Now that you know what it feels like, the question now is how to prevent kidney stones from forming in the future.
The key to prevent larger stones from forming, is to keep the kidneys hydrated. This may sound like a simple solution, but as my Urologist told me after I was hospitalized for a kidney stone episode, "I've got three recommendations for you:
2. drink more water
3. drink more water!"
If you are like me, drinking large amounts of water isn't that appealing. I like to have some flavor in my beverages. Do other beverages count? What about coffee? What about kidney stones and tea? And don't forget soft drinks.
Here is where you can drive yourself crazy. There have been lots of studies concerning beverages and the proper diet for kidney stones. Beware if you suffer from kidney stones and tea is your beverage of choice. Experts recommend staying away from hot and cold teas, as they have been shown to increase the formation of stones in patients.
The results concerning coffee are inconclusive, but lean in favor of coffee as being o.k. The added fluid intake is offset by the diuretic properties.
For those of you who love your soft drinks, you will have to find out for yourself and determine if it is worth the risk. I know some experts warn against them but personally, from what I have read, the acid in the soda may have a positive affect on dissolving kidney stones inside the kidneys. I have tried to limit my soft drink intake and absolutely stay clear of aspartame found in diet soda drinks.
I have found from first hand experience that cranberry juice in moderate amounts and especially after I have suffered an attack, is helpful in preventing kidney stones and provides many positive affects including the passing of the stone and curing any bladder infections that may occur, after all is said and done.
A word of caution: there are some studies that show that cranberry juice may increase the likelihood of stone formation in some individuals. Having had wonderful experiences with cranberry juice in the past, I will continue to use it as part of my kidney stone routine of "how to avoid kidney stones in the future".
The medical community professionals have been using potassium citrate to effectively treat existing kidney stones and the development of new stones. Magnesium citrate
is also an option. I personally take potassium citrate. And if you know
someone who has a dog or cat that suffers from kidney stones, you can
get potassium citrate with cranberry!
Lemonade therapy is also recommended by urologists to increase citrate levels in the urine to prevent kidney stone formation.
When someone asks me how to prevent kidney stones, I respond with: drink more water, add lemonade to your regime and take a potassium citrate supplement.
Physicians also have a few kidney stone medications at their disposal that have proven very effective in preventing kidney stones and relieving associated pain.
Cranberry Juice and Kidney Stones
Other Kidney Stone Beverages
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