Kidney Stone: You Have to Know It Better

My True Story

I experienced suffering kidney stones two times in my life. The first one I’ve got in 1994 (when I was 28). Suddenly my urine became red and there was pain (renal colic) at waist area. I didn’t want to undertake any surgery to take out nor other measure to destroy the stone. I chose the moderate way, i.e.  to pass  the stone out of my body through urinary tract by drinking plenty of water and with the help from specific medicines formulated to ease the stone pass out of my body through  the urinary tract. Four month later, the stone with size of  one inch went out while I was urinating.

The second kidney stone attacked me 13 years later, in 2007. I got two times severe pain (renal colic)  around waist area (so pain that I felt like I would die). Based on the first experience,   I decided only applying the natural method of therapy in order to make the stone out of my body. Even though at  that time I didn’t know exactly what kind of therapy should be. I would like to tell the story  of the natural healing I’ve carried out to overcome the second time kidney stone, but  in the next special article.

The Science of Kidney Stones

The formation of kidney stones commonly occurs during the middle years, and in many cases, it is a consequence of some other condition. Other terms for the disorder are renal calculus, urinary calculus, kidney gravel, urolithiasis, and nephrolithiasis. The stones may occur in quantity and in a size as tiny as pinhead, on there may be a single stone as large as a walnut.

Causes

Kidney and urinary tract stones develop when calcium salts, uric acid, and other substances begin to crystallize and form masses that interfere with the body’s drainage process. They may be caused by an increased output of uric acid resulting from medicine used in treating gout; by a diet that is heavy in milk such as one that might be prescribed for the treatment of peptic ulcers; by a hyperparathyroid condition in which calcium levels  in blood and urine are increased; or by self-medication with overdoses of vitamin D. Kidney stones may also develop because of faulty metabolism that seems to run in particular families. Studies of 30 years a go already  indicated that a prime cause in the formation of urinary tract stones may be a tny organism known as mycoplasmas. These organism, halfway in size between viruses and bacteria, are known to inhabit the urinary tract of many people. They are now suspected of serving as the nucleus and part of the matrix of the obstructive stones.

Symptoms

The first symptom of kidney stones may be a urinary infection resulting from the obstruction of the urinary tract, and may possibly be signaled by nausea, vomiting, chills, and fever. Pain anyplace in this part of the body from the loin to the urethra – called renal colic – and blood in the urine are other signs of kidney stones.


Fig. 1. Kidney Anatomy:


Complications

Chronic infection caused by undetected or untreated stones can result in permanent destruction of kidney tissue and eventual kidney or renal failure.


Fig. 2. Kidney Stone (Nephrolithiasis):


Treatment

At yet there are no drugs that can safely dissolve kidney stones and therefore patent medicines that claim to do so should be avoided. Medications known as urinary solvents are not in general use because of their toxic side effects. Effective treatment for stones depends on the underlying cause and the severity of the symptoms. If some other disorder causing the stones can be identified and eliminated, further stone formation is usually prevented. Small stones of the gravel type are sometimes excreted without discomfort when the victim is placed on a regimen of high fluid intake. When a urinary infection is present, antibiotics are prescribed  at the same time that instruments may be used to remove the obstructive stone, such as catheter inserted through the urethra to ease out any stones  in the ureter. The doctor also uses a cystoscope in order to see the interior of the bladder and to find out whether stones have become so imbedded in tissue that removal by surgery is the only possible treatment. In case the size of kidney stones are too large to pass through (see Fig. 4 below), an ultrasound shock waves method should be used to crush the kidney stones, and as the result, the smaller pieces can easily pass out of body in urine. To ensure the existence (the position, number, and size) of the stones in kidney and in urinary tract, a  intravenous pyelogram (IVP) procedure  should be carried out (see Fig. 3 below).


  • Fig. 3. Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP):

Fig. 4. Lithotripsy Procedure:


For more useful information regarding Kidney Stones,  read the following articles:

References:

  1. Fishbein’s Medical and Health Encyclopedia, HS Stuttman Co., Inc. Wesport, CT, 1982
  2. www.righthealth.com