Kidney stones affect every 1 in 12 adults in the U.S. and can cause excruciating pain on a daily basis. So many people suffer from kidney stones, but what exactly are they? And, can they be a sign of kidney disease?
What Are Kidney Stones?
Kidney stones are solid, crystalline deposits that can form in the urinary system, growing to different sizes. They can be comprised of different chemical compounds, with most being made of calcium. They have a tendency to form when a person’s urine contains more calcium, uric acid and oxalate than fluid. Smaller-sized stones will typically pass without difficulty on their own. But if they are large or you notice chronic kidney stones, it could be time to go to your doctor.
Some Symptoms To Especially Be Mindful Of:
• Blood In Urine
• Severe Flank Pain
• Fever & Chills
• Burning or Pain When Urinating
• Vomiting or Severe Nausea
Chronic kidney stones can impact kidney function, sometimes even leading to kidney disease, so it’s vitally important that you get them treated as soon as possible, especially if they’ve become a chronic problem. So what are some of the best treatment options?
Treatments & Prevention
• Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water.
• Adding lemon juice to your water to help break up calcium-based stones
• Basil juice
• Celery Juice
• Apple Cider Vinegar
• Pain medicines, relaxants and even surgery in extreme cases
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