• Publish on: 25-Sep-2017

What you need to know about

……What you need to know about

Kidney Stones

 

 

The kidneys are the organ that is responsible for removing waste from the blood before passing it back to the body while the waste is passed out from the body through urine. The kidneys are situated just behind the abdomen on either side of the spine. They are two bean shaped organs that measure around 4 inches in length. Kidney stones known as renal colic, nephrolithiasis is a kind of disease that affects the kidneys. It occurs when hard deposits made of minerals and salts form inside the kidneys. This condition has many causes, and it can affect the urinary tract, which starts from the kidneys to the bladder. The stones are formed when the urine becomes concentrated which then allows minerals to stick together after they’ve been crystallised. Kidney stones can affect one or both kidneys and are most prominent among people between the ages of 30 to 60.

While small kidney stones may go unnoticed and be passed out through urine without pain, however, a more severe condition may block the ureter and the urethra. This blockage may cause a stern pain in the groin or abdomen and may even develop into a urinary tract infection. The other main symptoms of the disease include experiencing blood in your urine (haematuria) which is caused by scratching of the kidney or ureter by the stones, constant urinating, feeling restless and inability to lie down still. Other notable symptoms include persistent back pain in the lower back region that is sometimes felt in the groin while the scrotum and testicles of men may hurt.

The presence of certain substances in urine, taking some medication and not taking enough water are some of the primary causes of kidney stones. The waste removed from the blood by the kidney can sometimes form crystals that collate inside the kidneys, with time, these crystals may develop to form a stone-like substance. When these elements are formed, the human system will try to pass it out through the urinary system, which is the kidneys, the kidney tubes as well as the bladder. People who consume low-fibre diets, diets rich in protein are more likely to experience reoccurring kidney stones. Individuals with a kidney stone history in their family, had only one functional kidney, treating conditions that are affecting the small intestine have a higher chance of developing kidney stones.

The smaller kidney stones can be passed out in urine, and with proper medication, its symptoms can be treated at home. However, the bigger and larger stones may require being broken into pieces with the aid of laser energy or ultrasound, they can also be removed directly through keyhole surgery. It is quite important to avoid having kidney stones in the first instance because it’s a kind of condition that resurfaces within five years of treating it. To avoid developing kidney stones, develop a habit of consuming plenty of water daily to avoid being dehydrated. It is also imperative to keep your urine clear in other to prevent the formation of kidney stones by waste products from the blood.

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