Remedies for Kidney Stones

Kidney stones can strike without warning. The pain can be likened to getting stabbed in the lower back with a sharp knife and the shock and agony of it will lead people to consider any remedy even surgery to gain some relief.

However surgery should be only considered as a last resort because it can have serious consequences for the future health and functioning of the kidney.

An alternative to surgical procedure called “extra corporeal shockwave lithotripsy” (ESWL) which blasts the stone into tiny fragments so it can then be easily flushed also has the potential for long term health consequences.

The good news is that  most stones can be dissolved and naturally passed from the system in the majority of cases.

8mm Kidney Stone

Roughly 10 percent of people can expect to develop kidney stones in their lives with males about four times more likely than women to develop them.

Kidney stones don’t always cause problems and often go undiagnosed for years. It’s often only when they grow large enough to block the flow of urine from the kidneys to the bladder that they cause excruciating pain getting your full attention.

Exactly what causes kidney stones is not known. There can be many different reasons. The most common type in about 80% of cases is composed of calcium oxalate crystals. Other types of  stones are composed of struvite (magnesium, ammonium and phosphate); calcium phosphate; and cystine. Uric acid stones are another different type of stone in about 5–10% of cases.

Even though calcium is one of the major minerals in kidney stones, research now shows that having a low calcium diet actually increases the incidence of forming them. When calcium levels are low your body produces more oxalate which  results in an increase risk of developing kidney stones.

One of the first treatments recommended is to drink plenty of fluid to try to flush the stones out.  Usually if this has no effect the stones are larger than 5 mm and then you may want to try to dissolve them quickly so they can then be flushed out.

If you have had kidney stones in the past or  your family has a history of them,  then you have an increased risk of developing them in the future. It is probably worth your while looking into some type of remedy or treatment that will help stop them recurring. It maybe as simple as drinking more fluids on a regular basis, or changing your diet to either exclude foods that can cause stones to form, or even adding in foods that do the opposite and promote kidney health.

If you are looking for a natural and drug-free remedy that is explained in full detail you can find it here at - Kidney Stone Removal Report .

Kidney Stones Information Video

The incidence of kidney stones is on the increase. Much of this increase can be attributed to hotter weather and lack of adequate drinking water that causes dehydration. Having enough water  at regular intervals is one way to lessen this problem. This video will give you an introduction to some of the issues surrounding kidney stones and the treatments available.

Home Remedies for Kidney Stones by akman21

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Velma February 18, 2013 at 11:30 pm

We have two employees who always get kidney stones and are under tremendous pain.

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Alec Markov November 21, 2013 at 7:39 am

My own experience with kidney stones will be familiar to anyone who has had them more than once — and it seems that if you have one, others will follow. How many is hard to say but very few people get them only one time, so the condition can be chronic and pose a serious challenge to doctors.

I had my first kidney stone when I was in my mid-thirties. Everything they say about them is true; in fact, words cannot convey the mind shattering pain they cause. I do not exaggerate when I say that I did not think it was possible to endure such pain and keep one’s sanity. Doctors tell us that in some cases, a change in diet will help. Others insist that the cause is not dietary, but genetics and other factors also play a part in this condition too.

Fortunately, they are usually not serious although there can be real problems if they cause a blockage or something similar. I will add one point to what I have already said. Kidney stones are now treated with lithotripsy although it may not work in every case it does eliminate the need for surgical intervention. Doctors will usually recommend that you hydrate your body (drink a lot of water) that might not only help to pass the stone for a large intake of water may well dilute the crystals that are on their way to becoming stones. This is especially true if you live in the Southern part of the United States where the weather is consistently warm. Hot weather induces dehydration and combined with the coagulating process which forms the stones, and voila! Another kidney stone is born

I want to add that when doctors prescribe medication for kidney stones, they usually prescribe analgesic, or, narcotics like Percodan, Codeine, Demerol and the like. Even chain pharmacies are refusing to fill any prescription for pain meds which, I think, is absurd. Currently, the heavy hand of the DEA has frightened doctors to the point where many of them are reluctant to prescribe pain meds at all for fear of having to explain why that they rely upon these meds. This problem occurs because in their frenzy to cut down the number of people who abuse prescription medications, they are committing a horrible blunder because people are forced to endue the unbearable pain of kidney stones without any pain relief at all. Consequently, they add to the number of people who go to a hospital ER for relief since they have no other choice open to them. What other choice do they have? This problem is becoming more serious with every passing day but no politician wants to go up against law enforcement on this point for fear of appearing to be “soft” on narcotics. When the problem becomes serious enough, maybe then something will be done to help the people whose only mistake was having an affliction that is usually remedied by narcotic analgesics. In time, the problem may be solved, but I say the sooner the better so law enforcement will stop telling doctors how to do their job. Time will tell when common sense finally replaces fear and paranoia.

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