Anyone who’s passed a kidney stone before can tell you that they would not wish that kind of pain on their worst enemy! Patients’ motivation to prevent future stones is typically highest soon after passing one or after surgery. What can be done to prevent having stones in the first place or having a recurrence?
Let’s start with the basics. Your kidneys work hard to filter your blood before expelling minerals and fluids as urine. When too much mineral waste and not enough fluid is passed through your kidneys, however, these excess minerals can build up and harden into stone-like deposits. This can result in a kidney stone which may either pass some day or require surgical intervention.
Some people are more prone to the condition than others. For example, you’re more likely to develop kidney stones if you have a family history of this condition. Other people at risk include those who cannot afford to drink much water or fluids at work, those who work outside in the heat (and, thus, predisposed to dehydration). In addition, other risk factors include obesity, diets high in animal protein and/or salt, and those with digestive problems leading to fluid losses (chronic diarrhea, bariatric surgery, etc.).
If you’re worried about developing kidney stones, here are five ways you can help prevent this issue from occurring in the first place.
No one should have to deal with the pain and discomfort caused by kidney stones. If you or someone you know is suffering from recurrent kidney stones, give us a call to find out what we can do to help. Dr. Durrani specializes in the prevention and treatment of kidney stones and would be happy to see you. Contact us today for more information at www.durranimd.com or call us at (281)589-7175.