Not taking enough water for a long time can lead to the accumulation and crystallization of minerals and salts in your urinary tract leading to kidney stones. When detected early, these stones rarely cause any pain. If you are looking for relief from kidney stones, you may benefit from the treatments of Michael Rotman MD at his practice.
What you ought to know about kidney stones
Also known as renal calculi or nephrolithiasis, kidney stones are tiny pebble-like deposits of salts and minerals from your kidneys. Some medical conditions, diet, specific supplements, and medications can result in kidney stones. These frustrating deposits can occur in any part of the urinary tract, including your bladder and kidneys.
Kidney stones often develop due to concentrated urine, which leaves some minerals that crystallize. Kidney stones rarely cause permanent effects when detected early, but they can be painful to pass. In most cases, the doctor may recommend pain relievers and lots of water to pass the stones. In other cases, for instance, when the stones are lodged in the urinary tract, and there is an infection, your specialist may recommend surgery. If you have the risk of recurrent kidney stones, your doctor may develop a preventative plan to minimize your risk.
Signs indicating that you have kidney stones
A kidney stone rarely causes discomfort until it goes into one of the tubes connecting your bladder and kidneys (ureter) or moves around within your kidney. If the troublesome stone is stuck in the ureter, it can interfere with the flow of urine, causing the swelling of your kidneys and ureter spasms. You may also have pain traveling to your groin and lower abdomen, pain when urinating, and sharp pain in the back and side. If your pain hinders you from doing your daily activities, or you have difficulty urinating or notice blood in your urine, inform your doctor immediately.
Available treatment options for kidney stones
During your visit, Dr. Rotman discusses your symptoms and reviews your medical history. Afterward, he performs a comprehensive physical exam and orders additional tests like ultrasounds, and CT scans to view your urinary tract. Alternatively, your provider may request you to collect your urine for the next 24 hours. The team then analyzes the urine’s water, salt and mineral levels to detect if you are likely to have kidney stones in the future. Dr. Rotman may recommend taking 8-10 glasses of water daily to prevent kidney stone recurrence.
If the stone can easily pass through your urethra, your provider may recommend allowing it to pass independently. The team may suggest extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) if it is too large. The shock waves disintegrate the kidney stone into small pieces you can easily pass when urinating. Sometimes, the team may remove the kidney stone using a tiny plastic tube known as a stent. The device ensures that the ureter is open, allowing the stone to pass.
Call Dr. Rotman or visit the website to create an appointment if you suspect that you have kidney stones.