Category Archives: Kidney Stones

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

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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

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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

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My son is suffering with vomiting after taking food. He suffering with stomach pain sometimes. Now he is 3years old. I contacted with children doctor. He told to take scan. After I take scan reports, he told me stone is found in RT KIDNEY. That report showing 2.9 cm calculus. Doctor told to give him plenty of water and fluid give good result for my son. Please kindly give me your valuable result to cure soon for best results.

The question that you ask is about kidney stone disease and this is usually addressed to a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and do not care for kidney stone disease.  Your son should be seen by a urologist and evaluated. … Continue reading

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Hi doc. What’s the connection between kidney disease and back pain and lower back muscle spasms?

Back pain has many causes and kidney disease is not a common cause.  If you have kidney stones, this can be a cause of back pain.  If you have infection or blockage of the kidney, this may also cause back … Continue reading

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Hi sir. I’m male. My age is 21 year. I have problem in my right kidney. My right kidney size is 4.91 and left size is 13cm and I have a stone in left kidney. I’m worried about my health. Tell me sir, my right kidney size is dangerous for me? Please tell me your advise what will I do now?

The problem that you pose is a urological problem and best evaluated and treated by a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform surgery.  A urologist is a surgeon and is the best person to evaluate your small … Continue reading

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I have a 6mm and two 2mm stones in my left kidney with only mild left flank pain which comes and goes. I have had a CT scan which shows the stones. What is the best course of action when pain is mild and not constant? Are any of the Herbal remedies helpful at all?

If you have symptoms with kidney stones, the best course of action is to consult with your physician.  You may need referral to a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and do not deal with active stone disease.  This needs to … Continue reading

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Please explain non obstructing nephrolithiasis, right kidney normal ultrasound of the left kidney and urinary bladder.

Stones may be within the substance of the kidney and not obstruct the kidney.  I recommend that you clarify this with your physician.

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I am concerned about my kidney function. I am a 56 years old, white male in seemingly good health. About three years ago the doctor measured my GFR at 93. A year ago, my GFR had dropped to 82. I also had a kidney stone removed at that time. My GFR is now at 83. I’m concerned that my creatine levels increased so abruptly. How concerned ought I be about this? Should I have more tests run? What should I do now? FYI: I am generally healthy, except for occasional bouts with constipation (especially on weekends and long holidays). All of my other serum levels are normal (see below). My doctor is tells me I’m healthy, but based on what I found here (looking up GFR), it looks like I have Stage 2 kidney disease. My diet is very similar to the DASH, except that my wife likes to cook with a little more salt than I wish. My weight is good (I’m 5’8″ and 135-145 lbs). Also, my GI doctor had me on Nexium for nearly 3 months for gastritis. Recent Serum levels: SODIUM 137 POTASSIUM 4.5 CHLORIDE 102 GLUCOSE 80 UREA NITROGEN 9 CREATININE 1.01

I do not identify any kidney disease based on the information that you present.  There is some variability to the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and the two levels that you mention are within the usual range of variability for … Continue reading

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Kidney function at 40 and have chronic diarrhea due to gastric bypass. Have taken massive amounts of Imodium to control bowels. Was suggested by family doctor as safe. Now I find out that this can damage kidney function. What OTC medication for diarrhea is safe for my kidneys?

Imodium (loperamide) is safe for patients with kidney disease.  I am unaware of any damage that Imodium causes to kidneys.  Patients who have gastric bypass and diarrhea are prone to kidney stones and also can have kidney damage from oxaluria … Continue reading

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