Kidney Stones Treatment

Learn about kidney stones treatmentYour first diagnosis by a doctor can start your kidney stones treatment.  Your doctor may suggest that you wait for the kidney stone to pass while you take pain medicine, or that you have a surgical procedure to remove the stone.  Most small stones pass, or move out the body, without any treatment other than drinking fluids and taking pain medications.  The smaller the stone, the more likely it will pass on its own.  About one out of every ten kidney stones require more than home treatment for the removal of the stone from your body.  The average kidney stone takes between one and three weeks to pass on its own.   [Read more...]

Symptoms of Kidney Stones

Learn about the symptoms of kidney stonesSymptoms of kidney stones may vary according to the location and size of the stone.  If kidney stones stay in the kidneys, they typically do not cause pain.  Sometimes these symptoms are known as “silent” stones.  Typically, the first symptom of kidney stones is extreme, excruciating pain.  This begins when the stone moves from the kidney and into the ureter.  [Read more...]

What Causes Kidney Stones

Learn what causes kidney stones and how to deal with themThe majority of people know that kidney stones are hard, crystalline mineral materials that form within the kidney or urinary tract, but they do not know what causes kidney stones. Often called renal calculi, the causes of kidney stones are varied. The formation of kidney stones can happen when there is a decrease in urine volume and/or when there is an excess of kidney stone-forming substances in the urine. The most common type of kidney stone contains calcium along with oxalate or phosphate. Kidney stones can also form from other chemical compounds in the urinary tract such as uric acid or cystine, an amino acid. [Read more...]