Category Archives: Kidney Stones

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.   Advertisements

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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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Hello, I am 32 years of age,158 cm height and 49 kg of weight. I have been diagnosis from kidney stone before 7 years and it is removed. Currently I feel some pain and went to see doctor. I am told that I have some infection and that my right kidney is smaller than the left one. And that the left one is doing more of the process and perform more load and I need to take care of it. My question is 1.What might be the reason for the change of the size? 2.how chronic is it to live with different size of kidneys? 3.What kind of foods do I have to take? And do I have to avoid? 4. How much of water should I take per day?

It is not uncommon to see kidneys of different size and in most cases, you were born with different size kidneys and this does not necessarily lead to any complications in life.  I recommend that you drink based on your … Continue reading

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I am 32 year old female that had recurrent UTI for about a year that caused fever, pain, and bilateral flank pain. It was then discovered I had a 10x7mm right kidney stone in the lower pole. Lithotripsy was performed with stent and the UTI stopped. Six months later I have a left 3mm stone and 1mm and 2mm stone in the right kidney. I constantly have flank pain- intensifying on days I don’t have high liquid intake. I have urgency and frequency. I am up in the middle of the night to urinate. I do have symptoms of kidney disease that have been long term but never correlated with kidney issues- swelling of ankles, puffiness under eyes at times. I have had a rash on the side of my face since the first stone. I’m noticing my skin is itchy without new cause. I have seen the urologist – which only told me the stones are passable to drink a lot of fluids and checked urine for infection. My primary doctor did run routine blood work and kidney function- and said everything was okay. Are these symptoms only related to the stones or do I need to proceed with further testing?

The symptoms that you describe are likely related to the stone disease and you will need to first consult with a urologist in order to resolve all of the stone issues.  If you continue to form stones, you may need … Continue reading

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Hi, I have kidney infection and my reports says that I have 2mm stone in right kidney and cortical cyst in left kidney. Last week I started this problem ( nausea and upset stomach) and after that I am having high blood pressure.

You must see your physician to determine the type of infection that you have involving the kidney stone.  Once the type of infection is known, then proper treatment can be recommended.  In some cases, if the stone is infected, the … Continue reading

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Hello, I had a CT scan 5 years ago before I had my gallbladder removed. I was told I have a ‘horse shoe’ shaped kidney, that they are fused together making it a ‘super kidney’. They told me I was born this way and I have lived my life not knowing. I haven’t had issues that I know of but is their any advice you can give me? Any knowledge about this as they just told me ‘drink lots of water’. I did have a UTI with low back pain one but antibiotics cleared it.

A horseshoe kidney is a congenital (you were born with it) abnormality which results in the bottom of each of your kidneys joined together and lying over your spinal column.  It is normally a totally asymptomatic condition.  The only problems … Continue reading

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This is the result of a CT UROGRAM done in 10/2012. There are bilateral renal calculi. Specifically, there is an approximately 9 x 5 mm right upper pole calculus with focal prominent thinning overlying cortex consistent with sequelae of prior infection. There is an approximately 3 mm calculus centrally mid to upper pole left kidney. IMPRESSION: BILATERAL RENAL CALCULI, LARGER ON THE RIGHT WITH THINNING OVERLYING CORTEX CONSISTENT WITH SEQUELAE OF PRIOR INFECTION. NO RENAL MASS OR OBSTRUCTIVE UROPATHY. I’ve had shockwave done twice, once on the right in 2012 and once on the left last year. Recently I have been seeing my primary because of a UTI. I had an urinalysis done in office with the following results; Component Your Value Glucose neg mg/dL Bilirubin moderate Ketones trace mg/dL Spec Gravity 1.025 Blood large pH 5.5 Protein >=300 mg/dl mg/dL Urobilinogen 2.0 E. u> /dl EU/dL Nitrite positive Leuk. Esterase large Color red Pale yellow Appearance other, on period All of my pain is on the right side. I am nauseous, occasional vomiting, loss of appetite, and difficulty urinating. At times it is difficult to start a stream and at times only a drizzle comes out. The CT scan I had on 07/07/2017 did not show a stone on the right side. I have scarring in my right kidney due to a prior infection. So I am wondering is the stone that was originally there, able to hide behind the scarring and not be seen on CT? How does a 9 mm stone just disappear yet the 3mm one in the other kidney still be there? and if there is no stone, then why the crazy numbers on the urinalysis? Any thoughts would be helpful.

The problem that you present is a urological problem.  I am a nephrologist and have no expertise in the surgical management of kidney stone disease.  You need to consult with a urologist.  A urologist is a surgeon who deals with … Continue reading

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I’m having some pain on each side of my hips ( back). If I do much activity during the day, at night it is so painful. Even when I cough, I can hardly stand it. Could this be a symptom of a kidney problem?

Pain is a very unusual symptom for kidney disease.  Pain can be present with kidney stones, infection or blockage of the kidneys, but this is very unusual.  I recommend that you see your physician and be examined.  It is much … Continue reading

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I have a lot of kidney stones. I also have a lot of blackberries right now, someone told me that Blackberries and raspberries cause kidney stones because of the seeds. I hate to have to throw them out. Is there truth to this?

Fruit and vegetables have greater amounts of potassium and should be helpful in preventing kidney stones.  I do not believe that blackberries and raspberries will increase your risk of kidney stones.  I suggest you drink plenty of water and follow … Continue reading

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Hello. I’m from New Zealand. I’d like to know is there a treatment plan for patients with primary hyperoxularia type 2 post transplant?

Yes.  There is standard treatment for patients with Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 2 prior to end stage kidney disease and for patients with kidney failure related to the hyperoxaluria.  You should be managed by someone who is familiar with the disease … Continue reading

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