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What is a Kidney Stone?
A kidney stone, also known as a renal calculus (from the Latin ren, “kidney” and calculus, “pebble”) is a solid concretion or crystal aggregation formed in the kidneys from dietary minerals in the urine :: Source: Kidney Stone | Wikipedia
There are three main types of kidney stone, calcium containing, uric and struvite. The calcium containing stones, typically formed from Oxalate are the most common variety representing about 80% of all diagnosed cases.
Who is Affected by Kidney Stone Pain?
Kidney stone pain afflicts both men and women, generally men are more prone to the condition (roughly 80% of all cases) and typically experience the condition between the ages of thirty and forty. Women commonly experience the condition after the age of forty.
What are the Causes of Kidney Stones?
There a many causes of kidney stones, while there is no single scientifically proven single cause it is widely believed that there are many linked causes of kidney stones including hereditary factors, diet and hydration.
Do I Have Kidney Stones?
Many people experience ‘symptomless’ kidney stones, that are so small that they pass unnoticed from the body with the urine. It is widely believed that anywhere from 5-11% of the population is afflicted by kidney stones at some point.
For those of us unlucky enough to experience the symptoms of kidney stones, the pain can range from dull aches to agony equatable to that of a gunshot wound. Symptoms can be manifested in a number of ways, commonly starting as a dull back pain or similar to flu-like symptoms and growing in magnitude until finally passed out of the body.
How to Stop Kidney Stone Pain
While mainstream pain relievers may provide temporary relief from kidney stone pain, the only real long term solution is to pass the kidney stone.
What is the Cure for Kidney Stones?
The most common way to rid yourself of kidney stones is to pass them out of your body with your urine. This is common for smaller kidney stones. In the event that the kidney stone is too large or lodged, the kidney stone must be broken into smaller pieces before it can be passed. This can occur naturally, with the aid of a home remedy or by using a surgical procedure known as lithotripsy that literally blasts the stone into smaller passable pieces. In rarer situations, more invasive surgery may be required to directly remove the stone or put in a stent to allow urine to bypass the blockage and relieve pressure.
While the above may offer some quick questions to some pressing questions, please use this site as a resource to perform further research and gain some relief from this most painful of conditions.