Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:45 AM

ASK A DOCTOR: WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR A KIDNEY STONE?

Dr. P. Edward Henson Dr. P. Edward Henson Photo by David Humber Q: I recently found out I have a kidney stone. What are my treatment options and can I do anything to prevent another one? A: One in 10 adults will have a kidney stone in his or her lifetime. They form when calcium, oxalate, phosphorus, uric acid and other substances found in urine become very concentrated. The stone may stay in your kidney and grow or move toward your bladder. When a stone blocks the flow of urine, the kidney can swell, resulting in sharp, cramping pain in the back and side. The pain will often start suddenly and come in waves as the body tries to get rid of the stone. You may also experience an intense need to urinate. Typically, a stone leaves the body spontaneously, but intervention may be required. Treatment depends on the size and location of the stone. Dietary changes may also be required depending on the type of stone and abnormalities found in your urine. Family history, fluid intake, diet and obesity all contribute to kidney stone development. Drinking plenty of water decreases high concentrations of substances in your urine. - Dr. ...

News source: Times Free Press

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