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How can I pass a kidney stone the quickest?


I went to the ER today and had a cat scan. The doctor told me I had a kidney stone and sent me home with some pain meds. However, the pain is still there and I want to see if there is anything that can speed up the process of passing this. Does anyone have any "remedies"?
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Take equal parts of lemon juice and olive oil. Two ouces of each should be sufficient. Follow with lots of water. Following link has testimonials on this home remedy.

(This remedy is for people that know they have a kidney stone. Seeing a doctor might be the best idea if you aren't sure).

Cranberry juice is good. Apple cider may work, but, olive oil and lemon juice in equal parts is best.  (+ info)

What is a harmless home remedy to pass kidney stones?


I've had chronic lower back pain in the kidney areas. What is a harmless home remedy to pass kidney stones that really works. I have the symptoms but no fever and would really like to try before going to doctor.
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Yes, water it is and lots of it. Make sure to watch what you eat. More often than not, salt contributes to kidney stone. Try to avoid dark liquids like soda. Exercise as well. If you wish to learn more, here's a link.  (+ info)

How do I keep from getting kidney stones or kidney infection?


I've had a history of having more than two kidney infections, when I was a kid and gastritis a year ago(I'm 21 now). Anyway I'm a coffee/pop drinker to keep alert because I'm always tired from my medications.(Not related to kidney stuff). So I made sure I got at least one bottle or one or two cups of water or gatorade/juice to prevent kidney stones. Suggestions?

Oh and when I drink caffeine I pee a lot and the urine is always light yellow to clear. Which is weird because I don't drink that much water.
by the way I'm addicted to caffeine =(
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Drink Plenty of Fluids

One of the goals of preventive therapy is to keep your urine as dilute as possible. This helps to keep the substances that could potentially form a kidney stone, including calcium and oxalate, moving quickly through your urinary tract.

Try to drink at least two quarts (12 cups) of fluids a day. Water is best, although juice and other beverages can add to the total. Limit your intake of caffeine-containing beverages like coffee, tea, and cola to one or two cups a day, since caffeine acts as a diuretic, causing your body to lose fluids too quickly.

A good gauge of whether or not you are drinking enough fluids is urine color. Except for the first thing in the morning—when urine tends to be more concentrated—it should be pale in color. If your urine is dark yellow, that's an indication to drink more fluids.

If you are hesitant to drink too much during the day because you have a bladder control problem, discuss this concern with your doctor.

Points to remember:

Drink at least 12 cups of fluids each day
Limit your intake of caffeinated beverages
Your urine should be pale in color

See link below. There are lots of good tips regarding diet.  (+ info)

How can kidney pain be distinguished from pain due to other causes?


This question is on the behalf of someone who has known defective kidney (but not bladder problems). The person is trying to figure out when its actually kidney pain and needs to be reported to the doctor versus a "stitch in the side" or a strained muscle.
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Usually kidney pain is excruciating. It hurts to stand, to sit, to lay down. Painkillers don't help. It's nothing like pulling a muscle.  (+ info)

What happens after you have kidney stones for a long time?


My mom is in the hospital right now and i feel uncomfortable about whats going to happen. She has had them for quite some time. She always complains about then. This is not the first time going to the hospital because of kidney stones. My mom also can't eat meat because of acid reflex.
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It honestly depends on how often and how severe her stones are. I've suffered from kidney stones off and on for a number of years, and other than a little damage to my right kidney, I'm fine. I also went to school with a guy who got them so severely that he needed a kidney transplant. His were the size of golf balls. No two cases are exactly alike. Just give your mom alot of love and support while she has them. Those are usually highly painful.  (+ info)

How long can a kidney stone take to pass?


I went to A&E about 3 weeks ago with pain in my side and they diagnosed me with a kidney stone. They did blood tests and said that it wasn't affecting my kidneys so didn't bother doing a scan as it was probably a small one. They said to go home and drink lots of water and it will eventually pass. Well it hasn't. I am not in severe pain, just now and again I get a sharp reminder pain from my groin. Is this normal to take this long? I think I will go and see my doctor to make sure but, wanted to know if anyone else had experienced a kidney stone taking this long to pass?
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My stone is 2mm and it descended into my ureter on August 18.

It's now September 13 and it's still in there, although it is now at the end of the ureter and close to dropping into my bladder.

So I'm coming up on 4 weeks.

It wasn't until August 24 that I started drinking the recommended minimum of 2 quarts per day. I think things would have moved along faster had I started drinking sooner, but frankly I just felt too crappy.  (+ info)

How long does it take to get a kidney transplant when a family member wants to give you one?


My mother is filling out papers now but she said it will take 2 years to get a kidney transplant. I want to give her my kidney. I know we have to go to the doctor to see if we match but I don't think it will take that long since we have a donor, me.
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talk to doctor
you have to do all the testing to prove you match and are able to do it.  (+ info)

Do i need to rehydrate my Kidney beans before adding them to my Chili?


The recipe says one can well i dont like canned things overly much and i have dried Kidney beans. Should i rehydrate them before or can i add extra water and add them in dry?
Thanks.
Oh and if i can just add them how much extra water should i use?
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You should follow one of these methods.
First, no matter what you do you need to rinse them well and sort, removing any withered or broken beans.Then:
Allowing one quart for 1 pound of beans soak over night or for 6-8 hours. (discard any beans that float)
OR
Allow 1 quart of water for each pound of beans. Place beans and cold water in a kettle, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to medium and let beans boil gently 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour with the lid on.

The beans can now be used in your Chili recipe.
Do not add salt to the soaking or cooking water.  (+ info)

How long can you live after kidney failure if you recieve no treatment?


My grandmother is 87 years old she recently had kidney failure, but refused treatment they told her she would only have 2 days to live it's now been 3 weeks! I am just wondering how long can she live like this?
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Depending on the true kidney function, diet, and fluid intake the general answer is 10 to 30 days. Did they tell you:
BUN
Creatinine
Potassium
Sodium
Phosphorous
Albumin

How long has she been followed?
You can actually live with the right diet for years on 10% kidney function.
Get in as much quality time with her now, while you can.
God Bless you both.  (+ info)

What effects does losing a kidney do to the body for example can it cause fatigue, affect the immune system?


I lost my left kidney 2 years ago, ever since I have been frequently tired, generally do not feel well, my asthma has been kicked up, sinus infections and ear aches and other bothersom ailments. My periods have been hard, and I have very little energy. They also had to cut 2 ribs off in order to get to the kidney, this was a tramatic removal of a uphrostomy tube which led to my losing my kidney.
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Sometimes your blood pressure goes up if you lose a kidney.  (+ info)

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