Category Archives: Kidney Stones

Is enlarged kidneys a symptom of CKD? I have a history of frequent UTIs, kidney stones and MSK. My last follow up ultrasound noted enlarged kidneys. Young female 4”11 115lbs and they measured 12.2 cm and 12.4 cm.

The ultrasound measurements that you mention may be normal depending on your body size. Your description of your weight and height suggests that you are a relatively small person and 12 centimeter (cm) kidneys could be modestly enlarged. Medullary sponge … Continue reading

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Dear Doctor, USG of my daughter aged 23 says, ” One calculus 4.8 mm at the left proximal most ureter”. Please advise about treatment and diet.

There appears to be a very small stone in the tube that connects the left kidney to the bladder (the ureter). It appears to be high up in the ureter. If it is not causing pain, the treatment consists of … Continue reading

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I am a 65 year old female with one kidney. The second kidney was removed due to a car accident when I was 16. Prior to 2016, my GFR has been stable and in stage 4. From January 2016 through July 2017, the GFR on my remaining kidney dropped 6 points from 63 to 56. In July, after getting this information, I went on a low sodium, low potassium, low protein diet. In October 2017 my blood work was re-checked and my cholesterol jumped from 206 to 284 my BUN was 25, Creatinine was 1.1 and my GFR had dropped another 6 points to 50 which is stage 3. I am stunned at my readings and at a loss as to why my GFR has dropped 13 points in less than a year when they have been stable. My doctor is an internist and I wonder if these kind of changes would warrant a visit to a specialist or a renal dietitian. Thank you.

I am unable to suggest a reason why your kidney function would decline. I do not recommend a low potassium diet or a low protein diet. I recommend the DASH diet. The DASH diet is a high potassium and low … Continue reading

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Our daughter has kidney stones, and the Dr. says, both kidneys are full of stones. For a period of time she was able to pass the stones, but now she is not passing them. The Dr. is doing another 24 hr urinalysis study, and the same test that any urologist would perform. He is stumped. Would it be to our advantage to seek further treatment from a Doctor that specializes in kidney disease? Her father is a pharmacist, and has suggested for some time our need for someone that can help her. Our fear is that her kidneys will fail and she will go on dialysis. She is 41.

I am not able to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. There are many causes of recurrent and chronic kidney stones. The urologist is the person who is most likely to make a proper diagnosis … Continue reading

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Hello doctor, I have a kidney stone 9mm, is it better to take operation or not? Does it go by taking tablet and syrup?

The question that you ask is a urological question. I am a nephrologist and do not have any surgical expertise. A urologist is a surgeon who deals with kidney stones and performs surgery and lithotripsy.  I suggest that you consult … Continue reading

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Cause for concern? I’ve had bouts of intense kidney pain/spasms that last from 5-20 minutes for 21 years. (First time was during first pregnancy.) A CT scan a few years ago showed nothing. I am 48, female, and in great physical shape. I do take ibuprofen sometimes for a few days for eczema relief or joint pain. The pain grabs hold of that specific space in my lower back and makes me feel unable to move, function or do anything to help recover faster. I have spoken to my healthcare provider about this. He is puzzled; says it could be muscle spasms. Any ideas? Causes? Kidney/not kidney-related? Thank you!

Pain is not a common symptom of kidney disease. Pain can be found in kidney stone disease, infections and blockage of the kidneys. You have been evaluated for such issues and they do not seem to be present. The use … Continue reading

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Hello, I had a kidney stint removed today. This is the 3rd very large stone I have had to have surgery for since 2013. I had a 1cm calcium oxalate monodeydrate stone. Urology doctor does not understand why I keep making stones. I had gastric bypass in 2013. I lost 125 pounds. I have gained back about 30 pounds due to having total knee replacement. I have done a great deal of research on what to eat and what not to eat. The information is very conflicting. I eat pretty good and take vitamins. I do not drink milk and small amounts of cheese. I do eat chicken 4 times a week and maybe hamburger meet once or twice a week. Do you have suggestions? I do get a great deal of liquid intake each day and also eat a lot of ice. I have a full time job and consider myself healthy and active. Well other than the stones. I need a reliable place for information on how to eat without creating more stones.

The DASH diet has been shown to decrease the tendency to form kidney stones.  It is very important that this diet be combined with a very low salt intake. I recommend that you keep drinking water, limit your sodium intake … Continue reading

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Hello doctor. I am from Pakistan. I had stones in my right kidney and was discharged before 2 weeks, but I still feel pain in my kidney. My uric acid is 6.2. My blood urea is 43 and creatinine is 2.1. Please suggest what I should do.

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. You should consult with your physician and your urologist about your pain. I am a nephrologist and not a surgeon. I do not have any … Continue reading

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Can a kidney stone pass and fall out while a women is taking a shower? If so, do I need to keep it and give it to a doctor?

If this stone passed without pain, I doubt whether this was a kidney stone.  I suggest that you have the stone examined by your physician.  

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I’ve just been diagnosed with MSK. I had a lithotripsy about 20 years ago for multiple kidney stones but was asymptomatic until about 90 days ago when I developed chronic UTI. Ultrasound revealed a new large non-obstructive stone and I was dx’d with the MSK. No family history but my BMI is 37. I’ve rapidly gained weight over the last 6 months even though I’ve been exercising more. I would like some tips on managing this disease and staying healthy.

Medullary Sponge Kidney Disease (MSK) is a relatively rare disease that you are born with.  The National Institutes of Health has an excellent site to learn about this disease at:  https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/kidney-disease/children/medullary-sponge-kidney You can also learn about this disease on our … Continue reading

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