(Closed) I need some advice on kidney stones

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
356 posts
Helper bee

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 # 5
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

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 # 8
11356 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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.

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