Causes, Symptoms and Natural Treatment of Kidney Stones

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Causes, Symptoms and Natural Treatment of Kidney Stones: Kidney stones are the result of an accumulation of dissolved minerals on the inner lining of the kidneys.

They are usually comprised of calcium oxalate but may be composed of several other compounds deposits.

Kidney stones can grow to the size of a golf ball while maintaining a sharp, crystalline structure.

Kidney stones are the result of an accumulation of dissolved minerals on the inner lining of the kidneys.

They are usually comprised of calcium oxalate but may be composed of several other compounds deposits.

Kidney stones can grow to the size of a golf ball while maintaining a sharp, crystalline structure.

The stones may be small and pass unnoticed through the urinary tract, but they may also cause extreme pain as they leave the body.

Kidney stones that remain inside the body can lead to many complications, including blockage of the ureter (the tube connecting the kidney to the bladder), obstructing the path that urine uses to leave the body. They can cause intense pain.

According to research, people with kidney stones have a significantly higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease.

Causes, Symptoms and Natural Treatment of Kidney Stones

 

Causes of kidney stones

Kidney stones can vary in size. Some have been known to grow as large as golf balls.

The leading cause of kidney stones is a lack of water in the body.

Stones are more commonly found in individuals who drink less than the recommended eight to ten glasses of water a day.

When there is not enough water to dilute the uric acid (a component of urine), the urine becomes more acidic.

An excessively acidic environment in urine is conducive to the formation of kidney stones.

Medical conditions such as Crohn’s disease, urinary tract infections, renal tubular acidosis, hyperparathyroidism, medullary sponge kidney, and Dent’s disease increase the risk of kidney stones.

 

Who is at risk for kidney stones?

Anyone may develop a kidney stone, but people with certain diseases and conditions (see below) or those who are taking certain medications are more susceptible to their development. Urinary tract stones are more common in men than in women. Most urinary stones develop in people 20 to 49 years of age, and those who are prone to multiple attacks of kidney stones usually develop their first stones during the second or third decade of life. People who have already had more than one kidney stone are prone to developing further stones.

In residents of industrialized countries, kidney stones are more common than stones in the bladder. The opposite is true for residents of developing areas of the world, where bladder stones are the most common. This difference is believed to be related to dietary factors. People who live in the southern or southwestern regions of the U.S. have a higher rate of kidney stone formation than those living in other areas. Over the last few decades, the percentage of people with kidney stones in the U.S. has been increasing, most likely related to the obesity epidemic.

A family history of kidney stones is also a risk factor for developing kidney stones. Kidney stones are more common in Asians and Caucasians than in Native Americans, Africans, or African Americans.

Uric acid kidney stones are more common in people with chronically elevated uric acid levels in their blood (hyperuricemia).

A small number of pregnant women develop kidney stones, and there is some evidence that pregnancy-related changes may increase the risk of stone formation. Factors that may contribute to stone formation during pregnancy include a slowing of the passage of urine due to increased progesterone levels and diminished fluid intake due to a decreasing bladder capacity from the enlarging uterus. Healthy pregnant women also have a mild increase in their urinary calcium excretion. However, it remains unclear whether the changes of pregnancy are directly responsible for kidney stone formation or if these women have another underlying factor that predisposes them to kidney stone formation.

 

Symptoms of kidney stones

A kidney stone usually remains symptomless until it moves into the ureter. When symptoms of kidney stones become apparent, they commonly include:

  • Severe pain in the groin and/or side
  • Blood in urine
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • White blood cells or pus in the urine
  • Reduced amount of urine excreted
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Persistent urge to urinate
  • Fever and chills (if there is an infection)

 

Diagnosis of kidney stones

Several different tests can verify the existence of a kidney stone. A physical examination may reveal colicky pain (in the groin) and pain in the lower back by the kidneys – often warning signs of the condition.

An analysis of the urine will indicate whether or not there is blood in the urine and if there is a subsequent infection. Blood tests can be carried out to identify complications that may accompany a kidney stone and check the validity of the diagnosis.

A CT scan of the abdomen is one way to test for kidney stones. A CT scan will ascertain the state of the ureter, bladder, and kidneys, whether or not a stone exists, the kidney stone’s exact size and location, whether or not a blockage exists, and the state of other organs in the area such as the appendix, aorta, and pancreas.

Ultrasounds have also been shown to have high detection rates and can diagnose many complications associated with kidney stones.

Pregnant women should receive an ultrasound rather than a CT scan to avoid unnecessary radiation.

Once a patient is diagnosed with a kidney stone, simple X-rays will be used to track the stone’s progress through the excretory system.

Causes, Symptoms and Natural Treatment of Kidney Stones

Top Foods for Kidney Stones

Water – Dehydration can lead to kidney stones, try to drink 8-16 ounces every hour.
Sprouted Grains – May help reduce risk of kidney stones because sprouted grains have lower levels of phytic acid.
Plant-based diets – People who follow plant-based diets tend to have fewer kidney stones.
Lemon juice – Mixed with hot water can help aid in the passage of kidney stones.
Magnesium Rich Foods – Consuming foods high in magnesium like avocados and bananas may reduce kidney stone risk.

 

Causes, Symptoms and Natural Treatment of Kidney Stones
Photo Credit: UHN

Foods that Cause Kidney Stones

Foods high in oxalic acid – This includes:  spinach, rhubarb, tomatoes, collards, eggplant, beets, celery, summer squash, sweet potatoes, peanuts, almonds, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, parsley, and cocoa.
Grapefruit juice – Can increase the risk for kidney stones.
Processed red meats – Can cause the body to excrete calcium, leading to a buildup of calcium in the kidneys.
Calcium rich foods – Avoid conventional dairy products like milk and processed cheese that can cause a buildup of calcium.
Caffeine  – Is dehydrating which can make kidney stones worse.

 

Top 5 Kidney Stone Natural Remedies

#1 Magnesium (250 mg 2x daily)
Magnesium prevents the formation of kidney stones.

#2 Vitamin B6 (50 mg daily)
Vitamin B6 reduces calcium-oxalate levels.

#3 Vitamin E (400 IU daily)
Reduces calcium-oxalate levels.

#4 Cranberry extract (400 mg 2x daily)
Can reduce urinary calcium levels.

#5 Aloe vera (1/4 cup daily)
Helps reduce urinary crystals.

 

Essential Oils for Kidney Stones

Lemon oil and helichrysum oil may reduce the risk of kidney stones by supporting the kidneys and liver in detoxification. Put 2 drops of citrus oils like lemon, lime, wild orange or grapefruit to your water 2x daily.  With helichrysum oil, rub topically over lower abdomen 2x daily.

 

Sources:

http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/kidney-stones/causes

http://www.medicinenet.com/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/

http://www.herbaldaily.in

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    Having problems in both of kidney stone problem since 5 year and now the days I m in big trouble too..having pus in urine and in morning urine was very burning way..I just want to know that is any infractions or some of issue of part of stone ? Please give me any good suggestions for this critical position
    Regarding
    Vipul Hirpara

    • Pus in the urine may be as a result of an infection. It may be Pyuria- which is often caused by sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea, and some virus infections. It may also be as a result of the kidney stone which may have been triggered by a urinary tract infection.
      However, you have to visit the hospital for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
      Regards

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