Friday, June 17, 2011

Kidney Stone Home Remedy: Lemon and Olive Oil

You need:
2 oz of olive oil 
2 oz of lemon juice
large glass of water

Mix the lemon juice and olive oil, drink them straight followed by a glass of water.

Many stone formers have sworn that this treatment works like magic. It has been known that the acidity of lemons helps breakdown kidney stones and the olive oil helps in lubricating and relaxing the ureter for easy passing of the stone. Olive oil is also a main ingredient in some Antiurolithic like rowatinex.

All ingredients are safe, olive oil is very good for the body and lemons are a good source of vitamin C.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

CT Stonography or CT Stonogram

CT Stonogram is a specific kind of Ct scan to find stones in the kidney and gallbladder.

If you haven't seen a CT Scan Machine before, it's a big machine with a hole and a bed in the middle.

Before going inside the room for the scan, you will be asked to drink a litter of water to fill up your bladder, your bladder should be full enough that you'll have an undeniable urge to pee but you have to hold it! They need your bladder full for a good scan result.

When your bladder is full and you're ready to get scanned, you'll be asked to wear a hospital gown and remove all your jewelries and metal things, if you have any metal implanted inside your body let the medical technician know.

You'll be asked to lie down the bed and the bed will be pushed in up to your waist. The medical technician will go inside the control room and will communicate with you using a microphone. You'll be asked to hold your breath for a few second as the machine scans you body, they will ask you to do that for few times till the scan is complete.

After which you'll be asked to dress up again and will be advise when you can get the result.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Pinene alpha + beta, Camphene, Cineol, Fenchone, Borneol, Anethol and Olive Oil

The usual dose is 1-2 capsules three times a day before meals.

ROWATINEX promotes a diuresis and relaxes urinary tract spasm, thus assisting the passage of stones. The therapeutic effect of the balanced combination of terpenes reduces urinary tract inflammation, stimulating renal blood flow through the kidneys and increasing the output of less concentrated urine.

For the treatment of urinary tract spasm and inflammation associated with urolithiasis. Assists in the dissolution and expulsion of stones in the renal system.

- No side effects have been reported.
-Is safe for breastfeeding, just make sure to take lots of fluids.

*Store at temperatures not exceeding 30 degrees Celcius.

My Review:

I have took this drug on my second stone. My father who's also a stone former took this meds and helped him pass a few stones during his first kidney stone experience. And since then whenever he feels like having another stone attack, he just take this meds for a couple of weeks and he said he never saw the stones but he believes they were dissolved. So I asked my urologist if I can take this medications instead of the Ural he prescribed, my major reason for wanting to take this medication instead of others is because it's generally safe for breastfeeding. My doctor gave a go signal, he said however that Rowatinex is mostly only good for uric stones. I took this for a month, twice a day. The soft gel balls are tiny and very easy to swallow. I never saw the 3 mm stone pass, but it was gone on my next doctors appointment.

Disclaimer: these are compilations of information about this medication/method/remedy and not a recommendation of any kind. It's still best to ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medications/remedy/method.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My First Kidney Stone

Will you ever forget your first kidney stone experience? I won't!

It was late in the afternoon when I decided to take a shower. Right after a cold shower on a chilly afternoon I felt a cramping pain on my right back side down to my abdomen. I thought maybe I'm having Pre Menstrual Syndrome, but the pain is becoming more intense by the minute until I was curled on the bed crying for help because of the pain.

My husband wants to immediately bring me to the hospital but I was hesitant because I have a 13 month old baby who still breastfeeds and is not used to drinking milk from a bottle. I tried to wait it out. The pain at that point was like that of labor pains but persistent not like contractions. I have manage to wait for 6 hours until I have had enough of the pain, I felt like I'm drained of energy and vomited twice, worried as I was to leave my exclusively breastfed baby to my mom, at that point I was more scared of dying.

My husband took me to the nearest ER, ER doctor didn't even touch me, she just made me pee in cup and have a nurse took blood sample and have me wait on bench. I was for her just someone with a painful tummy! She was so lazy she when back to her nap while waiting for my lab results. After half an hour waiting in pain, the doctor read my lab results and told me I have an infection on my urinary tract, I can take antibiotics or better yet I can stay in the hospital so they can give the antibiotic intravenously for faster result. My first thought was I have to get home for my baby so I chose to just go home and take the oral antibiotics.

