Tips to Make Passing Kidney Stones More Bearable

Anyone who has had to deal with passing kidney stones knows just how painful they can be. These deposits of insoluble materials become lodged in the kidney where they can cause excruciating pain. They cause further discomfort when they finally pass. All in all, kidney stones are quite unpleasant to say the least. Some have even compared the pain to giving birth, but it is usually men who tend grab hold of this particular analogy. Still, no one denies that the pain can be intense. While there is not really a way to avoid the pain entirely, there are some things that you can do to make the process a bit more bearable.

Listen to the Doctor

When you are diagnosed with kidney stones, the doctor is going to give you a list of foods that you should avoid. This is not done to add to your misery, but because those foods can actually increase the size of the kidney stone and make passing it even more painful.

You should also avoid drinking coffee and other caffeinated products. These drinks actually have a dehydrating effect which, obviously, will not help in passing kidney stones.

Water, Water, Water

You need to drink plenty of water for two reasons. One, it will help you urinate more frequently which will help you pass the stones more quickly. Two, it will help to prevent the stones from growing in size as the water will help to flush out the materials that would otherwise attach to the stones, causing them to grow.

Fruit and Vegetable Juices

Some types of stones may actually dissolve if you drink enough natural fruit and veggie juices. Keep in mind that not all stones will react that way to the juice, but maybe you will get lucky and yours will. After all, the least painful way to get rid of a kidney stone is for them to dissolve on their own!

Old Wives Tale?

A popular home remedy for kidney stones states that if you drink olive oil and lemon juice (about a tablespoon of each mixed together) that it will help coat the stone, making it easier to pass. While there are no studies that confirm or refute this, it is harmless if you’d like to give it a try.

Ask for Help

Some people experience intense pain during the process of passing kidney stones. If the pain is unbearable, you do not necessarily have to just suffer through it. Talk to your doctor. He will more than likely give you a prescription for pain medication.  You may also be able to find some relief with an over the counter anti-inflammatory.

For some, the kidney stones are simply too large to pass on their own. These patients will require a medical procedure in order to get rid of the stones. The doctor may choose to use sound waves to break the kidney stone into smaller pieces that will then be passed.

In some cases, surgery may be required. Obviously, avoiding surgery is almost always the goal.

While passing kidney stones is painful, it is better than having to endure surgery and the healing time that follows. Just do as your doctor orders, take medication if needed and remember that these stones shall pass.

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