stones and infected kidneys about 5 years ago. I had treatment for the stones and had the kidneys drained and spent time in the hospital recovering. I have had a checkup and blood work once a year to check for any problems since then. Lately I have back pain and pain on my right side close to where the kidney is located. I have not had a checkup this year yet. When I wake up in the morning, I always have back pain and I have to urine at least once during the night. Could I have kidney disease?

If you have recurrent kidney stone disease and infections, it is very possible that you have chronic kidney disease (CKD).  You should discuss this with your primary care physician.  You should continue to be tested annually for CKD.

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After having ESWL for ureter stone, there has been infection and pus is being formed. Due to which severe pain is persistent. Why this infection has occurred and how much time will it take to recover? What are its consequences?

The question that you ask is a urological question and must be answered by the urologist who did the extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) on you.  I am a nephrologist and I do not perform ESWL.  You should discuss this … Continue reading

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My 22 year old son was dx with a kidney stone two years ago. He had a lithotripsy and we thought all was well. Since then he has been disabled with chronic kidney stone almost daily. Sometimes passing so many of them he bleeds and passes out. He has seen the head of UCI urology and many local doctors who all have nothing to offer other than pain management. I know you have not seen him but some one out there knows something. He had a recent 24 hr urine that show the stones are struvite and he was placed on Cipro but no response. Please help me and him.

Struvite stones are infection stones.  The problem that you describe is a urological problem.  This is usually handled by a urologist.  I am a nephrologist.  I do see patients with struvite stones and it is best to treat the infection … Continue reading

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Renavive natural kidney cleanse capsules. Is there any medical evidence that these capsules prevent the formation of kidney stones or dissolve them naturally?

I do not know of any scientific medical evidence that “Renavive” has any important effects on kidney function or has any beneficial effects on kidney stones. For general information about kidney stone and prevention please click here.

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I’m frustrated as a normally very active woman of 48. I am chronically nauseated, lethargic, weak, WBC in urine, shortness of breath, flank pain mostly on right but some on left. I have stones (history for 2 years) and now cyst in right kidney. Fluid obviously right under right knee and somewhat left. Chafe dry (unusual for me) skin to where it looks chalky. My mouth has a taste of metal that doesn’t go away. I’ve lost roughly 5 lbs since beginning of March, noted at docs office, without trying because I don’t count calories. Today he said the stones and cyst won’t kill me and even the fluid retention won’t but he prescribed low dose thyroid medicine for low thyroid. And told me to have blood work in two weeks and see him in two months. I don’t have high blood pressure but all my life I’ve been hypotensive 99/59 now since feeling this way Bp measures high for me 122/76 which seems silly maybe but I think there are personal norms. Should I see another doc and if so can you point me in a direction I live in north San Diego county. Also trouble urinating and previously never a problem.

I do not recognize a specific kidney disease from your symptoms and findings that you report.  If you have kidney stones, you should have them analyzed to see what kind of stones they are and what they are made of. … Continue reading

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