So I was sent home with the prescriptions, but my husband was worried that doctor didn't diagnosed me properly. He convinced me to go to another hospital, a much bigger and reputable hospital 30 minutes away from our place. Since the pain became more and more intense and the first ER doctor didn't prescribe any pain relievers, I agreed to get a second opinion, so off we go to the big hospital. The ER doctor made me lie down and ask me all sorts of questions, touched my tummy, had me pee on a cup and took blood samples. He later conclude that I may have kidney stones or my appendix might be swollen or irrupted. He cannot be sure because the ultrasound wouldn't be available until morning, it was already midnight. He said I can just go home and come back tomorrow. I asked for pain killers but he said since he also suspect a problem with my appendix that he wouldn't want me to take pain killers because it may masked the symptoms. So I hopelessly went home again, still no relief from pain.

I was home again, trying every position possible to relieve the pain, until I was crying and begging for a relief. I didn't even cried like that when I went through natural child birth!

So we were off again at 2am to the big hospital. My husband said he want's me to be confined and given pain killers, if ever I have irrupted appendix then I'll be safe because I'm already in the hospital! The nurse gave me Tramadol on my IV, but the pain relief wasn't fast enough that they gave me shot of Nubane. And thankfully I was able to sleep, pain free.

In the morning they did an ultra sound and confirmed a urine blockage in the ureter. I met my urologist and he gave me my options. He wants me to get a CT stonogram to get a clearer of the stone and how large it is, it cost 150 USD. He also prescribe acalka, ural, allopurinol and harnal. My first concern was if it is safe for breastfeeding, he said there isn't enough studies if its harmful for babies but he cannot rule out the risk,. He also prescribed Dolcet for pain killers but he said I should only take when I'm in pain, this he knows for a fact is not good for breastfeeding. He said I can go home and take plenty of water, at that I should come back to him when I have my CT stonograms results, and if the stone is too big to pass on it's own then I would undergo ESWL which cost 1200 USD.

So I went home, still pain free. I breastfed my baby as long as I'm not taking Dolcet. I got my CT stonogram done a day after but the results wouldnt be released for another day. That night however the pain went back. I took 1 tablet of Dolcet but it wasn't working. And I know the pain will not go away until I have the pain relievers given intravenously again. So we were back in the hospital, with IV, they gave me tramadol, no work, nubane, not working this time, and then the life saver voltarin.

The next day when my CT stonogram results came out, I found out I have a 10mm stone on my right ureter, it's already in my pelvic area. There is still 2 days before my ESWL procedure, my doctor said I can go home and just take dolcet when in pain but I refused, I chose to stay in the hospital and have my pain reliever given thru IV. I was so scared to be in that much pain again.

My ESWL procedure was done in another hospital where the machine is available. Thankfully I wasn't in pain during the ride from one hospital to the other. The procedure was quick, they put me on the table and put me to sleep the next thing I knew it was done and an hour and a half had past.

I thought the pain was over, I was instructed to go straight home with medications to help the fragments pass and for pain relief. Just an hour after I lest the hospital, still on the drive home, I felt pain again like I was hit by a bus. But I was done with hospital and this time I was given a different pain medication, Celebrex, which works fast. So I took the pill, and I took it for 2 days.

Thankfully I saw the fragments pass as I was able to strain my pee for the first couple of days.

Since then I live in horror for another stone attack. And I had another stone just after 1 month from the first one. (will write about it next time :))

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Kidney Stones 101

Here is your introduction to kidney stones. First off, what is a kidney stone?

Kidney stones are crystals that are formed from the urine inside our urinary tracts, if only these crystals have value then having these stones wouldn't be half as bad.

Usually, the body produces chemicals that prevents crystals in the urine from forming, however, it is not always the case.

Now once you've produce you're first kidney stone/stones, you are now officially a bonafide Stone Former -CONGRATULATIONS and welcome to the club!!!

Kidney stones is one of the most painful disease to ever hit mankind. In my own experience I would say that it is more painful than natural child birth.

Kidney Stones is said to be more common in men than women, but who and why a person gets it is still unknown.

