When the salts and minerals become crystallized and stick to the inner walls of the kidney, it causes the development of kidney stones and causes a lot of pain and discomfort.
Kidney stones can be passed through urine or can be removed surgically. There are mainly 4 stages of passing a kidney stone naturally. If you are curious about them and want to learn , read this article and find out!
WHAT ARE KIDNEY STONES?
Kidney stones are crystallized forms of salts and minerals that get deposited in the kidney and can affect any segment of the urinary tract. They form when the urine we pass isn’t diluted with water and is of a higher concentration. It can be really painful depending on the stones’ sizes. If kidney stones are left untreated for too long or if proper care isn’t taken, they can cause considerable damage to the kidney and the urinary system. Foods that have a high water content are the best foods to eat while passing a kidney stone as they can naturally dissolve the stones and reduce the size to ease the pain.
HOW CAN YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A KIDNEY STONE?
The symptoms of kidney stones can be of different magnitudes for different people, some people may not experience most of the indications and some people may experience unbearable pain and discomfort. Here are the common indications that you have kidney stone:
- If you experience pain in the abdominal area or your groins.
- If you experience pain, discomfort or irritation and a burning sensation while peeing.
- If your urine is pink, red, or brown and has a foul smell.
- If you experience the urge to pee frequently and it’s uncomfortable
- If you feel uneasy and weak more often than usual
- If you are puking suddenly
- In case the stone has caused an infection, you might also experience some chills and moderate to high fever.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF KIDNEY STONES?
A kidney stone can be caused by many reasons, if you have underlying conditions or if your body doesn’t have a lot of water content and can’t dissolve salts and mineral deposits in the body properly. Although it can be treated easily, while naturally passing a kidney stone, female and male patients both face immense pain and discomfort. Here are the known causes of kidney stones:
- If you are constantly dehydrated you may develop kidney stones.
- Certain foods that are high in minerals and salts can cause kidney stones.
- Being overweight or having excess fat deposits can cause kidney stones.
- When your body doesn’t have enough water to dilute your urine it can cause kidney stones as your urine becomes highly concentrated.
- Digestive disorders and diseases that affect the metabolic process of the body can cause kidney stones.
- There can be surgical complications that can cause some damage and develop kidney stones.
WHAT ARE THE STAGES OF PASSING A KIDNEY STONE?
A kidney stone can be passed through your urine by drinking a lot of water to dissolve it and urinate frequently. It can be painful so doctors recommend taking pain medication when you pass kidney stones naturally. Here are the 4 stages of passing kidney stones naturally:
- The kidney stones are attached to the kidney’s inner walls and in the first stage of passing kidney stones, they get separated from the kidney’s inner walls and move freely through the kidney. This causes the blood flow in your kidneys to increase and can be immensely painful.
- In the second stage, the stone travels through the ureter. The ureter is the pipe that connects our bladder to our kidneys. It’s a very thin pipe and that is why passing stones through the ureter can be extremely painful, especially if your stones are larger. To combat this, doctors usually give medication to reduce the stone size quickly so you don’t experience a lot of pain.
- In the third stage, the stone travels from the ureter to the urethra, our bladder. The pain starts to lessen and you can feel the indications slowly fading as well. Although the third stage isn’t very painful, it puts a lot of pressure on the urethra and can cause some discomfort.
- In the fourth and final stage, the kidney stone is now at the urethra’s open end and ready to be passed along with your urine. But it isn’t as easy as it sounds, it can often get stuck at the entrance again and again and you just have to keep trying until it passes while you are urinating. When this happens, your pain will disappear, there might be some mild discomfort but your body will be just fine in a few days!
Passing a kidney stone naturally can be very painful and uncomfortable but to ease the passage, it is important to drink a lot of water and dilute your urine. There are mainly four stages of passing a kidney stone – first, the stone is removed from the kidney’s inner walls, then the stone passes through the ureter, and then to the urethra, and finally gets removed during urination.