Post # 1
I have been susceptible to kidney stones ever since I was a senior in high school. I’ve gone to the ER six times with them. The most recent trip ended up with me staying overnight and getting them blasted the next morning. When that last trip occurred, I was set up with a really great urologist.
I went to an appointment on Friday, and it looks like I may have a few more stones in the works. My doctor scheduled me for an IVP (he didn’t want me to do a CT scan since I am of childbearing age).
I feel like I’ve been trying to watch my soda and follow the low oxalates chart that he gave me on my last visit. Does anybody have any experience with stones? Have you made any changes that have prevented you from getting stones, or at least made them less likely?
My kidneys and I thank you in advance!
Post # 3
I’m sorry I dont have any advice for you 🙁 I had them once and understand how incredibly painful it is! Though I can’t offer you any advice, wanted to let you know you arent alone!
Post # 4
Make sure you stay well hydrated. We get lots of people in the ER with kidney stones when the temperature first becomes hot.
There`s lots of good information here:
Post # 5
I had a total of six kidney stones my freshman year of college, and i attribue them all to the extremely poor diet that I had that year. (It was my first time living on my own and away from my health food crazed mom – and so I ate A LOT junk food!) On top of that, I also I wasn’t drinking as much water as I should have been, because the dorm rooms only had tap water and I didn’t like that.
Since that year I have not had any kidney stones, and nothing has changed except for that I am eating healtier again and am back to drinking enough water. I think those are the two main things. Good luck!
Post # 6
I get chronic kidney stones. I have tried lots of things and already ate the way the doctor suggested. He even had me keep a food journal to see if there was something that I was intaking that could be causing the issue, but in the end, it’s just something I have to deal with.
I drink an amazing amount of water, which they say helps. It also lets me pass them without feeling them since it keeps my ureters open. I also drink a ton of real lemonade, not concentrated but made from real lemons. They say the acid helps to break them up. I also don’t take any supplements like calcium or vitamin C. They say that your body can’t break them down and can cause stones. I also increased the fiber in my diet.
They started 3 years ago or so and in the first 4 months I went to the emergency room 6 times and passed a total of 10 stones and had to have one that was 9mm blasted. Since changing my fluid intake, 2 years ago or so, I have had maybe 10 all of which I was able to just pass at home on my own, without anything more than advil.
FYI for your future: I’m pregnant now and so I have to be careful, because they cause pre-term labor so every time I have an ultrasound they check my kidney stones too, to see what’s happening, and making sure there aren’t any that are too big.
Post # 7
@Miss.Meow: I appreciate the good thoughts! 🙂
@julies1949: You are right! There is a lot of great info! Thank you so much for sharing!
@Irish Terrier: My diet definitely isn’t the best. It’s gone downhill lately…I think I need to make some changes. The tough part is that a lot of the healthier things I like (berries, for example) are high in oxalates.
@mwitter80: I did not know that kidney stones cause preterm labor. Thank you for the information! When Fiance and I get to that step, I will definitely let my OBGYN know. I also need to double check my vitamins and see what’s actually in them.
I’m almost afraid to start drinking a ton of water for the next two weeks. I’m a teacher, and next week, my kids take the statewide tests that factor into NCLB. We are also reviewing and covering a few things this week, so I really don’t want to miss any school. I’ve talked to my boss, and I am so thankful he is so understanding.
When my urologist and I looked at the x-rays, he said he would be surprised if what he saw were stones. They were decent in size. The biggest one was about the size of a pencil eraser, and the three others were a little smaller. I feel like I’d be in the ER if that was the case. Nevertheless, I’m hoping that I can get some answers! Thank you to everyone for their input!
Post # 8
Yes. I have had at least one confirmed stone, and I suspect a total of two. The endocrinologist whom I saw for another issue decided to do a “24-hour-urine” test to see how much calcium I was excreting through my kidneys every day. After the results of that test, she placed me on a potassium-sparing diuretic to reduce the amount of calcium I was excreting, and, thus, to reduce the chances of my developing another kidney stone. You may want to ask your doctor about this, although it may not apply in your case.
Post # 9
@Brielle: Thanks for the advice! My doctor did talk to me about the 24 hour test last year, when I had the bigger stone. I decided to hold off on it. He didn’t think it was imperative at that point. Plus, the idea of the collection and storage didn’t exactly thrill me :-). If they don’t stop though, I will have to bite the bullet on that.