Category Archives: Kidney Stones

What are the effects of Stage 3a Kidney Disease? Can high doses of Calcium increase your Potassium level?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is generally without symptoms. This is why it is difficult to know whether you have kidney disease unless you get blood and urine testing for CKD. Early stage CKD may result in mild anemia and some … Continue reading

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Hello, I have had chronic kidney stone disease since about age 23. I’m 48 yrs old now. I have had reoccurring UTIs, hydronephrosis, and/or pyelonephritis about every year or two at most, since my late teens. My family has a very high incidence of renal failure on my paternal side, while the kidney stone disease is very prevalent on my maternal side. I frequently have protein detected in my urine as long as I can remember. I sometimes have very dark bloody to brown urine, very frequently cloudy, and on/off pale foamy urine. I worry that most of this is being passed off as side effects from my kidney stones. I also have hyperparathyroidism secondary to vit D deficiency and I have a genetic Connective Tissue Disease called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type(hEDS) with some overwhelming of Classic Type, Delta Granule Storage Pool Deficiency Platelet Dysfunction, POTS, MCAD, and multiple other Autoimmune Disorders … I’ve seen what used to be called Bright’s Disease show up on numerous family death certificates while compiling our family’s genealogy, so I am concerned that my Urologist hasn’t followed up with more specific testing to evaluate my actual kidney function aside from BMP, CMP, U/A with the frequent culture sent for analysisa. I am concerned especially with my right kidney because it drops a bit low and doesn’t drain well with the ureter arched a bit higher anatomically. I’ve had about 6 ESWL procedures, a Percutaneous Lithotomy( due to high stone volume, 30+ Ranging 1mm-9mm and some high density type stones) with a temp nephrostomy drain/bag, and most recently a Ureteroscopy with laser Lithotripsy and stent placement x 1 1/2 wk(I couldn’t have tolerated the stent any longer), all of these have been about UA showed something new for me that upset, a rare budding yeast which also showed up in a 2nd clean catch sample several days later. I am worried more so because both of my children have hEDS also, they both inherited my Platelet Dysfunction. My son, the younger at 23 yrs, has started passing kidney stones at the same age that I did. My daughter has had a few bad infections also. I can no longer take sulfonamide antibiotics or Nitro furan Antibacterials, due to an allergy to them. Since my last infection and procedure, I have been so tired, bruising, more than usual, with notable Petechia that I don’t recall occurring so much before, itching intensely,(especially at night) and notable increased swelling of my feet, ankles, and sometimes hands. I made an appt with a nephrologist, but have a fairly long wait of a few more weeks until I can get in to see them. I am just concerned and interested in your thoughts. I do have HTN, have had intermittently since my 20’s, was treated in my 30’s with a hydrachlorithiazide until no longer required after significant weight loss with gastric bypass, I have since been treating with a beta blocker in mid 40’s which also treats my POTS …keeping my HR in control. I take sublingual B12 to treat anemia also. I take a lot of medications for my various conditions.

Your medical condition sounds very complex and I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. Most of the problems that you describe for your kidneys are urological problems and should be addressed by … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, GFR, Kidney Biopsy, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Serum Creatinine

My mother has Chronic Kidney disease. Her hypertension was uncontrolled and caused CKD; but she has it under control now with medication. She gets colds and viruses easy and often now. She is 79 yo and was told she can’t drink orange juice or take Vitamin C. Is that true? If she can take a daily Vitamin C because she doesn’t eat enough fruit, what is a safe dosage? She also has Gouty Arthritis. So what is a safe gout medication? Thanks!

In patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD), I recommend no more than 500 milligrams of Vitamin C per day. Higher doses have been associated with kidney stones in patients with CKD. In the case of gout, I am unable … Continue reading

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I’m a 29 year old female. I’ve had dull flank pain for a week now most of which is on the left side. I’ve previously passed a 5mm stone out of that left kidney back in March of this year. After going to the doctor they reported trace of blood in urine and cloudiness, no infection, and no other stones coming out. My flank pain also presented with severe nausea and dizziness along with frequent urination (20x in 24 hrs). The doctors I’ve seen still don’t know what is causing my symptoms. They put me on a short course of antibiotics even though tests said otherwise. Any ideas of what could be going on here?

The problem that you pose suggests that you could have kidney stone disease but there are many other causes of pain in the flanks. I am a nephrologist and do not have any surgical expertise. Kidney stone disease, as it … Continue reading

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I’ve been living with kidney stones since 2011 when I was told and only passed 2. Both got stuck in my urinary tract. My question is, can kidney stones cause CKD?

Yes. Repeated episodes of blockage from kidney stones may cause progressive kidney damage. In addition, diseases such as tophaceous gout with kidney stones, nephrocalcinosis, medually sponge disease and others can be associated with kidney stones and also cause progressive chronic … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Gout, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Medullary Sponge Kidney

I have had multiple kidney stones and procedures to remove them for the past 15 years. Over the last year I have really been struggling with symptoms. I have blood in my urine often, renal colic, decreased urine output, fatigue and currently still have multiple kidney stones in my kidneys. I had them check my kidney function because I’m truly afraid something is wrong. My GFR came back “normal” they said. My result was 89. According to this website that is stage 2 kidney disease. Should I get a second opinion? And if so, do I see a urologist or a nephrologist. Please help. I’m only 32.

The definition of Stage 2 chronic kidney disease (CKD) means that you have abnormalities of your kidneys that has been present for at least three months. Since you have multiple stones in your kidneys and they have been present for … Continue reading

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Can a non-obstructing kidney stone 5mm x 3mm stay stationery?? And what is vascular calcification in kidney? Thank you.

A non-obstructing kidney stone may remain stable for many years, but it may also move and cause obstruction with pain at any time. A vascular calcification is a description of a finding, usually on an x-ray (especially a computerized tomographic … Continue reading

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I have a 10 mm kidney stone in my lower ureter left kidney. So can I pass it naturally by medicine without operation?

A 10 millimeter stone is a very large stone. It is unlikely that this stone can be passed without some type of intervention. I suggest you contact a urologist to review the situation and see what is possible. If there … Continue reading

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I had surgery to remove five large kidney stones three months ago. All my symptoms have subsided except for the hydronephrosis. Sometimes my back under my ribs appears to be swollen. The urologist said it may take some time for it to be resolved. Should I be concerned and should I get an ultrasound?

I am a nephrologist and do not have any surgical expertise. Hence, you will need to consult with a urologist, who is a surgeon, about recovery after surgery. I have no expertise in the post operative recovery after stone removal … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Hydronephrosis and Hydroureter, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist

Went to the emergency room due to a pain in the left side of my stomach. It was intense. The emergency doctor thought I was passing a stone so they did a complete blood test, and a CT stone protocol and found nothing. The pain still continues and now I feel something like burning in my stomach. They say in the emergency room that maybe I have gastritis problem. My question is, what does a ct stone protocol show?? What other organs? Does it show my ovaries too??

A stone protocol computerized tomogram (CT) scan uses dosage limiting techniques to visualize the kidneys and urinary tracts in such a way as to detect kidney stones but avoids the use of intravenous contrast. Other organs, including the spine, liver, … Continue reading

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