If you can identify your early kidney stones symptoms, and take the right steps, you may be able to prevent more severe symptoms. Or if you have had kidney stones in the past, and had them analyzed, you may know which foods to avoid and which things to get more of to prevent problems.
Your urine is a complex mixture that must remain in balance
to efficiently remove waste from your body.
Certain imbalances or excessive amounts of some minerals can increase your risk of developing kidney stones and kidney stones symptoms. Other imbalances or large amounts of other substances can push the balance the other way and decrease your risk of developing kidney stones.
The key to avoiding kidney stones symptoms, is knowing when you are at risk for kidney stones, and managing the balance of a few major components of your urine.
"or there is not enough fluid"
Normal healthy urine is composed of water and waste products that your kidneys have filtered out of your blood.
Some of these waste products are minerals that are dissolved in your urine.
When the chemical balance is disturbed, or there is not enough fluid, some of these minerals may crystallize to form stones.
The tendency to form stones is affected by the balance of many other minerals and substances in your urine.
"the evidence is not crystal clear"
Different types of stones seem to be associated with different types of diets and dietary habits, but unfortunately the evidence is not crystal clear.
Some of the studies are conflicting or do not demonstrate a clear connection between diet or lifestyle and the formation of certain kinds of stones, with one exception.
There is one thing that you can do to prevent or limit your kidney stones symptoms.
Drink More Water
Some of the more common types of stones include:
Calcium stones are the most common type of kidney stone and they are caused by excess calcium in your urine. There are several different possible causes. In some cases genetic abnormalities, change the way your intestines absorb calcium, and the way your kidneys process calcium.
High levels of calcium in your drinking water, and using too much salt on your food has been shown to increase the amount of calcium in your urine, and lead to the formation of kidney stones.
Other studies of shown that certain other sources of dietary calcium, such as the dairy products, are protective and decrease your risk of kidney stones.
Uric acid stones occur when excessive amounts of uric acid are produced in the urine. This often occurs when there are excessive amounts of protein or purines in the diet. People are different and vary in their ability to process these two substances.
Studies have shown that people who form uric acid stones can reduce their risk by limiting the amount of protein and purines in their diet. Meat protein seems to lead to more stone formation then vegetable protein.
Purines are found in beer and other alcoholic beverages, anchovies, yeast, organ meats, legumes, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, and poultry
Cystine stones are rare and develop when genetic abnormalities cause excessive amounts of cystine to be excreted in your urine. When there is not enough fluid or water in the urine cystine will crystallize into kidney stones.
Struvite stones comprise 10-15% of all kidney stones. These stones will form when a bacterial infection changes the chemical balance of your urine leading to stone formation. Struvite stones may grow large and irregular causing them to be trapped in the kidney.
"some people will say that this "is the worst pain I have ever had""
One of the earliest kidney stones symptoms is often sudden severe kidney back pain. This lower back pain may begin just below the ribs where your kidneys are located. In some cases it will gradually migrate around to your flank, then your abdomen, and then down into your groin, as the stone slowly moves through your urinary tract.
The pain may be sharp with a crampy quality, and come in waves. This is called renal colic, and some people will say that this "is the worst pain I have ever had".
"rough and irregularly shaped with sharp corners and edges"
Kidney stones are often rough and irregularly shaped with sharp corners and edges that may cause pain and scratch the lining of the urinary tract. You may notice blood in your urine.
Some kidney stones symptoms may be mistaken for gallstones, appendicitis, or a urinary tract infection.
"prevent their formation by managing the composition of your urine"
Later and more generalized kidney stones symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, fever, and profuse sweating. You may also have diarrhea or constipation with a loss of appetite and fatigue.
The best treatment for kidney stones symptoms is prevention. If you are prone to developing kidney stones, you can prevent their formation by managing the composition of your urine.
"you can avoid the formation of kidney stones"
If you allow the substances that form kidney stones to accumulate in your urine you will form kidney stone. If you limit your intake a certain foods, and increase your intake of fluids that dilute your urine, you can avoid the formation of kidney stones.
This may be more difficult for some people because of genetic or environmental influences, but drinking more water can help everybody avoid the pain of kidney stones symptoms.
"before they become large enough to cause pain"
No matter what causes your stones, drinking plenty of water will form large amounts of light colored urine. Frequent urination will flush small stones out of your body before they become large enough to cause pain or other problems.
Treatment for kidney stones that are already causing symptoms should be discussed with your doctor. He can examine you and order the appropriate tests to evaluate your pain.
"strain your urine and bring the stone in for a analysis"
He may order imaging studies, such as an x-ray, to evaluate the size of your stone; and a urinalysis to check for blood or signs of infection.
If you have any bacteria in your urine your doctor will give you an antibiotic medicine, and may retest your urine a few weeks later.
If you have a small stone your doctor may give you pain medicine and encourage you to drink plenty of water. This will help move the stone through your system. Your doctor may ask you to strain your urine and bring the stone in for a analysis.
"They will not crystallize..."
Larger stones may need to be treated with surgery or lithotripsy, a technique that uses sound waves to break up small stones so they can pass out of your body.
The key to preventing kidney stones and kidney stones symptoms is avoiding substances that may condense in your urine and drinking enough water to keep the concentrations of these minerals low. They will not crystallize as long as you are drinking lots and lots of water.
To avoid the pain of kidney stones, see your doctor, and drink plenty of water.