It’s no secret that Kidney Stones cause intense pain, and yet up to 12% of Americans suffer from them per year. Taking precautionary measures and assessing your health are crucial to preventing kidney stones. If you are worried about preventing kidney stones, here are some basic guidelines on avoiding a run in with them.
Kidney Stones: What are they? How are they formed?
Enjoying a nice meal goes a lot further than the taste buds. After digesting your food, the body extracts the needed nutrients and sends the rest to the kidneys. Then, the kidneys turn all the excess substance into urine. If you are not drinking enough water, these substances will not be diluted properly and form kidney stones.
- Excess of Vitamin C supplements
- Excess Protein and/or Calcium
- Certain Medications
The symptoms of kidney stones can be incredibly painful and make everyday tasks feel like a chore. It is important to notice these symptoms as soon as possible so you can act quickly.
Some of the most common Symptoms:
- Lower Back Pain
- Urinary tract infections
- Painful Urination
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Passing a Kidney Stone
Smaller kidney stones may pass on their own without any symptoms. Larger stones, however, can take a longer time to pass and cause pain. The stones must find a way out of your body, so they travel down the urinary tract. The problem here is that the urinary tract was created to only transport fluids. This is what causes the agonizing pain that comes along with kidney stones.
Four types of Kidney Stones:
- Calcium Stones: Most common
- Struvite Stones: Result from bacteria or yeast
- Uric Acid Stones: Stem from gout, consuming large amounts of fish, or chemotherapy
- Cystine Stones: Develop from the same acid that can leak from your kidneys
Luckily, there are quite a few actions you can take to prevent kidney stones. Overall, maintaining well-rounded health is key, but there are a few more specific tips that doctors recommend.
Tips for Preventing Kidney Stones
- Stay hydrated
- Eat less sodium
- Eat less animal protein and oxalate-rich foods
- Preventive medicine
We Can Help
If you find yourself wincing and straining, schedule an appointment with Urology One to have your kidney stone pain addressed as soon possible. The Urology One team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. We are caring, experienced urologists with decades of experience learning, researching, and treating urological issues, including kidney stones.