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Pass on Passing Kidney Stones

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 1:38 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
Kidney StoneEven the smallest pebble in your shoe can disrupt your day. It presses into the bottom of your foot, forcing you to stop walking and shake the stone loose. It’s annoying and mildly painful. Now, what if that same pebble were in your urinary tract? And what if it was the size of a golf ball? Imagine shaking that loose. Sound fun? I don’t think so. But, it happens, often.

Kidney stones form in your kidneys, typically a result of excess calcium, oxalate, uric acid or cystine. As the concentration of these minerals in your urine builds, crystals form, eventually creating stones. The stones may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as the aforementioned golf ball. Either way, they’re there, but you may not know it at first. In fact, you may never know. Most kidney stones don’t result in symptoms. It’s not until they pass from your kidney to your bladder that these internal pebbles start causing pain. But when it starts, it starts. The pain, usually sudden and severe, will begin in your side or back, following the stone’s path into your abdomen, groin and possibly your genitals. Hopefully, increasing your water intake will flush it out quickly. If not, your doctor will take the steps necessary to dislodge the stone. Whatever happens, you’ll have had an experience you’re not soon to forget, one you’ll wish you had never had in the first place.

Fortunately, making the right lifestyle choices can protect you against having one, or having another one.  The most important thing for you to do is drink enough water. Lack of fluids is believed to be the leading cause of kidney stones. So, hydrate. If you’re prone to kidney stones or live in a hot, dry climate, you might want to take in even more than the recommended eight glasses a day. Also, avoid eating too many oxalate-rich foods. Four out of five kidney stones are made up of calcium and oxalate. Limiting items such as spinach, almonds, sweet potatoes, star fruit, beets and okra, will limit the stones. But, while you’re cutting back on oxalate, do NOT cut back on calcium. Calcium, in dietary or supplemental form, actually reduces your risk by binding with oxalate and preventing it from reaching the kidneys. Finally, limit your sodium and protein. Too much of either contributes to build-up. Once you’ve done that, the only stone causing discomfort should be the one in your shoe.

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2 Responses to “Pass on Passing Kidney Stones”

  1. Phillip Avery says:

    Well said. I would be happy to read anything else you might contribute on this subject.

  2. Daniel says:

    Doctors recommend to take atleast eight glass of water daily as lack of fluid is considered to be the major cause of kidney stones.

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