Category Archives: Kidney Stones

Dear sir, right kidney function is 12. I have stone 28. Are there any options to save kidney or function more.

The problem you describe is a urological problem. I am a nephrologist and do not perform any surgery. A urologist is a surgeon and deals with kidney stones and blocked kidneys. I suggest you consult with a urologist. Advertisements

Posted in Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Nephrologist, Urological Issues

Can I eat a ketogenic diet with distal renal tubular acidosis? I want to do 70% fat 25% protein and 5% carbs with intermittent fasting and a higher amount of veggies. Right now I mostly eat carbs potatoes in some form are probably 90% of my food intake. I need to lose 40 lbs of excess weight.

A ketogenic diet is likely to cause more acidosis that will be difficult for you to compensate if you have a distal renal tubular acidosis. I recommend that you discuss this with your nephrologist. Ketogenic diets may also increase the … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Diet/Nutrition, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions

I am a 60 yr old (white) female. I had 6 stones of various size 1mm to 9mm removed from my left kidney last year. The stone analysis report shows 40% calcium oxalate monohydrate, 20% calcium oxalate dihydrate and 40% calcium phosphate. Now, one year later, a CT scan revealed 2 more in the same kidney. What is causing my body to make these stones? And what can I do to correct this?

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide. You will likely need to be evaluated by a nephrologist and have a 24 or 48 hour urine collection for stone supersaturation index.  This will … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Nephrologist, Symptoms and Side Effects, Treatments

My brother is in hospital with low functioning kidneys at 25%. He has no other symptoms apart from a bit of back pain and nausea. Cat scan and ultra sound both clear. Could this be kidney stones that are too small to show on the scan?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. Even small kidney stones should show up on a computerized tomogram (CT) scan.

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions

I like to mix one teaspoon of TANG with a full glass of water for flavor once a day. My son says TANG’s ingredients contribute to kidney stones. Is that true?

TANG is an orange flavored drink. It is a powder and according to the label, it contains fructose and Vitamin C which can contribute to the formation of kidney stones. I have not see someone who drinks TANG report kidney … Continue reading

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Sir, Hi. I need to know that what is calculus?

A calculus is a medical term used to describe a kidney stone. Hence, it means the same thing as a kidney stone. If used in description of the gall bladder, it could also mean a gall stone.

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Medi-Care insurance questionnaires ask if you have “Kidney Disease”. Are kidney stones regarded as a “Kidney Disease”?

Yes, kidney stones and stones that pass from the kidney into the ureters and bladder would be considered related to kidney disease. Hence, I would answer this question of the form as “Yes” if you have stone disease.

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My EGFR score dropped from 55 to 30 in 6 months time. I haven’t been able to reach my doctor so I’m writing you. I’m a 59 year old woman and I knew I had Stage 3 kidney disease (no symptoms). I’m having back pain and feel like I have the flu. Any observations?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. It is very uncommon for acute kidney disease to present with back pain. Acute kidney disease with back pain can be seen with kidney stone … Continue reading

Posted in Acute Kidney Injury, Ask the Doctor, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions

I have a kidney stone. I was having back pain on my left side in June went to my doctor. They took a urine sample you could see the stuff floating in it. They put me on antibiotics, then told me to stop taking them as it’s not a UTI. This past month my pain got worse went up my back couldn’t get comfortable sitting or sleeping. Pain in both shoulders and my neck. I went back to the doctor they did more tests and urine sample, still full of stuff and this time had some blood. Put me back on antibiotics. I was told to stop them again as it’s not a UTI. I am starting to feel better. They did a CT. I still have a stone in my kidney. What can be causing all of my problems?

I am not able to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. A kidney stone can cause pain and blood in the urine. I suggest that you consult with your primary care physician and have further … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Urological Issues

In September 2008, I was diagnosed with nephrocalsonsis and MSK bilaterally. I have had 15 lithotripsy 10 stents and constant UTIs. I currently have an 8x4mm 4mm 3mm and 2mm stones in my left kidney. Have been to several doctors and nobody seems to find the cause or help slow down the processing of the stones. I have all normal labs nothing that shows any sign of a cause. Any help or suggestions, where I should research would be great.

Medullary Sponge Kidney (MSK) and nephrocalcinosis are diseases of the kidney associated with kidney stones. This is likely the cause of your recurrent kidney stones. The best resource for MSK is at the National Institutes of Health at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/kidney-disease/children/medullary-sponge-kidney We … Continue reading

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