Category Archives: Kidney Stones

I have a kidney stone that I am told is 7.5mm. It was found during a CT scan that was performed as my chief complaint being blood (very visible to naked eye) in my urine AFTER a bowel movement. I was told this is a small stone and would not be causing the problem. The CT results do not remark to the shape of the stone and as to location it just says Non-obstructing. I have been to a uro/gynecologist who have performed a cystoscopy. My question remains – isn’t a 7.5mm kidney stone rather large and wouldn’t that be what is causing the blood in my urine? Should I be worried about the size?

The question that you ask is a urological question.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform surgery.  This problem is within the scope of practice of a urologist.  As a nephrologist, I attempt to prevent stones.  A urologist treats … Continue reading

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I was recently diagnosed with a UTI, put on antibiotics. That didn’t help, went to er they did a CT scan said everything was ok, gave me a stronger antibiotic. Now I’m in severe pain on my lower back, side and stomach. My urine is dark brown with blood. Last week with the CT scan, they said he didn’t show a stone.  I have a history of stones. In a weeks time can a stone be the pain, or could it be something else?  

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  It is possible that you could have a kidney stone, or that you have an infection that has not yet cleared.  You may need to … Continue reading

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In regards to kidney stone formation, does soft water affect stone formation in any way? Is bottled water better or does it make any difference?

The kidneys are able to handle either soft water (calcium has been removed and replaced with sodium) or bottled water.  I do not think either of these forms of water would change your predisposition to stone disease.  Drinking more of … Continue reading

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As per DTPA renal scan, my left kidney’s working 13% due to stone. A can my left kidney work fully 100% after stone removal?

That depends on the degree of injury that the stone has caused and the length of time that the stone was present in the left kidney.  I am unable to provide a prognosis based on the information that you present.

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I recently passed a calcium oxalate kidney stone.  Something I hope I never have to deal with again. My naturopathic doctor prescribed 400 ck of phosphorus per day to help me with insomnia. When I expressed concern over taking phosphorus, she said that the homeopathic form is not an issue. Do you agree? The phosphorus did aid with sleep, but now I’m living in fear of creating another stone.

I am not aware of taking phosphorus being associated with passage of calcium oxalate stones.  Increasing the amount of sodium or salt in your diet can certainly increase your chances of passing a kidney stone.  I recommend that you consider … Continue reading

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For the past few years, my husband has passed one kidney stone per year (that we know of) so far, two of these have brought him to the emergency room. My concern is, what are the long-term effects of repeated kidney stones? Is this something that over time, will severely injure his kidneys? Thank you.

Recurrent kidney stone disease can cause repeated blockage of the kidney and can be associated with other kidney diseases such as nephrocalcinosis and medullary sponge disease. Recurrent kidney stones can also be prevented by proper diagnosis and proper treatment. Hence, … Continue reading

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I am 40 year old lady with sponge kidney. Is it a difficult disease? How can I treat it well and keep it healthy? What kind of food can I have? What kind should I avoid? Is it a serious disease? I have back pain and itching and both feet and hands always cold. Thanks.

Medullary Sponge Kidney (MSK) is a relatively rare kidney disease that results from abnormal cysts that form on the tubules of the kidney. It is commonly associated with kidney stones and very rarely results in declining kidney function and kidney … Continue reading

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I keep having reoccurring pains at my right side, which the doctor said I might have some stones. Any suggestions?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  You should have a complete history and physical examination.  It may be necessary for you to have further testing including some x-rays or ultrasound examination … Continue reading

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My father had CT Scan of kidney last Dec. 23. What does this impression means? Partially obstructive left uretherolithiases and uretherovesical junction lithiasis with associated mild hydronephroureter. Non obstructive left nephrolithiasis or Randall’s plaques. Small left renal cortical cyst. Bilateral peri-nephric fat strandings may be secondary to an infectious/ inflammatory process. Colonic diverticulosis without sign of inflammation. Atherosclerotic Abdominal Aorta. Degenerative osseous changes.

The description appears to be a kidney stone partially blocking the left kidney.  I am unable to interpret the remainder of the scan as I would have to know more about the patient and the reasons for the scan.  I … Continue reading

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

Hello sir, I have stones in my left kidney and I feel burden on right kidney as well. My creatinine level is 0.9. Recently 1 year ago, I have test a renal scan in which the left kidney function 32% and right have 68%. Now sometimes I feel pressure on left side of chest and sometimes I urinate too much.

The reduced function in your left kidney could be due to the burden of kidney stones. The diagnosis and treatment of kidney stones should be performed by a urologist. A urologist is a surgeon and deals with kidney stones once … Continue reading

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