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Symptoms Of Kidney Stones That You Need To Know, Their Treatment & Natural Remedies

By Sravia Sivaram

Kidneys stones are deposits of minerals and salts that are formed within the kidneys. When these are inside the kidney, they do not produce any symptom.

But when they start to move towards the urinary tract, that is when the symptoms start appearing.

Any substance that is capable of crystallizing can form a kidney stone. If the urine contains more of these substances, then your urine lacks the ability to keep the crystals from sticking together, then in such a case a kidney stone gets formed.

Many people have the perception that kidney stones are formed due to an improper diet and lifestyle habits. It has been advised that avoiding red meat, organic meat and shell fish will prevent the formation of kidney stones.

Further, eating less of animal-based protein and consuming more of fruits and vegetables will also help decrease the urine acidity and hence prevent the formation of these stones.

Kidney stones can vary in size and if they are small, they can pass through the urinary tract without any necessary treatment. But big stones will not be able to pass through as easily and hence result in pain and further symptoms.

In this article, we have mentioned some of the top symptoms of kidney stones. Scroll further to find out its early warning symptoms.

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1. Pain At The Side Of The Back Or Lower Abdomen:

The location of the stone causes an impact on the type of symptom that you get. This symptom is characterized by a sharp pain on one side of the back and lower abdomen. The change in the level of intensity occurs as and when the stones move to a different location.

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2. Blood In Urine (Haematuria):

Some of the possible symptoms are pain while urinating, cloudy urine, urine that smells differently, burning sensation while urinating and blood in urine.

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3. Gravels:

You might see the appearance of small stones in the urine. But this may not cause any pain.

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4. Nausea And Vomiting:

These are caused due to struvite stones that are mainly formed due to an urinary tract infection. It can also give rise to symptoms like fever.

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5. Hyperuria:

This is a condition that will make you want to urinate more frequently. This depends on how the kidney stone is blocking the urethral passage. This is one of the early symptoms of kidney stones.

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6. Severe Signs:

When the pain becomes too severe, you won't be able to sit, stand or lie down comfortably. You'll also find it difficult to urinate.

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Kidney Stones – Treatment:

a. Water:

The movement of water helps prevent the lodging of kidney stones and also speeds up its movement through the body. Drinking enough water will also make the urine clear.

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b. Medication:

Seeking medical attention is very important in the case of treating kidney stones. Drugs or medicines which the doctor prescribe will relax the muscles in the body along the urinary tract. Targeted medications will break or promote the path of kidney stones, depending on their composition.

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c. Shockwave Lithotripsy:

This treatment deals with larger kidney stones, as they approach the lower third of the ureter. This is a machine that sends high pressure sound waves through the body and helps in breaking down the larger kidney stones to smaller ones, as they can be excreted easily.

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Kidney Stones – Natural Home Remedies:

a. Lemon Juice, Olive Oil And Raw Apple Cider Vinegar:

The combination of this makes one of the most effective remedies for kidney stones. Drink it straight and follow it up with a 12 ounce of purified water.

Then, drink a mixture of ½ a lemon and 12 ounces of water. Repeat this procedure every hour until the symptoms improve.

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b. Uva Ursi:

This is known to be a traditional remedy for kidney stones. It will help reduce the infection in the kidney and also remove the associated discomfort. Taking 500 mg of this, three times a day, is recommended.

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c. Dandelion Root:

Organic dandelion root helps in cleansing the kidneys and also supports the normal kidney function. Take 500 mg of this, twice a day, for best results.

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d. Kidney Beans:

Kidney beans are an incredible source of magnesium and hence they help reduce the symptoms of kidney stones. Boil the pods in water for six hours. Strain this liquid through a cheese cloth, cool it and consume it throughout the day to ease the kidney stone pain.

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e. Pomegranate Juice:

This is known to have an effective astringent property and forms a natural remedy to treat kidney stones. The seeds of pomegranate are also considered to be a good remedy for kidneys stones.

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f. Organic Celery:

Celery turns out to be a great urine promoter and a kidney tonic. Regular use of celery seeds or tea will prevent the formation of kidney stones.

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g. Basil:

Basil tea is known to support the kidneys. It can be consumed throughout the day for the proper balance of fluid, mineral and uric acid. Take one spoon of basil juice with raw honey every day for six months. It helps in getting rid of the stones from the urinary tract.

Story first published: Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 13:14 [IST]
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