Kidney stones are more common in the summertime, and you aren’t alone in wanting to pass one from the comfort of your home instead of making a trip to the hospital. An estimated 10 percent of Americans will experience kidney stones in their lifetime, and if you’ve suffered from this condition before, you know just how unpleasant it can be. Also, about 50% of people who develop kidney stones will have more stones in the future, so prevention is key. While kidney stones can certainly be painful, there are several things you can do at home to make passing one as comfortable as possible. The single most important thing you can do to pass a kidney stone is drink plenty of water. You should drink more water than you usually do until the stone passes. Keep in mind that regularly mixing lemon juice in your water is an excellent way to prevent stones from forming again in the future. Avoid high-oxalate foods and sugary, caffeinated drinks like soda and sweet tea. Be sure to take over-the-counter pain medications as needed until the stone passes as well. A heating pad or warm bath can also help relieve pain if it’s intense. If possible, you should try to remain active and walk around, as movement may also help the stone pass more easily.
If any of the following occur due to kidney stones, you should see a doctor as soon as possible:
● Blood in your urine
● Severe pain that is unbearable
In some cases, medication or other treatments may be necessary. For instance, if a stone causes the complete block of urine flow, extreme pain that is not controllable with medication, or a urinary tract infection. Treatment options can include extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), percutaneous nephrolithotomy and ureteroscopy, and in rare cases, surgery. If you’re having complications passing a kidney stone, don’t hesitate to call your doctor.
At Arkansas Urology, we’re here for you. Our patients’ health has been and will always be our top priority! Are you suffering from kidney stones? Contact us today to schedule your appointment, or book your appointment online.