Kidney stones symptoms therapy


Kidney stones are usually manifested by severe pain in the side (between the ribs and hips), followed by pain in the lower abdomen or on the sides. In this article, we will give you detailed information about the process that creates kidney stones, what causes it, what are the symptoms, what kind of therapy is recommended by official medicine, but also provide more beautiful natural recipes that can certainly relieve it.

Nutrition with kidney stones is also very important, with the inevitable enhanced fluid intake, so let’s start:

How are symptoms of kidney stones manifested?

Kidney stones are a relatively common disorder, especially in our area. It connects with the quality of water and diet, and affects about 14 percent of the population, and men suffer three times more often than women. It happens that kidney stones do not cause any symptoms, and are often discovered by chance, during an ultrasound examination that indicates this disorder.

Although in some cases the stones in the kidney do not cause problems, more often they still occur and can cause discomfort. The most common symptoms of kidney stones are pain that can range from mild to so intense that the patient required hospitalization.
  • Renal colic - there are strong pains in the loins are (between the ribs and hips) and in waves there is pain in the lower abdomen. Usually last 20 to 60 minutes, and causes them when kidney stones pass through the urethra. Due to severe pain, the patient sweats a lot there is a feeling of sickness and professional help is needed. This pain which occurs in waves can spread to the groin area.
  • Blood in the urine (urine becomes dark brown, pinkish or red) causes the kidney stones that irritate the walls of the urethra as it passes and scratches the walls of urethra.
  • Urinary tract infections are more common in people with kidney stones. The infection can cause fever, pain and a burning sensation when urinating and frequent urination. If symptoms indicate a kidney stone, the patient is referred to the X-ray scan of the abdomen to see if kidneys in urethra are present. The aim is to detect stones in the kidneys and make sure that nothing is blocking the passage of urine. 

Stones in the kidneys have a different chemical composition, but in about three-quarters of the cases they contain calcium salts and these are also the most common types of kidney stones. Much less frequently they contain urate, struivite. They can form in the kidneys, urethra (the tube that carries urine from the kidney) or in the bladder, can be of various sizes and shapes (from tiny, microscopic crystals to stones with a diameter a few inches).

Kidney stones of less than five millimetres are typically discharged without treatment, while mostly (over nine millimetres) need treatment.
What causes kidney stones?

In most cases, the reason for formation of stones in the kidney is not known. Deposits can occur if the urine has elevated levels of certain substances that are converted into crystals, stationed in the kidney and gradually increase by building a kidney stone.

The risk of developing kidney stones increases if there is a personal or family history of the disease, but some eating habits. This is primarily related to increased intake of foods rich in calcium, sucrose and fructose, in oxalate (there are in spinach, peanuts and almonds), as well as food whose metabolism creates uric acid and citrate (animal protein).

Low potassium intake (fresh fruits and vegetables) and too frequent consumption of mineral water with a high percentage of dissolved elements also increase the risk of stone formation. The cause of this phenomenon can be dehydration that is too concentrated in the urine. For example, insufficient intake of water in the body, increased physical activity or work at higher temperatures can lead to greater loss of fluid through sweat than through the urinary tract.

Kidney and urinary tract abnormalities, damage to the lining of the urinary organs, especially infections (primarily bacteria that secrete the enzyme urease) can also lead to an increase in levels of certain substances in the body (calcium, oxalate, uric acid and cysteine), which causes the formation of stones. Kidney stones are sometimes caused by taking certain drugs - diuretics, cytostatics or drugs used in the treatment of AIDS.


Treatment for kidney stones mainly depends on the size and position of the stones, which are sometimes stuck in the channel between the bladder and kidney causing a swelling of urine, which can cause infection and deterioration of kidneys. Kidney inflammation and renal colic are classified by strongest pain that medicine knows, and is accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Modern therapy has less invasive procedures and more recently have largely replaced open surgical procedures. Official medicine offers several solutions for this extremely unpleasant problem, here are some of them:

ESWL methods for breaking kidney stones

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy - Shock waves are transmitted to patients through the aquatic environment and thus break down kidney stones. Smaller pieces of broken stones are then projected through the urine. ESWL method has a great advantage over others, the procedure is completely harmful. Patients are not exposed to harmful radiation, which is important information for young girls and women planning pregnancy.

Also this method can crush kidney stones in children, because it is not harmful, but on the other hand is precise and efficient. Breaking of stones can be perform by only qualified person - urologist. The procedure alone takes longer than an hour and is performed by putting the device back to the kidneys, and the solenoid sends shock waves to them. Waves of light pass through the skin and they encounter a sturdy kidney stones, then they release more energy and smash it. The ESWL method of breaking kidney stones is effective, harmless and safe, which is indicated by the fact that a patient immediately after the intervention can go home and does not need hospital treatment.

Breaking up kidney stones - OTHER METHODS
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PNL) is used for kidney stones that ESWL method is not suitable for. Nephroscope (thin telescopic instrument), is inserted through a small opening in the skin and enters the kidney. The stone is mechanically broken and small parts are drawn out. This procedure is typically performed under general anaesthesia.
  • Ureteroscopy: a thin instrument is inserted through the urethra and bladder enters which breaks a stone with the laser. This treatment is suitable for almost all kinds of stones.
  • Surgery: Kidney stones may be removed by conventional surgery. It is applied in only a few cases, when newer treatments are not effective or cannot be implemented, or if calculus is large.

Treatment of kidney stones in a natural way

In addition to numerous methods for breaking and removing stones from the kidneys, there are many medicinal recipes, baths, wraps and teas based on medicinal plants, which can certainly significantly relieve our symptoms. First and proven effective recipe is millet grain, which is especially good for urinary infections and cleaning of kidneys. This natural remedy for kidney stones, cleans all sludge in the kidneys, which has collected for years and solve the problem in only 10 days.

