Wednesday, July 25, 2012

a few things i learned about kidney stones

Yesterday I posted on my experience of having kidney stones while on vacation over the 4th of July. I learned a great deal from my experience with stones and wanted to share with you so that you know what to look for if you  or someone you know has kidney stones. This is not a comprehensive list by any means but the aspects of my experience that stood out to me the most.

So without further ado, here's a bit of what I have learned about kidney stones:
  • Kidney stones are small, hard deposits created in your kidney. They are made of mineral and acid salts. 
  • These suckers hurt like a biatch. 
  • The pain is supposedly worse than childbirth. As I have never had a child, I cannot say if this is true. All I know is that I do not wish this kind of pain on anyone. Not even my worst enemy.
  • The pain is in the lower back under the rib cage area.
  • If the kidney stone(s) is/are in the bladder, the lower abdominal area will hurt.
  • Symptoms of kidney stones can vary by person but typically cause extreme pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, chills, and major discomfort.
  • Kidney stones tend to be hereditary. 
  • Men are more prone to kidney stones.
  • Kidney stones can be caused from dehydration.
  • Summer is the most common season to experience stones.
  • Once you have had a kidney stone, you have a 60% chance of getting another.
  •  If you feel like you have a kidney stone, go to the ER immediately to be tested.
  • Tests include but are not limited to: urine test, blood test, CT scan
  • For other risk factors and information about Kidney Stones, visit the Mayo Clinic.
Do you know anyone who has had stones? Do you have stones? I think we need a support group! Ha!

6 thoughts:

Cafe Fashionista said...

It's so strange to see that kidney stones are experienced most often during the summer months. Great, informative post! :)

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...


moonbeamwishes said...

My grandpa has had kidney stones in the past and it hurts so much to see a loved one in that kind of pain! I hope that you never get another Gina!! xoxo

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks so much! I hope I don't get another also! I am drinking water like crazy! :)gina

Jodi said...

So sorry you had to go through all that. Hope you don't ever get them again!!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks Jodi! I hope so too!

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