Common symptoms of kidney stones are extreme pain in the flanks area, nausea and vomiting, blood in the urine, Urinary tract infections, pain while urinating. To properly diagnose if you are suffering from kidney stone is through ultra sound, xray or ct scan ( CT Stonography)

There are several types of kidney stones,
  • The most common type of stone contains calcium. Calcium is a normal part of a healthy diet.

    Calcium that is not used by the bones and muscles goes to the kidneys. In most people, the kidneys flush out the extra calcium with the rest of the urine. People who have calcium stones keep the calcium in their kidneys.

    The calcium that stays behind joins with other waste products to form a stone. The most common combination is called calcium oxalate.

  • A struvite stone may form after an infection in the urinary system. These stones contain the mineral magnesium and the waste product ammonia.

  • A uric acid stone may form when the urine contains too much acid. If you tend to form uric acid stones, you may need to cut back on the amount of meat you eat.

  • Cystine stones are rare. Cystine is one of the building blocks that make up muscles, nerves, and other parts of the body. Cystine can build up in the urine to form a stone. The disease that causes cystine stones runs in families.

Most kidney stones can pass without your doctors help, if it's small enough and you're not in extreme pain. Stones that are smaller than 3mm can pass with just the help of more water intake, although even tiny stones like this one can cause so much pain, so if you are in pain, some good pain relievers prescribed by your doctor can help you while you wait for your stones to naturally pass.

Some medication may also help dissolve kidney stones to make it smaller and easier to pass.

Larger stones ( 5mm above) may need you to seek a doctor and have procedures done to take them out, and also if you are in extreme pain you may need pain killers given intravenously via IV.

Below are procedures to remove your kidney stones

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is the most frequently used procedure for the treatment of kidney stones. In this procedure, shock waves that are created outside the body travel through the skin and body tissues until they hit the denser stones. The stones break down into small particles and are easily passed through the urinary tract in the urine. It is most desired because it is non evasive and recovery is fast.

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy
For larger stones or in a location that does not allow effective use of ESWL, this treatment is sometimes recommended.

In this procedure, the surgeon makes a tiny incision in the back and creates a tunnel directly into the kidney. Using an instrument called a nephroscope, the surgeon locates and removes the stone. For large stones, some type of energy probe—ultrasonic or electrohydraulic—may be needed to break the stone into small pieces. Often, patients stay in the hospital for several days and may have a small tube called a nephrostomy tube left in the kidney during the healing process.

Ureteroscopic Stone Removal
Although some stones in the ureters can be treated with ESWL, ureteroscopy may be needed for mid- and lower-ureter stones. No incision is made in this procedure. Instead, the surgeon passes a small fiberoptic instrument called a ureteroscope through the urethra and bladder into the ureter. The surgeon then locates the stone and either removes it with a cage-like device or shatters it with a special instrument that produces a form of shock wave. A small tube or stent may be left in the ureter for a few days to help urine flow. Before fiber optics made ureteroscopy possible, physicians used a similar “blind basket” extraction method. But this technique is rarely used now because of the higher risks of damage to the ureters.

Now the most important information for a stone former is how to prevent it. Honestly, there is not a surefire way of preventing these stones from coming back, science is yet to discover why and how to stop stone formers from forming stones EVER again. The least we can do is to minimized the chances or frequency of getting stones and when we do have a stone AGAIN, that we be able to pass it faster and with less pain and preferably in a less expensive way.

But here is the best stone preventive measures we ought to know, DRINK 3 LITTERS OF WATER EVERY DAY!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Stone Former

When I first heard the word from my Urologist, I cannot help but smile a little coz the first thing that came into my head was TRANSFORMERS!

Well the facts is being a stone former is not a laughing matter. If you're not one of us, then you wouldn't know how extremely painful it is to pass a kidney stone.

I have gave birth through normal delivery and have labored for 9 hours but the pain when I was passing my first stone is 10 times greater that natural child birth.

Since my first stone experience I live in horror for another stone attack, and I have passed 2 stones to date.

Because of this experience I am forever in search for a cure, a way to lessen the pain, for the stone to never form again, ever.

It also became my life's mission to somehow help other stone formers out there by providing more information with our condition.

Let's live a stone free life everybody!