Knowing the right home remedies and treatments for this problem is vital as the pain of kidney stones is indeed severe. Read on to discover some super home remedies that actually work and work without any side effects.
About 16 percent of global population suffers from this painful condition at some point in their lives. There are many effective natural remedies for kidney stones, but you should always check with a health professional or doctor because kidney pain may be indicative of a more serious trouble and a more serious trouble may need a more serious treatment.
Kidney stones are deposits of organic substances or minerals in the kidneys; sometimes they may be minuscule, or they may even grow to a pea size or maybe even bigger. Mostly the victims are men in the age group of 20-40 years, and this problem in congenital. That is, if your parents or uncles have them, then you are also at risk as well.
This type of kidney pain can be downright unbearable! If you are one of the unlucky ones to have a kidney stone or two, you are not alone. It happens to be one of the most common health ailments faced today.
A kidney stone is a hard crystal formation within the kidneys or out in the urinary tract which may cause pain and discomfort if not able to pass through the system naturally.
So what causes these stones at the first place? Well, their formation can be accounted to several controllable and uncontrollable factors. Kidney stone pain in the body is an indication that something is going wrong in the region and needs immediate care and attention. The symptoms should not be taken lightly and only managed by using over the counter painkillers or simple kidney stone remedies as the condition may deteriorate with the passage of time.
It is always best to check with a health professional.
A kidney stone pain can occur suddenly and may go off in a while. This may start as pains of shorter duration to bigger ones that are almost unbearable. The pain becomes unbearable at times and should be attended to by a medical expert who can diagnose and confirm the exact cause of the pain. The stone formation presses against the tissues which causes the pain. The smaller stones may pass into the bladder and move out in the urine but the bigger ones remain inside and these are real troublemakers. These may keep increasing in size and cause other complications if left untreated.
The pain that kidney stones cause is an alarm that this is an onset of a problem in this area of the body. This pain should not be overlooked in any case and neither should it be suppressed with self-medication. Home remedies are sometimes ineffective in managing kidney stone pain and medical advice is very much needed in order to treat this condition fully.
Kidney stone symptoms may be multiple out which some may manifest early while some may occur later on with severe effects. Typically it starts with blood in the urine which may be smelly at times. There may be sharp pain in the lower back, abdomen or in the groin region. This may be acute and may happen suddenly and become unbearable. This does not subside even if the person changes position or posture. In acute cases there may be infection in the urinary track which may lead to high fever. The person finds difficulty in urinating and is in a very uncomfortable situation where there is a constant urge to urinate.
The pain may also be accompanied with nausea, vomiting and excess sweating in some people with a feeling of discomfort.
Small sized stones may go undetected for years, without any symptoms, but when they become large enough to block the passage of urine through the ureter, then you may feel severe pain during urination. Other symptoms are chills, blood in urine, nausea, fever and exhaustion. So if you have any of these symptoms and you think you may have a stone or two, read the lower sections of this article as we have some proven home remedies that will definitely help to get rid of them.
While there is no specific reason as to what causes these kidney stones there may be a few known reasons responsible for the same. Majority of the stones are made up of calcium though there may be other substances responsible for the same. High levels of uric acid in the blood may cause uric acid kidney stones.
The basic reason for stone formation is less intake of water. This is called dehydration which may be due to a person taking less water and other liquids or due to some medical reasons where the retention of fluids becomes lesser. If the fluid intake is less the excess minerals and toxins are not flushed out of system properly. The kidneys have to work extra hard and the mineral deposits are accumulated and may lead to crystal formation over a period of time. The dehydration could be due to less intake of water by a person or external reasons like a hot climate where the body needs extra fluids to keep the system hydrated.
People who have a family history of kidney stones are more prone to developing these at some point in their life. The agony a stone can cause is just a signal from the kidneys that something needs to be taken care of to maintain the balance.
The first step is to diagnose the disease which is by taking a helical CT scan to begin with. This can detect almost all types of stones with great success. Ultrasound technique is used in rare cases where CT scan is not advisable such as in the case of pregnant women and small children.
Most kidney stones pass through the urinary tract within two days if right amounts of liquids and fluids are taken. The doctor may prescribe medication for pain relief at the first place. Then medication for facilitating the dissolution of stones is tried so that these pass out of the body smoothly.
If this does not help then methods like surgical techniques (invasive) or lithotripsy (non-invasive) are used. In surgical techniques a incision is made in order to physically reach the stone and pick it out from its location. This method may be slightly painful and the wound may take a while to heal. The person may have to take bed rest for a couple of days. In lithotripsy shock waves are passed through the body which break up the stone into smaller pieces and these can then easily pass out of the system in the urine. However surgical technique has to be adopted when the stone is quite large and the condition of the person is critical.
The following natural remedies can all help the condition of kidney stones and may even cure it completely but if the problem persists make sure to visit your doctor for professional consultation.
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Kidney stone pain is an early warning symptom which should not be ignored and thoroughly diagnosed well before the situation becomes critical and life threatening. There are many advanced treatments both invasive and non-invasive which can relieve a person from this condition and the person can return to normal activity in daily life. A treatment in time can easily take care of the kidney stone disease. Though the reasons for kidney stones can be many the best thing is to avoid them.
