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Kidney stones are like tiny stones in the kidney which may seem tiny in size but the pain it causes is surely not tiny. Kidney stones leave excruciating pain in the side and back, below the ribs. It causes discomfort in the lower abdomen and groin. Pain from kidney stones comes in waves but varies in frequency. In people with kidney stones, the lower abdomen hurts like when a pregnant lady is having contractions and is being asked by the doctor to breathe.. stay calm.. you can do this. 

Dr. Kumar Saurav, shares his views on how to dissolve kidney stones and what remedies can be followed to treat and prevent kidney stones.

How are kidney stones formed and where do they come from?

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Before understanding how these kidney stones are formed it is important to know what kidney stones are. Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in the kidney and are often painful when passed through the ureters. They may be painful but they usually do not leave any permanent damage to the abdomen or the kidneys. 

Once the kidney stones are formed, they result in severe pain in the abdomen, it may also affect the flow of urine with blood in urine, feeling nauseated, and vomiting. The stones pass down the urethra and may result in frequent urination, constant pain, and pressure in the bladder. 

How to speed up the passage of a kidney stone

People who have kidney stones feel unbearable pain and all they want is to find an easy yet permanent solution for the kidney stones. Below are some of the things that can help relieve the pain caused due to kidney stones.

Drink loads of fluids 

Increase your fluids intake as it can aid you in a variety of ways. It detoxifies the body and helps in the passage of stones through the urethra. Many times, even doctors will advise that the best way to treat kidney stones is to drink enough water throughout the day. Increased liquid intake can help shift the stone and remove the grit from the kidney stone. Drink as much water as you can because water is usually considered the best cure for many ailments. Water in itself can do wonders to the body. Other beneficial liquids are lemon water, being citric it can help break stones into small pieces and thereby speeding up the passage process of stones. Apple cider vinegar, again being citric in nature, can surely act as a game-changer for many, it helps to relieve pain and can add to other benefits as well. It boosts the process of flushing the stones out of the system.

Limit the intake of sodium

Cut down on the intake of sodium and protein as it may boost uric acid in the body and further increase the chances of formation of kidney stones. Diet high in sodium can increase the risk of calcium in your urine, which can induce kidney stones. For those who are prone to stone formation, a low-sodium diet is recommended.

Signs and symptoms of kidney stones

Signs are symptoms of kidney stones should be well observed and not ignored or else it can lead to severe unbearable pain in the abdomen. Kidney stones are like they can be in your kidney for years and still not cause any discomfort but when it starts to move or enlarge you may develop symptoms. 

  • Pain in the lower back
  • Feeling the need to urinate but there isn’t any passage of urine
  • Fever 
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting with severe pain
  • Blood in your urine
  • Pain while urinating
  • Dull ache in the abdomen
  • Cloudy or smelly urine

Diagnosis of Kidney Stones

If your healthcare provider suspects that the pain around your abdomen or near ribs is due to kidney stones he/she will suggest a list of tests and procedures. Before proceeding with the tests the doctor will require your medical history in order to prescribe the tests

  • Blood tests: A blood test will help detect how the functioning of the kidney is and check for any infections that may have triggered kidney stones and if there is too much calcium or uric acid in the blood.
  • Imaging tests: X-ray, CT scan and ultrasound can help provide clarity on the size, shape, number, and location of the stones.
  • Urine test: It helps to examine if there are any substances in the urine like blood. The doctor may ask for more than one sample of the urine.

Home remedies for kidney stones

Basil Juice

Basil being high in acetic acid and rich in nutrients helps to break down the kidney stones and relieve the pain. Basil is known to help relieve the discomfort caused due to digestive and inflammatory disorders. Basil is filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances which can help maintain kidney health.

Barley Water

As mentioned above, water is a savior and is truly the world’s first and foremost medicine. Water is both a driving force of nature and our body. Barley water helps to lower cholesterol, is good for kidneys and helps to flush out toxins from the body.

Pomegranate juice

Pomegranate is known for being rich in antioxidants and has been used for years to improve the overall health of the kidney. Taking care of the kidney may eventually prevent the formation of stones in the kidney. It helps to flush out all the toxins from the system. Kidney stones are crystals made of calcium and uric acid, pomegranate juice helps to lower uric acid levels and thereby reducing the risk of further deterioration of stones.

Kidney beans soup

Kidney bean soup has been known to improve kidney health. It aids to dissolve and flush out any toxins of the stones. 

Treatment of Kidney Stones

Treatment of Kidney stones in various ways

The kidney stones that are small in size can be taken care of with home remedies or as per doctors’ suggestion. But the other stones, that are large in size and are in a difficult position may be taken out through surgical methods.

  • Surgically removing stones with a scope
  • Sound waves are used to break apart stones

FAQs

Ques 1. How do you dissolve hard kidney stones?

The doctor may give shock therapy to break hard stones into small pieces so that they can easily be flushed out of the system

Ques 2. How can I force a kidney stone to pass at home?

Drinking loads of fluids, like water or drinks rich in citric acid like orange, apple cider vinegar may help to encourage the stones to pass at home. 

Ques 3. How much apple cider vinegar should I drink to dissolve kidney stones?

Add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider to water and drink. Being citric in nature can help dissolve kidney stones.

Ques 4. How do I know if my kidney stone is moving?

If your stones are moving towards your groin, you might start feeling a slight urgency to urinate.

Ques 5. How do you sleep with a kidney stone?

The right posture to sleep if you have a kidney stone is on the side where the stone is as this may help move the stone. Also, if the pain becomes unbearable, seek immediate medical help.

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