Kidney Stones (Nephrolithiasis)

After doing the run-around, iv’e been told that the greatest pain a person can feel is giving birth, and passing a stone. Wanting to know in advance so I can avoid experiencing this kind of pain I sought answers, and now I’m passing on the warnings. Giving birth can be easily avoided (or opted into and planned) but passing a stone isn’t something that you think about, or anticipate happening. A kidney stone will just appear oneday in agonising pain, with you unaware it was even developing. Plus you don’t gain anything from it afterwards.

Obviously I can’t explain the pain because I haven’t had one, but I imagine that squeezing a sharp rock that is larger than your urinal passage, through the passage.. would be beyond all comprehension of pain.Thus I have been avidly increasing my intake of water and even though going to the toilet is inconvenient, at least it’s not a stone I tell myself. Better this than that. Similar to shielding my skin from the sun; sure it can be a pain but getting skin cancer is far worse than spending 5 minutes applying SPF. Simple logic people, it can save lives.
1 in 10 people will get one at least once. The odds are pretty high. Then again 1 in 5 people will die of heart disease and 1 in 7 of cancer. 1 in 91 will die in a car accident. As for smoking.. your chances on dying from smoking are 50 times greater than dying on the road so, very high. Anyway that is no excuse to welcome a stone into your life, living in Australia our chances are far higher due to our climate and diets, so for people who don’t want to squeeze this nasty thing out; this is the lowdown:

So what is a kidney stone? It’s a rock formation created by minerals in your body, forming in your kidney’s or urinary tract. What you eat and how much water you drink affect the outcome. Some rocks are small, some are huge. The bigger the rock, the higher the risk. Usually it takes 48 hours of hardcore pain to pass a stone, but sometime the rocks are too big to pass naturally and surgery is required. In this procedure, shock waves are used to break up a large stone into smaller pieces that can then pass through the urinary system. The onset of a stone is sudden and includes nausea, vomiting, headaches, blood in the urine and sweating. There is no relief by lying or sitting down; all positions hurt, and no pandadol is going to ease the pain. You just have to sit through it until it’s over, especially if you are passing it. Men are also more likely to develop them.

Dietary factors that increase the risk of stone formation include low fluid intake, high dietary intake of animal protein, sodium, refined sugars, oxalate, grapefruit juice, apple juice, and cola drinks.

Factors predisposing to kidney stones include recent reduction in fluid intake, increased exercise with dehydration, medications that cause hyperuricemia (high uric acid) such as asprin, anti depressants and anti-inflammatories and other medications (so that’s basically everyone, GREAT), and a history of gout.
Dehydration from reduced fluid intake or strenuous exercise without adequate fluid replacement increases the risk of kidney stones. Obstruction to the flow of urine can also lead to stone formation. In this regard, climate may be a risk factor for kidney stone development, since residents of hot and dry areas are more likely to become dehydrated and susceptible to stone formation.
Kidney stones can also result from infection in the urinary tract; these are known as struvite or infection stones.

  • Kidney stones form when there is a decrease in urine volume and/or an excess of stone-forming substances in the urine.
  • Dehydration is a major risk factor for kidney stone formation.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES:

 

 

  • Avoid too much sodium, under 2000 mg a day. That means packet noodles are a huge no-no, since they usually have 2800mg per packet.
  • Stay Hydrated. Binge drinking also increases the likelihood of stone formation even more so.
  • High Calcium intake poses a risk, among other dietary supplements
  • People with certain medical conditions, such as gout, and those who take certain medications or supplements are at risk for kidney stones

    There is a lot for information (including risk factors, reasons, places they form etc) about kidney stones and the different types, but I am a messenger not a doctor, and to explain all the details would be far too time consuming. Basically just be wary of these buggers and think twice before consuming junk food, too many medicines, or not drinking enough fluid. It’s not just about weight and all the obvious things, it’s the stuff that we can’t see, the thing secretly developing inside us, that we need to watch out for. Your body works in mysterious ways, and is more dangerous than Indiana’s Temple of Doom. So many things can and will go wrong, so try to control it and look after it as best you can. When you get a stone now, at least you’ll know what it is.

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