Category Archives: Kidney Stones

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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My father had a kidney transplant 2 years ago. He is suffering from urine infection and BKV virus from long time. Yesterday creatinine report was 3.5 and hemoglobin was 6.5. He is also a path of diabetes and BP. Please help what to do? Why creatinine is increasing ?

Patients who suffer from BK virus infection in the urine often develop chronic transplant glomerulopathy and this can lead to transplant failure.  Treating chronic BK virus infection is very difficult. I can only recommend that your father continue to follow … Continue reading

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I am a 55 year old white female. I have been on blood pressure meds, cholesterol meds, anxiety meds, and Nexium for approx 15+ years. I recently had a screening and discovered that my GFR is 54. I have started drinking more water, but I have to urinate constantly during the day and night. I have been having back pain over the past couple of weeks – not just lower back, but also mid & upper back along my spine. What tests do I need to have done to determine whether or not my back problems are stemming from my kidneys? Also, if the pain is coming from my kidneys, is there anything that can be done for that? I have an appointment with my primary care physician tomorrow – do I need to see a nephrologist right away?

Pain is not a common symptom related to kidney disease.  Stone disease and infection may present with pain but chronic kidney disease (CKD) is most commonly without symptoms.  The best test you can have is to be examined by your … Continue reading

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I am a 54 Caucasian female, 5’5″ with BMI 20. For the past few years, my GFR has been in the 70’s. my most recent GFR was 62. My most recent creatinine was 1.03. I have had microscopic for 10+ years, which I have attributed to multiple small stones in each kidney. I started having kidney stones at least 20 years ago. I have no known CKD risk favors. Question: Can having chronic small kidney stones influence GFR?

Chronic kidney stone disease is a risk factor for chronic kidney disease (CKD).  You may need to be evaluated by a nephrologist to determine the cause of your recurrent stone disease and see if the stones can be prevented.  

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Renal tiny 2 mm calculi noted in left kidney. Please guide me how to cure this? I am from India.

The small stone that you describe should not cause any problems.  This is a very small stone.  I suggest that you follow a low salt diet and a DASH diet.  This should help to prevent further stone formation and may … Continue reading

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