What are kidney stones?

Kidney stones are probably the most common complication among people when it comes to their kidney, ureter, and bladder. This is because many people are prone to it because of unhealthy diet and laid back living—with minimal physical movements at all.

Experts say that any person has great chances of encountering kidney stones in one point of his or her life. But, with early diagnosis, healthy lifestyle, diet to prevent the condition, and regular exercise, one can recover from it.

However, recovering might be easy but if people would not religiously follow the keys to avoiding kidney stones, chance are, they will have it again probably in the next 10 or 15 years of his or her life.

Many people tend to neglect kidney stones because they think that they can easily recover from it with all the medications and medical procedures available today.

One thing that they don’t realize is that if they continue to have their kidney stones unchecked or undiagnosed, they are more prone to develop related diseases which will make their health conditions more complicated.

Knowledge is power

To avoid further complications when it comes to kidney stones, it is best that you arm yourself with all the knowledge that you can get—especially if you think that you are prone to the condition.

The first thing that you need to know about kidney stones is what it really is. Kidney stones are made up of minerals and other excess substances in body. It is the product when these substances and minerals are formed in the person's urine.

The process of developing kidney stones involved the crystallization of minerals and other elated substances then form a "lumps" which can be hard as a real stone. It most cases, kidney stones can be very tiny when they initially form but can grow, as it remains undiagnosed.

From a stone that can be compared to the size of grain, kidney stones can grow in size up to a quarter inch or even larger.

Experts say that people who have kidney stones don't have to worry so much about its size but should more focus on where its is located.

The location of the kidney stones matter that much because it can cause the kidney and other related organs not to function very well.

Doctors agree that kidney stones that sit in the kidney itself are not much of a problem. But if it's located it the ureter—the tube that connects to the bladder—it is a very big problem. This is because the stone—regardless of its size—can block the path where the urine should pass.

When this happens, it will cause the person a great deal of pain because it will stretch the kidney so much. The pressure caused by this stretching can build up and can even result to other related symptoms such as blood in the urine or hematuria, nausea, vomiting, and slight fever or chills especially if there's already an infection.

The next piece of information that you should also pay attention to is the possible causes of the condition. Experts say that there are a number of factors that may cause the development of kidney stones.

These factors may include the Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) that the person has developed, kidney failure, diseases that may have been inherited that involves the kidney, foods that contain high levels of calcium, sodium, oxalates, and others, as well as lack of regular movement or exercise.




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