How To Pass Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are lumps of minerals formed from urine. These look like crystals. Depending on the size of the kidney stones, they can be passed either naturally or through medical intervention.

Natural Method

Kidney stones that are below 5mm in size and shape are passed automatically during urination. The time needed to pass small kidney stones may be as little as three days, but is often one to three weeks from the day kidney stone symptoms are first experienced. Since kidney stones are accompanied by severe pain, you will want to relieve the pain of kidney stones with medication or other methods.

Consuming lots of water can help to pass the stones as water consumption increases the volume and frequency of urination. Drinking citrus juice, such as lemon or orange juice, may help to dissolve the stones or at least reduce their size, making them easier to pass. Also eat cherries, citrus fruits, and fibers in your regular diet. They expedite the process of kidney stone passing.

The natural method can work for smaller kidney stone; for clusters of kidney stones that stick together and form a large lump of kidney stone medical intervention may be necessary.

Medical Treatment

In severe kidney pain caused due to large stone, surgery is often recommended. After performing an analysis of the stone through blood tests, CAT scan and ultrasounds, the doctor may determine that surgery is required to remove a large stone.

Surgical methods used may include conventional surgery involving cutting the abdomen and taking the stones out; lithotripsy, in which shock wave treatment is given to break the stones into smaller pieces and then the patient is advised to consume liquids for the broken stones to pass through urination; and keyhole surgery, in which small incision is made to remove the stones. The specific treatment recommended will depend on the size of the stone and the patient’s individual circumstances.

When you experience the symptoms of kidney stones, you may wish to begin the natural method immediately to attempt to relieve symptoms and speed passing the kidney stones. However, you should make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. If you are in severe pain, you may want to go to the emergency room.