Anybody can develop kidney stones, but certain people are more at risk than others. Those as risk include people with a personal or a family history of kidney stones and those with certain medical conditions and digestive disorders. If you think you’re suffering from kidney stones, call (855) 292-9849 to make an appointment with Dr. Jerry Greenberg now. He can diagnose the problem and create a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Treatment for kidney stones
Kidney stones are hard “pebbles” made up of minerals from the urine. They exit the body through the urine stream and if they are too large to pass, they can cause pain and ultimately cause extensive damage to your kidney.
Severe pain in the abdomen, lower back, or groin is the most common symptom associated with kidney stones. Other symptoms include nausea, painful urination, and blood in the urine. If the stone is small enough, there may be no symptoms at all.
Many kidney stones take care of themselves and pass through the urine stream without need of any further intervention. In those cases, drinking fluids and taking pain medication (as needed) is enough. Larger kidney stones may sometimes require surgery for removal, especially if they are causing blockage or bleeding. If you need surgery, we can talk about your options and treatment plan. Sometimes we also find that antibiotics are appropriate course of treatment to clear up any associated infection.
Prevention of kidney stones
If you’ve had kidney stones in the past, you are more likely to have them in the future. Fortunately, kidney stones can sometimes be prevented with appropriate diet and/or medication.
Diet for prevention of kidney stones
Drinking plenty of fluids is the number one way to prevent kidney stones from forming. Drinking water and other liquids dilutes the urine and makes it less likely that minerals will join together to form a kidney stone.
Diet is also an important factor in preventing kidney stones from forming. Some studies have shown that eating calcium-rich foods can also help prevent stones. (The same effect has not been shown when taking calcium supplements.) Other studies have shown that some people benefit from reducing the intake of foods high in “oxalates,” such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and nuts. Reducing salt intake as well as the intake of animal protein has also proven helpful.
Medication for prevention of kidney stones
Finally, depending on the type of kidney stones you’re suffering from (calcium, uric acid, cystine or struvite), we may be able to prescribe medication that works by preventing stones from forming.
Schedule an appointment
If you’re suffering from kidney stones or other health issues related to the kidney, call (855) 292-9849 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jerry Greenberg. He serves patients in the greater Tucson area.
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