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Preventative measures include drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. You will know you have optimal kidney function when your urine is clear or pale yellow. Losing excess weight and eating a low-protein, low-sodium diet with adequate calcium decreases your chances of developing kidney stones.


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HEALTH SPOTLIGHT - KIDNEY STONES

or a burning sensation when you urinate. You may feel nauseated or vomit. Your urine may also be cloudy, brown or bloody; this is a clear sign that you should contact your doctor at once. Fever and chills may indicate an infection. To relieve mild kidney stone pain, take ibuprofen.


Imaging, ultrasound and computerized tomography are the tools your doctor will use to see if you do indeed have a kidney stone. Your doctor may have you urinate through a strainer so you can catch any stones you pass. Analyzing them will reveal what the stones are made of and help your doctor decide on a plan of action to prevent the development of future kidney stones. You may receive an alpha blocker to help relax the muscles in your ureter and allow you to pass the stone. There are some alternatives to surgery. Lithotripsy uses shock waves to break the kidney stone into smaller pieces that can be more easily expelled from the body. Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is a procedure in which a kidney stone is removed through a small incision in the skin. Kidney stones may also be removed with a ureteroscope, an instrument that is advanced up through the urethra and bladder to the ureter.

Kidney stones are very common. There are more than 3 million cases of the disorder every year in the United States. They occur more frequently in men. Kidney stones can last for several weeks or months. If left untreated, they can be dangerous or even life threatening.


According to the Mayo Clinic, kidney stones are hard deposits made of mineral and salts that form inside the kidneys. They can affect different parts of your urinary tract, such as the bladder, not just the kidneys. The stones form when urine becomes concentrated and minerals such as calcium, oxalate, cystine, xanthine and phosphate crystallize and adhere. Most of the time kidney stones can be passed without invasive measures, although doing so can be quite painful. For larger stones or stones that become lodged in the urinary tract, the main recourse is to remove them surgically.


Your diet, weight, some medical conditions, dehydration and certain supplements and medications that cause high uric acid can make you more prone to developing kidney stones. They usually show no symptoms unless they move around inside the kidney or pass into the ureter, the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder. If the stone lodges in the ureter – usually one that is 5 millimeters or larger – it may block the flow of urine and make the kidney swell.


Symptoms of kidney stones include severe, sharp pain in the side and back; pain that radiates to the lower abdomen and groin; or pain