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Key Information About Kidney Stone

Updated on September 17, 2020
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Srikanth strongly believes that prevention is better than cure. He is of the opinion that awareness is a key to prevent diseases.

Kidney stone is an abnormal hard mass that is formed in the kidney. Lifetime incidence of kidney stones is nearly 13 percent in men and 7 percent in women.

A Kidney Stone

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Some are soft, some are sort of crushable, some are more crystaline and some are more solid, like a petrified rock.

— Margaret Pearle, MD, PhD

Causes

Kidney stone forms when there is a decrease in urine volume and/or when there are more stone-forming substances in the urine. Cranberry juice, which is very high in oxalate, can cause kidney stones.

Symptoms

Symptoms appear when the stone begins to move down the uterus. Sharp pain in the back, vomiting, bloody urine, pain while urinating, severe pain in the lower abdomen and nausea are common symptoms of this condition.

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Diagnosis

Imaging tests (like CT scan), blood tests and urine tests are used to diagnose kidney stone.

Treatment

Doctors usually perform a procedure known as extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. This procedure uses sound waves to create strong vibrations that break the stones into tiny pieces that can be passed in the urine.

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Prevention

Include foods rich in calcium in your diet. Avoid calcium supplements. Drink plenty of water. You may also drink ginger ale, lemon-lime sodas, and fruit juices, especially pomegranate juice.

Pomegranate juice is beneficial in treating kidney stones because it is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants reduce oxidative stress, which is linked to kidney stones formation.

Alkali citrate prevents calcium-based kidney stones by reducing the ability of calcium to bind with oxalate and form insoluble crystal which can then grow with further accretion.

Drink enough liquids throughout the day to make at least 2 liters of urine every 24 hours. Avoid excessive salt intake.

Practice yoga postures like Ushtra Asana, Uttanpadasana, Pawanmukta Asana, Bhujanga Asana, Dhanur Asana, Garuda Asana and Ardha Matsyendrasana.

They are very effective against kidney stones. Never use vitamin C supplements. Adhere to a vegetarian diet.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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