What are the first signs of kidney stones?

  • Severe fluctuating pain that radiates to the side, back and rib. The pain may change and fluctuate in intensity. Sometimes the pain may radiate to the groin as well other abdomen areas.
  • Passing urine that is red, brown or pink. The urine may also be foul smelling
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Persistent urgency and need to urinate
  • Fever along with chills
  • Pain while urination and in general pain that comes in waves and that fluctuates in intensity

What can you do if you have kidney stones?

It becomes extremely important to visit a doctor if have the symptoms of a kidney stone. Your primary care physician may prescribe you painkillers and other antispasmodic medications for the pain. Drinking copious amount of water may also help pass out the stone.

What does it feel like when you have a kidney stone?

The pain of a kidney stone is frequently described as “the worst pain ever felt” by the patient. The pain usually comes in waves and fluctuates in intensity. The pain radiates to the back, groin and genitals also. Sometimes, pain will also accompany the passing of urine. Interestingly there is a limited correlation between the stone size and the intensity of pain. Smaller stones may present with much more pain while larger stones may only present with dull aching pain.

What helps kidney stones?

Take a lot of lemon juice. Studies indicate that taking in approximately 120 ml of lemon juice a day can help lower the risk of development of calcium oxalate based kidney stones. In addition, restricting the intake of sodium and protein can also lower the risk of kidney stones. Taking lots of water also helps and is well-proven strategy in kidney stone removal.

What is the best thing to drink if you have kidney stones?

Water is definitely the best thing to drink if you have kidney stones. Apart from water taking orange juice and lemon juice also exerts some health benefits in terms of lowering the stone risk.

How long does it take to recover from a kidney stone?

There are three techniques commonly employed by our urologists in Chennai to treat kidney stones. Medical management usually takes approximately 4 to 8 weeks for the stone to pass out and is mostly successful with smaller stones. Surgical management includes Shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) and Ho-YAG laser based ureteroscopic fragmentation. Most studies have suggested that Ho-YAG laser technology is superior to SWL in stone treatments and allows quick recovery in a few days.

What would happen if a kidney stone is left untreated?

Kidney stones cause excruciating pain in general. Large stones greater and 1.5 or 2 cm can sometimes block urine flow and lead to chronic kidney disease and eventually renal failure if left untreated. There is also a small risk of sepsis from large untreated stones in the kidney.

Can you die from a kidney stone?

Very rare, unless or until sepsis occurs.

What helps to dissolve kidney stones?

Fluids and dietary modification like restricting the salt intake, along with taking in large amount of Citric acid can assist in dissolving stones.

Is kidney stone surgery serious?

As with all medical surgeries done in the field of medicine. Kidney stone surgeries if not done by trained experts can also lead to complications. Which is why, at the laser kidney stone clinic we prefer to go with treatment options that are less invasive for treating stones, especially the laser treatment of kidney stones

Are there specialized hospitals for kidney stone treatments?

While most competent hospitals in Chennai city will be able to treat a kidney stone. We specialize in laser kidney stone treatment services. We are one among the best hospitals for kidney stone treatment in Chennai.