Here is how to prepare it:
Use warm water to rinse 200 grams of cereal millet and pour into a glass jar, pour a boiled water to two-thirds of the jar and cover. Warm the jar and let it sit all night. In the morning you will notice bleak liquid. This is a natural remedy for kidney stones, which needs to be drunk without any restrictions during the day. Now pour the liquid into another jar, try to leave millet in the first, but do not throw it away, but use it as an extremely healthy breakfast. Make a porridge of millet, with one cup of millet, add three cups of water and cook for about fifteen minutes. 
Therapy with millet takes ten to fifteen days in such a way that every night you create a new beverage. Kidney stones will effectively melt and you will pass it through urine. All the mud, slime and sand in the kidney will come out. It is important to say that the sand can be very uncomfortable, especially if it blocks the urethra. 
Pain in the kidney stops within a few weeks after starting the treatment, because the drink is effective with urinary infections and inflammation, and successfully restores affected tissue. This available and inexpensive food is excellent for the prevention of kidney stones, and make sure to try it at home.


In addition to efficient beverage with millet grains, try a few great recipes that can dissolve kidney stones.
  • Bath in horsetail helps treat sand and small pebbles: Soak 100 grams of horsetail in one litre of cold water and leave it to rest for the night. The next day, warm a little, strain and add to the bath water, sit in the bath for about 20 minutes so that the water reaches just above the kidneys. After the bath do not need dry it, just wrap yourself in a towel and keep warm in bed the next hour. During this treatment, it is necessary to drink hot tea of ​​horsetail and hold your urine as long as possible to get a kidney stone out.
  • A mixture of lemon and olive oil promotes decomposition of kidney stones. It can be used as a salad dressing.
  • Watermelons contain 90% water and are very effective in preventing the formation of kidneys stones. They are especially useful for those who have kidney sand.
  • In addition to horsetail, corn silk tea can help, leaves and buds of birch, rabbit root, mandrel, selenium, celery, parsley. It should be borne in mind that herbal teas cannot replace the therapy prescribed by the physician and be sure to have the necessary consultations.

Kidney stones; NUTRITION

Here are some basic guidelines when it comes to diet with kidney stones because it is known that, phosphorus, protein, fat, uric acid and pathogens are the main enemies of the kidney. We advise you how to use them properly:

Kidney stones and salt

The kidneys suffer from a large amount of sodium chloride. People spend a lot of salt and we are not even aware of that, and it proved that salt produces kidney stones. The recommended daily intake is a maximum of five grams, which is almost half of what is consumed most of us, because, in addition to what we add the food has a lot of hidden salt.

What to do? It is better to eat salad dressing mixture of aromatic herbs and spices, and cooked vegetables that do not contain or use any salt. The pasta and rice, add a little salt a few minutes before you strain it. If they are put at the beginning of cooking, they will lose as much as 30 percent of this amount.

Take care look after salt in old cheeses: 100 g of the product contains about 3 grams of salt, but rather opt for the young, low-fat cheese, ricotta in particular (only 10 mg of salt per 100 grams of product) or light mozzarella (0.5 g per 100 g of product).

Reduce the intake of canned food because it contains about 200% more salt than fresh foods and, consequently, causes kidney stones. Pour into a dish just a few drops of soy sauce, because it is a real salt "bomb" - 100 g of this spice contains about 5,700 mg of sodium, three times more than hard, sheep cheese.

Reduce the intake of protein throughout the day

Too much protein in the long term weakens the function of kidneys, and often due to this the slurry, and the sand create kidney stones. Modern diet is based on almost twice as much greater amount of protein than recommended. Take care and the level of phosphorus, it significantly worsens the situation in already weakened kidneys, and foods that contain it (grapes, dairy products, nuts, some salami and sausages) are not accidentally removed from the menus of kidney patients.

What to do? Get used to not enter more than 0.8 to 1 g of protein per day per kilogram of body weight. In other words, if you have 60 kg, you should not consume more than 60 g of protein throughout the day.

To orient yourself, be aware of the fact that 100g of beef steak or chicken breast contains 20 grams of protein, 100 grams of beef jerky has 35g, an egg 55 g and 100 g of cheese has about 30 grams of protein, even if it is sold under the label of light ( light). To avoid too much intake of phosphorus in the body, avoid flavoured water, Coke and drinks with taste and the addition of chocolate can cause kidney stones. Be careful with fruit juices, because they can raise uric acid levels in the blood, which creates the risk of gout. Ideal quantity are two to three fruit juice a week.

Excess belly fat causes kidney infections

If you belong to a group of people whose physique is apple shaped you have increased chances of kidney stones and many infections? Excess fat in the stomach area favours the development of inflammatory processes during which damage to blood vessels is associated with the kidneys, which, in the long run can cause a weakening of their function. What are the first symptoms? Elevated levels of protein in the urine.

What to do? Your kidneys will benefit if you reduce your stomach fat. Research at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found that reducing waist diameter by as much as 4.5 cm in the six-month period reduces the level of protein in the urine by 25%. Take a tape measure and measure your waist diameter over the top of the pelvic bone.

If it is over 88 cm (98 cm for men), you have a problem with abdominal obesity and need to get right to remove fat from the abdomen. Number of calories is best to be decreased if you get up from the table as soon as you meet the first hunger. Eat less, but more often (recommended five servings a day), never skip breakfast, do not consume fast food.

It is essential that you do some aerobic physical activity, such as riding a bike or swimming, "fit walking", light jogging - three times a week for forty minutes.

For the benefit of your kidneys it is necessary to do at least 10,000 steps a day if you want to avoid kidney stones.

We hope you were able to answer the question of how to remove stones from the kidneys.

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