Kidney stones: Symptoms, causes, home remedies
It was a usual busy day at office for Sandeep Laitu when he experienced a sharp pain in his lower abdomen area. The pain went off as quickly as it came and was enough for him to dismiss it. And he got busy with work. But the pain returned about an hour later, this time it was more intense. “I literally clutched my stomach so that it would go, but I couldn’t bear and shouted out to my colleague sitting in the next cubicle,” he says. Sandeep, writhing in pain, was immediately taken to hospital and a few tests later it was found that he has stones in his kidney.
“I was flabbergasted. How come I got this as I have been a very cautious eater. But the doctor told me anyone can develop it, why some get it and others don’t is something even they cannot explain,” he says.
Just like Sandeep, any one can develop kidney stones at any stage in life. Kidney stones are small, hard mineral deposits that form inside the kidneys. These are formed when there is a decrease in urine volume, mainly due to lack of drinking water.
The other reasons which can cause development of kidney stones include high sodium intake, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and urinary tract infection. Also chances are more if one has a family history of kidney stones.
Though this condition can affect any age in both males and females, older people are more susceptible. Studies show that one in every 20 persons develops kidney stones at some point in life.
But as has been seen in Sandeep’s case, kidney stones can hit you even if you don’t have any of the reasons cited above.
Symptoms of kidney stones:
1. Severe pain in the groin and lower abdomen
2. Severe pain in the side and back, below the ribs, sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting
3. Feeling restless and unable to lie still
4. Pain or burning sensation during urination
5. Blood in urine
6. A urine that smells bad or looks cloudy
7. Difficulty passing urine
8. Persistent urge to urinate,
While a patient of kidney stones has to undergo medication, or surgery, if required, if we take care of certain things, we can reduce the chances of developing kidney stones.
Some tips to prevent kidney stones:
1. Drink lots of water or liquid each day to avoid becoming dehydrated.
2. Cut down on salt intake.
3. Choose a diet low in animal protein.
4. Avoid stone-forming foods such as beets, chocolate, spinach, rhubarb, tea, and nuts that are rich in oxalate.
5. Eat calcium-rich foods as lack of calcium can cause oxalate levels to rise, resulting in kidney stones.
6. Take natural citrus fruit extract. It has the ability to inhibit the growth of painful kidney stones as also dissolve the crystals formed, if any.
Home remedies for kidney stones
1. Lemon juice and olive oil drink
Mix a spoon of lemon juice and same amount olive oil and drink it with a glass of water first thing in the morning. Again have it in the late afternoon.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and drink the mixture frequently throughout the day, especially before meal times to help dissolve kidney stones.
3. Patharchat (Bryophyllum plant)
Leaves of this plant are very good for dissolving kidney stones. Chew two leaves with a glass of water first thing in the morning to get rid of kidney stones.
It is great for kidney stones, eat the fruit or drink the juice fresh.