Are you prone to kidney stones? Find out why this might be.
The kidneys are incredibly important for removing waste and fluid from the blood. When there is too much waste in the blood but not enough fluid this can cause crystals to form. As these crystals grow, they eventually turn into stones. They can be incredibly painful and may often require turning to our El Paso, TX, nephrologists for treatment.
Do I have kidney stones?
While very small kidney stones may pass through the urinary tract without causing symptoms, it’s the larger kidney stones that often result in pain. Symptoms of kidney stones include,
- Severe back or lower abdominal pain
- Blood in the urine
- Pain with urination
- Vomiting and nausea
If you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s important that you turn to one of our kidney doctors here in El Paso as soon as possible. Larger kidney stones may need to be broken up through shockwaves before they can pass through the urinary tract.
What causes kidney stones?
While we mentioned earlier how kidney stones form you may be wondering what can cause these stone-forming conditions in the first place. While anyone can develop kidney stones, it’s true that there are some people who are more prone to this problem than others. You may be more likely to develop kidney stones if,
- You don’t drink enough water
- You have a family history of kidney stones
- You have a poor diet or a diet that is high in sodium, sugar or protein
- You are overweight
- You have bowel diseases or conditions that cause inflammation
- You are taking certain medications (e.g. calcium antacids; diuretics)
- You have kidney disease
Can you prevent kidney stones?
While there are certain factors such as genetics that you can’t change, there are certain lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of developing kidney stones. Some things you can do include,
- Making sure that you are drinking enough water every day
- Make sure that you are getting enough calcium everyday through diet (avoid supplements)
- Reduce sodium and sugar intake
- Avoid or limit oxalate-rich foods (e.g. chocolate; coffee; sweet potatoes; spinach)
- Limit animal protein
If you are prone to kidney stones, you may want to turn to a doctor who understands how to help prevent as well as treat your condition. Turn to the experts at Kidney Consultants of El Paso today and call (915) 544-7767. We have two locations in El Paso, TX to serve you.