The best possible solution is to drink lots of water to keep the body system hydrated so that the excess minerals and toxins are flushed out of the system properly. This can definitely save a person from the possible troubles of going through a kidney stone pain. This is a very little effort one can make in order to enjoy a healthy life.
Finally, it is best to monitor yourself to prevent this painful condition. It is normal for the healthy people to pass out two liters of urine everyday. If you are passing out a kidney stone, then (if it is convenient enough) you should use a mesh strainer to catch it, by urinating through it. (Keep a mesh handy in your bathroom at home.) A doctor can analyze the content of the stone, and they may be able to determine its cause and may offer you advice on ways to prevent them from forming again.
Having kidney stones is quite annoying and excruciatingly painful, and you can prevent them from forming and can also reduce your pain (if you already have them) with the help of all these home remedies. Most of the above treatment measures are proven to be very helpful especially in how they attribute in dissolving kidney stones in a natural way. Be advised it is always best to consult with your doctor first before trying any of these home remedies. However, your doctor is most likely to advise taking them as they are all very safe.
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Thanks for providing this information about kidney stones. The home remedies offered here are very helpful indeed.
You are very welcome Henry. Glad you appreciate it.
I’m so glad I came across your site! I’ve had trouble with kidney stones for the past year or so. My doc has given me painkillers which are suppositories, and I only take them when I get an attack of pain, but I would much rather try a herbal solution to try and get rid of the stones. I quite like the idea of the nettles, and I can get nettle tea in the shops, but I didn’t know that some decaf tea contains oxalates, so I guess I will avoid the nettle tea now. Has anyone got a good idea for making my own nettle tea? Would I just add hot water, or should I cook the nettles and puree them? I would love to hear of anyone else’s drink ideas to combating these stones.
Just make the nettle tea as you would any other tea. It is reported to work wonders. I also personally can say that Cranberry juice is amazing for all urinary concerns.
My dad and brother both have suffered from kidney stone problems. Fortunately for me I haven’t had them, but I take a lot of care in the things I eat. I make carrot juice and vegetable juices with a squeeze of lemon, plus I eat quite a lot of green veg, like brocoli and make our own butternut squash soup. Now I eat less meat, which is something I believe contributed in particular to my dad getting kidney stones.He ate loads of meat! I guess a healthy diet will always help to keep away many problems, but I enjoyed reading this article as it concentrates in particular to kidney stones. Very informative. A top tip for anyone thinking of changing their diet, get yourself a juicer!
Hi Roger, You sound like you are living a healthy life! Thanks for contributing a comment, your input is much appreciated.
Both my dad and my uncle had kidney stones, so no wonder why I have them as well. I had no idea kidney stones was a congenital illness and I never imagined I’d have to live with it until last year, when I first suffered from it. It’s a horrible pain to live with and the fear of knowing that it will strike again is very stressful. I’m glad diet plays a significant role in development of kidney stones, because diet is something that I can control 100 percent. I’ll be following every single steps on this article and this year I’m going to avoid kidney stones completely.
Yep kidney stones are congenital. If you eat a healthy diet following the tips in this article you will significantly lower the chances of getting them.. All the best!
I thought only old people suffered from kidney stones, so I never even thought about the possibility of me ever suffering from it. How ignorant I was. We have several older members in our family who have kidney stones, but you don’t think about you ever getting something like that, until you get it I guess. I’m going to start having lots of carrot juice, sweet potatoes, and cranberry, since I like all three of them a lot. I have one problem though, how do I catch the stones when I pee? Do I have to carry around a mesh at all times? I guess the only way is to either rinse them after use or throw them out after one use. I guess I’ll need to drop by homedepot this afternoon.
Hi Tony, Yep, any age can get kidney stones.. about the mesh.. just leave it in the bathroom in case you need it. I wouldn’t suggest carrying it around with you when you’re out and about..lol.
You have touched the disease that is prevailing in many areas of the world. It is one of the common conditions faced by the health care providers all over the world. The incidence of kidney stones varies with gender, age, race and geographic area. Males suffer more (124 per 100,000) than females (36 per 100,000) . Different types of stones may be found in kidneys i.e. calcium stones (70-80%), uric acid stones (5-10%), cystine stones (1%), struvite stones and mixed stones . Causes of kidney stones include genetic (hyperoxaluria, cystinuria, cystic kidney, Dent’s disease) and anatomic (single kidney, horse shoe kidney, ureteric narrowing) factors, epidemiological factors, abnormal urinary pH, obesity, hypercalcemic disorders, certain drugs (uricosuric agents, sulfadiazine, triamterene, indinavir) and inflammatory bowel disease.
Kidney stones may need surgical or medical management depending upon the condition of the patients. Herbal medicines (antilithics) are also used to dissolve the stones and cause them to pass out through the urinary passage . Diuretic action of such preparations flushes out the deposits. As stated above, increased water intake reduces the risk of developing kidney stones, decreases their recurrence and prolongs the recurrence time . Vitamin C intake increases the risk of symptomatic kidney stones. Vitamin A is necessary for the development of kidney and prevents kidney stone disease, infection, inflammation, and scarring. However, recent studies show no advantage of high fiber diet to prevent kidney stones [6,7].
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