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Kidney Stone Treatment

Kidney stones occur when particles of salt and minerals in the urine come together and create a stone like formation. A common symptom that a person may notice is excessive pain when a kidney stone is formed. In many cases, the stones are tiny and can pass through the urinary tract on their own although this can be a painful process. However, if the stone is trapped in the kidney, it may begin to grow. If a stone is too large to pass through the urinary tract, medical procedures must be performed on the patient to get the stone out. To learn about possible kidney stone treatments, read below where questions have been answered by Experts.

Why won’t a doctor give a standing prescription of flomax for recurring kidney stones?

In most cases, doctors generally examine a kidney stone first to check if the stone is small enough to pass on its own or if surgery is required. While many kidney stones pass through eventually and often without detection, some may require medical intervention to avoid damage to the kidney. That’s why doctors don’t generally write standing prescriptions for drugs in cases like this until they examine the patient.

If a person is continuously passing stones, they may need to see a urologist to do a 24 hour urine collection. This test can help the urologist determine what is causing the body to produce the kidney stones and what exactly the stone is made of. Based on this, the patient can take appropriate medication to stop the stones from being created and avoid this painful issue from recurring.

What causes recurring kidney stones and Urinary Tract Infections?

In many cases, it is difficult to determine the actual cause of recurring kidney stones and infections without running a series of tests. The presence of a kidney stone may be enough to cause an infection. However, if this is a recurring issue, a chronic urinary tract infection may be to blame for causing the kidney stones. In other words, during a urinary tract infection, the patient’s bladder is unable to empty completely which may lead to the formation of a kidney stone.

It is usually recommended to see a urologist who may be able to help rid the patient of the kidney stones. If the infections clear up and don't return after treatment, more than likely the kidney stones were the cause of the infections. However, if the infections return, the urologist may need to conduct a test known as urodynamics. This is basically similar to an EKG for the bladder and may help identify the underlying issue.

How fast do kidney stones grow and what is the danger in having multiple stones?

Many factors come into play when trying to determine the speed at which a kidney stone may grow. These include fluid intake, the person's metabolism, and the content of the stone and so on.

It is possible for one or both kidneys to have multiple stones and the location and position of the stones will determine the course of medical treatment. If the kidney stone becomes lodged in the urinary passage, it may need to be removed to avoid kidney damage. It is also important to remember when dealing with kidney stones that the person’s fluid intake is increased to flush tiny stones from the system before they grow.

Are white tissues with embedded kidney stones considered normal?

In some cases, the white tissue with embedded kidney stones is nothing more than tissue that has sloughed off due to irritation or a symptom of an infection from the kidney stones. At times, a CT scan may be performed to rule out any further issues such as multiple stones or a serious obstruction that may need surgical intervention.

Do kidney stones get worse under stress?

In most cases, a kidney stone wouldn't worsen unless the person affected fails to take in proper amounts of fluid. For example, when a person is stressed, they fail to eat or drink properly leading to dehydration causing the stones to worsen. If the symptoms continue to worsen anyway, they should request for a 24 hour urine collection. This is usually performed to determine the exact cause of the problem and to make a proper diagnosis in order to treat it with appropriate medication.

Anyone who has suffered from passing a kidney stone can attest that it is one of the most painful experiences to be had. While many people pass tiny kidney stones without being aware of it, other people experience excessive pain. Medical questions arise as to how to treat and manage the problem. If you have any questions or concerns regarding kidney stones, ask an Expert for medical insights. They can offer information both quickly and at an affordable price.
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