Kidney stones are solid pieces of material that form in our kidneys due to high levels of certain substances that are normally found in our urine. A small stone may pass on its own, causing little or no pain. A larger stone may get stuck along the urinary tract, blocking urine flow and often causing severe pain and bleeding.
Each year, more than a half millions Americans go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems, and it’s estimated that one in 10 people will have a kidney stone at some time in their lives. Kidney stone issues have increased about 8% between the late 1970s and 2000s, in both men and women.
Other diseases that have been increasing over the years, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, are likely contributing to the increase in the number of people who have kidney stones – and to your risk of developing them.
Some foods may cause kidney stones in certain people. You may be more likely to get a kidney stone if:
- You have a condition that affects levels of substances in your urine that can cause stones to form
- You have a family history of kidney stones
- You have recurrent urinary tract infections
- You have a blockage of your urinary tract
- You have digestive problems
- You don’t drink enough fluids
- You take certain medications
These symptoms could indicate that you have a kidney stone
- Pain while urinating
- Blood in your urine
- Sharp pain in your back or lower abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting with the pain
Avoiding kidney stones
Once you know the type of kidney stone you have, you can make changes in your diet and take medications to help you prevent forming more stones in the future.
Drinking enough fluids every day is the best way to help prevent forming most types of kidney stones. Though water is best, other fluids may also help prevent kidney stones, such as citrus juices.
Kidney stone treatment depends on size, composition and severity of symptoms
If you have any symptoms that could indicate you have kidney stones, call for an appointment today: 972-403-5425.
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