Take good care of your kidney!
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March 30th, 2009 – by: kalbonomore
while at the NKTI ER, i have to wait for the opening of the Ultrasound clinic, the doctor was suspecting kidney stones. i have to lay there for more than an hour, It was kinda weird, i have been a liason officer of a HMO for almost 4 years, i attended to hundreds of patients in their medical needs, but it was only now in my entire life that i am the patient.
It was already 2pm when the doctors decided to admit me. I was shocked. Turns out my Left kidney developed fullness due to passing of stones, and they have to make sure if there are still stones, how big they are and what to do next.
I stayed at the hospital for only two days, After the CT-Stonogram's result was handed to the doctor, he told me that there are still stones that needs attention. i need to take some medicines for ten days, till they shrink otherwise i really have to undergo ESWL...i hope that's not an option...
anyway after that experience i realize the best way to beat this disease is to actually arm myself not just with medications, proper diet but also with knowledge with the disease itself.
Did you know severe pain in your back or side that won’t go away could be a kidney stone?
What is a kidney stone?
A kidney stone is a hard mass that forms in the kidney out of substances in the urine. Kidney stones may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a pearl. Some stones are even as big as golf balls. Most kidney stones pass out of the body with urine. But sometimes a stone will not pass by itself and needs a doctor’s care.
Who gets kidney stones?
You are more likely to get a kidney stone if
* you are Caucasian
* you are male
* you are 40 or older
* you have had a kidney stone before
How do I know if I have a kidney stone?
Kidney stones often do not cause any symptoms and pass through the body without being noticed.
You should call your doctor if you have
* extreme pain in your back or side that will not go away
* blood in your urine
* fever and chills
* urine that smells bad or looks cloudy
* a burning feeling when you urinate
What can my doctor do about a problem stone?
Your doctor may use a machine that sends shock waves to the stone and breaks it into smaller pieces. The small pieces will then pass through your urinary system with your urine.
Sometimes a stone is removed through “tunnel surgery.” The surgeon makes a small cut in the back and creates a narrow tunnel into the kidney.
If the stone is in the ureter—the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder—the doctor may use a ureteroscope. This slender instrument is inserted into the urethra—the short tube that carries urine out of the bladder when you urinate—through the bladder, then into the ureter. The doctor will catch the stone with a small cage in the uteroscope and pull it out. Or the doctor may shatter the stone with a device inserted through the ureteroscope.
What can I do to prevent kidney stones?
Drink lots of water. Water helps to flush away the substances that form stones in the kidneys. If you have had a kidney stone before, you’re likely to have others. Talk with your doctor about other ways to avoid more stones.
Where can I get more information about kidney stones?
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases
3 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892–3580
The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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