Find out what is a kidney stone and how to avoid it

29 May 2013, 18:56
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Each year more than a few million people worldwide go to emergency rooms for the kidney stone problems. According to the U.S. statistics, one in ten people will experience kidney stone complications in their life. I would like to talk about the most common symptoms people with kidney stones can have.


So, if you would like to know whether you got them, first thing you need to understand what is a kidney stone.

kidney stone on a palmKidney stone is chemicals (hard, crystalline mineral material) from the body that build up in the conditions of too little fluid, calcium oxalate is the most common one. The condition of having kidney stones is called nephrolithiasis.


A kidney stone appears as a tiny piece of mineral inside the kidney. It may be carried out with the urine as it leaves the kidney, or the it may stay inside and eventually combine with other crystals growing in size.


Majority of stones get out of the kidney and pass through the urinary tract when they are still small enough to come out easily.

water splashIf you suddenly start having flying pain or nausea, or abdominal discomfort or blood in your urine there is a possibility that you have passing kidney stone and you should get checked out.


The abdominal, groin, and/or back pain caused by passing kidney stone is very severe and can is usually accompanied by nausea and vomiting. There may be additional symptoms such as urinary urgency, penile pain, difficulty urinating, even testicular pain.

kidney painThis pain has been described by many as the worst pain of their lives, even worse than the pain of breaking bones or giving birth.


There has been a new very interesting study published recently. It looked at 85 thousand women and showed that the ones who exercise the most are the ones who have the least risk of kidney stones. We know that kidney stones are genetic, but not all cases can be genetically explained.


If you increase your exercise amount, loose excessive weight, increase amount of water that you drink everyday, cut down on salt and sugar, you can bring your risk of developing kidney stones down greatly.

kidney okThe best way to really take care of this, is drinking plenty of fluid. There is also a myth that if you consume too much of milk, yoghurt, or other dairy foods your risk of calcium stone will go up.


Although this is definitely not true, you should always worry about tea, chocolate, spinach, and any kind of bypass surgery. They can increase the amount of oxalate in your system and that would increase your risk of developing kidney stones.

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